Last year, the Indiana basketball team used a foreign trip to Canada to help build team chemistry and get ready for the regular season.
Tom Crean doesn't have that luxury this year, so he's finding creative ways to get his players to bond away from the court.
Crean and the Hoosiers are in Maryland this weekend to visit the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, among other places. Crean's brother in law, John Harbaugh, is the Ravens' head coach.
According to the Ravens team website, the Hoosiers visited the Naval Academy on Friday. They also worked with kids at the Goodnow PAL Center, a trip that was chronicled by the team's Snapchat account. Each Indiana player worked with an individual kid, and then stayed for a full Q&A session, that included a question about Juwan Morgan's hair and some dancing from O.G. Anunoby.
Indiana will attend a Ravens workout on Saturday and then hold their own practice at the Ravens facility after that. The team will be in attendance for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
"I said, 'Does anybody want to jump in and practice with these guys?,'" Harbaugh said. "You know what? They all raised their hand. They all think that they should have been a basketball player."
"Yes, I may bring it out," Ravens running back Justin Forsett said of his 3-point shot. "If I don't ever get a 10-day contract with a professional team, I guess tomorrow, working out with Indiana, that'll be close enough."