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Tom Crean's performance has been so-so.
Tom Crean is having a decent season at the helm of the Hoosiers. With the talent he lost off of last year's team, it's not surprising that IU isn't near as good as it was a season ago.
But, in his defense, he finally knocked off Wisconsin and ended Indiana's 12-game losing streak to the Badgers. He rallied his team to a must-win victory over Michigan to keep Indiana's NCAA tournament hopes alive.
However, the losses to Northwestern and Nebraska, a game where his Hoosiers had a 13-point lead at halftime, don't work in his favor.
His lineup choices have been questionable at times. Early in conference play, Crean would pull Vonleh, the league's best rebounder and team leader in defensive rating, late in games when the Hoosiers were on defense. If anything, defensive possessions at the end of the game are where Vonleh is needed most. This move almost cost the Hoosiers the game against Wisconsin.
He's also used offensively deficient lineups featuring players such as Austin Etherington, Jeff Howard and Jonny Marlin on the floor together for lengthy amounts of time, and the scoring has come to a complete standstill.
But, he deserves credit for making Stanford Robinson a starter and making sure he's on the court. Robinson has been a major bright spot for Indiana since Big Ten play started.
In the end, Crean has done fairly well given the hand he's been dealt. The good thing for him is because IU is still such a young team, they should improve from game to game, meaning the Hoosiers could end up being very good as the season winds down.