Is anyone else worried about this one?
Fresh off a frenetic, emotional and cathartic win at home over No. 1 Kentucky (and a week of finals), Indiana returns to the court Saturday as a Top 25 team for the first time in three-plus years against unranked and shaky Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic (Butler and Purdue play the other game).
What could go wrong?
Plenty. Something Tom Crean seems to be aware of, according to this Rick Bozich story:
Crean said he had his players watch the second-half video of the Kentucky game, “not just the last 5.6 seconds.”
And he found plenty of correctable plays — quick shots, defensive misplays and other mistakes.
“We’re not going to accept anything in victory that we wouldn’t accept in defeat,” Crean said. “We’ve got to keep improving. And I think we will. They’ve been great, especially Christian (Watford) and Verdell (Jones). They know what we have to do. We’ve got to keep challenging them.”
The Irish (7-4) don’t have a good win – or even a decent win. They have lost to every BCS school they’ve played (and often by a lot): Missouri by 19, Georgia by four, Gonzaga by 20 and Maryland by seven.
Sounds like a trap game for Indiana. Or a letdown game.
Whatever you call it, Crean took to Twitter on Wednesday to encourage Indiana fans to get to Indianapolis tomorrow to fill Conseco.
“There probably is no place in America that is like Assembly Hall when its filled with the Hoosier Nation,” he wrote. “Lets fill up Conseco with all of you and then I hope we see how loud we can make AH next Monday and Thursday without our students there. We need to overtake Conseco too. Make the energy of the building unreal. We will be trying to do the same thing. We can’t wait to play.”
Prediction: Indiana 78, Notre Dame 64
Read the Butler-Purdue preview here.