Tom Crean on the radio

Don wants to know about what Big Ten opponents have learned from watching tape.

Iowa is going to put a lot of pressure on Indiana, Crean says. The Hawkeyes are “very improved” he says.

Don thinks it’s interesting that the Big Ten is so high in the RPI. Thinks the conference is as good as it’s been in many years.

Tom Crean agrees. He credits the new coaches, such as Todd Lickliter, Tubby Smith and John Belein. Those guys had some players to build around, Crean says, and have done a good job adding parts and implementing their systems.

Next caller: What player or players have made the most progress since the beginning of summer?

It’s hard for Crean to answer that question. “Really, until the end of the year I try not to answer that,” Crean says. “We’re trying to get them all better.”

Crean closes his part of show by thanking the fans for being here.


Pete, a friend of Tom’s, apparently is calling in just to give his support. A nice gesture.

Now Adam from Indy. He’s an assistant at a high school and he wants to know what stats they follow during the game.

Apparently it changes from game to game, depending on the matchups. But deflections always matter, as do rebound differentials.

Sometimes they’ll set a goal. They wanted No. 34 to turn the ball over six times last night; he turned it over just twice and had 19 points.

Crean’s also paying special attention to how his team turns the ball over. Is it being weak with the ball? Is it a charge?

Deflections, Crean says, are a barometer of active defense. That’s why he likes them so much.

A fan here wants to know what Steven Gambles must do to play.

“He’s got to work his way in,” Crean says.

The guys who didn’t play Sunday night, Crean says, haven’t earned the right to. They aren’t showing a reason.

Except for Broderick Lewis. His energy has been good. “He’s become an oustanding scout guy for us at practice.”


Billy from Vincennes is asking about the 3-point line.

Crean’s only really comfortable with two guys shooting from the new line, which moved back a foot. They are Matt Roth and Devan Dumes. The other players are still adjusting.

Next caller wants to know why Crean’s wife wasn’t at the game. She was. But she was sitting in a different area, with Crean’s mom. She watched her first Indiana game last night.

Crean is asked whether Bawa was one of the big guys sitting behind the bench. He wasn’t.


Kipp Schutz suffered a minor injury over the weekend and will go back to baseball. Eric Arnett, the pitcher who has worked with the team, will continue to do so. “He comes in and battles everyday,” Crean says.

“I joke, but it’s true: we’ve had more baseball scouts that basketball scouts at our practices,” Crean says.

To the phones. Jeff from Bloomington: He just wants to say that he and many other fans are 100 percent behind Crean. He’s also got a two-part question: what’s up with Tijan Jobe?

Crean says that Jobe got 100 percent of the points he could in one of his classes, even though he’s only been in the country a few years. “That’s how hard he works,” Crean says.

But it just has “not come alive” yet on the court to the point where Jobe can earn more minutes.

Second question: do the kids come in frequently to ask for extra help?

“We don’t do that enough,” Crean says.

He wants the players to want it on their own.

“The investment never means as much as when it’s your own idea,” he says. Crean gave a list to his players of the hardest-working guys he’s been around. They’re all in the NBA.

“We’re not there yet,” Crean says.

And, frankly, he says, part of the evaluation each player will go through as the program builds is how much extra work they’ve done.

Crean says Kyle Taber disappoints him in this way. He thought that as a veteran leader he would get the younger kids into the gym more often.


Let’s chat about the Lipscomb game, Don says.

Crean thought his team played with a lot of energy.

“There was a time there where it was a lot of fun,” he said.

But it was fool’s gold. While Indiana was shooting 67 percent in the first half and feeling good, it also was failing to make defensive stops. And without one or two guys to pull the offense out of a lull like the one the Hoosiers hit after taking a 21-point lead, there’s no way to win unless you can make stops and get easy buckets as a result.

They can’t “play out of it.”

Indiana did limit its turnovers to 13. “There is progress being made,” he said. The players also pivoted better, made some sharper cuts. Crean doesn’t always see the glass-half-full angle on film, but members of his staff do.


Tom Crean arrives. Those who are joined here are pleased.

Apparently Indiana had two practices today.

“It was almost three,” Crean quips.

Fischer’s asking Crean about how he’s handling the last two losses. Crean gives a line he has a few times, saying there’s a difference between disappointment and discouragement.

He’s the former. And so they’ll keep working. What’s happening now, he says, is the effect of what happened in April and May when he took over the team and got rid of all but two players.

Crean again saying that he’s proud of how his players did in the classroom first semester.

Now the question about the freshmen wall.

“You can’t see it coming. It’s like a UFO,” Crean says. “You can’t quite identify it but you know it’s there, it’s something.”

Usually a team works through the freshmen wall because, well, at least a fourth of the team isn’t made up of freshmen.


Don Fischer opens the show by recounting the losses to Northeastern and Lipscomb. Tell you what: Don has a way of making them seem not quite as bad as some of you thought. Growing pains, he says. Calls the upcoming Big Ten slate an “unenviable task” for the young Hoosiers.


Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean will take part in his weekly radio show tonight at about 7:05. I’m at Coaches Bar and Grill and will provide updates.


  1. You are without a doubt the most pathetic person I have seen on this blog ever mr aruss. The fact that you defend Lynch and talk bad about Crean shows your stupidity. Who beat one real d 1 team and got destroyed with “his players” and team projected to go or compete for a bowl. I know you think Taber is an all american but we are projected by the experts to finish last because we have a team full of walk ons and god damn baseball players. Aruss, If Crean only wins one god damn big ten game in his second year like MR Lynch then sure i’m with you on the fire him bus but until then give him a chance. Otherwise go get a life you nonconstructive piece of mike davis turd.

  2. Crean just wants a leader. Kind of what I was saying on the other topic. Maybe this will light a fire under someone. I have never seen GD dropped like in the post above. Aruss is right on with some things(more than people will admit, but he is way off on Lynch usually) but tries to ruffle feathers more often than not. Just laugh it off!

  3. I’m disappointed in Taber as well if this is true. He has the opportunity to really be a leader and is not seizing it. Maybe since he was injured he didn’t get to the gym as often and therefore didn’t think to set the example. I bet he does a better job of it now. I don’t think he was thrown under the bus. Crean just said he disappointed him in this way. I’m sure Taber doesn’t disappoint in other ways, like in the classroom. My kids sometimes disappoint me in ways, but overall they are good kids and I love them. I’m sure it’s the same way w/ Crean. Go Hoosiers.

  4. Couldn’t have said it better myself, Chet.

    The second comment reminds me how much I love the freedom of expression the Scoop allows as opposed to other venues.

  5. And the phrase “stay classy” is so overused by internerds it makes me want to puke. It’s not funny anymore, plagiarize a new line please.

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