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Eyeing IU


IU's mental state

IU assistant coach Tim Buckley filled in for Tom Crean during the Big Ten teleconference Monday. Here's what he had to say about the Hoosiers' state of mind during the eight-game losing streak. IU is 9-17 overall and 3-11 in the Big Ten.

"This team is all about improvement. We know where we're at in terms of our age and experience and those kinds of things. We have to look at every thing we do, whether it's going into a practice, film session or a shoot-around or practice the day of the game as looking at getting better and improving," Buckley said. "Sometimes as coaches and players you get to see a lot more of the team and a lot more of the improvement than maybe people on the outside because the only time they get to see them and judge them is based on the game.

"We can see improvement and we can see where we're getting better. We can also see where we have to continue to get better and point those things out and improve. That's what we've been doing over the past few weeks, really try to improve our ball movement – which we felt like we saw quite a bit of in the second half in Minnesota. And we've got to continue to get better on the defensive end, not only as a man guarding our own man, whether it's off the dribble or in the post, but also being a better help defender and then finishing off the possession with rebounding. We have proven we can be a pretty good rebounding team. We have to get those stops in order to get those rebounds."