Notebook: Crean unhappy with starting lineup

  • 02/02/2012 8:09 am in

ANN ARBOR, Mi. — Tom Crean didn’t have kind words for his starting lineup, calling it “a joke.”

It was Michigan’s 13-0 start in the first four-plus minutes that got the Hoosiers behind the eight ball before they knew what hit them in Wednesday’s 68-56 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center. The deficit swelled to 20 at one point in the first half.

“The start of the game, we allowed a very good team to play like a great team, because our players came out like they’d seen a ghost,” Crean said. “You cannot come out and not have a physical presence right off the bat. You can’t come out and give that kind of space to a team that’s as good as Michigan. … We knew we were going to be in position to come back if we just settled in.”

The Hoosiers were able to cut it down to two points in the second half, but could never get over that hump. The start put them in a hole they were never able to climb out of.

Instead of calling a timeout to try to gather his team during the early run, Crean wanted his guys to play through it. He felt it was pretty simple what needed to be done.

“It wasn’t anything that a timeout was going to correct, in that sense, in the first couple minutes of the game,” Crean said. “It’s going out and doing what we practiced. You want to give guys a chance to get into the flow of the game, but (the
Wolverines) weren’t doing anything different. … I wasn’t concerned about they were doing, I was more concerned about what we were doing.”

ABELL TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT

In an attempt to get something going, freshman guard Remy Abell saw 16 minutes of action and chipped in four points and two rebounds on the night. All four points came in the first five minutes of the second half, as the Hoosiers made a
charge to get back into the game.

Abell had played 12 total minutes in the previous four games since his career-high 18 minutes against Minnesota on Jan. 12.

“He did an excellent job. He’s a fearless guy,” Crean said of Abell. “He’s an excellent athlete and he’s like Matt Roth with his shooting. Matt is going to be able to make them wherever he goes. … I think Remy can play in any environment. He’s got that kind of toughness. He’ll play more. There’s no doubt about that.”

JONES BRUISES SHOULDER

Late in the first half, Verdell Jones III injured his right shoulder when he was fouled while dribbling at the top of the key. He went straight to the bench and didn’t move his arm as the Hoosiers headed into the locker room. He did not return to the game.

“Verdell has got a bruised shoulder right now,” Crean said. “We’ll evaluate it more tomorrow. That’s where he stands.”

Chris Vannini is a freelance sports journalist in Michigan who has covered Michigan State athletics and the Detroit Tigers over the past four years. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChrisVannini and contact him at [email protected].

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  • IUfanToby

    I’m OK with letting them play though most situations…..but on the road down 10-0 you need a TO.  Even if you don’t get in their faces (which Crean doesn’t do publicly), give them a chance to regroup and make the adjustment.  I’ve posted this before, but I’m a big fan of the “line change” as well (Roy Williams @ UNC).  If you’re not happy w/ the starting 5, pull them all and put some guys out there who will give you the effort.  Then get in their face after a few min on the bench and get them back in. 

  • catronhoosier

    I think we may drop one to MSU at home, i jsut don’t feel like we matchup well with them.  But i feel that we can honestly win every other game left on the schedule.  I would be suprised if we did but Iowa and MInnesota are very beatable at home, and Purdue is a rivalry those always seem to be up for grabs no matter how much better one team is

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    CTC still hasn’t missed a defensive rotation,or an open shot all year..CTC has gotten the best out of a bunch of unathlectic kids.CWat – Slow, has trouble getting his own shot.Depo – Can’t finish or dribble well with left hand,so the B1G plays him left to force jumpers.Hulls –  Extra slow ,needs hugs,only shots well in non-pressure moments,Mr Basketball!?!Zeller – Has to adjust to the physical play of B1G,finesse game is a blocked shot  #refs VJ3  –  IU top 25 all time in points scored Sheehey – best all around player having a bad stretch of gamesWe have to show support and wins will come.The coach bashing is very funny…note to IU fans we are no longer an elite program lookat the coaches that were in the mix when Crean was hired…who is ready to take on us!?!

  • Indysid33

    Hey, I’m a 78-year-old grandfather (who was at IU for the championship 1953 season!) and I agree with every word of that, completely.  And from out here on the Left Coast I can’t even watch like CoCoRio; only listen.  But, a fan?  ‘Til the end!

  • Recker777

    The post about teams just are not winningon the road this year is lame. We have not won on the road for 4 years. We have players that do now know how to win on the road and that is what it takes to be a great team.

  • Recker777

    The post about teams just are not winningon the road this year is lame. We have not won on the road for 4 years. We have players that do now know how to win on the road and that is what it takes to be a great team.

  • silverjackal

    Crean has done fine.  I personally would prefer a great recruiter and a good coach to the other way around.  VJIII has always been the teams albatross.  The good Verdell can be a valuable part of this team but that does not mean he has to be a starter or play starter minutes.  Elston and Remy need to play more minutes.  Crean always refers to Elston as a starter but he never plays starter minutes.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    You are so right.  Third most talent in the BT?  Not even close.

  • Plane1972

    I buy that.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Bingo.  I am of the opinion that you look at the whole body of a season before determining whether a team lived up to or didn’t live up to whatever expectations they had.  A win is exhilarating and a loss is frustrating…it seems some on this site (and throughout today’s “right now” culture) take things much more immediately.  Win and you are great, lose and you stink and are a bum. 

    You are right though Milla.  There are plenty of question marks concerning our program and CTC.  The same can be said for most other programs.  No one knows what is going to happen with 100% certainty.  If there were guarantees, it wouldn’t be sports.  Well said.

  • Oldguyy

    Let’s hope we play the same pathetic MSU team that played Illinois the other night.  Illinois even tried to lose, but couldn’t.

  • sray22

    The reason I believe this team has more talent than most of the other teams in the Big Ten is because we have more depth than most teams.  We can go ten deep without a significant drop off in talent.  Yes, all the players have their weaknesses, but if you look at most of the other teams in the Big Ten, they only play six to seven guys and there is a big drop off from their top players to their secondary players.  Not counting MSU or OSU, what point guards are that much better than Hulls and VJ?  Frazier and Taylor are the only two that stand out to me, but then there is a drop off in talent.  Burke (UM) has had as many good games as bad (similar to Hulls and VJ), Lewis Jackson is not an upgrade, Iowa, Nebraska, Minn, Nebraska, Illinois does not have better options.  All those teams have one or two good players and that’s it.  Our talent is a reason we lead the big ten in scoring.  Problem is that it doesn’t translate over to defense which is why we are struggling.  I really don’t think talent is an issue.  I just think they need to focus on defense more.

  • Plane1972

    Coaching is so difficult. You have to know what different motivations derive the best results from different people.

    It’s obvious to me the coaching staff is both tough and demanding of these guys, but it all happens behind closed doors. Just think about how far this team has come in one season. That level of improvement does not come without hard work, and these guys are not achieving this level of success without the coaching staff riding them. I think Crean is doing a great job so far this season.

    Room to improve? No question. But I see real progress in important areas like player development. I don’t see anyone on this team that hasn’t improved in some measure from where they were last year. When that happens, you’re going in the right direction.

  • Plane1972

    Coaching is so difficult. You have to know what different motivations derive the best results from different people.

    It’s obvious to me the coaching staff is both tough and demanding of these guys, but it all happens behind closed doors. Just think about how far this team has come in one season. That level of improvement does not come without hard work, and these guys are not achieving this level of success without the coaching staff riding them. I think Crean is doing a great job so far this season.

    Room to improve? No question. But I see real progress in important areas like player development. I don’t see anyone on this team that hasn’t improved in some measure from where they were last year. When that happens, you’re going in the right direction.

  • Southern_Indianas_Finest

    Elston may be inconsistent but at least, “he knows where the beach is.”

  • harvo

    indysid33 get directv they give you the big ten network at no extra cost.

  • Oldguyy

    A good point guard can make many coaches look good, but without a good point guard, it’s hard for even a good coach to look good.  Crean has never had a good point guard at IU.  I’ll reserve judgment until next year.  

  • SCHoosier

    Gee why wouldn’t he like his starting line-up?  I mean they played like five guys on the “I got next” list at the YMCA…seeing each other for the first time when it was their turn on the court. I didn’t like the matchups going in..but when VJ started on Burke and VO wad on the bench I figured we could have a rough start. We did. Will couldn’t handle Haradway or much else last night. Tough tough night for this puzzling group of players. Wat..does nothing..then busts his butt the second half. Go figure.

  • SCHoosier

    No ..Crean hasn’t missed a shot or rotation all year..but the defensive substituion he made after IU had clawed back to within two in the second half made no sense at all…TP-Remy and Roth on the floor at the same time..MU went right back to a 9 pt lead. Strange indeed..these kids gotta play more minutes especially in a comeback.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I agree, we are not that talented, and our guard play is our biggest weakness. I also think that mental toughness and consistency is just another aspect of talent; if we aren’t mentally tough and consistent, we aren’t that talented. Right now we have one starter who is consistent. He can’t carry the team completely.

    Last year our biggest weakness was the lack of a big man. We filled that hole and got much better. As soon as we find a consistent, smart point guard, we will be golden. And then guess what? Crean will be a genius!

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I agree, we are not that talented, and our guard play is our biggest weakness. I also think that mental toughness and consistency is just another aspect of talent; if we aren’t mentally tough and consistent, we aren’t that talented. Right now we have one starter who is consistent. He can’t carry the team completely.

    Last year our biggest weakness was the lack of a big man. We filled that hole and got much better. As soon as we find a consistent, smart point guard, we will be golden. And then guess what? Crean will be a genius!

  • Plane1972

    Cody is really, really good, but he’s not Lew Alcindor. He’s touched the ball plenty in the last three games (Wisconsin, PSU and Michigan). PSU was a dunk-fest of easy buckets, but in the other two games he struggled. Despite what the numbers say, he was not the answer to our problems. Actually, the stretch where we got back in the game with Wisconsin, Cody wasn’t even on the floor. We are better with him, so don’t confuse what I’m saying, but his touches are not dictating our results right now.

    I like your idea of mixing up the defensive schemes. Hope we see a little more of that.

  • SCHoosier

    If IU wins another game on the road this year it will be because the other team thought the game was the next day and had to forfiet.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m a Crean guy but it is hard to understand  why IU continues to make the same mistake..yes a young team has to learn to win….but we are not seeing game to game improvement in the area of general D, 3pt D..half court execution…and being tough as nails in the final five minutes. Unacceptable.

  • Plane1972

    It’s not lame. A couple of games back, I remember seeing a stat during the telecast that showed the winning percentage by all Big Ten teams at home and it was above .900. That is skewed a bit because it takes into account the non-conference schedule, but it doesn’t change the fact that road wins are hard to come by in this league. No doubt we let some winnable games get away from us, but don’t discount how difficult road wins are to get.

  • SCHoosier

    If Remy plays within himself and does not take the ball to the hole against 3 or more defenders..which he has done too often this year. Love his defense..and he needs more minutes.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Indiana fans are the most irrational group of people in this country.  WE take the cake over UK fans, little league parents, Tea Party supporters and the “I am going to wait to refinance my mortgage because the interest rates might get lower” crowd.

    At least UK fans can point to the “recent past” of being a national POWER.  We have been irrelevant since 1995.  Please wake up.  Nowhere is it written that Indiana HAS to be good at basketball.  It is not an inevitability.

    With that said, Crean has taken a group of NIT players + Cody Zeller and turned them into a potential 20-25 win team in his fourth year.  That is counting his first year when we returned a walk-on and added a marginal Big Ten starter in Verdell Jones and Tom Pritchard. 

    Did anyone actually look at road games at Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan at the beginning of the year and think that we should win them?  Has anyone actually looked at the schedule?  Do you realize that if they play well and beat Purdue Saturday, that the remaining 6 are actually winnable?

    When Indiana beat NC State on the road, Notre Dame on a neutral court, and OSU and UK at home, was that all in spite of the coach?  I love the “he just needs to find a way to motivate these guys” crowd.  Yeah, everyday he they just get the bag of balls out of the equipment closet, roll them on court and tell them to “have a great practice.” I bet in the locker room before the game they are talking about how awesome the most recent episode of The Journey was and how snazzy the warm up pants look in HD.

    If the statistical revolution in sports has taught us anything, it is sample size.  Judge the 2011-2012 IU basketball team when all is said is done.  Ask yourself what the expectations were before the season.  Did we meet those expectations?  If so, great, if we didn’t, fine as well.

    Look at the strides that two under-recruited sophomores have made.  We are one of the most efficient and lethal offensive teams in the country.  After the disastrous beginning of the game last night, we defended them very well.

    At the end of the day, there is 1 NBA player on this roster.  The rest is no more or less talented than anyone else in our conference.  The sky is not falling, just getting warmer.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Indiana fans are the most irrational group of people in this country.  WE take the cake over UK fans, little league parents, Tea Party supporters and the “I am going to wait to refinance my mortgage because the interest rates might get lower” crowd.

    At least UK fans can point to the “recent past” of being a national POWER.  We have been irrelevant since 1995.  Please wake up.  Nowhere is it written that Indiana HAS to be good at basketball.  It is not an inevitability.

    With that said, Crean has taken a group of NIT players + Cody Zeller and turned them into a potential 20-25 win team in his fourth year.  That is counting his first year when we returned a walk-on and added a marginal Big Ten starter in Verdell Jones and Tom Pritchard. 

    Did anyone actually look at road games at Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan at the beginning of the year and think that we should win them?  Has anyone actually looked at the schedule?  Do you realize that if they play well and beat Purdue Saturday, that the remaining 6 are actually winnable?

    When Indiana beat NC State on the road, Notre Dame on a neutral court, and OSU and UK at home, was that all in spite of the coach?  I love the “he just needs to find a way to motivate these guys” crowd.  Yeah, everyday he they just get the bag of balls out of the equipment closet, roll them on court and tell them to “have a great practice.” I bet in the locker room before the game they are talking about how awesome the most recent episode of The Journey was and how snazzy the warm up pants look in HD.

    If the statistical revolution in sports has taught us anything, it is sample size.  Judge the 2011-2012 IU basketball team when all is said is done.  Ask yourself what the expectations were before the season.  Did we meet those expectations?  If so, great, if we didn’t, fine as well.

    Look at the strides that two under-recruited sophomores have made.  We are one of the most efficient and lethal offensive teams in the country.  After the disastrous beginning of the game last night, we defended them very well.

    At the end of the day, there is 1 NBA player on this roster.  The rest is no more or less talented than anyone else in our conference.  The sky is not falling, just getting warmer.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I wanted to highlight my opinion about B1G officiating so I did a little research.  I pulled ten close, random games from other major conferences and ten close, random games from the B1G.  Here’s what I found when observing fouls called and free throw shots:

    1)  When it came to fouls called, the average fouls called per game in the B1G was almost 5 foul calls per game lower than the other conferences.  Only once did one team not reach the bonus in either half – that was IU at Wisconsin.  4 out of 10 times there were more fouls called on the home team than the visiting team in the random games from other conferences.  This only happened ONCE in the 10 random B1G games. 
    2)  When it came to FT’s.  6 out of 10 times (with two very close) did the home team make more FT’s than the other team attempted in the B1G.  This only happened 4 out of 10 times in the other conferences.  Also, the home team averaged shooting almost 10 more FT’s in the B1G per game while that number was only 6 more in the other conferences.

    I know this is a small sample size, but I think these numbers just go to show that the home court advantage in the B1G is significantly more challenging to overcome than in other conferences because for whatever reason the officials in the B1G call games more one sided than other leagues. 

    I think this has to be examined by the NCAA and it has to be addressed.  IU has played OSU, Michigan, Iowa, Minnsesota, and PSU at home this year and has played OSU, Michigan, PSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and MSU on the road.  IU is averaging almost 80 ppg (79.4) at home and only 65.2 ppg on the road.  That 15 point difference can be attributed partly to poorer shooting on the road but I could make a decent argument for part of that drop in scoring being related to the officiating on the road being more biased towards home teams in the B1G than other conferences. 

    I’ve reserved my opinions on the B1G officiating for most of the year because I’ve harped on it in past seasons, but I must once again say that I think the officiating in the B1G hurts B1G teams when it comes to the NCAA tournament.  MSU traditionally rebounds so well that they survive in the tournament.  I actually think other teams like Wisconsin, OSU, PUke, etc. are prone to foul trouble in the tournament because they are used to getting away with rougher styles of play.  If I was that excited about it or had enough energy, I’d try to go back and pull tourney games from the last few years and see what kind of foul trouble B1G teams got it!

    Either way, I think it’s a problem and by the end of each year, I am tired of watching B1G games because it just doesn’t look like traditional basketball to me.

  • THEFAN

    I agree with you 100%, but when he does call a timeot (like with 13 seconds to go in the 1st half) the players come out on the court and do not have a clue what they are supposed to do.  This is a major problem not being able to execute a set play after a timeout.

  • SCHoosier

    Talent level is good..quickness of that talent is below par..especially on defense at the guard positions where every play starts.

  • Greene

    I agree with you regarding our overall talent level in the B10. Man, there’s some real players out there. We should be so lucky.

    Since you all asked regarding the backcourt, I like VJIII as the 1 guard (quick passes without dribbling) along with Jordy and Matt/Remy looking at defensive zones.
    When they go Man, we go back to VO, WS, JH

  • Miamihoosier

    You need some perspective. We are not a great team. We do not have the potential to be a great team. We are not going to win the national championship this year…….so what are the goals?    IMO, from 3-15 in conference last year, if we can go 10-8, 23-8 overall, maybe 2-1 in the Big Ten tournament, and win a game OR two in the national tournament, we will be set up for a final four run next year, and a Big Ten Title………..  What more are you expecting for the year?

  • sray22

    Sorry, but I guess our views on what talent means is different.  MSU, OSU, Kentucky–these teams have more talent than us.  However, Wisconsin, Michigan, and others in the Big Ten do not.  I agree, our guard play could be better and is a weakness, but our biggest issue is lack of awareness on the defensive end.  I’m sorry, but when I watched our game against Wisconsin, I felt we had the better team the whole game.  Same goes for Minnesota, Nebraska, and Michigan, PS, and Iowa.  When I see Illinois, Purdue, or Northwestern, I don’t think they have more talent than we do.  Sorry, I just can’t honestly say that.  However, many of these teams play better team defense which IU does not for large parts of games.  Watford outplayed Terrence Jones two years in a row so when he gets outplayed in games, its effort, not talent that is lacking.  Hulls is never going to be a defensive stopper but he needs to have better defensive awareness and positioning.  Same goes for Elston and VJ.  Is Ryne Smith or DJ Byrd that much of a better athlete than those guys I just mentioned?  I doubt it, but they don’t have as many defensive breakdowns in Purdue’s defense that our guys seem to have.  There were several times in the last five minutes of last night’s game where we were down two, would get a defensive stop, but then we wouldn’t block out, or we would get tangled with each other and fall out of bounds, and Michigan would get another position and score.  That isn’t a result from a lack of talent, but from a lack of awareness.  Same thing in Wisconsin game.

  • Miamihoosier

    So at this point you would be happy with 21-10?     We will see who is right, but I think we go 6-2, 5-3 at absolute worst in our last 8.     It can be hard to look past the most recent game, but we are not losing at Assembly Hall. I mean we would really have to just tank a game. As good as MSU is, they are not OSU or Kentucky. Northwestern could conceivably keep it close due to their gimmicky style, we always seem confused by, but other than that, come on. We are a different team at home.   And as bad as we have been on the road, you’d have to think we will at least get one out of these last three………..but we will see, I won’t panick till we lose a home game.                     As far as questioning the coaching, I agree with you in a lot of ways, but if the team is far surpassing your pre season predictions, then how disappointed can you really be?   The guy did win mid season coach of the year like 6 games ago……the toughest stretch of the schedule ends Saturday, maybe you’d give him a “D”  for the last 7 games, after an “A+” in the first 16,    let’s see what he gets the last 8.

  • hoosier1158

    It appears to me that coach doesn’t have these guys ready to play.  How can you possibly go to Michigan and not be ready to play??

  • Rodney Bracken

    I say set all starters down! They need to learn how to play on the road. Big Ten is crazy this year, anyone can win on their home floor this year and should. Losing at home to Minn. was unexcusable. Jordan Hull missing free throws in final minute and trying to drive lane with crazy shots is bull! In the last three minutes of Minn game Hulls tried to take ball in crowded lane several times, dribble between legs and turned ball over. He be settin bench for along while if I were coach! I live in Lafayette, I hope they get things together before Saturday against Purdue. Coach Crean good coach, he good recruiter and has clean program, I believe he is IU’s future. They need confidence to play on the road. Go back to “Hoosiers” movie when Gene Hackman measured ball floor, rims are still ten foot boys! GO IU beat PU.

  • Rodney Bracken

    I say set all starters down! They need to learn how to play on the road. Big Ten is crazy this year, anyone can win on their home floor this year and should. Losing at home to Minn. was unexcusable. Jordan Hull missing free throws in final minute and trying to drive lane with crazy shots is bull! In the last three minutes of Minn game Hulls tried to take ball in crowded lane several times, dribble between legs and turned ball over. He be settin bench for along while if I were coach! I live in Lafayette, I hope they get things together before Saturday against Purdue. Coach Crean good coach, he good recruiter and has clean program, I believe he is IU’s future. They need confidence to play on the road. Go back to “Hoosiers” movie when Gene Hackman measured ball floor, rims are still ten foot boys! GO IU beat PU.

  • martyks

    Bobby Knight hated to call the first time out.  I think taking the entire team out to talk to them about “figuring it out” works better than a panic time out.

  • “I wasn’t concerned about they were doing, I was more concerned about what we were doing.”

    Yet you say you didnt think about calling a timeout? Concerned, but not enough to call 1 of 5 timeouts?

    I swear we go to halftimes with more timeouts left than any team i’ve ever watched. Break up the momentum! That’s what they are there for. Love Crean……..that is a head sratcher there.

  • Geoff_85

    You said the coaching on this team is terrible, but you don’t want a new coach? Maybe you should clarify that comment. Everyone on here is so quick to blame Coach Crean. This the only place I see that talk. Quit blaming the coach and give the players some accountability. These kids don’t defend well and don’t take care of the ball all that well a lot of times. There isn’t much Coach Crean can do short of benching those players and substituting others players. Coach Crean doesn’t have that luxury in the back court as much as he would like, I’m sure. Hold the upperclassmen accountable for their mistakes. This basketball team isn’t comprised solely of Freshman and Sophomores anymore.

  • Indysid33

    Thanks, harvo!

  • Southport65

    Go back through all of IU’S good players, who started every game, and tell how many have shot better than 89.8% from the foul line? Not many!! Now tell me how you can say Hulls is not a consistent shooter from the line? The kid missed one shot at a bad time. What about all the others where he did not miss maybe like 58 in a row or  44 out of 49 this year. He may not score 18 every game but he is one of the best IU has ever had from the line. I agree with most of what you are saying it is the stuff that drives coaches mad but Jordy’s foul shooting is nothing to worry about. I would be more worried about why kids he has that are shooting in the seventy+ ranges miss the front end of one and ones, at the ends of ball games, very consistently.  That’s when you want Hulls to have the ball. Also, why some of your best players going to the hoop are taking 3’s when they are shooting them below 30%. Getting your players to play to their best skills set will build consistency but it is a lot easier to say than do. Sometimes kids are great at doing this in practice but when the game starts they can easily revert to old bad habits and we have some players who fall into that group. Sometime a few minutes on the pine will work and sometimes it takes a couple of games on the bench. I think Coach is doing that now. Hopefully those who need it will learn and be better players in the future. This team is much better than last year and there is a lot off bb yet to play. They can still have a great season. It’s up to them to coach and play and it’s up to us to cheer them on. Go IU!!

  • Southport65

    Go back through all of IU’S good players, who started every game, and tell how many have shot better than 89.8% from the foul line? Not many!! Now tell me how you can say Hulls is not a consistent shooter from the line? The kid missed one shot at a bad time. What about all the others where he did not miss maybe like 58 in a row or  44 out of 49 this year. He may not score 18 every game but he is one of the best IU has ever had from the line. I agree with most of what you are saying it is the stuff that drives coaches mad but Jordy’s foul shooting is nothing to worry about. I would be more worried about why kids he has that are shooting in the seventy+ ranges miss the front end of one and ones, at the ends of ball games, very consistently.  That’s when you want Hulls to have the ball. Also, why some of your best players going to the hoop are taking 3’s when they are shooting them below 30%. Getting your players to play to their best skills set will build consistency but it is a lot easier to say than do. Sometimes kids are great at doing this in practice but when the game starts they can easily revert to old bad habits and we have some players who fall into that group. Sometime a few minutes on the pine will work and sometimes it takes a couple of games on the bench. I think Coach is doing that now. Hopefully those who need it will learn and be better players in the future. This team is much better than last year and there is a lot off bb yet to play. They can still have a great season. It’s up to them to coach and play and it’s up to us to cheer them on. Go IU!!

  • easybball

    Abell is a disaster waiting to happen when he comes in.  He lowers his head and dribbles into the middle (who does that remind you of), then takes a shot without even looking at the basket.
    Please, no for the sake of the team.
    Roth is a much better option off the bench.
    In fact I would love to see Roth start with Jordan at point as he is now.

  • SCHoosier

    Hard to judge in the NCAA tourney..cause every year..the first couple days of games they call everything and call it tight…then they loosen up as it goes along. Not sure how they expect teams to respond..but every year..starting off..any physical contact is a foul..then by the S-16..they re backin’ and hackin’. Or maybe I’m just dreaming

  • 888

    Dackich is a coach and he said when you watch teams live in the Big like he does he said NOBODY in the BIG has more good players than Indiana. They are underacheiving guys or they might have the physical talent but lack the toughness it takes to do what they should.

  • rabble rabble

    First paragraph = hilarious.

    I agree with a lot of you you have to say, however IU was in the National Title Game in 02. Not exactly “irrelevant”.

  • TampaHoosier

    Key being that he MADE ADJUSTMENTS.  Crean seems to struggle with that in-game.  I was pleased with the half-time adjustments though.

  • InTheMtns

    No, he was trying to say that Remy can play in any environment. He was a bit un-artful with his comparison, but I think what he meant was: Usually Matt isn’t bothered by playing on the road – he can make shots anywhere the team is playing. Similarly, Remy isn’t bothered by playing on the road. He’s got toughness that he’ll bring to the game anywhere the team is playing.  Bottom line of what I think he was saying is that he trusts Remy to always play tough and he’ll get more playing time.