Notebook: Hoosiers learn from UCONN loss

Indiana coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers learned some important lessons last week in New York.

There's no doubt the loss stung. Despite everything, the Hoosiers were in a great position to upset No. 18 Connecticut and win the 2K Classic last Friday night.

But Indiana (5-1) didn't make enough plays late in a 59-58 loss to the Huskies.

In the days that have followed that loss, though, Indiana coach Tom Crean said his team has learned from what happened in Madison Square Garden.

"This was a great learning experience for them to understand it never, ever comes down to the last play," Crean said Monday. "We learned a little bit about that in the Long Island game, but we won the game. … There were so many other plays throughout the game."

The important thing, from Crean's vantage point, is his team was not satisfied with playing the veteran Huskies tough. The players were unhappy on the flight home from New York.

"This program, we're not in any stretch where we reward good effort and reward playing hard and reward being in it," Crean said.

Crean talks Max Hoetzel

Crean was unable to talk about 2014 signee Max Hoetzel when he discussed the rest of the recruiting class because Hoetzel's paperwork had not yet been received by the University.

But that paperwork has now been turned in, and Crean talked about the 6-foot-7 forward on Monday. Hoetzel committed to the Hoosiers in October while on his official visit.

"This guy absolutely fits what we do," Crean said. "It starts with the feet. He's got tremendous feet. He's got great hands. He may be behind in technique and fundamentals and strength and all those kind of things, but in the sense of being able to impact the game … I was sold when I watched him play pickup and I watched him go against a really good wing player and go as hard as he did in any of the games. If he can show it to you a couple times, we can get him to the point where he can show it to us all the time.

"His shooting stroke is phenomenal. He's got range. He's got feel. Any time you can get a guy that you can see a little bit of Steve Novak in, you can see a little Will Sheehey in, and you got a guy who absolutely wants to be here, it's a very good get." Top Stories