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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Iowa

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Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 93-86 win over No. 20 Iowa on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 69-58 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

Video: Tom Crean reacts to win at Northwestern

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EVANSTON, Ill. — Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 61-56 over Northwestern on Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

Five takeaways from Indiana’s press conference on Assembly Hall damage

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Following the fall of a piece of metal from the ceiling of Assembly Hall on Tuesday afternoon, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass, men’s basketball coach Tom Crean and University vice president Tom Morrison spoke to the media regarding what happened.

Here are five takeaways — some of the main points — from Tuesday’s press conference:

· Indiana believes the incident was weather-related: Following a preliminary review and analysis from Indiana University chief engineer Jeff Kaden and two external structural engineers from Fink, Roberts & Petrie, it appears the collapse was weather-related and that there are no structural issues with the 42-year-old building.

Simply put, in the four corners of Assembly Hall, a facing of steel plating — which serves no structural purpose to the building — runs from each side up the middle at a curve. The preliminary assessment revealed that the snow and ice accumulation settled at the lowest point in the curve on the northwest side of the building, perhaps due to warm weather and melting.

The heavy weight of the snow and ice was so significant that it essentially popped that bottom, northwest corner plate off, and the 8-foot-long and 14-inch wide, 50-pound slate fell on seats located in the first five rows of Section F.

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Video: Tom Crean, Fred Glass and Tom Morrison discuss Assembly Hall damage, Iowa postponement

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Tom Crean, athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Tuesday evening to discuss the decision to postgame IU’s game with Iowa after a piece of metal fell into the stands of the northwest corner of the stands in Assembly Hall.

Watch the complete press conference in the media player below:

A blast to Indiana’s past in Iowa matchup tonight

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Throughout this season, one in which Indiana has struggled with the ups and downs of having a young team, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has watched plenty of other teams and evaluated how they are doing. It’s part of his job, after all.

One team he has watched quite often is No. 15 Iowa (19-6, 8-4), who makes the trip to Bloomington for tonight’s 9 p.m. matchup against the Hoosiers (14-11, 4-8).

And each time Crean has watched the Hawkeyes, one recurring thought comes to mind.

“It reminds me when we watch them — and it has been this way all year — of what we had last year with our team with the experience, shooting, scoring and guys that have been there in a lot of hard games,” he said on Monday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “And also some young fire power that brought some energy to the table.”

Indeed, Iowa comes into Assembly Hall tonight as one of the most seasoned teams in the Big Ten, with almost all of its active players having at least a season and a half of experience. On Crean’s radio show Monday night, he commended Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on how he has built the Hawkeyes program with talent but without the “pro hits” that Indiana has suffered.

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Notebook: Crean, on radio show, says Penn State loss ‘really devastated us’

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On Tom Crean’s weekly radio show on Monday night, host Don Fischer opened his introduction of the Hoosiers coach by saying “Coach, it was a tough week for your basketball team…”

Crean interjected. “You think?”

By now, everyone knows what happened. Wednesday: Indiana leads a lowly 12-12 Penn State squad, 64-53, with 2:26 left and loses. Friday: Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea is arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated. Saturday: The Hoosiers get blown out by rival Purdue, 82-64, in West Lafayette.

It was, arguably, the most turbulent week in the Tom Crean era. And on his radio show Monday night, Crean reflected on the week that was, starting with the second-half collapse against Penn State.

“We should have never been in that situation,” he said.

But what Crean admitted he did not calculate very well was the impact that 66-65 loss would have on his team. The arrest of Mosquera-Perea, who Crean likened to a “family member,” only hurt the team’s morale even more, he said. Crean has preached plenty of times, this season, a game-by-game mentality, but during Saturday’s game at Purdue he could tell his team’s spirit wasn’t there.

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