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Hoosiers have no answer as Spartans roll, 70-50

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Coming off a hard fought 70-65 win at Nebraska to open the Big Ten schedule on New Year’s Eve, Indiana came into Monday’s game at Michigan State excited.

But being excited to play and being ready to compete are two different things. And against a Michigan State team coming off of a double overtime home loss to Maryland, Indiana’s lack of fight showed up early and often throughout the night in its second conference road game.

The result was an ugly 70-50 setback in which Michigan State led by 30 at one point and was never really challenged after racing out to a 13-2 lead.

“Our guys were excited to play, we practiced well, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Tom Crean said. “But being excited to play is a lot different from being ready to compete and fight with a team like Michigan State.”

On a night where Michigan State would play arguably its most complete game of the season, Indiana suffered through its worst performance in 14 games.

The Hoosiers shot a season low effective field goal percentage of 32.5 and allowed the Spartans to rebound 50 percent of their missed shots. Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Troy Williams, who were both key performers in the New Year’s Eve win in Lincoln, combined for no points and two rebonds in 27 minutes. And James Blackmon Jr. hit just one of his 14 field goal attempts in 32 minutes.

Besides Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson, no other IU player made more than two shots.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-50 loss to Michigan State on Monday evening at the Breslin Center.

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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 first week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

· Opening statement: “Some of us understand the challenge this will be. Our young guys don’t have any idea yet, but I think after going through the Nebraska game and with some of the teams we played in the non-conference they have a much better understanding of what it takes to win in these types of games. That this will be a tremendous challenge for us because Michigan State is doing so many good things on both ends of the court. The defense is at many times stifling because they take you out of so many things that you want to do and their offense is capable of scoring inside, in the mid-range and certainly they’re one of the better 3-point shooting teams not only in the league but in the conference. So we’re just getting our final adjustments made before our meetings this morning and this afternoon and we’re excited to play.”

· Crean was asked about the impact of freshmen Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., and what the two mean to his team: “They’re becoming more experienced by the day. I think the fact that we went to Montreal and got five games in a short period of time with those guys has been a help. They’ve consistently improved throughout the year. They’re understanding the value of how good not only they can be in scoring the ball but certainly what they can do defensively, what they can do on the glass, what they can do as facilitators, what they can do as drivers, covers and everything that goes into the game. They have a seriousness about them that’s been apparent — certainly when we recruited them — but it’s been very, very apparent to everybody in the program really since they got there in the summertime. I mean, they really work hard on their game constantly. Always in the gym shooting. They’re starting to watch more film on their own. They’re very, very serious about getting better on their skills.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-65 win over Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday evening.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

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On Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke on his weekly radio show with Don Fischer, as well as assistant coach Chuck Martin and guards Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr.

Here’s a look at the news and notes of what Crean, Martin, Ferrell and Blackmon had to say:

· Crean first spoke about Saturday’s game against Georgetown, in which the Hoosiers fell to the Hoyas by a 91-87 score in overtime. He noted that turnovers — Indiana had 17 of them — hurt the team in the sense of allowing “inopportune” Georgetown points, something that the Hoosiers had been working on limiting since the earlier loss to Louisville this month. That said, Crean complimented his team for getting the game “where it needed to be” at the end of regulation, even despite the overall result. “We have been learning from things all year,” he said. “I like where we are heading.”

· While discussing the Georgetown result, Crean also called out the performances of junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea and the Hoosiers’ bench. “We can’t play and have Hanner Mosquera-Perea not score until the second-to-last possession of the game,” Crean said. “He has improved too much. He has to be more aggressive, be on the attack and demand the ball more.” Crean mentioned the poor bench performance against the Hoyas — only two points were scored off the bench in a combined 54 minutes  — and noted those players have to improve their efficiency for the Hoosiers to have a deeper bench going forward.

· Following the conclusion of the Georgetown game, Crean said he promptly returned to his hotel room in New York and began preparing for Wednesday’s game against Nebraska. In fact, he watched tape on the Cornhuskers from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., while the assistant coaches were watching tape in another room, as well. Crean pointed out that Nebraska has “tremendous talent” — he named Walter Pitchford “who plays like a 2-guard”, Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway, in specific — and that the Cornhuskers cause matchup problems as well. “We have to be really locked into those things, but at the same time, we have to make the game go,” Crean said.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Georgetown

NEW YORK – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 91-87 overtime loss to Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over New Orleans

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 79-59 win over New Orleans on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

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