Crean Keeps No. 1 Indiana Moving Forward
CHICAGO -- Tom Crean doesn't often stand still.On the sideline, the dude's a picture of barely controlled chaos. He stalks and claps and screams and forever slugs something with caffeine in it -- an energy drink, a Diet Coke -- to fuel the next burst of intensity. In practices, he's the same, scrambling from one end of the court to the next, shifting focus to each drill and each player, constantly preaching improvement, waging a one-man war against stagnation. He does not seem the type to spend much time in deep, reflective thought about the recent past. He's always moving forward. Indiana's rapid progress over the past four years, from a down-and-out post-scandal morass to the preseason favorite in both conference and country, is proof enough of that. But even Crean, while seated with a venti coffee at Big Ten media day Thursday, had to stop for a moment and consider just how far his program has come -- and how fast. "I remember doing that the day of the first practice," Crean said. "ESPNU was coming in, and then it hit me a little bit. It was like, 'Wow,' you know? I called a couple of people. It was just amazing to think about it. "I never want to take winning for granted," Crean said. "I don't think I did ever as a coach. But I do know that after being at Marquette and getting the program where it was, and then coming to this, you really don't ever take winning for granted."
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They Said It
Illinois: "I think the biggest thing is the mental side for [Brandon Paul]. People ask me what we expect out of him. He's a guy right now that I'm talking a lot to about making guys around him better. 'Who did you touch today? Who did you help today? Who did you help to get to play at a different, higher level? Who are you helping?' I think that's a big thing with him."
-- Coach John Groce
Indiana: "There's no question we're receiving a lot of attention and we're trying to keep our business-as-usual approach
when those guys hit the practice floor or the weight room or when they go into the film room starting this weekend, they're working toward where they want to work, and none of [the attention] matters."
-- Coach Tom Crean
Iowa: "I think I would be foolish not to embrace [preseason chatter about Iowa being a sleeper]. I prefer to be much more optimistic. A lot of coaches try to temper any level of enthusiasm to take the pressure off themselves. I prefer to challenge our team and our players.
We have some pieces. We can score. We have multiple options I can do in terms of personnel. I can go big. I can go small. I think we can pressure more because we have more depth. The key is
defensively. We didn't defend last year, we didn't defend consistently."
-- Coach Fran McCaffery
Michigan: "We love the young men we have. With just three returning starters, we have challenges .
But there is great opportunity because of the young talent and the returning players."
-- Coach John Beilein
Michigan State: "I like that fact that we have depth, we have some youth, we have some guys that have been in a Final Four.
And maybe the best present is it looks like Branden Dawson is healthy." "
-- Coach Tom Izzo
Minnesota: "I see [Rodney Williams] making that next step to not just being a good player, but being a dominant player, and carrying the role of being a leader, not just a great athlete."
-- Coach Tubby Smith
Nebraska: "You can spend as much time as you can watching tapes, but I don't think you really get a true picture [of your league] until you actually get into it. We've watched everyone. The thing about it, you're watching them play against each other, you're not getting a chance to watch them play against yourself.
The unknown is always scary."
-- Coach Tim Miles
Northwestern: "You don't have to go far to see our athletic department through and through is outstanding. Women's basketball has been terrific. We need to get men's basketball up and running where it should be."
-- Coach Bill Carmody
Ohio State: "I don't start thinking about the Big Ten until late December, because I'm trying to keep my sanity.
It will be another great challenge for this team and the guys are ready to go."
-- Coach Thad Matta
Penn State: "Everywhere we went [on the road] last year was sold out.
To win on the road in the Big Ten is huge. We didn't do it last year. We're going to have to do it this year."
-- Coach Pat Chambers
Purdue: "It's going to be a youth movement for us. I do like our talent. I don't like our experience level."
-- Coach Matt Painter
Wisconsin: "We could be one of the better teams [in the Big Ten] this year, but I don't know if the records will show it with everybody in this league."
-- Coach Bo Ryan
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