Despite Indiana (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) desperately needing a deep run in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at returning to the Big Dance, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh offered some support for his brother-in-law Tom Crean at an event in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday.
Crean, who has served as Indiana men’s basketball coach since the 2008-09 campaign, owns a 159-108 record with the Hooisers. However, the program endured a rough stretch in Big Ten play, losing eight of 10 games from late January to the end of February. Despite wins over elite teams, like Kansas and North Carolina during its nonconference slate, Indiana most likely will find its way into the National Invitation Tournament.
“He’s doing good, doing good,” Harbaugh said at a reception for former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, who was receiving the Paul Hornung Award. “I really enjoyed their last game, and that was a big, big win [over Ohio State]. I talk to him a lot, and, you know, it’s been challenging, but he’s up for that task.”
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Indiana enters the Big Ten Tournament as a No. 10 seed. It’ll play No. 7 seed Iowa on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.