Jan. 3, 2009
Final Stats |
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
On the comeback:
"I was pleased with our player's resiliency because we never got down, mentally, at all whether they were up ten or 13 at the 16 minute mark of the second half. Our guys continued to battle and we knew we were going to have to because the way Iowa shoots and spaces the floor and the way Cyrus Tate is capable of playing, which he showed today how good he is, we were going to have to play that way. Because they can get after you in a hurry with their ability to shoot the basketball and so we had to stay true to what we wanted to do and I'm proud of their effort."
On the foul trouble inside meaning more minutes for Broderick Lewis:
"I think it's good and he's earning it. He's running in practice with one of the first two teams and getting an opportunity and he's gaining confidence in practice and that's the place it has to be gained for us right now. We talk so much about practice and reading things off of practice, and it's going to be that way for a while because we just don't have game-experience and it's going to be that way next year because we won't have game experience all the time so we don't know what we are going to get from everybody. So the practices right now are incredibly valuable to us to have an idea of what our mindset is going to be like when we are in a game and he is showing that. He (Lewis) was like the other guys that came off the bench and he brought something to the table, he held his own and he competed to win."
On the problems that Cyrus Tate caused:
"I think he's an excellent athlete and he's going to cause the same problems for a lot of teams. He's very good around the basket and very selective in the shots that he takes. He hit that step-back jumper, which was a good play for him. He got to the foul line and make his free throws and rebounded the basketball. I don't know him personally, but (assistant coach) Tim Buckley, who was an assistant at Iowa under Steve Alford, knows that Cyrus was the one guy that was still coming to the gym on a consistent basis and really working in between coaching changes (at Iowa). So when you hear about things like that, it is no wonder why he's having success this year for Iowa."
On holding Iowa to 5-for-14 from the three-point line:
"We have to continue to do a better job of guarding the dribble. When you are making over 8.5 three's per game and you are coming off a game where you made 14, to hold them to five was part of our game plan for winning, we just didn't have quite enough in some other areas. And some of it was us. We got to the foul line but you can't win in this league and miss the front end of one-and-one's. We have to do a better job of capitalizing. We want to get to the foul line and we did, but we didn't have nearly enough attempts because we missed those front-ends and we missed a few layups. It's all stuff that we have to continue to improve upon."