Following the win against Michigan on Saturday, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean had used most of the superlatives he could think up in talking once again about his two star players, sophomore center Cody Zeller and junior guard Victor Oladipo.
He then twisted his face into a pained expression and journalists knew he was about to embark on a “Hey, wait a minute” moment.
Crean looked down at the table in front of him and talked about former coaches and their sayings that made sense. He then looked out at the media.
“The team ... the team ... the team,” he said. “The star of the team is the team.”
It’s something that those who cover Indiana basketball will hear a lot from Crean as the team launches into the second half of its Big Ten season. With the No. 1 ranking back in Bloomington and the lead all to themselves in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers will attract national attention when it comes to figuring out the nation’s top player.
But who stands tallest in Bloomington?