Crean: We overlooked Iowa the first time

In a rare deviation from the old coaches rule of taking it one game at a time, Tom Crean said on his weekly radio show Monday that he would be “very disappointed” if his Indiana team didn’t come out with a lot of energy in Sunday’s game against Iowa because the Hawkeyes were the team that started the Hoosiers’ nine-game losing streak.

Now with the Wisconsin game past, he reiterated that on Saturday.

“I’ll be very disappointed, OK, for them, for individuals that don’t come out tomorrow understanding that we better have some toughness and fight in this game,” Crean said.

The Hoosiers went into the first matchup with the Hawkeyes on Jan. 24 coming off back-to-back victories. Iowa was the only team in the Big Ten that was picked below them in most preseason publications, so the Hoosiers went in knowing they were expected to win.

It didn’t happen. Iowa won 58-43 and crushed them on the glass, 39-23.

“I think they embraced success a little bit in those games,” Crean said. “We won those two games and I think you try to have a team never read the press clippings and the magazines and all of those things. They’re not as big a deal, but I think they got caught up thinking they were a little bit better than themselves.”

The Hoosiers admitted that was probably the case.

“We were on a winning streak right there,” freshman forward Christian Watford said. “I guess we overlooked them. We didn’t really take that game as serious as we took the other games. We gotta go up there and pay them back.”

In part to show the Hoosiers that they aren’t as good as they may think they are, Crean had the team watch film of the Wisconsin blowout Friday, and each player had to call himself out whenever he made a mistake. Obviously, grading game film is nothing new, but this was the first time the Hoosiers had to vocally take responsibility for each of their mistakes.

“I think it was a good way to do that because that’s not the way we want to play,” Crean said. “… There’s no lying there, you didn’t go to the glass, it shows up. It’s one thing to see it on paper, it’s another thing to see it yourself and have to call it out for the team.”

AUDIO: Tom Crean expects fight from his Hoosiers.

AUDIO: Christian Watford says the Hoosiers know how tough Iowa is now

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  1. I think we all suspected this, but how sad to see it in print. A team that was all of 9-9 (3-3), coming off a 6-win season, OVERLOOKING somebody? A team that to that point, had already lost to Boston U., George Mason, and Loyola (Md.). Blame it on youth, human nature, whatever, it’s still pathetically sad.

  2. After the heart breaking loss at Illinois (last second shot of Demetri McCamey) Coach posted this note. Why? Maybe because Coach knows that true Hoosier fans care about former Hoosiers and find inspiration in their accomplishments.

    I’m sure if Coach weren’t as busy as he is right now preparing the Iowa game he’d be the first to congratulate former Hoosier Steve Alford for his team’s magical run: no. 10 New Mexico Lobos defeated no. 13 BYU on their home court 83-81 snapping a run of 21 wins for the home team to remain undefeated (6-0) against ranked opponents.

    Congratulations Steve Alford, and may your continued success inspire the Hoosiers to a much needed victory tomorrow in the Welsh-Ryan arena!

  3. I think most IU fans would rather watch replays of old games than live in the present. It’s pretty sad live in the present people

  4. This is the game that turns our season around. TC has the troops right where he wants them. They are finally ready to save our season. Once we crush the mighty Hawkeyes the recruits will be lined up to sign LOI’s. Let’s go Tommy, lead our finest to victory against the mighty Hawkeyes!

  5. Wonder in their call out film session any of them noticed that over and over again there’s no weak side help on D?? Might help if someone would have a game that they shot over .500 as well!

  6. So “coach knows best” but coach overlooks that IU plays Iowa at Carver Hawkeye? LOL.

    I totally agree Welsh-Ryan would have been a better venue, Iowa hasn’t played well there lately.

    Tough luck IU. Go Tom Crean! We love you here in West Lafayette for what you do for IU. Keep it up!

  7. purdue fan,
    We may be stuck with Crean for another year, but at least we have a history.
    p.s. Enjoy Crean while you can, it won’t last. Then things will be back to normal with you always looking up at us.

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