When Tom Crean walked into the press room following the 58 to 43 loss to Iowa, he said his team did not overlook Iowa. Rather, they lacked the willingness to be in a fight.
“I do think we had our guys attention on them,” Crean said. “There certainly was nobody overlooking what they’re capable of. Not after the win at Penn State and not after the game they played against Michigan State. But we did not come to be in a fight today.”
The stats were uncharacteristic – even for a rebuilding team. For the first time since 2001, IU did not hit a three (pointer). The squad only dished out 3 assists and tallied its least amount of points on the season — all against a team who previously lost 15 consecutive road games.
“I’m very surprised and mostly disappointed that we didn’t take the energy in how we played against Minnesota and Penn State over to this game,” IU guard Verdell Jones said. “If we want to be a consistent team, we have to do those things.”
The loss puts the Hoosiers back below .500. But Jeremiah Rivers believes games like Sunday are all part of the learning process.
“We’ve been making progress. This whole season we really stepped it up and matured and gotten better,” Rivers said. “And tonight was a step back and so we obviously are going to have to get to not only where we were, but progress to forward. It’s good that we have four or five days to get ready to go again on Saturday against Illinois.”