Indiana-Pitt: Tom Crean’s Hoosiers Take Next Step with Jimmy V Classic Victory

Posted by Zachary Osterman on December-9-2009 Add Comments

(Verdell Jones' 22 points spurred the Hoosiers to Tom Crean's 200th win Tuesday night.)

Suddenly, the normal looked possible, and it made all the difference.

For one night, it seemed Indiana could do so much of that which it has seemed incapable—ball control, free-throw shooting, shutdown defense, and most of all, defeating a respected opponent, this time in the merciless spotlight of Madison Square Garden.

"I told our coaches that this was the closest that we have come in our one-plus years here to transferring our practice over into a game," IU coach Tom Crean said afterward.

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