Indiana coach Tom Crean came up with a creative and fun way to send a serious message to his team during Wednesday night’s 97-62 rout of Austin Peay.
He held up a sign with a cartoon image of a rabbit and the words “Don’t Hop.” When it was shown during the television broadcast, it became an instant social media hit for Hoosiers’ fans looking for anything to keep them entertained as the lead continued expanding.
“You saw that, huh?” Crean cracked after the game.
It was hard to miss.
In the postgame news conference, Crean told reporters he was trying to reinforce a point about keeping their feet on the ground and sliding rather than hopping around on defense. There wasn’t much to complain about in this game as the Governors shot 39.6 percent from the field, 23.5 percent on 3-pointers and had 17 turnovers.
But Crean knows those small mistakes must be fixed by the team the defending Big Ten champs open league play Wednesday against Nebraska.
“You're gonna remember that when you see that. It's just a reminder,” Crean said. “We have a tendency, Josh (Newkirk) has a tendency to not really slide but to hop, and we’re looking for that on film. I just thought it was something different. We've used props before. That's all it was.”