- Opener suddenly tougher (Post-Tribune)
Loss of Creek weighs on IU (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
"The whole team just has to get better," IU coach Tom Crean said Wednesday. "I think if we look at it like we have to replace one guy, there’s not one guy that’s going to make up 18 points. There’s just not. There’s not one guy that’s just going to make up for that athleticism and that ability to create havoc especially when his instincts take over defensively.
Time to step up for the Hoosiers (The Indianapolis Star)
"I think there's a tendency for kids to press a little bit or for one player to feel like he needs to pick up the scoring load by himself," said ESPN analyst Steve Lavin, a former UCLA coach. "But this is not a time for one guy to try to be the Saturday night hero. If each player contributes a little bit individually, then collectively you can close that gap."
Big Ten schedule is a fresh start for Wolverines (The Detroit News)
"Michigan didn't come out of nonconference play with the type of record it was seeking, but the players feel good about themselves heading into the Big Ten schedule."
Rivers set to lead IU (Evansville Courier & Press)
"Since Monday, Crean said the Hoosiers have shown good energy at practice. It will be necessary, he says, to compete on a higher level after finishing an abysmal 1-17 in league play last year, much less to do so fielding a team without its leading scorer."
Hoosier set to open Big Ten without Creek (Indiana Daily Student)
"IU (6-6) opens conference play against Michigan at noon on New Year's Eve at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will be doing it without their leading scorer, freshman guard Maurice Creek, who fractured his knee against Bryant on Monday and will miss the rest of the season."
- Video: Tom Crean talks Maurice Creek, Michigan (Inside the Hall)
- Preview: Indiana (mgoblog)