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Four dates, locations announced for “on the road with the Hoosiers”

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According to the official IU athletics site, four dates and locations have been announced for the 2014 version of “on the road with the Hoosiers.”

Formerly known as the IU Tailgate Tour, these events provide the opportunity for fans to meet and hear from coaches at various stops throughout the state.

The four dates confirmed thus far for 2014 include:

· June 4: Borden (Huber Winery)
· July 28: Chicago (Joe’s Bar on Weed Street)
· August 20: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium)
· August 22: Bloomington (Memorial Stadium)

Start times and registration are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Around the Hall: An early look at IU’s backcourt

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Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

· Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com writes that Indiana’s guard play will be very good next season.

· Indiana is adding the top two shooters in the country to its roster next season according to Evan Daniels.

· Rick Bozich of WDRB.com calls Kenny Johnson a “five-star” hire for the University of Louisville. He also writes that Tom Crean must respond to Rick Pitino’s shrewd move.

· Tom Dienhart of BTN.com hands out his final grades for Big Ten teams last season.

· Cody Zeller checks in with another Rookie Diary for SI.com and discusses facing the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs.

· Michigan sophomore center Mitch McGary is headed to the NBA draft after failing a drug test in the NCAA tournament.

· C.L. Brown of ESPN.com examines the Big Ten in the World Wide Leader’s “Look back, look ahead” series.

· Victor Oladipo recaps his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

· ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford believes Noah Vonleh is “the one guy that could jump into the top four.”

· UMHoops.com examines Michigan’s frontcourt next season, which is young following the losses of Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford and McGary.

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Video: Noah Vonleh talks decision to enter NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh and coach Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss the IU freshman’s decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Watch the press conference in the media player below:

A complete transcript is available after the jump.

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Audio: Crean on Kap and Haugh on 87.7 The Game

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Indiana coach Tom Crean was on Kap and Haugh this morning on 87.7 The Game in Chicago earlier this morning and discussed a variety of topics, including Noah Vonleh’s decision to leave for the NBA, the recent turnover in the program, why he’s looking forward to next season and several other topics.

You can listen to the full interview here or in the media player below:

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Video, Transcript: Crean, Ferrell, Sheehey after IU’s loss to Illinois at Big Ten tournament

Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Watch their postgame comments and read a full transcript below:

Q. You guys got it going from the three-point line in the first half, missed the last 11. Did they come out on you more? What changed the rest of the game?

WILL SHEEHEY: The ones in the first half kind of came off movement and penetration. The second half we didn’t necessarily get the same penetration and movement that we did the first half.

Q. I’ll ask both of you, the zones seemed to give you some troubles. Was that a big factor in the game for you? You came out the second half really penetrating and they went to the zone. There must have been a reason for it.

YOGI FERRELL: We needed to move the ball more, still kind of play inside and out. But we didn’t do that the second half.

WILL SHEEHEY: I think we had some sets where we actually did have some pretty good movement within the zone but it wasn’t on a consistent basis.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Big Ten tournament

Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media on Wednesday to preview Thursday’s matchup with Illinois in the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Watch their comments in the media players below:

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Notes, quotes from Crean on Big Ten coaches teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the final week of conference play and to look ahead to this week’s Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Indiana’s Troy Williams was named the league’s freshman of the week and Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas were named the league’s co-players of the week.

· Opening comments: “We’re getting ready right now full-tilt for Illinois. We have great respect for them and really, with the exception of their game with Michigan last week, they have been playing great basketball over the last month. I don’t think there’s any question that they are playing with excellent confidence. Their defense is at a high level and they are really, really playing with tremendous energy. We’re going to have our work cut out for us at any point in time with anybody in this league, but certainly going into this game, we have great respect for what they are doing and how they are progressing and that’s where we sit.”

· On what Illinois is doing so well on the defensive end towards the end of the season: “I think they are just trying to control tempo. They are much like Ohio State in that they create a lot of turnovers with the way if you’re loose with the basketball. If you drive it into traffic, they make you pay for that. They are very strong defensively. They are opportunistic with their running game. The bottom line is that they are making it hard for you to get good looks and they expose you if you over-handle. And they are rebounding at a high rate. Those are the things that stand out the most to me.”

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