Crean named finalist for Naismith coach of the year

  • 03/17/2016 10:15 am in

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana coach Tom Crean was named one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith men’s college coach of the year on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Crean joins Xavier’s Chris Mack, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Bill Self of Kansas as a finalist for the award, which will be announced on Sunday, April 3 at the Naismith Awards brunch at the Final Four in Houston.

Crean led Indiana to a 25-6 regular season record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play, the best mark for the program since the 1992-1993 season when the Hoosiers finished 17-1.

The Hoosiers open the NCAA tournament on Thursday night as a No. 5 seed in the East Region against Chattanooga at Wells Fargo Arena.

Earlier this month, Crean was named the Big Ten coach of the year by the league’s coaches and media.

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