Indiana head coach Tom Crean is starting to feel the pressure for his under-performing team, or at least that’s the way it seemed after he lit into his kids in a postgame interview that aired on the Big Ten Network.
“I’ve never coached a team with this lack of maturity when it comes to being able to respond and rebound from when things aren’t going well for them personally,” Crean said. “And that includes the teams I’ve had that won six to ten games. I’ve got to do a much better job because we don’t respond, our communication breaks down and it’s not even close.”
“Thomas is really trying to lead the team. And he’s not getting a lot of help, but he’s trying to make up for a group of juniors that just really have no ability right now to see past themselves when it comes to what it takes for us to be successful as a team.”
I mean, wow.
Leadership was an issue that was mentioned by Big Ten coaches that I spoke to in January about the status of the Hoosiers, and not much has changed in the six weeks since then. Replacing Yogi Ferrell was never going to be easy, but after seeing what this team has devolved into without him, maybe we underappreciated him all along.