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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke on a previously recorded version of his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer. Crean recapped wins over Illinois and Northwestern and discussed a variety of other topics. Marni Mooney, assistant athletic director for retention and learning services, also joined the show for the final segment.

Below are news and notes from Crean’s comments:

· On the biggest adjustments since losing James Blackmon Jr.: “The spacing has changed because of the way the defenses have played us. So we have to adjust to that. And we have to do a much better job of getting body movement. The ball movement is important and the thing that is so strong there or what has to be strong there is the accuracy of your passes. But we have to move without the ball better. James created a lot of open looks for his teammates because of how they guarded him.”

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer at the Bloomington Holiday Inn and looked back at IU’s win over Minnesota and also previewed Tuesday’s game with Illinois, among several other topics.

Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:

· On getting down nine against Minnesota and battling back: “We started the game taking too many jump shots. We’ve got to go through the paint, not just to establish the free throw game or start to establish the free throw game, but because good things happen when we do go through the paint and our numbers bear that out. That’s exactly how we want to attack. We didn’t do a very good job of that initially. We settled in to playing through the paint and at the same time, Nick (Zeisloft) stepped up and made excellent shots and Max (Bielfeldt) came in and gave us a real lift. We just continued to play.”

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Assist record on horizon for Ferrell as Hoosiers host Illinois

A day after finding its way back into both major polls, Indiana will put its No. 25/23 (AP/Coaches) rankings on the line with Illinois in town.

The Hoosiers, who are tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten standings at 5-0, have won 10 straight games. Illinois is coming off of a home loss to Nebraska and is just 1-4 in conference play.

In tonight’s game, senior Yogi Ferrell will look to become Indiana’s all-time leader in assists. He has 544, just one assist behind Michael Lewis for most in school history.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

James Blackmon Jr., who is out for the season with a knee injury, returned to school on Monday, Tom Crean said at his weekly radio show at the Bloomington Holiday Inn.

His return caused practice to halt, as players and coaches alike were excited to see the sophomore return to Assembly Hall.

“I couldn’t have kept practicing going if I tried,” Crean said. “They were so excited to see him.”

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