Crean on N.C. State: “They cause a lot of problems for us.”

On his radio show Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at length about North Carolina State athleticism and said the Wolfpack would be by far the most explosive team the Hoosiers have faced to date. That was somewhat obvious, considering that N.C. State is the first team the Hoosiers will play from one of the six power conferences, but he gushed about the Pack even more during press availability on Tuesday.

The Pack enter Wednesday’s 7:15 p.m. game at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. with a 5-1 record with the only loss coming against No. 20 Vanderbilt and a win over Texas already on the resume. They’ve turned up their pace in their first season under former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and averaging 78.8 points per game.

“This team is very impressive to watch on film,” Crean said. “… Their explosiveness, they’re a very diverse team that can play a lot of different ways. They’re extremely good inside, they have a tremendous point guard that can get into the lane and create havoc and score baskets. They have Scott Wood who is shooting as well as anybody in the country right now at 58 percent from range. Certainly one of the absolute best shooters if not the best shooter that we will see all year. They cause a lot of problems for us. There’s no doubt about it.” (more…)

Big Ten Power Rankings

1. OHIO STATE (6-0)

Last time around: 1

This week: Duke, tonight; Texas Pan-American, Dec. 3

The Buckeyes are still the class of the Big Ten and no matter the result of their matchup with Duke tonight, Ohio State is alone at the top of the conference. With Kansas approaching in a little more than a week, the Buckeyes will get another pre-Big Ten challenge to boost their stock. Jared Sullinger is he we thought he was, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds, and William Buford has stepped into a scorer’s role. There’s no stopping the Buckeyes right now. (more…)

IU great Taliaferro honored by Big Ten

Former Indiana running back George Taliaferro was honored by the Big Ten with the Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award. The release from the Big Ten follows.

Indiana’s Taliaferro and Ohio State’s Griffin Honored with Inaugural Big Ten
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership Awards

Park Ridge, Ill. – Indiana’s George Taliaferro was honored with the Big Ten’s Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award, while Ohio State’s Archie Griffin was named the first recipient of the Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, the conference announced on Tuesday. The awards recognize Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the areas of humanitarianism and leadership after their college careers have ended.

A two-time first-team All-Big Ten halfback, Taliaferro is the Chairman Emeritus of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Taliaferro has been honored with several service and achievement awards over the years, including the 2011 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award. The first African-American ever drafted in the National Football League, Taliaferro was a three-time All-American and guided the Hoosiers to the program’s first Big Ten Championship in 1945, which also stands as the team’s only undefeated season. After concluding his professional football career, Taliaferro served as assistant to Indiana President Herman B Wells, where he developed the university’s Affirmative Action Plan for all eight campuses, discouraging discrimination against minorities and women. Taliaferro was a member of the Big Ten’s first Advisory Commission and served as Big Ten Advisory Board Chairman from 1974-76.


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My IU review, post-Butler.

Tom Pritchard not forgotten in his senior year, Dustin wrote.

Thomas, Ewald, Replogle capture honors in All-Big Ten selection, Dustin wrote.

Dustin explains on the Scoop what a deflection really is. (more…)

Thomas, Ewald named All-Big Ten honorable mention

Indiana linebacker Jeff Thomas and kicker Mitch Ewald were named as honorable mentions to the All-Big Ten team. Adam Replogle was Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.

The All-Big Ten team can be found here.

From IU Sports Info:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana fifth-year senior middle linebacker Jeff Thomas and sophomore kicker Mitch Ewald received honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition, the conference announced Monday evening.

Junior defensive tackle Adam Replogle was named Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

The league’s coaches recognized Thomas, while Ewald was honored by both the coaches and media. (more…)

What exactly is a deflection?

Indiana provided coach Tom Crean with a lot of statistical ammunition to praise his team’s defense on Sunday night. The Hoosiers forced a Butler team that typically takes outstanding care of the basketball into 21 turnovers. They held the Bulldogs to 38.2 percent shooting and 27.8 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, and adjusted well enough on explosive Butler guard Chrishawn Hopkins to hold him to just one field goal in the second half.

But the first statistic that Crean mentioned when he entered the Assembly Hall press room Sunday night were his team’s deflections, which are his measure of defensive activity. He said the Hoosiers had 74, which he said were the most any team he’s even been a part of — as a head coach or an assistant — had recorded.

But there’s no way to check that, of course, because deflections aren’t a standardized statistic and don’t appear in a box score. Crean has often used the term to discuss his team’s defensive activity, but was finally asked to define it last night.

“It’s not a rebound,” Crean said. “For us, it’s a charge. A shot-clock violation. It’s a tip. I tip it, you grab it, deflection for me, deflection for you. If it’s a blocked shot, if it’s a steal, if it’s a loose ball, but if it’s just not a rebound. If the ball’s loose off the board — now if it bounces off to midcourt, that’s another story — but if it’s loose off the board, that’s just a loose ball rebound, that’s a 50-50 ball.” (more…)

Mbakwe tears ACL, out for the season

Basically every Minneapolis media outlet is reporting that Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe has an ACL tear and is done for the season, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Minnesota power forward and preseason All-Big Ten pick suffered the injury in a game against Dayton on Sunday night at the Old Spice Classic. Minnesota was picked by post outlets to finish in the middle of the Big Ten pack and in the general vicinity of Indiana. Mbakwe’s loss could make that more difficult.


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