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Indiana wide receivers coach Billy Lynch talks with Tandon Doss and Terrance Turner during last Saturday’s loss to Ohio State. The Hoosiers play at Virginia today. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Indiana coach Tom Crean, seen here talking to fans before the Michigan game, met with the media to discuss everything related to Indiana basketball. Rich Janzaruk | Hoosier Times

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Willis listed as questionable

Indiana starting running back Darius Willis is listed as “questionable” on the injury report released today. He had been listed as “probable” earlier this week, and sat out practice Monday. Bill Lynch had planned to increase his workload as the week wore on, and said Tuesday he anticipated having the redshirt freshman on the field Saturday in Charlottesville.

Willis told me earlier this week that his injury will linger, as he has a chipped bone that will need to be dealt with after the season.

Leon Beckum, the second-string middle linebacker from Bloomington North, has gone from “doubtful” to “out” with an ankle injury. That’s the only other change in the injury list, which can be found in its entirety below.

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Thoughts from a day at Assembly Hall

Thanks to some tape recorder malfunctions — yeah, yeah, get digital, I know — I don’t have much in the way of direct quotes from the players from Thursday’s media availability, but had some thoughts from workouts and interviews I wanted to share.

  • Despite having not played a game at Indiana yet, Jeremiah Rivers seems to actually be the Hoosiers’ unquestioned captain. Guards Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls both spoke of how much Rivers has helped their games and said Rivers’ time at Georgetown gave him a good understanding of what it takes to win.
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Too-early-to-really-tell-anything player notes

Tom Crean invited reporters to a 45-minute workout today. The session began with high energy agility work, as players danced over and around little orange blockades. After a few minutes, Crean stopped practice so that the team could meet and speak with a young boy who was visiting practice.

“Do you have anything to say to the team?,” Crean asked as the hulking basketball players loomed over the frail, bald child. “Because I know you’re tough. I know that.”

After a few seconds, Crean offered, “Stay positive? How’s that? You’re going to lead us in a chant of stay positive.” The boy rattled off the numbers 1, 2, 3 and the team chanted before breaking up.

Soon they were running wrap-arounds, circling behind strength coach Jeff Watkinson and taking a pass before laying the ball in or dunking it. Fundamentals.

Then came the most brutal part of the session. Crean split the players who were there — Bawa Muniru missed the session due to a conflict not related to his eligibility, according to Crean — into teams of five and had them run fast breaks.

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Let it begin

For us, at least, it feels as though basketball season arrived today.

Tom Crean held his first press conference, and you could tell that for the third straight year this is a new Hoosiers team. There were so many questions. We could have queried Crean for hours. And he could have shared his thoughts for hours.

The newsiest nugget of the day is that Bawa Muniru has not yet been cleared by the NCAA eligibility center. Crean isn’t worried, though.

You can hear Tom Crean’s press conference by clicking here.

And here’s the transcript, courtesy of IUHoosiers.com

More updates to come . . .


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