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Tom Crean leads his team off the floor after Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Thoughts on another snowy morning

1.) At least if the winter was going to be like this, IU could have known in advance and put in a bid for the Winter Olympics. Canada v. Russia hockey would be awesome at Frank Southern.

2.) I’ll be talking on the radio with former IU player and coach Dan Dakich later today. Should be around 11 a.m. You can listen through the 1070 The Fan Web site. Also, they’re offering a cruise package in which you spend a week on a boat with Dan Dakich. That’s awesome.

3.) It’s snowing.

4.) Hugh Kellenberger should come through with your Hoosier Morning in a bit. Dustin Dopirak will have a report from the Big Ten conference call at some point as well.

5.) Be safe out there. The snow makes the roads slippery.

Hoosier Morning

Wisconsin Indiana basketball

Indiana coach Tom Crean talked to Christian Watford for several minutes outside the locker room after Indiana’s loss Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


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Wisconsin 83, Indiana 55


Indiana was beaten before it stepped on the floor of the Kohl Center Saturday afternoon. It never threw a single punch, never really even bothered putting up much of a block, didn’t move around the ring at all. Wisconsin won 83-55 after easing up on the Hoosiers before heading to the locker room for half time.

The Hoosiers (9-15, 3-9) have lost sixth straight. They once again showed very little gusto on defense, and Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field. It consistently kicked out for wide open 3-pointers, hitting 10-of-25.

The Hoosiers turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 29 points for the Badgers. This here box score says so.

Not a whole lot else to say. Had to figure Wisconsin, a top 15 team coming off a rare loss at home, was going to want this game.

You also could have reasonably expected Indiana to show a bit of determination, too.

It did not.

More to come. (more…)

Indiana at Wisconsin: Discuss it here

After day to regroup, Hoosiers head to Madison

After a blowout loss to Ohio State in which they looked like a broken team, the Indiana Hoosiers took a collective mental health day.

This wasn’t a calculated psychological ploy by IU coach Tom Crean to get his players’ heads back in the game. The NCAA requires teams to take at least one day off per calendar week. Because the Hoosiers played on Sunday, they had to take a mid-week day off, and Thursday made as much sense as any other.

But after seeing his team get away for a day and come back refreshed, Crean said it might have been the best thing that could have happened to them.

“We took yesterday off which I think was incredibly important to us,” Crean said. “Some guys were in the gym and it certainly wasn’t required of them. I think they had a day to really just free their minds. Today it’s load our minds, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” (more…)

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