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Hoosier Headlines for December 15, 2009.

  • Crean sees growth for Hoosiers in recent play (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    "We had a week where we had some payoff for a lot of hard work," Crean said during the Big Ten men’s basketball teleconference Monday. "A young team was able to gain some confidence in a win in Madison Square Garden against Pittsburgh. That really helped us. We turned around and learned how far we really have to go when you play a team like Kentucky. We showed flashes of what we are capable of in the future. We showed flashes of what we’re learning. But we also showed flashes in the second half of what we’re not capable of yet, which is battling and bearing down in a very physical game and holding our own. We’ve got a long way to go in that area, but the good news is I think we can get there."

  • Big Ten Conference looking into expanding to 12 teams? (
  • Redefining expectations (Inside the Hall)
    "Because heading into Big Ten play, IU will likely be 7-5. Which means the Hoosiers are going to have to go 8-10 during Big Ten play — I’m not counting the Big Ten tourney here — to finish the season at 15-15. Is this out of the realm of possibility? No. Is it likely? Probably not. It’s a safer bet to project IU in the 10-14 win range right now."

  • Expect Hoosiers to regroup after lopsided UK loss (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
    "Life is never an absolute, but we're going to give you one: Indiana will win its final three non-conference basketball games and begin Big Ten play with a 7-5 record and a chance - a small chance, but a chance - to finish with an overall .500 record."

  • Crean: We don’t want sumo wrestlers (The Hoosier Scoop)
    "Bottom line is we want to have an ability to go inside-outside," Crean said. "We want to have guys that can hold their spot in the post, that can defend pick n’ roll, and that can develop their offensive potential as we go down the line. But we’re also not looking to find sumo wrestlers that clog the lane where you can’t get into the lane and make plays. That’s not the game. I don’t think that’s the winning edge you need right now in this game."