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Tom Crean takes blame for Indiana’s loss to ND

Indianhead coach Tom Crean first half an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame Indianapolis Saturday Dec. 14 2013. (AP

Indiana head coach Tom Crean in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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The Big Number

IU received zero votes in the media and coaches’ polls this week. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2011.

The Bonus

It’s pretty simple in Tom Crean’s estimation: spend extra time in the gym, and it will pay off.

That’s how he credited Victor Oladipo’s rise to the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and more recently, it’s why grad student transfer Evan Gordon has improved offensively.

“That’s really the culture of the program,” Crean said. “The guys who spend that extra time (in the gym), it’s amazing how well that works out.

“The guys that just practice, it’s amazing how poorly that turns out. There really is no secret.”

Updated: January 19, 2014 12:07PM



BLOOMINGTON — Indiana coach Tom Crean took full responsibility for his team’s loss to Notre Dame.

“We played worse than what I thought during the game,” Crean said during his radio show Monday night, two days after the Irish never trailed in defeating the Hoosiers in the Crossroads Classic.

“I take full responsibility because I should have done a much, much better job in the game of making sure at the end that the ball went inside,” he said.

After Yogi Ferrell’s 3-pointer pulled IU within 71-69, the Hoosiers missed five of their final six shots from the field. Four of those shots were 3-pointers, although the score dictated some of that shot selection.

More notable are IU’s 2-point shot splits: 13-of-23 in the first half, 6-of-20 in the second half.

“Frankly, with the mistakes we made in the game and the poor coaching job that I did, I’m amazed we were even in it at the end,” Crean said. “But it was still a very winnable game ... and we’ve got to do a better job of understanding what we want, and that starts with making sure (the ball) is going through the paint and going through the post.”

That means Noah Vonleh needs to demand the ball more. Will Sheehey said as much after Saturday’s loss.

Crean agreed that Vonleh hasn’t learned how to demand the ball.

“Not yet, but he will,” Crean said of Vonleh, noting that age-wise he should be a high school senior.

Vonleh failed to score in double-digits for the second straight game on Saturday. After hitting all three of his shots in the first half against the Irish, Vonleh took just two shots in the second half.

“What we’re dealing with as a young team right now ... is that we don’t understand momentum and we don’t understand that a five-point, seven-point difference is not the time to come down and shoot a 3-point shot,” Crean said. “It’s the time to get the ball reversed.”

The Hoosiers don’t play again until Friday, but they’ll have two games in three days before the Big Ten schedule opens on New Year’s Eve.



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