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Freshman guard Nick Williams goes for a basket and collides with Northwestern State's Dominic Knight during Saturday night's basketball game.

IU men's basketball beats Demons’ pressure in victory

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After winning his first two exhibition games as coach at IU, Tom Crean took his Hoosiers to a victory in their regular-season debut against Northwestern State 83-65 on Saturday. In a spirited but sloppy game, the Hoosiers broke Northwestern State’s press often, leading to several free throws and open looks at the basket.      While the end result is exactly what IU wanted, the game was anything but flawless. Despite forcing 30 turnovers, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 23 times themselves. Seventeen of IU’s 25 made field goals came off assists, but the Hoosiers were out-rebounded by 11, allowing the Demons to grab 27 offensive rebounds. Crean acknowledged his undersized team needs to work on its rebounding, and that it needs to become one of the best box-out teams in the country, especially once IU plays teams with more size. “We’ve got to understand that we have to get into bodies,” Crean said. “We have to be aggressive with it.” Members of the team credited the less-than-capacity crowd for its energy. Fans in particular took exception to Northwestern State point guards Michael and Logan McConathy – sons of coach Mike McConathy.



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IU grad brings the ‘cheeseburgers-and-bus league’ to Bloomington

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After IU’s 72-54 victory against Bemidji State, IU coach Tom Crean talked about the importance of his team playing with energy – something the Hoosiers will prepare for before their regular season opener. Conversely, Bemidji State coach Matt Bowen talked about preparing for the 16-hour bus ride home awaiting his team tomorrow.


IU freshman guard Daniel Moore goes up for a layup after stealing the ball from a Bemidji State player during a game Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. Moore had five points in IU's 72-54 win.

Hoosiers bailed out by bench in team’s final exhibition game

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Their regular season doesn’t begin until Saturday, but the Hoosiers have already had to grind out a win at home. With their starters off-key in the team’s final tune-up, IU needed a second-half run and a strong showing from its bench to pull away from Division II school Bemidji State, eventually winning 72-54.



Freshman Forward Malik Story dunks the ball during Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 17, at Assembly Hall.

Crean to re-introduce team Friday at ‘Haunted Hall of Hoops’

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IU coach Tom Crean wants people to get to know the Hoosiers before their first exhibition game on Nov. 7. The first chance to see the new-look IU squad came two weeks ago at Hoosier Hysteria. Then last Saturday the team scrimmaged at Assembly Hall shortly after IU’s Homecoming football victory against Northwestern.


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ONLINE ONLY: Crean Q&A with IDS

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On Wednesday, the Indiana Daily Student had the chance to sit down and talk to IU’s first-year coach Tom Crean. Here is the interview in its entirety: Q: What are your plans for homecoming this weekend?


Tom Crean talks Chalk Talk to students Tuesday evening at the Hoosier Den. Since this will behis first year as head coach at IU, Crean showed film from Marquette to illustrate his plans for the team.

Crean talks offense in address to students Tuesday

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The two presidential candidates weren’t the only ones doing a bit of politicking Tuesday night.IU coach Tom Crean shook hands, signed autographs and took pictures with students Tuesday night, all after sending a message similar to one laid out the night before when he spoke at the IU Auditorium.Crean pleaded with IU students at the Hoosier Den in Foster Quad to purchase season basketball tickets.          PODCAST: Hoosier Sidelines“Get your things in order, you don’t want to miss this,” Crean told those in attendance. “I don’t know where it’s going, but you don’t want to miss this.”On Monday, Crean spoke in a more formal setting. In a more laid-back scene Tuesday, a projector screen replaced the red curtain of the auditorium stage, and a montage replaced Crean’s lecture.The montage showed highlights and images of former Hoosier greats, ranging from the 1976 championship team all the way to the 2002 Final Four squad. Intertwined in the highlights of Hoosier basketball were images of enthusiastic IU fans from last year, prompting Crean to say those are the fans needed back this season.




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Odds stacked against Hoosiers

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According to vegasinsider.com, a sports gambling information Web site, the IU men’s basketball team’s odds of winning a national title this year stand at 300-1  – same as seldom-feared small school Siena and a long way from highly regarded in-state rival Purdue, whose odds are 20-1.







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IU squad travels for international games

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Getting the opportunity to travel overseas is one many people never experience in their lifetimes. For four Hoosier players and the IU women's basketball coaching staff, the chance to participate internationally was too good to pass up as they went to Australia, Canada, Guatemala and Cuba this summer.