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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Louisville

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Indiana dropped its second non-conference game on Tuesday night as the Hoosiers fell to No. 4 Louisville, 94-74, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Cardinals:

· Louisville brought physicality and Indiana was unable to match it: There were stretches where the Hoosiers hung in with Louisville relatively well and they even had a second half lead, but ultimately Louisville’s defense and physicality was too much to handle.

Louisville hadn’t been particularly good offensively coming in, but the Cardinals scored 1.22 points per trip, rebounded more than 50 percent of their misses and got to the foul line at a better rate than Indiana. Defensively, Louisville did allow Indiana to score 74 points, shoot an effective field goal percentage of 54.1 and score 0.96 points per possession (all season-highs), but this game was never really in doubt down the stretch as fatigue was brought to the game and the more physical, more experienced team prevailed.

“We got a lot of growth potential to get better, but the toughness level certainly and the glass level was hit tonight – we weren’t ready for that,” Tom Crean said of his team’s effort. “We’ve got a short period of time obviously when you have so many games as we have to get better at it.”

· Indiana was too careless with the ball: A lot was made of how Indiana would handle Louisville’s pressure coming in and Rick Pitino’s signature ball pressure didn’t take long to become effective. The Hoosiers turned it over 13 times in the first half and despite that, only trailed by five at halftime because of hot perimeter shooting.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Savannah State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 95-49 win over Savannah State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean reacts to win over Pittsburgh

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 81-69 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show

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Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his one-hour radio show with host Don Fischer at the Bloomington Holiday Inn. It was his first show since the opening week of November — before the season even began.

During the show, Crean spoke on a variety of issues — from player and team development to Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. News and notes from what Crean said are posted below:

— Firstly, Crean said the Hoosiers need to start making consecutive stops on the defensive end, as that will only improve the team’s offense going forward. As he noted, the Hoosiers have made three stops in a row just five times through their first six games this season.

— Crean admitted the Hoosiers also have yet to gain an understanding of “how hard you have to play for every possession at this level.” Acknowledging the defensive struggles his team has had early this season, Crean said he knows his team wants to win, however he believes the team has to “play harder, longer.”

— Indiana’s freshmen are playing “too many minutes,” Crean said. But “that’s the way it is” because of the close games early this season. Even junior Yogi Ferrell is playing too many minutes, he said.

— The Hoosiers also will benefit from the diversity of early-season opponents, Crean argued, saying “in the long run it will be invaluable” for them to have played a team like Lamar (which ran at them), like Eastern Washington (which dominated the paint) and like UNCG (which shot well from behind the 3-point line). Pittsburgh, though, Tuesday’s opponent, is a different story. “That’s going to be a whole other indoctrination for our guys,” Crean said.

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Video: Crean previews Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup with Pittsburgh

Tom Crean met with the media on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Tuesday’s matchup with Pittsburgh in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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Defense a clear issue for Indiana six games into season

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During his time at Indiana, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has wanted to ensure that every play call gets to every one of his players. Each time a player hears a play call, they say it out loud so that it reaches their teammates. An “echo” is what the Hoosiers call it.

Through the first six games of the 2014-2015 season, though, Crean has not been hearing that echo. And on defense, the Hoosiers are struggling. After allowing 98 points in the paint to Lamar and Eastern Washington, in Friday’s 87-79 win over UNC Greensboro the Hoosiers allowed 1.13 points per possession and a 60.3 effective field goal percentage.

Following Friday’s win over the Spartans, Crean expressed his frustration over his defense. It simply has not been improving.

“We didn’t have communication the way we need to have it,” he said. “I’ve got to get that fixed. Every time I think that we’re better at it, then I find out that we’re not. I got to take full responsibility. It’s not on the assistants, on nobody else but me to get our communication right. And whatever that’s going to take, we’re going to have to get that right because all it is is calling out who you have and calling out when you switch and calling out when we switch a defense.”

Heading into the game against UNCG, as with any game, the Hoosiers’ coaching staff put together a scouting report on their opponents. They knew many of the Spartans’ points came from behind the 3-point line, and they mainly came from two players — Clay Byrd and Nicholas Paulos.

During the game, though, the Hoosiers struggled to stop either of them. Byrd went 6-of-11 and Paulos 6-of-8 on 3-point attempts, allowing the Spartans to stay in the game and even threaten for the lead late.

What frustrated Crean more than anything was that the two and their tendencies were on the scouting report. The on-court awareness was not there, though.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over UNC Greensboro

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 87-79 win over UNC Greensboro on Friday night at Assembly Hall.

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