Hoosier Morning

Indiana coach Tom Crean talks with officials as Matt Roth goes to check into the game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

THREE-POINT SHOT

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

It was the same result — a ninth-straight loss — but at least the Hoosiers went down swinging, Dustin wrote. Bobby Capobianco and Derek Elston said they want to stay because of the brotherhood in the locker room; that foundation could serve the Hoosiers during the long offseason, I wrote.

The foundation has a few cracks in it, the IDS’ Nathan Hart wrote. Indiana competed but didn’t execute at a high-enough level, the IDS’ Ryan Winn wrote. Just like in December’s matchup, the Hoosiers could not compete on the boards, the IDS’ Greg Rosenstein wrote.

Indiana’s inability to make shots from outside is a common theme during the last nine games, the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote. It is still very much a work in progress, but the program has to show it is making progress, the Star’s Bob Kravitz wrote.

Controlling the glass allowed Penn State to control the game, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope wrote. At least Indiana is not Ohio State and has kept its integrity, the Journal-Gazette’s Ben Smith wrote.

2. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Jeff Brooks’ play allowed Penn State to muck through the game and advance to play Wisconsin today, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ David Jones wrote. Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor has listened to his father throughout this season, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote.

Ohio State conditions to prepare itself to play three games in three days, starting today against Northwestern, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote. Northwestern’s Juice Thompson set a new single-game Tournament record with 35 points to beat Minnesota, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote.

Purdue is trying to bounce back from the loss to Iowa with a renewed focus on defense, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote. Durrell Summers was the man down the stretch as Michigan State edged Iowa, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote.

Michigan’s versatility has allowed it be successful this season, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote. Demetri McCamey can boost his NBA stock with a good postseason, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

32 comments

  1. Sleeping giant? That’s laughable.

    fast forward to this time next year when CTC is explaining finishing 11th or 12th in the Big 10 and losing a first round game. He is already setting the tone by saying IU is not talented enough because next year the we are so young excuse goes by the wayside.

    I have yet to see CTC be accountable for his offensive coaching weakness, lack of fundamentals teaching, irrational substitution patterns,etc.

    Wake up Glass– you have the weakest game coach in the Big 10– he gets no respect from other coaches or from the officials. Did you see Hightower joking with Penn State huddle during a timeout yesterday? I will say it until I am blue in the face-CTC is “all hat and no cattle”.

  2. Crean is rude to his colleagues in the Big Ten, consistently not in line to shake hands. He plays to the camera and blames his players. Get Real’s comments are correct.

  3. jones and watford must learn to play defense. If you let your man score your points dont mean much! All year long this happened!

  4. 4getreals is at it again.

    Did you see Hightower joking with Penn State huddle during a timeout yesterday?

    A master reader of faces and gestures, this guy thinks he can discover the secrets of the world through conversations he can’t even hear.

    The last time he graced us with his wisdom, he told us that “High school players in Indiana all laugh because Crean tells them they’re the next Dwayne Wade.” (and then Crean bagged Zeller, Perea, Patterson, and Ferrell. Hmmph.)

    Before that, he asked “Did you see how Rivers shrugged off Crean on the sideline? The players have no respect for the coach.”

    This guy 4getreals is a master psychologist

  5. Sorry I am not “4 guards”. I have been been making same comments about CTC being “all hat and no cattle’ for 2 years, but those other comments are not mine. There was an excellent post recently by a person who described himself as a college coach who said that CTC was not respected by his peers.

    Until CTC is gone, the rest of the Big 10 coaches will not be afraid of IU, even in Assembly Hall.

  6. I’m starting to wonder about the whole concept of “player development.” The last Hoosier to really “develop” while he was here was DJ White, and he spanned two coaches. Ben Allen and Stemler got worse in their second years, players like Ellis and DeAndre Thomas developed in junior college. Eric Gordon was obviously beyond developed from the get-go.

    It’s looking more and more like “what you see is what you get” with our players. Either they look good right away, look bad right away, or look OK and then regress their second year.

    If this is the case, I am glad we are bringing in top-20 talent over the next few years so that we can drop the hopes of “development.” Looking at the schools who signed top-20 players from the Rivals 2010 list, no one finished with fewer than 15 wins.

  7. get real — “There was an excellent post recently by a person who described himself as a college coach . . .” That’s just it, get real — he described himself as a college coach.

    If you are buying that, then perhaps I could interest you in some really hot stock prospects. I describe myself as a self-made bizillionaire who knows how to spot secret investments that no one lese knows about.

    get real, as much as I know that this is very sad news to you, there is no way the person making that post is actually a college basketball coach. Probably never played one on TV or in his high school play either. You could do your own credibility a big favor if you would stop quoting that poster.

  8. Right now there are ten coaches in the Big Ten that are better at their job than Crean is. I don’t see that changing very much as next year he will probably drop to the 12th position. The never ending substitutions create a look of uncertainty. The team on the floor hardly ever looks like they are comfortable with each other and always looking over to the bench to see who is coming in and for whom. Just an observation.

  9. It is of course not necessary to mention those other ten coaches either have had more Juniors/Seniors, better talent or the combination of both. Remember walk-on Taber, walk-on Finklemeier, walk-on Gambles, Jobe and now Rivers.

  10. Whether the guy was a college coach or not– he hit the nail on the head. What will it take you-next year,2 years or more to realize that CTC isn’t the answer. By the time he is done, the coffin will be closed.

    Give him 20 years– it won’t matter. D. Wade will be a grandpa–it won’t change.

  11. I am hoping we bring in a coach this summer who specializes in developing big men. I am sick of seeing our “Bigs” flounder out there, fouling and setting moving screens, being beaten on the glass, unable to score or put a move on an opponent on the offensive end. There must be someone. Whoever is currently working with our “Bigs” is certainly not effective and should be replaced.

  12. Chet, I’m guessing by your comment that you don’t observe well enough to have an opinion.

  13. All I can sday is to quote a famous man “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” Amen

  14. Alum patient with Crean. Saw Knight get out coached by Keady in Assembly Hall 3 out of my 4 years in school. Liked Davis, but he was a bad fit for IU job. Administration should be ashamed for Sampson hire. Next year is our opportunity to establish IU back as a contender. LOVE that ILLINI, MSU, PU appear headed downward. IA, NW, PSU, NE, MN… Should be winnable in 2011-12. Still, OSU, MI, MSU, WI, different level. Hoosiers have to be in mix to get back into conference middle to elite teams NEXT year!

  15. ^ “Like.”

    I’d throw in there that I watched Sampson’s #8-ranked Hoosiers pathetically blow a game to an unranked UConn team missing their two best players – at Assembly Hall. Never forget that one.

    Or when Dakich took over for K.S. and the team got beat by 30 in East Lansing. Or how about the Brian Butch shot? Or the Blake Hoffarber shot? This basketball program has lost some really painful games in the last 5 years. It’s more than one person who is responsible, as it always is.

  16. In the last 3.5min., the hoosiers missed 4 open shots. 3 of them were three pointers, I can’t recall the 4th.

    Maybe Crean can run out on the floor and stroke their ego during those open shots down the stretch. That’s what a real coach would do.

    Yeah, right. Talent, will, execution, and killer instict, win games, winning begets winning.

    W: Work hard
    I: Intensity
    N: No alibis

    Most of the kids on this team don’t get, and the ones that do are young.

  17. Hulls: “at least we played like warriors”.

    Does Hulls have any idea what he is talking about? Come on child…at least honor those who are there and have spent their last ten years protecting your cuddled butt! They earned it!

  18. Crean is the worst run-out-on-the-court, ego-stroker in the NCAA. He is also horrible at hitting shots down the stretch. Alford would have stripped the ball from the players and sunk the shots himself.

  19. $2.36 million a year for the next 7 years— CTC deserves every bit of criticism for his coaching performance. What possible improvement can Glass see this year. The guy made almost $800,000 per Big 10 win the last 2 years.

    This guy should give his salary back to the university, but instead he will be allowed to continue his charade as a basketball coach.

  20. how much teaching does coach crean do? how much coaching? have the players improved from start to finish of a season, or from season to season, under him? i don’t see it and it’s been three years.

    i like the guy and thought since he has that izzo pedigree and the marquette success and the squeaky clean image. i thought after sampson, that this was the guy. hope he can get it going but it’s been three years and the train still hasn’t left the station. it’s getting late. other trains are leaving IU behind.

    look at john beilein at michigan. their program was down and he’s been there three years, same as coach crean, and has recruited good players and taught them his system and they have improved to where they are in a position to possibly win the big ten tournament.

    fran mccafferty at Iowa looks like the real deal too.

    sometimes it ain’t the guy who follows the legend, or the guy who follows him — it’s the guy four coaches removed from the legend who finally brings the program back. sometimes it takes decades. witness oklahoma football and barry switzer several coaches after bud wilkinson and then bob stoops several coaches after him.

    the path back to the basketball mountain top ain’t smooth or straight, that’s fer sure.

  21. I can’t believe the people who are still listening to Crean’s excuses. I let it go the first year or 2, but this year was a disaster. Crean is in way over his head at IU.
    And he is still recruiting low level wings for 2011?????

  22. I am kind of starting to think he is in over his head also. He takes no accountability and complains we do not have the talent. Last time I looked he is the one who brought these guys in so that is on him. People are grown tired of the used car salesman talk.

    Then again I doubt he cares since he has a ten year deal and no chance of being fired.

    Tom Cran is Tim Brewster!

  23. Next season, we have a top 10 recruiting class who will be upper classmen. But yet many fans do not expect a tournament birth? Something doesn’t add up. I mean we even have a 5 star recruit in Zeller coming in.
    With all that talent, even a mediocre coach would have no problem making the NCAA tournament.

  24. Of those soon to be upperclassmen of top 10 talent how significant is Creek to last season, this season and the prospects for next season to a mediocre coach?

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