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Ohio State win confirms it: Indiana is for real

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.

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HD Video: Tom Crean on 74-70 win over Ohio State

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:

Video: Crean previews Saturday’s meeting with Ohio St.

Via IUAthletics on YouTube:

A transcript of Matt Roth and Verdell Jones meeting with the media can be accessed here.

HD Video: Tom Crean on loss at Michigan State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 80-65 loss at Michigan State on Wednesday night. Watch and listen to the entire press conference in high-definition quality in the embedded media player below:

Crean, players talk Michigan State

Courtesy of IU Media Relations, here are selected quotes from Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Austin Etherington in anticipation of Indiana’s bout with the Spartans tomorrow night in East Lansing:

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On Playing Michigan State:

“They have three guys in the top 15 in offensive rebounds in the Big Ten. You have to be fast, quick, and hold your position. They move the ball through Draymond Green, but he also leads the team in assists.”

“The ball moves at a pretty high rate. When you watch them and where they are now as opposed to where they were the first two games of the season it is easy to see they are getting deeper and better.”

“We have to have a strong mindset which begins in practice. We have to block out and we have to be relentless in pursuing the basketball and knowing where our man is at all times. Our transition defense will have to be at its best.”

On starting the Big Ten:

“Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Michigan State. We have to maintain the attention to detail that we have displayed all year in getting ready for opponents. We have played 12 games and found 12 different ways to win.”

On going to East Lansing:

“Every year is different and every team is different. I think our team knows that to win on the road in a hostile environment it has to execute and eliminate mistakes that leads to easy baskets which get the crowd into the game.”

“It will be nice to see some family and friends but our approach in this is more business than anything else.”

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HD Video: Tom Crean on UMBC win

Coach Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 89-47 win against UMBC on Thursday evening at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to the entire press conference in the embedded player below:

HD Video: Tom Crean on Howard win

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 107-50 drubbing of Howard on Monday evening at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to his comments in high-definition video in the embedded player below:

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