In his postgame press conference following Indiana's 79-59 win over New Orleans on Monday night at Assembly Hall, IU coach Tom Crean was asked what he's been happy with and what he's been disappointed with to this point in the season.
Heading into the Christmas holiday, it's a good time for reflection before a critical stretch begins on Saturday for the Hoosiers.
GOOD: "If I had to pick one thing that I would say has been a plus, I would say they have improved every week. They have really improved every week. You can see it."
BAD:"If I had to say there is one that disappoints me it would be we don't always keep the hammer down, and that's going to catch us. That's going to catch us. We have got to outgrow that."
Chemistry aiding Hoosiers' development
There's no doubt the Hoosiers (10-2) are improving as the season goes on, and they attribute that to their chemistry as a unit.
"The difference from last year to this year is we're a lot more connected," junior point guard Yogi Ferrell said. "I would say that's the biggest thing."
IU had some hiccups off the court during the offseason, including one that left sophomore Devin Davis in critical condition in the hospital on Nov. 1. Since then, the Hoosiers have made positive changes, and they've grown even closer as a group.
"That crystalized it," Crean said of the Nov. 1 incident. "That made it, 'We have to change now. We have got to grow up. We've got some real things here we've got to deal with an injured teammate and everything that's going on around us, and we have got to absolutely stay focused and eliminate distractions.'"