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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tom Crean Says His Angry Face After Indiana’s Win Was Because He Was Mad

Indiana stunned Kentucky Saturday in Bloomington on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Christian Watford. Knocking off the No. 1 team in the country was a priceless moment for the players and students. You figure coach Tom Crean would have been elated over his team’s win, but his reaction was quite strange. Crean actually appeared angry as soon as the shot went in. He says he was, and he explained why during an interview on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis.

“I think I was still mad. I really do,” Crean said of his reaction. “I don’t know. My brother-in-law John said that night, ‘I totally got what you felt.’ I don’t know. It’s hard to say. Just the intensity of the game and I was happy and when I saw that the basket counted, it was almost like, once they went to the monitor it was, ‘Let’s see is it too good to be true?’ … Then it was and it was a lot better.

“I felt like we almost squandered an incredible opportunity. I was probably mad at myself more than anything else. But I’m ecstatic that we won.”

Indiana was winning almost the entire second half. They were up by as many as 10 points, and they were blowing the lead with a few minutes left. I can understand why Crean was upset, but c’mon bro, your team just won — you gotta celebrate!

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for the transcription.

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