Tom Crean talks Iowa

The H-T van is currently driving through scenic Wisconsin, headed to Iowa City. The Hoosiers will also be headed to the land of corn, to take on Iowa on Sunday.

To help us with our game preview, SID J.D. Campbell e-mailed these quotes from Tom Crean to us and several other media members. Here they are:

“Sunday is an opportunity for our team to get better.  I think each week during the Big Ten season, we have taken steps, but we certainly are by no means a finished product.  Every road game in the Big Ten presents a challenge and I am sure that Iowa will be ready to play in front of their home crowd.”

“I think our mindset is improving and we have a better understanding that the effort we put forth on defense will translate into better opportunities on offense.  I like our aggressive approach.  We can’t settle for quick shots unless they are high percentage.  We know Iowa is a team that wants to get out in transition and we can’t allow them easy opportunities off of our missed shots.”

“After watching the film, I thought we did some good things at Wisconsin, but there is  always an opportunity to improve.  We did a good job of not turning the ball over and we didn’t give them many second chance opportunities on the boards. “

“Last year, I thought Iowa imposed their will on us physically as well as any team we played. We can not allow that to happen. Our intensity and concentration has to be at its best.”

ScoopTalk: Not at Wisconsin

Photos: Indiana vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin 69, Indiana 60

MADISON, Wis. — The Indiana Hoosiers could not pull out the win on Thursday against Wisconsin, but it found a way to replicate the effort it showed five days earlier against Michigan.

The Hoosiers were up by four at halftime, 34-30, but saw the Badgers win on the strength of 17 free-throws in the second half. In the end, it was a 69-60 win for Wisconsin, its 32nd in the last 33 games in the Kohl Center.

“No free throws in the first half,” Indiana coach Crean said. “Seventeen free throws in the second half. I guess that’s Big Ten basketball.”

The final death knell for the Hoosiers came with a minute left, when Jon Leuer turned towards the basket, initiated contact with Tom Pritchard, made the shot and saw Pritchard called for the foul (his arms were straight in the air). When Leuer (20 points) made the free-throw, the Badgers (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by seven.

The Hoosiers (10-9, 1-5) came out with plenty of energy during the first half, led by guard Jordan Hulls. He made four-straight baskets and even took an uncharacteristically deep 3-pointer.

“You let your best players play,” Crean said. “Jordan took shots and he was very aggressive. I think there’s some growth with him on that part. I don’t think its anything special we are doing. We’ve been saying he needs to shoot the ball more since last year.”

Hulls had 10 points in the first half and led Indiana with 16. Verdell Jones added 15, going over the 1,000-point barrier in the process. Now with 1,004 points, Jones is the 42nd Hoosier to hit the mileston.

Indiana shot 51 percent from the field, using spacing and screening to confuse the Badgers, coach Bo Ryan said. The result was plenty of drives to the rim and pull-up jumpers.

Discuss: Indiana vs. Wisconsin

Michigan State at IU women

By the time Indiana got into this game, it was too late. Michigan State does just enough down the stretch to hang on for the victory. SPARTANS 69, HOOSIERS 55

3:37: The Indiana rally has stalled a bit now, though Michigan State continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, up to 24 giveaways in the game. SPARTANS 60, HOOSIERS 46

7:44: So Indiana finally gathers itself and uses a 9-0 spurt to get within 14. Hoosier pressure seeming to really bother MSU but is it too late? SPARTANS 56, HOOSIERS 42

10:15: Michigan State looks as good as any Spartan team I’ve seen come into Assembly Hall the last three years, largely because they are shooting the outside shot much better — 10-of-15 from 3. At this point it’s hard to see Indiana mounting a run. SPARTANS 55, HOOSIERS 33

15:57: Michigan State just picking up where it left off in the first half, building the lead to 18. Indiana just a step slow defensively more often than not and hasn’t shown enough firepower to overcome that. SPARTANS 43, HOOSIERS 27

Not a good finish to the first half for Indiana, which was outscored 23-11 after the game was tied at 12. Hoosiers are shooting the ball well enough at 10-of-23 from the field but 14 turnovers and getting outrebounded 18-11 is not going to get the job done. Jori Davis with 7 points and Whitney Lindsay 6 to lead IU.

Michigan State is hitting just 12-of-28 from the field with 13 turnovers but hit 6-of-9 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws. Kalisha Keane, the Spartans’ leading scorer at 15.6 per game, has 17 at the half, including four 3s. SPARTANS 35, HOOSIERS 23

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