Men's Basketball

    Postgame Quotes - Indiana vs. Purdue

    Go Hoosiers! Head coach Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosiers picked up the program's 1600th win with an 85-58 victory over Purdue.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head coach Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosiers picked up the program's 1600th win with an 85-58 victory over Purdue.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 10, 2007

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    Postgame Quotes
    Indiana vs. Purdue
    Jan. 10, 2007

    Head Coach Kelvin Sampson
    Opening statement:
    "I thought the first half we were good defensively, but I didn't think we executed in the second, in terms of hard cuts, getting the loose ball, defensive rebounding, areas that we really concentrated on at halftime. You have to give the Purdue kids some credit for really extending their defense and taking away certain things. We adjusted to some things and in the second half played a lot harder with more purpose. They had a good plan on D.J. and we had D.J. prepared. I thought he passed the ball well and had three assists. It was a solid win, the kids played hard, and the crowd was great tonight."

    On the game:
    "I felt when A.J. was on the floor tonight we were really good defensively. He's a good defensive player and his length has a lot to do with do that. Our kids really play hard. It's hard to play for 40 minutes and our depth allows us to sustain effort."

    On the team:
    "Familiarity is getting better. The kids are running a new offense and the emphasis is on different things. Just think, I'm Earl (Calloway)'s third coach in three years. Like I always say, we aren't going to be a February team in December. All I ask our kids to do is compete. We are going to get better"

    On the play of the bench:
    "I try and explain to people that we don't really have a bench, Joey Shaw and A.J. can be starters on this team. Armon (Bassett) and Rod are great, Armon is a real playmaker. I think the strength of our team is on our wings. Armon and Earl are both capable of playing minutes at the point and our wings are solid, not great. I've looked at this team since December and realized that like tonight we tried to take (Carl) Landry out of the game, and teams are going to try and do that with D.J. (White). And if they do, we have to have a plan. And these kids are confident to knock down shots. We are becoming a solid team, not great, maybe not even very good, but I think we are solid."

    On him understanding the rivalry:
    "It started early today. Our maintenance people haven't talked to me all year, and they talked to me today. I said okay when they said `it's a big game, Coach.' They wanted to make sure I knew and I told them we would try our hardest."

    On Armon Bassett's injury:
    "Tim Garl spent the whole halftime treating his hip and you could see during the first play of the second half when he lobbed that ball for a turnover. There are some kids who play better with injuries than others."

    Junior guard A.J. Ratliff
    On his play tonight:
    "It feels good, I did a lot of shooting this week while I was out with this injury and the ball felt good coming off my hands. My teammates were getting it to me when I was open."

    On his time out due to injury:
    "It's been hard, and watching at Ohio State I felt as though I could have helped the team a lot in making a couple of shots down the stretch. Against Michigan State, I found myself being a fan on the bench and I was excited at how much energy the guys had. It was hard at first, but I just found myself being a fan."

    Senior guard Roderick Wilmont
    On the game:
    "Coach is always telling me to go hard to the glass and try and get the ball to teammates. If I'm not scoring, I try hard to get steals and get things going for the team."

    Purdue head coach Matt Painter

    On whether he saw this coming at all:
    "Obviously if you had seen it coming, you'd try to do something about it, but we just don't have a lot of experience of guys being in this situation. You talk about it, you show them film, you talk about how loud it is, you talk about how they've shot the ball well and you try to do your best as a coach to prepare them for something they have not been through. David Teague's been through this multiple times, obviously. This is Carl Landry's second game here. (Marcus) Green and (Chris) Lutz played in last year's game. So that's it for our experience of playing at Assembly Hall and playing in this type of a venue and I think it shows. That shouldn't take anything away from Indiana. I thought Indiana just played harder, they played smarter, they were quicker to the basketball - they just flat kicked us."

    On how disappointed he was with the game:
    "I was disappointed just in the effort. I mean, just fight somebody. Go after a rebound, be quick to the basketball, do little things, take a charge. When you're on the road, you've got to be able to finish around the basket. We got the ball point-blank at the basket, and they're just beating our stuff off the glass, they're changing our shot. They were just tougher than we were. You have to give (Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson) credit. He's assembled a lot of different guys in here. Whether it's juco, it's a holdover that was injured, whether it's a kid from a prep school, an under-recruited kid like (Roderick) Wilmont who's just tough as nails, you can go right down the list. You can go through (Errek) Suhr - Joey Shaw was just amazing today, just amazing. He's going to be a very good player. Xavier Keeling - a lot of guys with not great names, but he's put them together and they're playing their asses off. I wish I didn't have to coach against them. I wish I could just watch, because when watching film, you see those guys playing hard and being quicker to the basketball. That's what it's all about, so you have to give them credit for how they competed."

    On what he thought of his defense:
    "I didn't think it was very good. When you give up 85 points, it's not very good. We have to a better job of containing the dribble. It's more than that. If you can't get past their pressure, if you can't get past the environment, it doesn't matter. All the other particulars do not matter. You have to lay it on the line, you have to compete, you have to be ready, and we obviously were not."

    On the perimeter defense:
    "My biggest concern is our approach - our approach to the game, our approach to what we're trying to get accomplished. And they're young guys, but that's not an excuse. It's like going to take a test. When you're walking in there, you're as ready as you're going to be. You have no more time to prepare. And you've got to step up and play. Who cares? Who cares about making a shot? Step up and do the little things. I just don't think some of our guys, and it showed today, understood they were walking into a buzzsaw if they weren't hooked up."

    On how the team will bounce back:
    "Well, if you can't get fired up after you get beat like this, then you're probably in the wrong locker room. And I think the tradition of Purdue basketball, if it's going to get back to the top of the Big Ten, has to get back to tough, hard-nosed defense, and guys that will compete; guys that will lay it on the line. I feel we have that. I feel we're growing in that direction. We're going in the right direction. This was a wall that we ran into that hopefully we can learn from and be a better team. There's no doubt there's concern when you get beat like this how you're going to play your next game."




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