WDRB.com: Crean’s non-traditional approach includes Denny Crum

  • 07/05/2012 12:06 pm in

WDRB.com: Crean’s non-traditional approach includes Denny Crum

So it was no surprise the videos Crean was studying the other day were not from his team’s unexpected 27-win season. They were videos of teams coached by a guy Crean has long admired – Denny Crum.

They were videos of the 1980 and 1986 University of Louisville teams that Crum directed to NCAA titles. Specifically, they were clips of how those teams, the ones with so many interchangeable parts, played Crum’s trademark switching defense.

“We’ve got a chance to have more depth,” said Crean, who has talked with Crum about visiting IU practices. “We have a chance to pressure the ball more. We definitely have more length. We can do more switching. That’s why I’m so interested in looking at the old Louisville teams of Denny Crum and how they did that.

“There’s so many more opportunities we have defensively right now because of our length and versatility. That’s how we have tried to recruit it. Get versatile, multi-dimensional, multi-positional guys. And try not to get too many people that can’t shoot the ball.”

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  • superhoops

    Hopefully Coach is studying tapes from the teams that won the championship the year after each of Crum’s 2 championships! Now that would be worth watching as well.

  • Pritch24

    That would be great to play like those teams, rotating guys in and out, with our depth that could be scary for other teams. We could just wear them down with our 8th 9th and 10th men.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Is this new? Isn’t this what CTC’s been trying to establish for the last 2-3 yrs? I remember people on this site all up in arms over the constant switching on D — this when we were winning 10 games a year. Will be interesting to see how it pans out w/ the horses to run it right.

  • SCHoosier

    Lived in the “ville during Crum’s best teams..always very ahtletic and loved to start their offense with their defense. We have the talent to do that now..why not..very much a team concept based on quickness and being in the passing lanes. The “Doctors of Dunk” were just that thanks to the runouts they got off their defense.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m sure most of you know it, but Crum was a John Wooden disciple (went to a juco and then played for Wooden. Well, didn’t play much, but did ask tons of questions while sitting on the bench, then became an assistant coach.)

    One of the biggest things Crum took from Wooden was his pressing style, particularly using the forwards and guards in reversed spots from what is usually done. Crum also favored bigger guards, so this could be something that happens more when Yogi and Jordy are on the bench, but VO, Creek (if/when healthy) and Patterson are built for this, and Sheehey could swing back to this slot too. You would have forwards pressuring the ball (take your pick from Perea, Hollowell, Sheehey, Elston, Watford, Etherington,) and the last line of defense as either Zeller or Jurkin.

    I know you won’t go long stretches with Hulls and Ferrell on the bench but if for whatever reason you have to/choose to do so, you create 3 or 4 minutes of absolute havoc with this unit. It may also be a good time to give Cody a break and use Jurkin because you want Cody scoring points and the back line guy may never need to come across half court.

    I also can’t help but think the line in the title of the article, “Crean’s non-traditional approach” is a direct dig at someone and that makes me smile.

  • I wondered what was up with the “non-traditional” title. I was thinking he was going to have IU play some neutral site games in the PE complex at Vincennes University.

  • If he wants Coach Crum to show up, he should host a Texas Hold’em poker tournament. I got his autograph when we both played in a tournament a couple years back.

  • Knuckledrager

    I think we will run other teams into the dirt. Wholesale substituting. 5 men in 5 men out. With the physical conditioning, high pressure “D”, run and gun, who could hang with us? Zeller is the fastest big man in the game. End to end he can run their big man into the ground. Run, run, run. Fouls rack up. 5 in, 5 out. Hurry BB season.