Crean’s strategic use of subs won’t sink Hoosiers

While the college basketball world was wondering Monday what sent Indiana coach Tom Crean into a pointing, chiding, hold-me-back temper tantrum aimed at Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer, I have a guess.

Meyer must have said, “Nice substitution pattern,” after the Hoosiers beat the Wolverines for the undisputed Big Ten title on Saturday.

OK, I’m kidding. Meyer, who was part of the sink-the-ship Kelvin Sampson regime, never would have said such a thing. But that might have been on the lips of plenty of fans in the Hoosier Nation, and it certainly was a point stated by CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb, who criticized Crean for his substitutions in the first half that helped Michigan run off a 12-0 streak and threaten to break open the game.

This story appears in the print edition of The Tribune. Subscribers can read the entire story online by signing in here or in our e-Edition by clicking here.

All content copyright ©2016 The Tribune, a publication of AIM Media Indiana unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.