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In the Game of Basketball, You Win Or You Die


Scene: Locker room, following Indiana's loss to Ohio State.

Tom Crean: The Hoosiers do not concern themselves with the opinions of the media.[pause] I suppose I should be grateful your talent is not diminished by your carelessness.[pause] I'm giving you the rest of the night to practice. We will bring our game to Trey Burke's girlhood home, win the last game and remind the Big Ten that Hoosiers pay their debts!

Cody Zeller: I didn't know you put such a high value on an outright title.

Tom Crean: We're Hoosiers. We might have been down for a long time, but we've gotten to this point and we should expect ourselves to finish what we've started. And every day that the Big Ten crown remains in dispute, the less our name commands respect.

Cody Zeller: So, the Hoosiers does concern himself with the opinions –

Tom Crean: It's not an opinion, it's a fact! If another team can seize a lead on our home court, on Senior Night, and win with impunity, it means we're no longer a team to be feared! Jordan Hulls just gave his senior speech, before long Vic will be gone to the NBA, and you...and your teammates and all of your friends. All of you graduated or gone, all of you watching from the stands. It's the school name that lives on. It's all that lives on. Not your honor, not your personal glory, Indiana. It's Indiana....

Tom Crean: You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful team in the Big Ten, and you're still blessed with youth. You're blessed with size and speed and a high basketball IQ. And what have you done with these blessings? You've watched as lesser men have posterized you in the paint and let them throw you to the floor in the hope of a call. The future of our team will be determined in these next few weeks. We could establish a dynasty that will hang at least a 6th banner and rule the Big Ten for years...or we could collapse into nothing, as the Boilermakers did. I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.

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