John Harbaugh attended Indiana's NCAA Tournament practice Wednesday to support his brother-in-law, Tom Crean.
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WASHINGTON (WDRB) – John Harbaugh waited until Tom Crean brought his Indiana University basketball team to Washington, D.C. before joining Crean, his brother-in-law, for IU's NCAA Tournament run.
Many saw vulnerability in the way Indiana labored for 38 minutes before putting Temple away, 59-52, last Sunday. Harbaugh saw something else:
He saw a basketball team with the collective grit that reminded him of the Baltimore Ravens, the group Harbaugh that coached from a Wild Card spot to a Super Bowl victory last February.
"I love the Temple game," Harbaugh said. "I love overcoming adversity the way they did and finding a way to win at the end. They kind of reminded me a little bit of our Ravens."
"That wouldn't be a bad thing," he said.
He wore a gray Indiana sweatshirt and bounced around the floor as Indiana practiced at the Verizon Center Wednesday. Harbaugh shook hands with former Georgetown coach John Thompson and then huddled with Indiana radio play-by-play voice Don Fischer. His sister, Joani Crean, came to the floor for a long hug.
Harbaugh said he'll return to the arena Thursday night when Indiana plays Syracuse in the East Regional semifinal at 9:45 p.m. Harbaugh coached football at IU for one season and went to high school in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is a Big Ten guy, who would love nothing more than seeing four Big Ten teams in Atlanta for the Final Four on April 6.
"Best conference in basketball by far," he said. "Every single game was just a fight. It was fun watching the Big Ten. We could get four teams in the Final Four. We'll see what happens. I think that's kind of forged (Indiana) a little bit for this tournament."
"To hold on to that Number One spot for as long as they did, the way college basketball was this year to me is an amazing accomplishment. They've been consistent. They've been steady."