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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just over a month ago, then-No. 10 Michigan came into Assembly Hall on a 10-game winning streak. It left with a 63-52 loss, its third straight defeat at the hands of the Hoosiers and one of Indiana’s four wins over ranked opponents in the 2013-2014 season.
Since then, the No. 12 Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) have gone on to win the outright Big Ten regular season title. The Hoosiers (17-13, 7-10), meanwhile, have continued their up-and-down season — most recently losing by 10 points, at home, to Nebraska on Wednesday.
That 31-game regular-season slate ends today at 6 p.m. in the Crisler Center, as both teams face each other, once again. But the Hoosiers don’t expect a similar matchup to that on Feb. 2.
“They’ll adjust and we’ll adjust,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said on Friday. “That’s part of it. They’ll have different things and we’ll have different things. We’ll just see what happens when the game comes.”
During that February game, the Wolverines’ first loss of the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers held the nation’s No. 3 offense to its lowest-scoring output of the season. In fact, it’s the only time this season the Wolverines were held below 60 points.
That game, the Hoosiers employed certain switches on defense that baffled the Wolverines — that according to Michigan coach John Beilein.
Long before this season even began, it was well-known what this Indiana team would do during the 2013-2014 season. It would win games it shouldn’t. It would also lose games it shouldn’t.
And with just one game remaining in the regular season, that has been exactly the case.
Indiana had lost two straight, a few weeks ago, to Penn State and Purdue — two of the bottom three teams in the Big Ten. It responded with two wins over ranked opponents in Iowa and Ohio State. Perhaps this team had turned the corner. We should know better.
In front of a packed crowd at Assembly Hall on senior night Wednesday evening, the Hoosiers (17-13, 7-10) fell to Nebraska, 70-60. It was just the third road win for the Cornhuskers this season.
“We just didn’t do enough,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said after the game.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-60 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch his comments in the media player below:
On his weekly radio show Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean talked about his four seniors on this year’s roster heading into Wednesday’s senior night against Nebraska.
Below are Crean’s entire comments on Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard, Taylor Wayer and Will Sheehey:
“Evan Gordon is a guy that wanted to be back at Indiana, has a great future in front of him. And I just wish we would have been able to coach him longer because he would be even more indoctrinated into what we’re trying to do. But he’s getting better, he’s working at it and he’s spending time improving. And with his intensity level this high, we’re a better basketball team.”
Indiana coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers had been waiting for this game for a long time.
Well, at least since after last season’s loss to Ohio State on March 5, 2013: Indiana’s senior night. 362 days later, on Sunday, Crean got the rematch he had been waiting for at Assembly Hall.
And in a dominating performance — even without one of its best players — Indiana (17-12, 7-9) got the win it had been looking for in a 72-64 victory over No. 22 Ohio State (22-8, 9-8).
“Our players just responded,” Crean said. “I mean, this league is so tough that the only thing you can liken it to is a 15-round fight every night, and we’ve been answering every round, and we’ve been dealing with it in a good way. I’m really, really proud of the way our team played today.”
It doesn’t come as news that this has already been a season full of ups and downs for the Hoosiers. Just in the past two and a half weeks Indiana has collapsed (with losses to Penn State and Purdue), experienced the arrest of one of its own players and somehow built itself back up, winning two of its past three (at Northwestern and vs. No. 20 Iowa on Thursday) before Sunday.
It received yet another twist before the game against the Buckeyes.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 72-64 win over No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
Tom Crean, Austin Etherington and Devin Davis met with the media on Saturday to preview Sunday’s game at Assembly Hall with No. 22 Ohio State.
Watch their comments in the media players below: