Tom Crean suffered through one of the worst campaigns you’ll ever see from a college basketball power last season, when his Hoosiers went 6-25 (including 1-17 in Big Ten play). Of course, due to the circumstances of virtually having to completely start the program over, Crean was obviously given a free pass from the large contingent of Hoosier faithful. Assuming there isn’t a complete collapse this season, he’ll likely be granted a free pass again. There are signs of the program turning the tide, but if you dig deeper, there are also places where Crean needs to step up.
We’re talking about a team which beat Pittsburgh rather handily on a neutral court, but lost to Loyola (MD) at home a few weeks later.