IU moves past Syracuse, readies for next test

The Hoosiers will play North Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

When Indiana coach Tom Crean and his players met with the media on Friday afternoon, they made one thing clear: They are ready to move on from Syracuse.

The Hoosiers dropped a 69-52 decision to the Orange on Tuesday after a second half in which they were outscored 36-23. After the game, Crean and point guard Yogi Ferrell said some players on the team didn't believe the game was winnable.

"The other night was a lot of different things for us," Crean said Friday. "It was our first true road game, and in the second half, it looked like it. With a young team, you've constantly got to stay in the moment. If you get too far behind or too far ahead, you're gonna screw them up."

Crean and the Hoosiers (6-2) will be back in action Saturday night against North Florida at Assembly Hall. It has been three days since Indiana last played, but Crean said the team hasn't spent a significant amount of time thinking about the loss that was.

"Everyone's well aware they are capable of more," Crean said. "There has not been a whole lot of time spent regrouping from Tuesday. It's really been more about, ‘This is what we need to do to get better.'"

North Florida (5-5) has played in some crazy atmospheres already this season. The Ospreys fell by nine points at Florida in their season opener, and also played at Ohio State and at Alabama.

But Saturday night's game will be less about the opponent and more about the Hoosiers working to get themselves right after a poor showing on the road.

"There's not a great understanding yet of what it takes to win," Crean said. "Too many turnovers at the worst time. We can't string those together like we did."

Crean was asked specifically about the team's leadership, or the lack thereof the other night. He said he wants constant communication out of his players, and that it all starts on the defensive end.

"It doesn't matter who you are, you do get a lot better offensively when your defensive energy is at a high level," Crean said. "Most guys that come in focusing on scoring become shooters. Most guys that work on becoming complete players become scorers. There's a lot of guys who can make shots that don't win games."

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