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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten teleconference

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

On the return of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and how he’ll balance his minutes with Collin Hartman:

“I think they can both play together. I think it will be a key. It just gives us more things we can plan for in a game and more adjustments that we can make. Certainly there is a lot going on in the game when we have Collin at that position. Are people going to match down, are they going to match up? And when you have Hanner in the situation as he gets healthy, then it changes things a little bit for us. So Collin is going to be on the court, there is no doubt about that. He needs to keep getting better, and he knows that and he is. And at the same time, this allows us to do more with Hanner, and hopefully Emmitt (Holt) continues to develop the way that he has and allows us to get a little bit stronger down around the basket.”

On the evolution of Yogi Ferrell’s game:

“I think he just continues to improve and add things to his game all the time. One thing he’s so much better at is when there’s not a play, he can keep the ball and he can create something. And at the same time, he’s playing with his head up and attacking very well. When the game is constantly moving and, more importantly, he is constantly moving, then that makes us that much harder to guard. When he gets into one area or a specific area and is trying to make a play when the defense can collapse in that area, then it makes a little easier to guard. But when he’s in movement and he recognizes that so much better, I think that’s key for us. He’s just giving absolutely everything that’s he’s got on the defensive end, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t make mistakes but at the same time he’s giving everything that he has. And not only being a great on-ball defender but really working off the ball and really working to help his teammates.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Michigan

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-67 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan

Tom Crean, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Saturday morning at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday afternoon’s matchup with Michigan.

Video: Crean, IU players react to loss at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Robert Johnson met with the media following Indiana’s 92-78 loss to No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten teleconference

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

· On Tuesday’s game at Wisconsin, how the Badgers match up with IU on the perimeter and what the Hoosiers will need to do defensively: “Taking size out of it, which is hard to do because they are so big at numerous positions, but the bottom line is how skilled they are. It would be one thing if it was just big guys that could do one or two things, but they can do a lot of things. They can drive the ball, they can pass the ball, they can all shoot the ball and they can all shoot it with range, especially now with the way Nigel Hayes is shooting it and Sam (Dekker) and Frank (Kaminsky) have improved immensely over a period of time. They’ve got seven or eight guys right now, taking Traevon (Jackson) out, it’s even surprising how they’ve played. It just goes to show the skill level in the system when you take a guy like Traevon out of the equation. The problem is that you cannot give into anything. If you back off of someone, they can knock in a 3, if you help, they can kick the ball, if you help they can all get to the offensive glass, so it’s really about defending the personnel as much as it is defending how they run their offense and it’s coming down and really understanding what you need to get defensively. We can’t get overly caught up in the lack of size that we have and the abundance that they have. We’ve got to get really caught up in the skill level of the players.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Rutgers

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 72-64 win over Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Rutgers

Tom Crean, Stanford Robinson and Nick Zeisloft met with the media on Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Saturday’s game with Rutgers.

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