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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over SMU

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It wasn’t easy, but Indiana passed its first legitimate test of the season on Thursday night with a 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU at Assembly Hall.

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

· Turnovers tell the story: When Larry Brown and his staff go back and look at this loss, the glaring number that will stand out for the Mustangs is turnovers: 19 of them. SMU shot an effective field goal percentage of close to 62 percent, won the rebounding battle and still lost by six because it turned it over on 28.4 percent of its possessions.

Indiana, on the other hand, has been justifiably criticized for turnovers in the past but only turned it over on 10.5 percent of its possessions on Thursday night. Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell combined for 49 points and no turnovers.

In a game that was played much more in the halfcourt than IU’s previous two contests (67 possessions), it’s solid progress for this group to take care of the ball that well against the length and athleticism of SMU.

· James Blackmon took over offensively: Indiana didn’t shoot the ball well from the field as a team, but James Blackmon Jr. again showed efficiency as he hit 7 of his 15 field goal attempts and also went 7 of 7 from the foul line for 26 points.

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Video: IU players react to win over SMU

James Blackmon Jr. (26 points, seven rebounds), Troy Williams (11 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Yogi Ferrell (13 points, seven assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Robinson, Williams talk to ESPN about suspensions

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ESPN.com: Indiana Hoosiers’ Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams apologetic before return

“I know we let a lot of people down, teammates, coaching staff, family and definitely the fans,” Robinson said. “But I think we’ve learned from it. Before I think we had a little idea of what it means to put on an Indiana jersey. Once this all happened and it went public, we saw what it really means to be a Hoosier.”

The players’ suspensions, announced just days after news of the car accident, made for a tumultuous start to the season for the Hoosiers and coach Tom Crean.

“He went through a lot more than we had to go through,” Williams said. “The fact that he kept us through all of this, we’re just grateful.”

ESPN also has a story on Emmitt Holt and how he’s dealt with the aftermath of the accident that left Devin Davis seriously injured.

On the reality in Bloomington

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This much we must remember: Tom Crean gets what’s expected in Bloomington.

You don’t toss up four straight perfect APR scores without getting it. You don’t chain your entire team to student housing this season without getting it.

But we’re still left with this recent mess in Bloomington under his watch, a grown man unable to keep his teenage players from chasing the night — no matter how hard he tries.

Think about it this way: Whom do the underclassmen have to lead them by example? There are no seniors, and the longest-tenured Hoosiers started the off-the-court drama. Hanner Mosquera-Perea drove his car into a curb he was so hammered; Yogi Ferrell used a fake ID at Sports on the weekend of Little 500, a foolish decision. Crean has lofted Nick Zeisloft into the leadership perch. It’s true he’s the oldest kid on the team. But the fact is this: Four months ago, nobody knew who he was.

So there’s a reason Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls and Verdell Jones and Derek Elston are pissed. They see a group of kids — some they played with, some they didn’t — not getting it, not passing along the blueprint. Bob Knight may be long gone, and though he didn’t live a life of sainthood in Bloomington, he drafted that blueprint. The “It’s Indiana” blueprint. It’s a privilege to wear the candy stripes. And with it comes responsibility, higher standards, round-the-clock commitments. It’s not easy. It’s not always fun. But it’s what’s expected.

It’s a culture those players all worked hard to bring back to Assembly Hall under Crean’s watch, and it’s slipped since they’ve left.

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Recapping Tom Crean’s radio show on Monday night

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On Monday night at his first radio show of the 2014-2015 season, Indiana coach Tom Crean faced several questions from both host Don Fischer and fans regarding the Hoosiers’ multiple off-court issues.

During the hour-long show, Crean addressed the condition of sophomore forward Devin Davis, announced suspensions for freshman Emmitt Holt and sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson, commented on leadership issues and updated the injury status of several Hoosiers heading into Thursday’s exhibition against Northwood.

Davis remains hospitalized

Following Monday night’s radio show, Crean said he would immediately return to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to spend time with Davis, who remains hospitalized following Saturday morning’s accident in which Davis was hit by a car driven by Holt.

During the show, though, Crean discussed how painful the incident was to him on a personal level — getting visibly emotional on multiple occasions and choking up on air, as well.

“I think our team is hurting big time,” Crean said. “We know mistakes are made. But our team is hurting big time.”

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Crean: Holt, Robinson, Williams will sit four games

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Indiana coach Tom Crean announced on his radio show Monday night that freshman Emmitt Holt and sophomores Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams have been suspended for four games.

Holt’s suspension is a result of his involvement in the accident that occurred early Saturday morning.

“Emmitt made a couple poor choices,” Crean said on his radio show. “It’s not about what the BAC is. He’s underage and he shouldn’t have been drinking.”

The suspensions for Robinson and Williams are due to failed drug tests per a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. Crean said the suspensions were due to mistakes made over the summer.

“On top of that, we had a couple bad decisions made this summer,” Crean said. “Nobody is happy, Nobody is condoning anything. We have to grow up. We have to. As a unit, as a group of young men.”

Report: Robinson, Williams suspended for failed drug tests

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Indiana sophomores Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams have been suspended for failing drug tests, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

According to the IU student athlete bill of rights, a second failed drug test results in a three-game suspension.

Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.

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