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News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show

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On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer and recapped the Hoosiers’ win on Sunday against Illinois, while also looking ahead to the Maryland game on Thursday.

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

– Crean first mentioned the team’s successes thus far this season and how he is noticing his players are having higher expectations between themselves. Because of that, the team’s on-court communication is improving, Crean said, which has played a big part in the team’s hot start to the Big Ten season. He mentioned later in the show how he is “really excited” that he can make an adjustment during timeouts and has noticed his players hold each other accountable to that on the court, as well.

– How did the recent stretch of success start? In the Hoosiers’ 70-50 loss at Michigan State, Crean said. As he had noted before, “one more pass here or there” could have been the difference between allowing the Hoosiers back into the game. Of course, that didn’t happen. But Crean’s — and the Hoosiers’  — takeaway was that opportunities will be there throughout the game. 40 minutes is a long time, Crean said and added that the MSU loss taught them a lot.

– Fischer inquired about Sunday’s game at Illinois, specifically at how the game was “hanging in the balance” midway through the second half as the Fighting Illini were on a 21-2 run and had taken a 61-52 lead. Crean said there was no trepidation or panic on his side. He knew they had to be resilient and stay focused on what matters most. And they found a way to win. “They’re learning to shake themselves out of it,” Crean said regarding lulls in the Hoosiers’ games.

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on Big Ten teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the third week of conference play.  Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

· Opening statement: “Well we’re extremely excited to get a win like we had yesterday with Illinois. It was a great game if you were watching it from an entertainment perspective and if you were watching it as a fan of the game. They did some really good things, I thought we did some really good things. There’s a lot of learning for both teams. And really at the end of the day we were able to just make one more run. Our guys showed poise, I liked our leadership on the floor and in the huddles with our team. The fact that we continued to execute, there were a couple different times in the game where we could have gotten down and given in and we didn’t do that and that’s a sign of the maturity, I think, that we’re gaining which is really important. We’re looking forward to this week.”

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Hoosiers emerge victorious after ‘punch after punch’ battle in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Farm Center was rocking.

Illinois was in the midst of a 21-2 run midway through the second half against Indiana on Sunday, turning a 10-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean had called a timeout to settle his team.

In what had been a game of runs on Sunday, the Fighting Illini had the edge heading into the final 10:54 of the game. But the Hoosiers battled back.

And by the time the final buzzer sounded, Indiana (14-4, 4-1) had emerged with an 80-74 win — their second in three games on the road this season.

“Both teams just kept fighting back, throwing punch after punch,” Illinois coach John Groce said. “It was a high-level game.”

The first “punch” was thrown in the opening minutes of Sunday afternoon’s game, as Illinois raced to a 14-3 lead. Kendrick Nunn, who scored 24 points for the Illini, opened with three straight 3-pointers. Ahmad Starks added another, his first of five, to put the Illini up by 11.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 80-74 win over Illinois at the State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Illinois

Tom Crean, James Blackmon Jr., Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams with the media on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday’s meeting with Illinois at the State Farm Center.

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Crucial stretch for Indiana begins Sunday in Champaign

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Through 17 games of the 2014-2015 season, Indiana has been flying high.

The Hoosiers have wins over SMU, Butler and Ohio State — all ranked opponents at the time — and an away win at Nebraska, heading into Sunday’s game at Illinois. Indiana is 13-4 overall with a 3-1 mark Big Ten play.

But things are about to get even tougher.

After playing just two true road games thus far, the Hoosiers will play three of their next four games on the road. And without 6-foot-9 junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea, the challenge becomes that much more significant.

“Without his presence inside, without his ability to post, and it sometimes it’s not always the statistics that he gets or doesn’t get, it’s the ground that he covers,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said following his team’s win over Penn State. “For people that really pay attention, they see the ground that he covers and the presence that he has. It’s not always getting caught up in the numbers that he has or doesn’t have. So we’re going to miss him for an extended period of time, and we have to figure out how to play without him.”

Each of the Hoosiers’ four upcoming opponents — Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State and Purdue — has capable size in its rotation.

The Illini have 6-foot-11 Nnanna Egwu, the Terrapins have 6-foot-9 Jake Layman, the Buckeyes have a former McDonald’s All-American in 6-foot-11 Amir Williams and the Boilermakers have 7-foot A.J. Hammons and 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Penn State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 76-73 win over Penn State on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

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