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Crean discusses ’76 team, Wisconsin on weekly radio show

Back for his first radio show of the new year, Tom Crean answered questions from fans ahead of Tuesday’s game against Wisconsin at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington.

At halftime of Tuesday’s game, Indiana will honor the 1976 undefeated National Championship team. Don Fischer, the voice of IU basketball, said he expects almost all of the players to be there along with several assistant coaches.

“I saw the list today, and it’s really, really impressive,” Crean said. “So many people are coming back. I can’t imagine the loyalty that they all have with another.”

The halftime ceremony will be shown live on ESPN3.com.

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Video: Crean, Hartman preview Wisconsin

Indiana coach Tom Crean and junior Collin Hartman met with the media on Monday afternoon to preview Tuesday’s game at Assembly Hall with Wisconsin. Crean also discusses the ceremony planned to honor the 1976 national championship team that finished undefeated.

Watch both press conferences below, via IU Athletics:

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten coaches teleconference

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

Opening statement: “We’re excited about our start because we’ve gone into two venues on the road and been able to find a way to win the game against two teams that are very, very competitive and getting better. We’ve been a little undermanned in the sense of not having James Blackmon Jr. and at the same time we’ve had different things that you deal with in a game like you would, but our guys found ways to persevere and win those games. I think those things come back to help you as the season goes on so we’re excited to be at home tomorrow for Wisconsin in what promises to be a very special evening with the fact that the 1976 team is coming back to be honored during this game as far as their 40-year anniversary pertains to it. We’re excited about that. We’re anxious to play.”

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Rutgers

Indiana moved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play on Wednesday afternoon with a 79-72 win over Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Scarlet Knights:

· It wasn’t pretty, but it was a Big Ten road win: No, Rutgers isn’t a team that is going to win many, if any, conference games. But given that Indiana was just 2-3 away from Assembly Hall entering Wednesday’s game, it was important to get a victory, particularly in a game where the Hoosiers had the more talented roster and the better team.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Kennesaw State

Indiana moved to 10-3 on Tuesday night with a 99-72 win over Kennesaw State at Assembly Hall. It was the fifth straight win for the Hoosiers.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Owls:

· Indiana’s offense was as efficient as it has been this season: Against an opponent that was clearly overmatched, Indiana’s offense operated at near peak efficiency on Tuesday night.

The final numbers were silly: IU scored 1.49 points per possession, its highest total this season. Its effective field goal percentage of 75.5 was the third best number of the season. And the turnover percentage was 18.1, a much lower total than we saw in IU’s first few games of the season.

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