Back for his first radio show of the new year, Tom Crean answered questions from fans ahead of Tuesday’s game against Wisconsin at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington.
At halftime of Tuesday’s game, Indiana will honor the 1976 undefeated National Championship team. Don Fischer, the voice of IU basketball, said he expects almost all of the players to be there along with several assistant coaches.
“I saw the list today, and it’s really, really impressive,” Crean said. “So many people are coming back. I can’t imagine the loyalty that they all have with another.”
The halftime ceremony will be shown live on ESPN3.com.
Indiana coach Tom Crean and junior Collin Hartman met with the media on Monday afternoon to preview Tuesday’s game at Assembly Hall with Wisconsin. Crean also discusses the ceremony planned to honor the 1976 national championship team that finished undefeated.
Watch both press conferences below, via IU Athletics:
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the first week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s remarks on the call:
Opening statement: “We’re excited about our start because we’ve gone into two venues on the road and been able to find a way to win the game against two teams that are very, very competitive and getting better. We’ve been a little undermanned in the sense of not having James Blackmon Jr. and at the same time we’ve had different things that you deal with in a game like you would, but our guys found ways to persevere and win those games. I think those things come back to help you as the season goes on so we’re excited to be at home tomorrow for Wisconsin in what promises to be a very special evening with the fact that the 1976 team is coming back to be honored during this game as far as their 40-year anniversary pertains to it. We’re excited about that. We’re anxious to play.”