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Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 8:31 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Tom Crean can celebrate however he wants after this one. He could be yelling and screaming buck naked in the lobby of Assembly Hall and it would be fine with me (OK, I take that one back).

I mocked the Indiana coach last season after he went bananas in the lobby of Assembly Hall following a home victory over Illinois. However, Saturday's victory against top-ranked Kentucky? Well, that's worthy of a full-pledged party well into the night for Crean and the Hoosiers.

This may wind up becoming a defining moment for the Indiana program in the Crean Era - one that had some fans and many around the country questioning whether the Hoosiers would be nationally relevant again.

Kentucky was more talented at every single position on the court, but Indiana took control of the game in the second half, and after blowing a 10-point lead, got a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Christian Watford for the 73-72 upset.

The Hoosiers showed mental resolve.

This Hoosiers team has officially turned the corner. They hadn't really beaten anyone of note until now (Butler and N.C State don't quite count), but should make their way into the Top 25 for the first time since Kelvin Sampson was running things and making illegal phone calls in Bloomington.

It was nice to see Assembly Hall rocking again because the fans in Bloomington are rabid - and are deserving of success. Indiana doesn't blow you away, but now Crean has enough talent and experience to compete with the big boys.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, however, and start proclaiming the Hoosiers as a clear-cut NCAA tournament team. The Hoosiers aren't going to challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten title. They remain undefeated, but still need to fare well in Big Ten play to ensure themselves of dancing come March.

Watford doesn't always show up, but it was Kentucky's Terrence Jones who played the role of the magician on Saturday, doing his best disappearing act with just four points and a lone rebound in the contest. Watford went for 20 points in the victory while freshman Cody Zeller, Will Sheehey, Victor Oladipo and Jordan Hulls all played well.

Crean has had a rough go thus far in his tenure, finishing near the bottom of the league each of his three seasons. Recruiting has certainly picked up in the past year or so and Cream got over one hurdle when he took down Butler's Brad Stevens last month. But this one was far more important.

Crean knocked off the No. 1 team in the land. The almighty John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.

If that's not worthy of a party, I'm not sure what is.


Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:54 am

Thank you

Thank you for reminding everyone that it is just one win, and IU still has to prove itself night in and out in the Big Ten.....we'll find out the first 3 games quickly: MSU, OSU, and Michigan. We'll see. Regardless, good job IU and as a Purdue fan its actually nice  to be able to have the thought of splitting the season series once again just like the old days.

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:55 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration


Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:44 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

I know I will be criticized for this post, but I don't care: Do we have to wait until someone gets trampled to death before the NCAA bans celebrations like this? Wasn't anything learned from the Oklahoma State celebration fiasco? Obviously not, why do I ask?

And as far as the celebrating goes, yes I understand Indiana beat a #1 team, and congrats to them, but the regular season in college basketball means nothing. These "upsets" go on year after year, and they get celebrated. When the torunment finally begins, we'll see who is good and who is a fraud.

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:49 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

Yes, all of us IU fans are happy. Most of us know that we are not in the top ten yet but we aren't chopped liver either. With the exception of the first five minutes and the last five of yesterday's game, Indiana dominated an extremely talented Kentucky team and it wasn't just a fluke. Now best out of five or best out of ten, UK probably wins but IU exposed the inexperience of UK and a real lack of heart on their part. Also, its been four years and I still hear people like you saying "Kelvin Sampson was running things and making ILLEGAL phone calls in Bloomington." Those phone calls were "impermissable" by NCAA rules in terms of numbers and types (conference calls). They were  not illegal. Even though they may not think so, the NCAA is not a governmental agency; not local state or federal. They can make no rules that can be termed ILLEGAL if you violate them! Member schools voluntarily submit to those rules and accept punishment for breaking them. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun did as bad or worse and I still have seen very little done to him other than to celebrate how great he and his Huskies are. Its been a long road back and we aren't there yet but I don't forget all the little slights that have been heaped on this school and program for what amounts to TALKING TOO MUCH!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:26 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

Great game.... does this mean we can finalyy stop hearing about how great Kentucky and John Calipari are.... Indiana weren't even ranked. It took Indaina missing about 10 straight shots, some of them from point blank, to even set up the finish.  If Indiana makes two of those shots from under the rim, this game isn't even that close. Despite talk of  Kentucky not fowling, they should never have been that close... and Kentcucky wasn't the only school playing freshmen and sophomores. 

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:02 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

No...Kentucky should have fouled. They had two to give. Had they used those fouls, IU may have still got a shot...but it would have been not nearly as good of a look...a much more rushed shot with less time to square up ad shoot. you colud even see Coach Cal asking his players why did they not foul after the buzzer. they start two sophomores and three freshmen...combine that with missed free throws down the stretch and they withered in the big moment of their first true away game. 

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:47 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

My goodness what an amazing win for them Hoosiers. I am ecstatic for you guys really, that was quite a finish after letting your lead dwindle away.

But, what I really think should be noted about this fantastic win is Tom Crean's reaction. He is almost utterly speachless, except for that glimmer in his face that says "fuuuuuaccccckkkkkkkk yeah, now I get to here that smugg fella Cal tell me something less passive aggressive, but what shall I say in response ...... hurrmmm I guess I could just smile and laugh at him smugly .... hehheh the choices the choices".

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:37 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

Wow way to screw it up ESPN it says final UK 75 IU 70

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:04 am

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration


Just wow.

That says it all.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:49 pm

Indiana's win worthy of Crean celebration

Great win by Indiana.
Does anyone else notice that in college basketball, when a team is down 2, and they take a 3 at the last second, they make it 90% of the time? It's something I love/hate about college basketball.  Because the line is so much closer the team feels compelled to take a 3 regardless of how easy of a 2 point shot they may have.  It's like it's illegal to shoot from inside the arc.  It drives me absolutely crazy.  Kentucky should have just guarded the 3 ball.  There was no way Indiana was going to shoot a 2.   

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