That benching may not be a temporary thing.
According to a report from the Bloomington Herald-Times, Crean called Hollowell's high school coach, J.R. Shelt, and told him it may be a long-term benching.
"He called me and said ‘we're having some focus issues with Jeremy,'" Shelt told the Herald-Times. "‘We're going to sit him down. It could be a long-term thing, but we're going to work through it.' … I really appreciated him calling to tell me that."
Hollowell started 14 of Indiana's first 15 games, and played a key role in the only one he didn't start. But Hollowell has struggled of late.
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.
"It's just the way the week played out," Crean said after Indiana's 79-76 win over Penn State on Saturday. "He needs to get his focus where it needs to be. That's the biggest thing there."
When pressed on the issue by a reporter, specifically asked if Hollowell was available to play or dealing with an injury, Crean said: "He needs to get his focus ready. He needs to build his focus."
UPDATE from Monday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. availability
Assistant coach Steve McClain handled the pre-Wisconsin media availability for Crean as this game was McClain's scout.
The IU assistant coach was asked if Hollowell would play Tuesday night against the Badgers?
He provided an answer that simply asks more questions.
"He will play when he plays,'' McClain said.
He did not elaborate.
Report by Terry Hutchens