I disagree with you guys about the bench. IF IU is going to play the pace and style they play then the bench is needed. Either the depth isn't there, or it hasn't been propery utilized and/or developed to play this style and not have it be an Achilles heel. I'm wondering if Creek's extended minutes is Crean acknowledging this (albeit a little late in the season)?
Originally this season I thought IU just had problems running their half court offense... but it's gotten clearer to me the problem is they are wearing down playing at the pace they want to play at and if the opponent is good enough to exert some physicality and hang within shooting distance then IU will be vulnerable as the game wears on. Their defense starts looking sieve-like (defensive breakdowns and the proverbial "ole'"defense (trying to) protect the rim. They are IMHO winded mentally and physically. They lose their legs and that is why the offense bogs down. Suddenly IU is a step slow, shots fall a notch short, and the other team seizes momentum. Then the other team can really dig in and keep punching IU in the gut while they are on the ropes.
Stay solid, weather the storm, play smart and within yourself, don't rush, stay physical and mentally engaged regardless of the score and the game WILL come to you.... That's what I'd tell a team playing IU.