Indiana's basketball practices are getting lonely these days.
The three seniors who helped lead the Hoosiers out of their doldrums, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, have graduated. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo are jetting around to audition for NBA teams. Remy Abell and Maurice Creek have transferred. Peter Jurkin and Austin Etherington are still recovering from injuries, Will Sheehey is on vacation and the new freshmen who are on campus are trying fit in.
Cook Hall has been so empty recently that the Hoosiers can't even go 5-on-5.
Eventually, things will change and when Indiana is back to full strength, coach Tom Crean will have his team ready to go.
''With the youth, with all this inexperience, you break down your teaching,'' Crean said. ''You realize it's your job to push that learning curve, to see how fast they pick things up.''
Crean will have plenty of opportunities to see how his young team responds.
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