Notebook: Crean 'getting too far ahead'

Indiana coach Tom Crean said he's focusing too much on the big picture and needs to scale back.

After Indiana's 77-46 win over Evansville on Tuesday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked if he's been pleased with the progress he's seen from his team through seven games.

His answer: Yes, but ...

"I'm getting way too far ahead. I'm pushing big picture too much. I'm probably going to shorten it up.

"I really see how good they can be. I think I saw it on Friday night [against UCONN}, and how poorly we played in the first half really cost us. We never get ahead of things game-wise, but we're asking them to learn a lot."

Crean's been especially hard on freshman center Noah Vonleh, who recorded his fifth double-double in seven games against Evansville. Vonleh finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Vonleh fouled out against Connecticut and was a virtual non-factor in Indiana's only loss of the season. He didn't score, and grabbed only two rebounds. He picked up two more fouls in the first half against the Purple Aces, the second being a dumb foul on a rebound right before the half.

Crean removed Vonleh from the game, said something as he walked by, and Vonleh dropped his head as he sat on the bench.

"Every player's gotta keep their hands free," Crean said. "I watched Kevin Love play last night. There are so many reasons Kevin Love is a great player, but no one ever gets to his hands. They never, ever get to his hands. Great rebounders, their hands are always free. When [Vonleh] got his second foul, they got into his hands."

How the other side saw it


"A lot of things that this team was doing well up to this point we got away from tonight. We have to be a detailed team and we didn't execute very well. Indiana's length, effort and size had a lot to do with that. We have to learn from this and get better."

On Indiana: They're good. I think they're as athletic as any team I've ever seen play here. They get up and down the floor extremely easy. They peruse the offensive glass very, very well, and they have a lot of weapons." Top Stories