News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

  • 12/06/2016 9:07 am in

Inside IU basketball with Tom Crean was live on Monday evening from the Holiday Inn in Bloomington. The Hoosiers had three games in five days and are now 7-1 following wins over No. 3 North Carolina, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri State. Collin Hartman was the player guest.

Below are news and notes with comments from Crean and Hartman on Monday evening:

· After playing four games in an eight-day stretch, Crean said it’s been a while since IU had a real practice. His main concern is it’s been hard to work on some of the things they need to work on. Things slow down a little bit over the next week and Crean said it’ll be good to have some time to go against each other and work with lineups a little bit.

· Crean on the atmosphere against UNC: “Tim Garl (longtime IU athletic trainer) has seen every atmosphere possible and he’s been there for so many years. He was literally blown away by that level. He usually texts about our injury update late at night but he usually doesn’t text at the fact at how great that crowd was. He’s seen it all. Bottom line is when you get a guy like Tim excited, it’s a special night. The energy in the building never waned. There’s nothing like it…it gave our players an incredible amount of strength.”

· Defensive improvement: Last year through eight games, IU allowed opponents to shoot 45.5 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from behind arc. This year through eight games, IU is holding opponents to 37.4 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from the 3-poing range. Crean said, “We’re getting better, no doubt about it. A year ago we were left for dead on the side of the road.” Specifically, defensive rebounding has improved from everyone, including guards.

· Crean’s comments on Juwan Morgan stepping up to fill in during OG Anunoby’s absence: “Juwan comes in and takes over the starting role and puts up a double-double. He’s becoming a leader, taking responsibility vocally, rebounding well, defending well and making shots.” Morgan was 12-12 from the field over IU’s last two games and led the way on defense and rebounds.

· On De’Ron Davis increasing playing time: “We knew it was coming, and it’ll get even better. It’s just a matter of time, playing longer stretches, learning how to play with Thomas (Bryant), it opens up so many more options through the post.” If Davis can play the post, that allows Bryant to move around the perimeter more.

· Concerning Anunoby, Crean said it’s difficult for anybody to come in and make up the way he makes shots and plays defensively. But they’ve made up for the loss in rebounding, with Morgan and Davis especially. Right now, his status is “day-to-day, we’ll see how it goes,” according to Crean. He mentioned Anunoby has been doing mechanical work shooting from the chair working on follow through and building range.

· For Josh Newkirk adapting into his leadership role: “The bottom line is that he needs to make better decisions with the ball, he’s making some turnovers right now that can’t be made but he’s shooting the ball better.” Crean also emphasized there are times where IU is out on the court looking at each other, and that’s when Newkirk needs to take command of the team.

· IU is off until Dec. 10 when it faces Houston Baptist at home. Crean’s comments on the matchup: “They score a lot of points, their average time of possession is 15 seconds so they have a fast pace of game. We don’t want to be out there trading baskets, we want to get out and get our break. But this week is time to get ourselves better and focus on them later in the week.”

· Hartman’s comments on the team this season: “They’re extremely talented, they have all the talent in the world. They’re smart guys and they love to win. Put all that together with a little bit of experience, a lot of coaching, and it’s dangerous.”

· Crean has given Hartman new roles to focus on inside practices and games. Hartman said his experience makes it easy for him to give tips to the younger guys with things to tweak or tips of how to improve. One guy that Hartman said has impressed him is Zach McRoberts. “He’s diving on the floor for balls, has high energy, moves the ball, makes hustle plays, crashes the boards, that kind of thing. It’s not on stat sheet, but it keeps game going.”

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  • IULore

    Is Colin already done for the year?

  • bplongdong

    That is my guess at this point. At one point I was optimistic because of comments that he made about trying to get back that it was possible he had a partial ACL tear, but given the fact that it has been 2 months and we haven’t had an update on his status at all I’d say that isn’t a good sign.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I think a large part of the reason for that they are only allowed to say so much when it comes to medical conditions nowadays. I think another part of the reason is that its only been 2 months. Each player rehabs differently. Knees especially can take a long time to heal. Several years ago I tore my MCL and it took several months before I was even 75% and at least a year before I was 100%. I wasn’t the athlete CH is nor did I have access to the rehab/docs he does. But I did put in a lot of work into it.

    At the start of the season, I don’t think any of us expected CH to play this season. Any contribution we get from him (even if he’s chained to the bench) is a bonus.

  • NC Hoosier

    Was at the game on Sunday and he was one of three players that signed autographs afterward. Took my kids through the line and I simply said to him “Please come back next year.” He replied “Thanks for saying that, it means a lot.” Because he didn’t say anything about possibly getting back on the court this year, I think that was a sign he is out for the year.

  • Courtney Graber

    OG can practice free throws while he’s injured. All. Day.

  • Piker

    If Colin is done it sure it sure would help next year’s team with TB and OG likley gone. We all know how good he is. Can play both ends of the floor inside and out. DD, CH, JM with FM, JS, and CM off the bench to complete the front court.

  • SilentBob

    Is it bad that that’s kind of what I’m hoping for? Not just because he would be a great help for next year, but I really don’t want him to come back for just a handful of games. Not to mention most those games he’d be shaking off rust and might just not be as good of an option at that point.

  • Have we heard anything about a medical redshirt?

  • Nope. They danced around the issue (and injury) for the second week on the radio show. It was not discussed, and has not been in the past month or so, as far as my knowledge goes. Mine is definitely only limited knowledge, but I also try to pay attention to what I can. I don’t like the silence and rhetorical misdirection.

  • I’m not going to get too upset with them, though. What a tough situation for everyone involved. Concern for CH himself, program considerations, scholarships, likelihood of full return vs. the possibility that he’ll never be back to 100%, etc. Say one thing today and get attacked for it in six months if it turns out to be too optimistic or pessimistic. I really don’t envy CTC and his staff when it comes to things like this.

  • pcantidote

    I don’t think I’d read into it too much. It sounds to me like he was just being a nice guy.

  • John D Murphy

    They said during the game that they aren’t letting shoot normal shots (probably afraid to mess up mechanics). He is shooting close to the basket sitting on a chair.

  • CreanFaithful

    Yeah, I can’t see the value in getting up shots that require compensation for the injury. Any good free throw shooter uses their legs. I think it’s pretty neat how the staff tries to find ways to improve through injury, but I also appreciate their understanding of not rushing/working on things that are not within reach at the given moment.

  • Piker

    I agree. I think all involved, including us, would be better off if Colin red shirted and came back next year. I have not heard anything about his condition, rehab etc. If he had a chance of coming back in the next month I would expect more reports and optimistic comments about his rehab and timing of return. We got nothing. Give him a year and he will be as good as he would of been this year. Of course as Mark said I don’t envy all the stuff TC has to consider to put a Big Ten championship team on the floor every year.

  • IU Cal 1809

    I really hope for JM he doesn’t have a year like Sheehey did once his buddies left.

  • cbags05

    His mechanics could use some tweaks let’s be honest.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I don’t understand all this talking below me. I swore I heard in a CTC interview or somewhere that CH was almost there that he was doing basketball related things and soon would be practicing. Speculation was best end of pre conference…worst a few games in. Am I missing something?? I look to you guys, the experts. Why am I hearing next year? At least I see OG went from indefinite to day to day.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’m same as you Clyde. I pay attention to everything and I swear I saw or heard somewhere that he was progressing well and should play within a few weeks.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I agree. If it’s really late in season. Sit out. He WILL get a medical redshirt. I’ve seen it happen to our rivals. Some of them play 7 years like spike Albrecht. We could use him more this year for sure. It’s up to him. If we are in good position to reach final four or better. Do you give that up for next year. There is way too much speculation on this one.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Ball handling in a chair. Always some way to turn a negative into a positive. CTC is a smart dude.

  • InTheMtns

    If I remember correctly, after Collin’s surgery CTC said it was possible Collin was out for the season but it was also possible he might be back later this season. I don’t believe they have ever talked about a timeline or ruled either possibility in or out. .

    At the end of the interview with Fisch, Fisch thanked Collin for being on and stated he knew it’s been a tough year for Collin. He then said he hoped to have Collin on one more time before the season was over and added that maybe Collin would be playing by that time. Collin diplomatically responded with, “Maybe. Maybe.”

    He’s playing it close to the chest, which is understandable, I think. They’ve stayed consistent, so far, in what they’ve said – which is they won’t discuss the injury, won’t give a timeline and won’t rule in or out whether he might still play this season. We have heard that Collin is working hard on his rehab and that he’s making good progress, which, of course, is good news. If he is able to heal and play this season, he’ll have a lot to think over and a tough choice to make, I’d imagine. Meanwhile, we won’t know more until we know more.

  • TomJameson

    About Colin and redshirt possibilities. I feel the reason it’s not in discussion (in public) is that it’s a decision that will be made later. You know that Coach Crean and Colin have talked about it and know the possibilities … and it’s all just possibilities right now. When something in definite, I’m sure that’s when we, as fans, will find out.
    Just wanted to mention that as far as having some time off between games, I don’t like it! Reason is that a week always seems to be enough time to develop a thin layer of rust. This next game against Houston Baptist it shouldn’t be a problem, but then there is another week off before playing Butler. Starting slow and digging too big of a hole with those guys will be a problem.

  • IULore

    Well that’s great! I hope that’s the case.

  • Hoosierkamp

    btw – hope the game was awesome! you went to the UNC game right? Hope you got decent seats

  • NC Hoosier

    It was actually the game against SE Missouri on Sunday. Experience was awesome. First game ever at AH. Took the kids to see Cook Hall Saturday night. While we were peering in the windows, Coach Buckley walked out for the evening and introduced himself. Let us into Cook Hall to explore. Super nice guy.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You are right there is no substitution for playing in real games. But considering the injuries and sore bodies it is good to have a break. Plus you know they practice when they aren’t playing right? haha. They have plenty of things to work on and improve. They will be ready to play and hopefully healthier! They are going to need it against Butler and for the Big10 season coming up fast!

  • Outoftheloop

    The best case scenario for Collin is and has always been, the end of this season. Stick to legitimate news sources.

  • Outoftheloop


  • vicbert caladipo

    No what? You have some information to share?

  • Outoftheloop

    If Collin takes a medical red-shirt, then IU needs 3 to enter the NBA. IU is required to give each of the 3 recruits a scholarship.

  • vicbert caladipo


  • vicbert caladipo

    Thanks. You must be one of the experts I was looking for.

  • Wow, I’d really be surprised if that were the case. Hopefully that’s true and that you didn’t mis-hear someone actually talking about OG.

  • Outoftheloop

    Just following the reports in the local legitimate news.

  • Outoftheloop

    The reports on Collin have consistently been end of this season, at best, or next season with a medical red-shirt. Collin has not played one game this season.

  • Outoftheloop


  • Outoftheloop

    NCAA RULE says yes!

  • Dave Carnes

    Isn’t Jeff Settles still playing at Iowa? The older guys will get that one

  • vicbert caladipo

    JESS Settles is a studio announcer for the BTN. Man I hated that guy when he was playing. Him and Chris Jent from OSU.