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Video: Crean, IU players preview Ohio State

Tom Crean, Troy Williams, Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson met with the media on Saturday afternoon to preview Indiana’s matchup with Ohio State on Sunday at Value City Arena.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Maryland

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Indiana moved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten with an 89-70 rout of No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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

· This was easily Indiana’s best offensive performance of the season: The numbers speak for themselves: 1.39 points per possession against a team that came in giving up .90 points per possession in Big Ten play. 15-of-22 from behind the 3-point line. An effective field goal percentage of 75. And a turnover percentage of just 15.6 percent, a number that was a rarity a season ago.

Add it all up and the onslaught was just too much for even a red-hot Maryland team, which came into Assembly Hall with a three-game winning streak and a 17-2 record overall.

“Indiana was terrific all night from the start to the end,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. “Made some incredible shots. Yogi Ferrell made a lot of tough shots. (James) Blackmon was great. The whole team was great and they were hard to guard.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Maryland

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 89-70 win over No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Maryland

Tom Crean, Collin Hartman and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview Indiana’s matchup with No. 13 Maryland on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show

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On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer and recapped the Hoosiers’ win on Sunday against Illinois, while also looking ahead to the Maryland game on Thursday.

Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:

– Crean first mentioned the team’s successes thus far this season and how he is noticing his players are having higher expectations between themselves. Because of that, the team’s on-court communication is improving, Crean said, which has played a big part in the team’s hot start to the Big Ten season. He mentioned later in the show how he is “really excited” that he can make an adjustment during timeouts and has noticed his players hold each other accountable to that on the court, as well.

– How did the recent stretch of success start? In the Hoosiers’ 70-50 loss at Michigan State, Crean said. As he had noted before, “one more pass here or there” could have been the difference between allowing the Hoosiers back into the game. Of course, that didn’t happen. But Crean’s — and the Hoosiers’  — takeaway was that opportunities will be there throughout the game. 40 minutes is a long time, Crean said and added that the MSU loss taught them a lot.

– Fischer inquired about Sunday’s game at Illinois, specifically at how the game was “hanging in the balance” midway through the second half as the Fighting Illini were on a 21-2 run and had taken a 61-52 lead. Crean said there was no trepidation or panic on his side. He knew they had to be resilient and stay focused on what matters most. And they found a way to win. “They’re learning to shake themselves out of it,” Crean said regarding lulls in the Hoosiers’ games.

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on Big Ten teleconference

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

· Opening statement: “Well we’re extremely excited to get a win like we had yesterday with Illinois. It was a great game if you were watching it from an entertainment perspective and if you were watching it as a fan of the game. They did some really good things, I thought we did some really good things. There’s a lot of learning for both teams. And really at the end of the day we were able to just make one more run. Our guys showed poise, I liked our leadership on the floor and in the huddles with our team. The fact that we continued to execute, there were a couple different times in the game where we could have gotten down and given in and we didn’t do that and that’s a sign of the maturity, I think, that we’re gaining which is really important. We’re looking forward to this week.”

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Hoosiers emerge victorious after ‘punch after punch’ battle in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Farm Center was rocking.

Illinois was in the midst of a 21-2 run midway through the second half against Indiana on Sunday, turning a 10-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean had called a timeout to settle his team.

In what had been a game of runs on Sunday, the Fighting Illini had the edge heading into the final 10:54 of the game. But the Hoosiers battled back.

And by the time the final buzzer sounded, Indiana (14-4, 4-1) had emerged with an 80-74 win — their second in three games on the road this season.

“Both teams just kept fighting back, throwing punch after punch,” Illinois coach John Groce said. “It was a high-level game.”

The first “punch” was thrown in the opening minutes of Sunday afternoon’s game, as Illinois raced to a 14-3 lead. Kendrick Nunn, who scored 24 points for the Illini, opened with three straight 3-pointers. Ahmad Starks added another, his first of five, to put the Illini up by 11.

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