Instead of practicing Sunday evening, as the team might normally do, Indiana scheduled its first workout on the mainland this week for Sunday at noon.
After a long travel weekend that spanned multiple time zones on the way home from Honolulu, IU coach Tom Crean didn’t want to wait for his players to ease back into their usual routine.
He wanted to force them into it.
“Let’s try our very best to get back to some semblance of getting up on East Coast standard time,” Crean said. “Those types of things we try to do. It’s harder the first couple days for them. We were over there for awhile. It’s a tough time zone and they have to get right back to school. To me, it’s important that they try to get some sense of normalcy even though you know that there really isn’t going to be any.”
It’s a five-hour time difference between Bloomington and Honolulu. The Hoosiers took an early-morning connecting flight to Dallas on Nov. 8 and spent the next four days moving between basketball activities and educational opportunities at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
After Friday’s win over Kansas, the team went straight to the airport and began their journey home. The Hoosiers eventually landed in Indiana on Saturday evening.
The past three days have been all about re-establishing routines and getting focused on Wednesday’s game against UMass Lowell. Crean says it’s clear to him that his players are still recovering from the travel, and he’s looking to see just how quickly they can shake off the rust in their regular season home opener Wednesday night.
“I feel like our bodies are coming into it,” freshman forward De’Ron Davis said. “We’re a little tired, but we’ll be ready for our next game.”