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HD Video: Tom Crean on Stetson win

Watch and listen to Indiana coach Tom Crean react to the Hoosiers’ 84-50 win over Stetson on Sunday at Assembly Hall in high-definition video in the embedded media player below:

HD Video: Tom Crean on win at N.C. State

Watch and listen to the postgame comments of Indiana coach Tom Crean following the Hoosiers’ 86-75 win at N.C. State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the embedded media player below:

Hoosiers face toughest test yet at N.C. State

Indiana faced and easily passed its first road test of the season on Nov. 16 at Evansville.

But that game was only a couple hours away from Bloomington against a team with inferior talent.

When the Hoosiers (6-0) travel to North Carolina State (5-1) for a 7:15 p.m. tip Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the test will be much stiffer.

“I don’t think we will have 2,000 people from Washington, Ind. at this,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Tuesday, referring to the fans from Cody Zeller’s hometown who made the trip to Evansville. “It will be different, but it’s good. The Big Ten is like that. … We’re going to have to play. Let’s go see where we stand and let’s go in there knowing the task is high.”

The Wolfpack feature remarkably balanced scoring, with six players averaging at least 10.2 points per game. C.J. Leslie, a former McDonald’s All-American, is the leader of the group.

After contemplating a move to the NBA after last season, the 6-foot-8, 206-pound Leslie opted to return to school. He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension, but has averaged 16.7 points per game off the bench in the last three – including a season-high 20 points in N.C. State’s only loss to No. 19 Vanderbilt on Nov. 19.

Leslie likes to attack the rim and rarely settles for an outside shot. He hasn’t attempted a 3-pointer this season. He also uses his length to his advantage defensively as he has recorded seven steals and blocked seven shots in three games.

“It’s very hard to prepare for that. It’s like preparing for a 6-foot-8 Victor [Oladipo],” Crean said. “His second and third efforts are tremendous. His first effort is very good, his first step is very good, but it’s the second and third effort from him that I think separates him. … You have to constantly be aware of him.”


Video: Tom Crean previews road trip to N.C. State

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HD Video: Indiana players, Tom Crean on Butler win

Watch and listen to the postgame comments of Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls and Will Sheehey, as well as head coach Tom Crean, following Indiana’s 75-59 win over Butler on Sunday at Assembly Hall:


Crean, Elston and Zeller talk Butler

Indiana media relations issued the following quotes earlier today from Tom Crean, Derek Elston and Cody Zeller as the Hoosiers prepare for a Sunday night meeting with Butler at Assembly Hall:


On the tournament (Hoosier Invitational) and scheduling:

“We saw this as an opportunity to get four home games. We have to play so many home games every year because the department is dependant on the revenue.

“We really look at scheduling on a year to year basis and we already have the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Kentucky series, and the Crossroads Classic for next year, so we have to look for an exempt tournament and home games each year moving forward.”

On whether Andrew Smith will be the best post player Cody has had to face thus far:

“Andrew Smith presents a number of challenges and as a team we have to do a good job of not letting him get comfortable.”

On what concerns he has about Butler:

“Their veteran guys have experienced winning at the highest level and have done a great job of transferring their experiences to their younger players. They play very well together. They execute their offense and they cut hard. Defensively, they will get into you and make you work for everything you get.”


Wins are there, but so are questions

Five games into the season, the 2011-12 Indiana Hoosiers have yet to be challenged.

Four games in Assembly Hall and one at the Ford Center in Evansville have produced five wins by 20 points or more by Indiana. That’s never happened in the history of the program.

Dig into the box scores and you’ll find little to nitpick with the way Tom Crean’s team has dismantled the opposition.

The fouling epidemic, an Achilles’ Heel a season ago, has tempered at least for the time being. The Hoosiers are one of the top shooting teams in the country thanks to unselfish, crisp ball movement and smart shot selection. And there’s an inside scoring threat roaming the paint for IU for the first time since D.J. White’s departure. His name is Cody Zeller and he’s already picked up two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards.

IU’s 5-0 start feels different than last season, when the Hoosiers didn’t always win convincingly. This year, IU has left little doubt who is the better team. There are high fives, smiles and a cohesiveness present in Assembly Hall that was not visible last winter.

But how much better is this Indiana team?

The answer to that question will begin to take shape in the coming weeks when the competition level increases. Significantly.


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