Crean sat sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell, playing senior guard Evan Gordon in his place. Hollowell did not play a single second against the Nittany Lions after starting 14 of Indiana's first 15 games and playing a critical role in the only game he did not start.
After Indiana's 79-76 win over Penn State, Crean was asked about the decision to alter the lineup.
"It's just the way the week played out," he said. "He needs to get his focus where it needs to be. That's the biggest thing there."
A reporter then asked if Hollowell was available to play or if he had sustained an injury.
"He needs to get his focus ready. He needs to build his focus," Crean said.
Hollowell has really struggled this season. In the first two Big Ten games, both losses, Hollowell scored a total of four points on 1-of-11 shooting in 45 minutes. He's shooting just 34.6 percent from the field and 22 percent from beyond the arc on the season, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.
I understood the move to take Hollowell out of the starting lineup. It was the right one. But I can't tell you I expected him to be benched and not play a single minute. Didn't see that one coming.
The thing you wonder about with Hollowell is whether he gets the message and improves from here, or whether Crean's decision to sit him makes things worse. Only time will tell on that one.