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HD Video: Tom Crean on Kentucky win

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 73-72 win over No. 1 Kentucky. Watch and listen to his comments in high-definition video in the embedded player below:

HD Video: Crean, Hulls and Zeller preview Kentucky

Indiana coach Tom Crean, junior Jordan Hulls and freshman Cody Zeller met with the media on Thursday afternoon to preview the Hoosiers’ upcoming meeting with No. 1 Kentucky. Watch and listen to both press conferences in high-definition quality in the embedded media players below:

Around the Hall: Zeller honored, Harbaugh on execution

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. 

+ Will Sheehey is among ten sophomores to keep an eye on this season according to Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated.

+ Cody Zeller was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the third time.

+ The Big Ten tops the first conference ratings compiled by ESPN.com.

+ Tom Crean tells ESPN.com that he received a text from his brother in-law Jim Harbaugh following the Hoosiers’ win at N.C. State. The text read: “You guys had execution with an edge.”

+ Indiana is seeded eighth in the west in the first NCAA Tournament bracket projection by NBC Sports.

+ Associated Press Top 25 voter Michael Phillips of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch tells Zach Osterman of Inside Indiana why he voted the Hoosiers No. 24 on his ballot this week.

+ Don Fischer voices his displeasure to Dan Dakich about student attendance at Assembly Hall and offers this solution: “My theory on this is, every time you don’t get 7,600 (students) there, you take away 1,000 tickets.” (Note: Fischer’s comments can be heard at the 9:40 mark of the podcast linked.)

+ Avi Zaleon of The Indiana Daily Student writes that Remy Abell enjoys being underestimated: “I like being underestimated because nobody really knows how good you are until you show it.”

+ Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal examines this season’s historic start for Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville.

HD Video: Tom Crean on Stetson win

Watch and listen to Indiana coach Tom Crean react to the Hoosiers’ 84-50 win over Stetson on Sunday at Assembly Hall in high-definition video in the embedded media player below:

HD Video: Tom Crean on win at N.C. State

Watch and listen to the postgame comments of Indiana coach Tom Crean following the Hoosiers’ 86-75 win at N.C. State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the embedded media player below:

Hoosiers face toughest test yet at N.C. State

Indiana faced and easily passed its first road test of the season on Nov. 16 at Evansville.

But that game was only a couple hours away from Bloomington against a team with inferior talent.

When the Hoosiers (6-0) travel to North Carolina State (5-1) for a 7:15 p.m. tip Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the test will be much stiffer.

“I don’t think we will have 2,000 people from Washington, Ind. at this,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Tuesday, referring to the fans from Cody Zeller’s hometown who made the trip to Evansville. “It will be different, but it’s good. The Big Ten is like that. … We’re going to have to play. Let’s go see where we stand and let’s go in there knowing the task is high.”

The Wolfpack feature remarkably balanced scoring, with six players averaging at least 10.2 points per game. C.J. Leslie, a former McDonald’s All-American, is the leader of the group.

After contemplating a move to the NBA after last season, the 6-foot-8, 206-pound Leslie opted to return to school. He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension, but has averaged 16.7 points per game off the bench in the last three – including a season-high 20 points in N.C. State’s only loss to No. 19 Vanderbilt on Nov. 19.

Leslie likes to attack the rim and rarely settles for an outside shot. He hasn’t attempted a 3-pointer this season. He also uses his length to his advantage defensively as he has recorded seven steals and blocked seven shots in three games.

“It’s very hard to prepare for that. It’s like preparing for a 6-foot-8 Victor [Oladipo],” Crean said. “His second and third efforts are tremendous. His first effort is very good, his first step is very good, but it’s the second and third effort from him that I think separates him. … You have to constantly be aware of him.”

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