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With Indiana trailing 13-5 at the under-12 timeout in the first half against Hillsdale (Mich.) College on Monday evening, silence took over Assembly Hall.
Fans were witnessing the Hoosiers — the defending Big Ten champions — trail by eight points to a Division II school (Hillsdale led 13-2 at one point). Indiana’s own players were quiet, but they were not disappointed. They were determined to shake off their bad start.
Indiana followed that timeout with 11:37 remaining in the first half by producing a 74-26 run that lasted until the final buzzer, topping the Chargers by 40 points in the Hoosiers’ final exhibition of the preseason.
“We knew what we wanted to do — we had a gameplan — but we just weren’t as active as we needed to be,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said after the game. “So the mind was right but the activity wasn’t great.”
In that huddle, with the team down eight points and already with six turnovers, Crean and his staff emphasized the need to stick together and raise their effort, both offensively and defensively.
After that timeout, Indiana went on to outscore the Chargers 28-11 for the remainder of the half.
“I think we can just learn from that to not get down early,” sophomore Yogi Ferrell said, “Because especially when we get into conference play, once you’re down, you’re down for a while.”
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 79-39 exhibition win over Hillsdale College on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to his postgame comments in the embedded media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.
Tom Crean is anxious to get his team back on the court. He said it last week before Indiana’s exhibition opener and said it again Sunday night before the Hoosiers’ exhibition against Division II Hillsdale (Mich.) College tonight.
Heading into a 2013-2014 season in which the Hoosiers have only two upperclassmen on scholarship, Crean has been dealt a challenge he hasn’t faced in multiple years: a young team that, he says, has a long way to go.
“We’ve got a ton of upside,” Crean said Sunday night, “But we’ve got a long way to go to get to that upside.”
Despite beating Southern Indiana, 83-68, on Oct. 26, Crean has had his fair share of frustrations through the first few weeks of practice. Trying to unlock athleticism and defensive effort hasn’t been easy, yet he emphasized the need for those two aspects of Indiana’s game to be successful if they want to win.
Faced with that challenge, Crean said he already wants this team to establish an identity. Yes, it’s early, “probably very early” according to Crean, but it’s one of the only ways he thinks the team will improve. That is, if they can lock into it.
Tom Crean, Jeremy Hollowell and Will Sheehey met with the media Sunday evening at Assembly Hall before Indiana’s exhibition against Division II Hillsdale (Mich.) College on Monday.
Watch and listen to both press conferences in the embedded media players below:
Rosemont, Ill. — Only one starter remains from last year’s Indiana squad that fell to Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen: Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell.
And it’s a loss that fueled his summer, one that’s seen him improve across the board.
“I don’t think there’s any question that the way the season ended at Syracuse, and the way that they played him — especially off ball screens and in the zone – has helped propel him to making points,” said Tom Crean on the podium. “In the sense of: He’s going to become a better shooter off the dribble, he’s going to become a better shooter off the catch, he’s going to become even better off the ball screen. His shooting has improved tremendously. There’s been nobody that has come in that gets paid to evaluate that hasn’t made a comment about his improvement — especially on the offensive side.”
In a later breakout session, Crean admitted he never really gets over a disappointing loss like IU’s in last season’s Sweet Sixteen, but that it also can’t deter the program going forward.
Indiana coach Tom Crean took the podium today at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., at the Big Ten’s 2013 media day. A full video of press conference is available below:
Indiana coach Tom Crean took the podium today at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., at the Big Ten’s 2013 media day. A full transcript of his comments is available below:
THE MODERATOR: Next joining us is Tom Crean.
COACH CREAN: We’re excited for the season. I think the early start of practice has been phenomenal. I would think for everybody, but especially for a team that’s as new as we are, because all of a sudden, after losing four guys that scored over 1100 points, along with Illinois, we’re one of the two youngest teams in this league, experience-wise.
So we’ve had a lot to learn. We have a lot to learn. I think the biggest thing we’re trying to get accomplished right now is to get our team to understand – this team to understand what it takes to practice at a championship level and showing the standards of last year, not necessarily who it was, but how it was done, I think is the most important thing.