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IU learns from big week

What did Indiana gain from a week that saw a late victory against one ranked team (52-49 Thursday against Illinois) and an overtime loss to Michigan State Sunday (84-83)?

"We had a week where it was very much a learning experience for our team. We won a game on the last possession and lost a game on the last possession," IU coach Tom Crean said on the Big Ten teleconference Monday.

"It's something where our team is growing and we're dealing with all the things that go on in a season with injuries and situations like that. I love the way my guys are continuing to get better. I love their mindset. They are playing with energy. They are playing with passion and executing better. We really competed this week. That's what the bottom line is."

The victory against the Illini was the first against a ranked opponent in the Crean era. The success happened while guard Verdell Jones III continues to recover from inflammation in the right knee. He has missed the last three games.

"(The week) says a lot about us, a lot about our coaching staff as well as our players," junior guard Matt Roth said Sunday. "It's also a sign of our maturity to be able to move on from one game to the next and now it's the same thing.

"We have to move on from one week to the next and prepare for two more games this week (Wednesday against Minnesota and Saturday against Iowa). It's two more big games this week."

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