Watch that again. Watch it again. You know you want to.
OK, now pay attention.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON????
Well, actually, I’ll tell you what’s going on. Indiana, and in this particular instance, Tom Pritchard, is figuring it out.
‘It,’ that elusive one-word coach’s answer when explaining the inexplicable, when praising or complaining about everything and nothing at the same time.
There have been moments for Indiana, just as there have been moments for Tom Pritchard, when the hustle and the head finally met, when all the necessary factors — positioning, awareness, whatever — came together to make one impressive moment of basketball.
More often than not, only some of the aforementioned necessities showed, creating an awkward scene, like someone getting stood up before prom.
Over the last three games, however, these moments have suddenly been in steady supply.
Walk yourself through that video, frame by frame. It’s not just Pritchard’s put-back dunk. It’s Verdell Jones’ shot, which wasn’t a terrible one. It’s Pritchard and Bobby Capobianco crashing the boards, Capobianco in particular firmly bodying up Ralph Sampson III. It’s Victor Oladipo and Daniel Moore turning to move back and stop anything in transition. It’s a well-executed basketball play.
Listen to the postgame comments of Tom Crean and Tom Pritchard (12 points, seven rebounds) following Indiana’s 60-57 win over Minnesota at Assembly Hall on Wednesday in the embedded media players below:
And here’s postgame video of the players, courtesy of IU Athletics:
BLOOMINGTON — There’s this team I cover, and they do the damndest stuff.
See, they lose to a team that is, statistically, one of the worst they’ll play this season. Lose, hell, they get walked on, tooled against the worst team in their conference.
And then they come home, lick their wounds, and beat one of the three most-disliked opponents on their schedule. And they pick up their first win over a ranked team in about 35 months.
They take this crew that’s probably going to the NCAA Tournament and they work them over. Jeremiah Rivers, the team’s lone senior, goes absolutely lockdown on one of the Big Ten’s best point guards, forcing a young man that had made beating Indiana his own personal sport in the past to look remarkably mediocre.
Demetri McCamey was an Indiana killer, the kind who played like a guy with a giant chip on his shoulder against the team that he once might have joined. He scored 31 points against them in a loss his freshman year, and 19 in each contest – including a game-winner in Champaign – last season.
Thursday night, Jeremiah Rivers shut him down. I believe the phrase is “beat him like he stole something,” proverbially speaking, of course. McCamey finished with six points and five turnovers, and was absolutely absent when his team needed him most.
“He’s their catalyst, so he makes them go,” said Christian Watford, who finished with 16 points. “And when he’s not going, they all look a little stagnant.”
There’s evidence to support that theory. For the game, Indiana allowed just one Illinois player – forward Mike Davis – to score in double figures, after letting four Iowa Hawkeyes into double digits five days prior.
Tom Pritchard (Tom Pritchard!) hit a game-winning shot. Let that sink in, and I believe you’ll begin coming around to my point.
Listen to the postgame comments of Tom Crean and Christian Watford (16 points, five rebounds) following Indiana’s 52-49 win over Illinois at Assembly Hall on Thursday in the embedded media players below:
Update: Here’s postgame video of Crean, courtesy of VigilantSports.com:
And player postgame video, courtesy of IU Athletics:
Listen to the postgame comments of Indiana head coach Tom Crean following the Hoosiers’ 91-77 loss at Iowa on Sunday afternoon in the embedded media player below. (Audio courtesy of Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times/Hoosier Scoop.)
In a series of tweets posted early on Tuesday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean announced that sophomore guard Maurice Creek will have surgery on the stress fracture in his right patella on Thursday.
Here’s the information, pulled directly from Crean’s Twitter account:
Just finished a excellent practice. Maurice was in a positive spirit today. I am so proud of him for how he is dealing with all of this.
Maurice is going to have surgery to repair the stress fracture to his right patella this coming Thursday.
If this young man and his family can believe the the unknown plan that God has for us, we all can. We can never rush what God has in store
For us as people. There have been alot of prayers said for Maurice and support given and I hope you will all continue to do that. Thank you.
Earlier today, The Hoosier Scoop published a post with an opinion from an orthopedist who suggested that it was unlikely that Creek would require surgery and could possibly return before the end of the season. (The orthopedist, in fairness, did not have any access to medical records.) But with this announcement, it’s probably safe to say Creek is done for the year.
Crean did not specify any further details on the type of procedure Creek would be having or a recovery time. And due to student privacy laws, further details on Creek’s surgery are not likely to be provided.