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HD Video: Crean reacts to win over Indiana Wesleyan

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with reporters following the Hoosiers’ 86-57 exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan Thursday night in Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

Some quotes after the jump.

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Around the Hall: IU opens at No. 3 on Pomeroy

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

· Tempo-free stat guru Ken Pomeroy is out with his preseason rankings and Indiana starts at No. 3. Pomeroy explained how his preseason ratings are calculated in a blog post.

· Dan Hanner of Basketball Prospectus also released his preseason rankings, 1-345, and the Hoosiers took the top spot.

· BeeJay Anya talked to Zagsblog about his decision to cut his list to Indiana and North Carolina State.

· Cody Zeller was a near unanimous pick for the preseason Associated Press All-American team.

· The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a nice feature on the Zeller family that focuses on how Tyler differs from his brothers, Cody and Luke.

· Tom Crean talks to Rick Bozich of WDRB.com about the similarities between Cody Zeller, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow.

· Indiana’s exhibition opponent, Indiana Wesleyan, is ranked No. 4 in the preseason NAIA Division II coaches top 25 poll.

· After missing the entire preseason, Hornets guard Eric Gordon may begin the season in a reserve role.

Notebook: Media Day buzz firmly affixed to Hoosiers

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The preseason accolades continue to pile up for the cream and crimson.

As Big Ten Media Day kicked off Thursday morning, it was announced the media selected the Hoosiers as the favorites to win the conference. Cody Zeller was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for first team All-Big Ten. It was hard to find a seat at Tom Crean’s table during the media breakout session. And once Zeller made himself available, his table was equally sacked. As the day wrapped, one national media observer joked Zeller looked like LeBron James with all the attention.

This much is true: Eyes, lots of them, are on the Hoosiers.

But the theme remained the same since Crean and his team started stepping in front of the cameras and microphones again this fall: They simply are’t letting it get to them. The questions about preseason hype and pressure continued to trickle out of the media’s collective mouth on Thursday, and the same answers were given once more. Christian Watford said the team isn’t really paying attention to all of it.

And Crean continues to contend it’s not affecting the squad’s habits or work ethic. In fact, they’re working even harder.

“What matters is, are they challenging each other? Are they competing? Are they absorbing the competition and are they hungry to get better? I don’t see any sign of that not being the case,” Crean said.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is hearing similar.

“Those same players that had failure for two years had success last year,” Izzo said. “What are they going to do with it? What did they do in the offseason? Everything I’ve heard from Tom and everybody else is that everybody’s worked even harder.”

The Zeller-Andrew Luck comparison

Cody Zeller was a likely lottery pick after last season, but decided to come back for a sophomore campaign in Bloomington. Zeller enters the 2012-13 season at No. 2 on ESPN’s Chad Ford’s Top 100 List for NBA prospects, but there’s chatter a junior season isn’t out of the question for the 7-footer.

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Transcript, Video: Tom Crean at Big Ten Media Day

Indiana coach Tom Crean took the podium today at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois at the Big Ten’s annual media day. Full video of his press conference is available below and a transcript is available after the jump.

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Notebook: Hoosier Hysteria exceeds Crean’s expectations

In the weeks leading up to Saturday night, there was a growing sense that this year’s Hoosier Hysteria was going to be different than many that came before it.

When the event finally arrived, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Students and fans lined up outside Assembly Hall beginning of Friday morning, several spent the night outside, and building doors were closed nearly 90 minutes before Hysteria’s 7 p.m. start time. All of this for a preseason practice.

“Yesterday morning exceeded them when there were people lined up,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said when asked if the event exceeded his expectations. “There was no downside to anything after yesterday morning.”

Added redshirt junior guard Maurice Creek: “That was very special. I went over to talk to them just to say ‘hello’ because you don’t get that from fans these days. That’s very special for them to come out and stay out until the wee hours of the night.”

With the stands full and numerous potential basketball recruits looking on, the Hoosiers put on a three-hour show on the floor. There was dancing, dunking, shooting and plenty of laughing, with junior guard Victor Oladipo and ESPN Sportscenter anchor Sage Steele (an IU graduate) narrating it all.

All of it combined made for quite the electric atmosphere.

“When visitors get inside this building, it is an incredible spectacle for them,” Crean said. “It’s not just what you see, it’s not just what you hear, but I have no doubt it’s what you feel.”

The night concluded with an intense scrimmage that allowed fans one of their first opportunities to see this year’s team in a competitive setting. The scrimmage was fast-paced as the rebounder nearly always pushed the ball ahead himself without outletting to a guard. The red team featuring Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and Oladipo won 40-39, defeating a white team that included Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Remy Abell.

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HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with reporters following Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to what Crean had to say about the capacity crowd at Assembly Hall, how big the night was for recruiting, seeing several former players return and more in the embedded media player below:

Crean talks Mosquera-Perea, depth and Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following Monday’s practice. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Mosquera-Perea making progress

Freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell has gotten most of the talk and publicity during the offseason, and rightly so. Ferrell is expected to start, and he gives the Hoosiers an element they didn’t previously have.

But Ferrell isn’t the only freshman raising some eyebrows in the first few days of practice. Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who missed a good portion of the summer with a foot injury, has impressed Crean thus far. Mosquera-Perea was restricted to limited participation just two weeks ago, but he is quickly getting back into shape.

“It’s really amazing what he’s doing, and it’s made a big difference,” Crean said. “Two weeks ago today, he could do 30 minutes. He couldn’t even do the full 40 minutes. So to see where he’s at is just fantastic. He just brings another level of edge. It’s fun watching him get better day after day.”

2. Deeper or just more depth?

Crean was asked about the importance of the added depth provided by the four freshmen. With all five starters back from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, the Hoosiers’ depth has been a popular topic during the offseason.

“We’ve got the depth, but will we be deep?,” Crean asked. “They sound the same, but they’re really two different things. Depth a lot of times becomes bodies and athleticism. Deep is when there’s not a lot of drop off when you substitute. That’s what we have to work towards. I think we have the potential to be deep and create some havoc, but that remains to be seen. That’s an ongoing thing.”

Only time will tell if the Hoosiers can be a deep team. But their additional depth has already been felt in the first four days of practice. Crean knows IU will have to make significant strides on the defensive end if they are to accomplish their goal of winning a national title, but he said there’s already been improvement.

“We’re already better because there’s more length and more athleticism,” Crean said. “Over the last four days, just looking at how hard it is for people to score at the basket is a big thing. I think we can put a lot of pressure on the ball. The biggest thing for me is going to be like it was last year: can our transition defense keep taking steps? Can our shot clock defense keep taking steps? Because in-between, I think we’re going to be able to create a little havoc. But it’s when the breakdowns come.”

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