Collin Hartman is returning for the 2017-2018 season

Good news Hoosier fans, Collin Hartman who missed all of the 2016 season due to injury will return next season as a red shirt senior.

“This is something that I had been leaning toward since before the season had ended and I needed to make sure that I could fully dedicate myself both mentally and physically to the process,” Collin said in a statement. “It is important that I am able to come back and perform at the level I was at before the injury occurred.”

 

“We are thrilled that Collin has decided to come back and play next season.  “Having an individual who has won a Big Ten championship and had success in the NCAA Tournament gives our program a big lift.  He brings leadership and intangibles that can do nothing but help us achieve our goals,” Archie Miller said in a statement.

What is Archie Miller’s coaching philosophy?

Indiana University has hired Archie Miller as the new men’s basketball coach. I didn’t know much about him and now I know a little bit more. The more I listen to him speak, the more I like. Oh, and by the way, his real name is Ryan. Archie was a nickname that stuck from his demeanor when he was young that reminded people of Archie Bunker.

Archie Miller quoted, “Expectations are set high and they are very achievable.”

He wants his team to have an attack mentality and defense will be tough mindedness.

Here is the Archie Miller introductory press conference:

 

Here is his interview from the Dan Patrick Show:

 

Dan Dakich interviewed Archie Miller on his radio show. Here is the podcast:

IU fires Tom Crean

Indiana University fires Tom Crean after 9 years of highs and lows. Indiana went 166-135 in Crean’s nine years.  As the NCAA tournament got underway, Indiana University released the statement announcing the firing of the coach. The Indiana basketball program is being discussed this March for all the wrong reasons. This year’s March Madness has Hoosier fans just mad.

IU athletic director Fred Glass released a statement:

“After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program.”

“Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity. While winning two outright Big Ten titles in five years and being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams. However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations. Tom is a good man and a good coach and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his many positive contributions to Indiana basketball. We wish him well.

“The national search for our new coach begins immediately. The Board of Trustees and the President have expressly delegated to me the responsibility and authority for this search and hire.  While I will not be establishing a formal search committee or advisory committee, I will consult with basketball experts from around the country and throughout the State of Indiana, including many former Indiana University basketball players.

“The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship—and more after that.  We will identify and recruit a coach who will meet these expectations.”

Here is the press conference given by Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass:

#FireTomCrean trends on Twitter as IU fans vent frustration

The Hoosiers lose again to Wisconsin under Tom Crean.  Since Tom Crean got to Indiana, Wisconsin now owns a 16-2 all-time record vs. the Hoosiers. That is the reason it may be time to make a coaching change at IU. Crean’s record vs. the Badgers is pathetic. It shows the difference between a good system and the lack there of.  Enough said.

I appreciate everything Coach Crean has accomplished with IU basketball, but the program just seems to be lacking that “something special”. I have been a supporter of Coach Crean from day one, but the losing stat against Wisconsin alone is troubling. Yes I know the Hoosiers have won 2 Big 10 titles in 4 years, but is that enough? Where is the fundamental program consistency? Besides losing to the Badgers, what is the trademark of the Hoosiers under Coach Crean? Seems to be play fast, shoot a lot of 3’s, and struggle with offensive sets against good defense. Hoosier fans have seen this script play out enough to know they don’t like what they see.

The potential problem Fred Glass is faced with, besides angry alumni, is what coach out there can take IU back to the consistent winning prominence of deep tourney runs, Final Fours, and a National Championship? Is Tom Crean that guy? I honestly thought he was and now I am just not so sure.  I also know I don’t want to see a coaching change for the sake of change. Big 10 titles are great, but that just isn’t enough. Hoosier fans want deep tourney runs and more! Many want a new coach, but I have no idea of who that guy might be. I don’t see Brad Stevens leaving Boston anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoosier basketball frustrates beyond belief

How frustrating it is watching Hoosier basketball these days. The defense is non-existent and the offense is inept and ugly. Coaching is what it is and the Hoosiers are not winning. In other words, Hoosier basketball lacks every trademark of what I expect to see from an Indiana University basketball team and it is UGLY. I am so sick of watching opposing players drive all the way to the basket and score. The Hoosiers struggle to stay in front of their man and no one ever slides over to protect the lane. I am tired of seeing sloppy offensive turnovers and offensive sets that are ineffective and lack imagination. The shooting has also been very poor of late. This team has major problems and has no shot of making the NCAA Tourney without winning the Big Ten Tournament.

I don’t want to hear excuses about injuries, youthful inexperience, or lack of leadership. Good basketball teams overcome adversity with players and coaching stepping up. There will always be times when shots are not falling. That is a time to play harder on defense and attack the boards. The Hoosiers are not doing that. It is hard for me to recognize any resemblance of a sound fundamental basketball team that I want to watch and cheer for. This team looks more like a team of individual play, and lack there of, than it does anything else right now.

 

Hoosiers defend better in loss to Wisconsin

The Hoosiers, playing again without James Blackmon Jr., lost to the Badgers 65 – 60. Considering the Hoosiers haven’t won in Madison since 1998, it isn’t surprising really.  What was surprising, was the effort given by the Hoosiers on the defensive end of the floor. The effort and aggressiveness on defense most of the game was a welcomed sight.  They unfortunately couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch and much of that can be credited to the experience of the Badgers.