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Hoosiers excited to play Hawkeyes at home

Assembly Hall should be electric Thursday night when No. 4 Iowa comes to Bloomington to take on Indiana in a game that will have big implications on the Big Ten title race.

The Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1) have won three straight following their lone Big Ten loss at Maryland, and are led by senior Jarrod Uthoff, a 6-foot-9 forward that is averaging more than 18 points a game, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per contest.

“Uthoff’s got tremendous footwork. Very good, great range,” Tom Crean said. “The only comparison I can come up with is Keith Van Horn when he played in college. In the modern day, with the footwork it’s like Dirk Nowitzki. I’m not saying he’s Dirk Nowitzki, but he’s got that level of footwork. He doesn’t get rattled, he’s very patient.”

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

Tom Crean returned to his live radio show Monday night in Bloomington following Indiana’s split in road games last week. Here are the highlights.

On the 28-0 run against Michigan

“Even though you would never expect to have a run like that, the way we came out inside of the game, gave us a lot of confidence,” Crean said. “We have to play better at the beginning of games, there’s no doubt about that, and we’ve got to execute better, but at the same time we were aggressive.

“The defense was keyed by the fact that we were adjusting quickly to the mistakes that we were making. We never got done mindset wise because we weren’t making shots at the beginning and that’s got so much to do with how you play.”

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

Tom Crean’s weekly radio show was taped in advance again, as the Hoosiers were already on the road to Ann Arbor to take on Wolverines Tuesday night. During the shortened show, Crean touched on a few topics.

On Michigan

“There is no doubt they are a very good basketball team,” Crean said. “They really shoot the ball. What they have been doing really well is defensive rebounding. They are right there or near the top of the league in defensive rebounding percentage and they are getting their break going.

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Fouls, free throws and turnovers doom Indiana

MADISON, Wisc. — Whistle. Foul. Nigel Hayes to the free throw line. Repeat.

That was the story of the game as Indiana dropped its first game in Big Ten play 82-79 to Wisconsin in overtime at the Kohl Center on Tuesday. The loss ended IU’s 12-game winning stream and dropped the Hoosiers 17-4 overall and 7-1 in conference.

Wisconsin’s front-court duo of Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ combined for 56 points – 22 of which came from free throws. Hayes himself reached the foul line more than Indiana’s entire team did, getting 22 shots to IU’s 18.

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