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Catharsis for Tom Crean and Indiana

Buzzer-beating 3 takes down No. 1 Kentucky and brings IU back to national prominence

Originally Published: December 10, 2011
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Surrounded by security guards as he circumnavigated through the bowels of Assembly Hall, Tom Crean stopped every fourth or fifth step.

First there was a hug for his wife, Joani. A fan walking by needed a high-five. Then it was a crowd of students with camera phones, asking for pictures, screaming, "We love you, coach Crean," and another begging for his hat to be signed.

While a party three long years in the making still raged on the court, the private celebration ...

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