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Mar 19, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean during practice before the 2015 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This one may be kind of surprising for people who haven’t followed Tom Crean throughout his head coaching career at Marquette before taking the job at Indiana.

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  • Many have blamed Crean for the lack of success in recent seasons at Indiana, but in all actuality, he has taken the program, which was in shambles for a couple of years, and turned it into a tourney team, despite making the Big Dance just three times in his first seven years in Bloomington.

    At Marquette, the head coach went 190-96 in nine seasons, but hasn’t seen the same type of success yet at Indiana. While fans are quick to jump on Crean, he will turn this program into a consistent 20-win season once he gets a bit of traction and as long as his top players don’t keep leaving after just one season.

    Crean is a great head coach and he might have a short leash with the Hoosiers for the coming seasons, but he will deliver winning teams and more NCAA Tournament appearances. Don’t be surprised if this team has a Final Four run in 2015-16.

    You can see the improvement already just by the recent success. Crean has made three tourney appearances as head coach of the Hoosiers in the past four years after winning a total of 28 games in his first three seasons at the school.

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