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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After an 0-2 start to the Big Ten season, Indiana will attempt to avoid disaster on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2) traveled to Penn State on Friday and will face the Nittany Lions (9-7, 0-3) at 12 p.m. on Saturday, where they will attempt to avoid their first 0-3 start in Big Ten play since the 2010-2011 season.
It will also be Indiana’s first game since last Saturday, a 17-point home loss to Michigan State.
“We are coming off a very good week of practice and preparation,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “With the bye coming during the break, it has allowed us to work smart and spend more time on getting better both individually and as a team.”
Perhaps the bye week came at a perfect time for the Hoosiers, too. After an overtime loss at Illinois that included 23 turnovers and the blowout loss at home to the Spartans, Crean had time to push the reset button this week. The Hoosiers have six games in the next 20 days, after all.
Crean said the team has worked on everything from building the identity of running and finishing better on offense to getting back on defense and challenging shots better. At the moment, Indiana ranks No. 327 in the nation in turnover percentage (22.2 percent), No. 292 in having its shot blocked (12.1 percent) and has allowed a 49.3 effective field goal percentage against major-conference opponents.
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 appearance:
· Crean opened things up by saying Indiana had a great practice on Sunday night and was scheduled to practice this afternoon.
· Crean noted that his team is “still gaining confidence” and added that “before you can win, you have learn how not to lose.”
· According to Crean, there a lot of fundamental things that Indiana still needs to improve upon. Among those that he mentioned were reading cuts and screening.
· Crean said that his team can’t do anything about its lack of experience right now, but said “I like our toughness, I like our attitude.” Crean said all they can do is try to speed up learning what it takes to win.
· When asked how far along his team is in terms of creating an identity and touched on a variety of areas:
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 73-56 loss to No. 5 Michigan State at Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
A transcript is available after the jump.
On the eve of Indiana’s biggest home game to date this season, coach Tom Crean reflected on his team’s progress heading into today’s game against No. 5 Michigan State.
Crean already has his team in double-digit wins, however, with one of the least-experienced teams in the NCAA and an 0-4 record against top-100 opponents, there is still plenty of room for improvement. And as the Hoosiers prepare for a matchup against one of the Big Ten favorites, Crean realizes the process toward returning to the top of the conference will not be a quick one.
“We just have to continue to get an understanding and that doesn’t happen in a period of one or two games, it happens over a period of time,” he said. “What you want is to make sure that you are responding every time, and I think we have done that.”
Only a year ago, Crean was dealing with a team that had already been ranked No. 1 in the nation and was expected to contend in the Big Ten.
Fast forward 12 months and the Hoosiers lost seven impact players over the offseason — three to graduation, two to the NBA and another two transferred. IU came into the season with one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen in their starting lineup. But one thing Crean wanted his team to do from the start of this season was play fast. That hasn’t been easy.
Tom Crean, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Stanford Robinson and Will Sheehey met with the media on Friday to preview Saturday’s game with No. 5 Michigan State at Assembly Hall.
Watch their comments in the media players below:
Perspective is often missing from the vocabulary of the diehard, passionate sports fan. I’ve been guilty of it, you’ve been guilty of it, we’ve all been guilty of it.
A common theme amongst fan bases across all of the major sports is this: A palpable thirst for winning.
Enhancements in technology, such as social media, and the endless availability of information have only served to make fans more knowledgeable about their respective teams and thus, even more fanatical.
Winning in Bloomington the past two seasons has become the norm. The Hoosiers won 56 games over the past two seasons, including an outright Big Ten championship for the first time in 20 years last season. This resurrection, led by Tom Crean, came after a trip to the abyss that’s been well documented, but is now in the past and no longer a major part of the discussion because, well, it’s over.
The future is now for Indiana basketball and this season’s 10-4 start has been met with a wide range of opinion from one of college basketball’s most engaged and intelligent groups of fans. Many have stayed the course while IU tries to progress with the country’s 322nd most experienced team while others are second guessing every timeout, turnover or substitution.
It’s become both fascinating and exhausting to follow all of the dialogue.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Indiana opened Big Ten play with a narrow 83-80 overtime loss to Illinois on Tuesday afternoon at the State Farm Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the fourth loss of the season for the Hoosiers:
· Indiana played well enough to win, despite the turnovers: Not many teams, if any, will win a Big Ten road game this season while committing 20 or more turnovers, but Indiana almost accomplished the feat against Illinois. The Hoosiers actually posted a season-high in turnover percentage (29.0), but had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. While the poor perimeter shooting from Illinois helped keep Indiana in the game, you can also point to several things the Hoosiers did very well.
Among them: Indiana got to the foul line 30 times against an Illinois team that had been keeping opponents off the line. Indiana performed well on the offensive glass, rebounding 42.4 percent of its misses. And the Hoosiers also hit 3-pointers at efficient clip (10-of-22). Despite the loss, there has to be some encouragement drawn from Indiana nearly beating a fringe top 25 team on the road despite all of the unforced mistakes.
· A little more on the turnover problem: The turnover problem is clearly a team-wide issue as each of IU’s starters currently has a turnover rate of 20 percent or more. Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey are all right around the 20 percent mark, which is too high, but given their level of production, a bit easier to swallow.