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I'm taking over for Zach tonight at Tom Crean's radio show, as Zach's out of town. Curt Miller just finished talking about the women's team and Crean is about to get in here. Stay tuned!
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We're getting underway. As Don Fischer says IU moves into first place in the Big Ten, a light applause rises from the crowd. I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of that tonight.
Crean's here and Fischer asks him about his Super Bowl experience.
"It was a unique trip, it was great," Crean said. "It truly could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and in all honesty, I hope it is."
Crean said he hopes they don't have to go against each other again.
"It's hard to see the absolute thrill of someone winning that game and still feeling so bad about his brother," Crean said of John.
"They're used to watching the game with their emotions all tied in one team. There's no outward emotion in a game like that," Crean said of the Harbaugh family.
Crean said a number of people at the Super Bowl had watched the IU-Michigan game and complimented him on the win.
We enter the first commercial break and still haven't talked about basketball. We'll have that after the break, I would assume.
Crean talking about the big statistical gaps in turnovers and rebounds against Purdue. Said they did a really good job of taking away the Johnsons and D.J. Byrd on offense.
Crean, on his team playing on the road: "Our guys, they're really getting tunnel vision when they get on the road. They stay focused."
Crean said he doesn't want to answer questions about turnovers against Michigan. "I'm not in the mood to talk about the negatives," he said.
Crean on Zeller's POY award: "As we go up this ladder, the one thing that happens so much is the talk about individuals. Cody and Victor, they deserve that talk, but it's really about our team getting better."
Crean on No. 1: "They've been down that road, so they know what that means to the opponents' fanbase. They know what that means to our opponents."
About the No. 1 ranking, Crean said he doesn't want his team to think about defending anything except the opponent.
Taking another commercial break. Crean tried to answer a question about Branch McCracken Court not having McCracken's name on it, but that's not really Crean's job, so there wasn't much to say there.
Crean is asked if Sheehey could start soon: "If you noticed, he's closing games for us right now. He's in there at the end."
Caller said he could ask 100 questions to Crean...and decides to ask what the team's pregame meals are. Crean goes into detail about potatoes, juice, chicken and pizza. Hard-hitting stuff.
Crean, on the team's defense: "Jordan is improving. He can improve more, but everyone can."
Crean's asked about Jeremy Hollowell and again says he wished he had played Hollowell more against MSU.
He went on to explain that Hollowell wasn't discouraged by lack of playing time and continued to work hard, which led to his recent strong performances Wednesday and Saturday.
Hanner didn't play Saturday, and Crean said "it wasn't his fault at all, because he's getting better all the time."
Crean said even some veteran players were thrown off by ball screen action, and that Perea wouldn't have been able to keep up because of that time he missed at the beginning of the season.
Heading to another commercial break now.
During Crean's radio show, the Crean Subway ad plays on the radio. That has to be kind of weird for Crean to hear.
Crean is asked about the possible GRIII-Hulls punch, and decides not to answer. Not surprising.
He also gets asked about Victor's dunk at the end, and points out that Victor didn't mean anything by it and apologized after the game, "end of story."
Crean is asked why the players are using bounce passes during games.
"There's a time and a place for all kinds of passes," Crean explains, and then goes on to explain why a bounce pass is effective, just as my basketball coaches in elementary school did.
Crean is asked about his team's academics and emphasis on getting players to graduation with a pretty direct reference to Kentucky and one-and-done players. Crean skirts the Kentucky part of the question and talks at length about the challenging classes players are taking and making their dreams fulfilled.
Crean is asked about the fact that Hulls and Elston are graduates and what authority the NCAA has over them.
"I wasn't ready for a compliance question," Crean jokes.
The show ends, and in reference to Illinois and Ohio State on the road, Crean refers to it as a "big, tough week."
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