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Hoosier Headlines for December 14, 2010: Michigan pregame.

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  • Crean looking for IU to make smart choices with ball (Post-Tribune)
    "There's not a guy on our team that doesn't need to get better making decisions with the basketball," Crean said. "Whether it's a better angle on a pass, whether it's a stronger pass, whether it's the simple pass. It's a big part of our process on how we want to improve. Those are certainly the things that we've worked on."

  • IU gears up for familiar opponent (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    "For both teams there is a real familiarity," IU coach Tom Crean said during a news conference Wednesday. "The thing we have to make sure we understand is we executed in that game. It wasn’t an emotional upheaval because we had lost Maurice. We executed. We earned the victory."

  • IU gets early encore against Michigan (The Indianapolis Star)
    "Since the conference-opening win against Michigan (8-7, 2-2) on Dec. 31, Indiana (7-8, 1-2) has lost to Ohio State and Illinois. Crean said he likes IU's schedule. Indiana is the only Big Ten team that alternates its first 16 league games between home and away."

  • Hoosiers aim for sweep at Michigan (Evansville Courier & Press)
    "On the road, we have got to be able to make good decisions," said IU coach Tom Crean. "It's a game of easy baskets. The teams that get the most are the teams that win. The teams that give up the fewest are the teams that win on the other end. You get enough of them and you take them away from the other team, you've got a winning team no matter where you play."

  • U of M lacks depth, not weapons (Indiana Daily Student)
    "IU closed out 2009 with a bang, defeating Michigan by six at Assembly Hall in a New Year’s Eve showdown. Despite two straight losses, the Hoosiers have a chance to beat a familiar foe when they play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor today."

  • Guards key to Hoosier resurgence (Indiana Daily Student)
    "Earlier in the season, IU coach Tom Crean was asked whether he had too many guards in the 2008-09 men’s basketball lineup. Once a luxury for his transition-heavy game plan, injuries to freshman Maurice Creek and sophomore Matt Roth have thinned out the backcourt and have shifted IU’s offensive focus."

  • IU looks for Michigan sweep (Indiana Daily Student)
    "IU coach Tom Crean said the team lost confidence during the Ohio State game, but playing against a team they’ve already beaten once – and recently – could give IU its first sweep against Michigan since 2006. Crean said the team has to focus on execution."

  • Indiana hopes to keep it simple at Michigan (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
    "Indiana returns to the Big Ten road and it’s time to break out Dick-and-Jane fundamentals. Make the simple pass, Tom Crean says. Throw it to the open teammate, cut hard, create holes in the defense, a teammate throws it back to you because you’re now open, you score, all is well."

  • Zagoria: Echenique headed to Creighton (Inside the Hall)
  • U-M begins tough stretch (Livingston Daily)
    "It's real important," said U-M junior Manny Harris, who leads the league in scoring at 19.7 points per game. "It can help us a lot or it can hurt us a lot. This stretch right here everyone needs to be real focused, not just on the court, but off the court. Sleep right, eat right and everything, because we know this stretch is real big for our season."

  • Michigan's inconsistency bothers coach John Beilein (Detroit Free Press)
    Asked about a player's inconsistency in recent weeks, Michigan coach John Beilein wasn't about to let one person take the blame. "I think our whole team has just been inconsistent, that's what's most frustrating," Beilein said. "The more we teach, the more we try to give them confidence yet be firm with them with decisions that they're making, they'll gradually get better at it."

  • Michigan basketball team enters its most brutal - and critical - stretch of the season (
    "When the Michigan basketball team scheduled a nonconference game with Big East power Connecticut in the middle of the Big Ten season, nobody realized how tough a January stretch that would create." Starting Thursday with at 9 p.m. home game with Indiana, the Wolverines have a run of five games in 13 days, including two on the road in perhaps the toughest environments in the Big Ten.