Crean fires IU assistant McLeod (The Indianapolis Star)
I have no idea what to make of this. IU issued an official release, and the construction was interesting. He says that Crean informed him of the decision on Sunday, but McLeod was absent from Saturday's game. It's strange to make a move like this when, barring a miracle, the season will be over within the next few days. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this.
McLeod dismissed (The Hoosier Scoop) (ADDED ON EDIT)
The H-T reports that McLeod was recruiting on Saturday and fired on Sunday. McLeod declined to comment.
Indiana takes aim at Big Ten Tournament (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"At key moments against Northwestern coach Tom Crean went with four freshmen and a sophomore. This would have been terrifying in November. In March, with basically a season of games and experience to draw on, it’s mostly interesting."
Led by youngest members, IU avoids worst ever losing streak (Indiana Daily Student)
"The Hoosiers were one loss away from the worst overall losing streak in school history, and, while one win can not salvage a season, Crean seemed to have a better sense of his team’s future direction Saturday."
Freshmen trio emerges, likely key to IU’s future (Indiana Daily Student)
"But it was also a day in which three other freshmen — guard Jordan Hulls and forwards Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco — emerged as the other pieces that could eventually help turn around the IU basketball program."
Indiana should keep up attack (Evansville Courier & Press)
"And I think that’s why it’s going to turn around. There are moves to be made and we’ve got to continue to do that in different facets of the program to move forward. But we’ve got a pretty good core."
Crean: McLeod will not return as basketball assistant (Indiana Daily Student)
"He played in the NBA for three seasons from 1999-2001 out of St. John’s and Duke. An injury ended his career in 2002 and has been coaching at the high school, AAU and collegiate levels since. "
Hoosiers freshmen sendseniors out with victory (Post-Tribune)
"It took two emotional halves, a spirited run in overtime and career performances from four freshmen, but in the end, Indiana came out victorious on senior day, snapping an 11-game losing streak with an 88-80 victory over Northwestern."
Freshman Elston finishes with flourish (The Indianapolis Star)
"In the past four games, the freshman forward from Tipton has scored 44 points and pulled down 26 rebounds. Saturday, he had a career-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in IU's 88-80 overtime victory over Northwestern on senior day at Assembly Hall."
IU suddenly perks up (Evansville Courier & Press)
"But when the Indiana University basketball team, labeled "soft" by coach Tom Crean during an 11-game losing streak, needed someone to flex his muscles on Saturday, Hulls was ready for the job."
Senior Day Speeches 2010 (Hoosiers Insider | The Indianapolis Star)
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College basketball winners and losers (College Basketball - Rivals.com)
"No one needed a win more than Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers, who had lost 11 straight before defeating Northwestern 88-80 in overtime."
Hoosiers, Hoops Gods Stymie NU 88-80 (OT) (Lake The Posts)
"I called this one a month ago, but I did not in my wildest nightmare expect to go 2-4 against Iowa, Indiana and Penn State - the worst three teams in the league (yes, I know Penn State is playing like a top tier team right now). Northwestern may very well face these same Hoosiers - in INDY - depending on how things shake out."
Indiana 88, Northwestern 80 (Sippin' On Purple)
"There were numerous momentum swings in the game, but I thought the biggest came midway through the 2nd half. The 'Cats had turned a 6 point halftime deficit into a 4 point lead, and using full court pressure to get consecutive steals, they were on the verge of breaking the game open. But twice they failed to score in transition, first when Shurna missed both free throws after getting fouled, and second when Jeremy Nash threw up the ugliest looking reverse lay-up attempt I have ever seen."