Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s Monday morning appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. Prior to the teleconference, the Big Ten announced that Cody Zeller as the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season:
— “We feel like we’re making progress, we feel like we’re getting better and at the same time, we feel like there’s a lot of room for us to improve even more. This is a big week for us obviously with Minnesota coming here and playing at Ohio State after just playing them a little over a week ago. Along with getting ready for games, we’ve got to make sure that we continue to never get away from the fundamentals that have put us in this position thus far. And it’s all the little details of the game that make you better and we’ve gotta make sure that we stay on top of that. But I love the attitude of our players, I love their work ethic and I think they’re as committed to get better as we are to getting them better.”
CREAN ON “THE PROGRAM”
— Crean was asked (by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times) about “The Program,” which is a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in “team building and leadership development programs for pro sports teams, college teams, high school teams, and major corporations.” Crean said he found out about “The Program” after reading a story about their involvement with Oregon football and decided to bring the military-based company to Bloomington over the summer.
Tom Crean met with the media following No. 12 Indiana’s 88-82 win over Penn State on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. Watch and listen to his comments in high-definition video in the embedded player below:
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Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 73-71 win over No. 16 Michigan on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to his comments in high-definition video in the embedded player below:
Indiana shocked the nation when it pulled a 73-72 upset against then-No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10.
But not everyone was convinced the Hoosiers belonged amongst the country’s elite teams.
“He [Christian Watford] just hit a lucky shot,” Kentucky’s Doron Lamb said after the game.
The No. 15 Hoosiers’ 74-70 win against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night should eliminate the remaining doubters.
This team is for real.
“Give all the credit to Indiana,” said Ohio State star Jared Sullinger. “They played hard, and they got the 50-50 balls. They made us turn the ball over. Indiana played a great basketball game.”
Some of the shock factor is gone this time around because we’ve seen the Hoosiers do it before. But that doesn’t make this win any less impressive or significant.
The Hoosiers matched and sometimes exceeded the physicality of one of the nation’s most physical teams. They matched big Ohio State shots with bigger ones of their own. And they won a game in which they didn’t have Cody Zeller (fouled out) or Will Sheehey (left foot injury) down the stretch.
The win against Kentucky, by itself, could have been a fluke. Saturday’s night’s performance proves it wasn’t.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 74-70 win over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to his comments in high-definition video in the embedded player below: