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Tough times paying off for Crean, IU

Originally Published: March 22, 2012
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- When it seemed as though it couldn't get any worse for Indiana basketball -- but somehow did -- Tom Crean could almost always count on a phone call from an old friend.

That friend was John Calipari, the same Calipari who now stands between Indiana and the Hoosiers' first Elite Eight appearance in 10 years. Or to put a finer point on it, Calipari stands in the way of IU becoming, well, IU again.

Calipari coaches Kentucky, the No. 1 overall seed and the favorite not only to ...

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