Indiana vs. Wisconsin Postgame Quotes
Jan. 16, 2013
Indiana vs Wisconsin Postgame Quotes January 15, 2013 Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
Opening Statement: "I will have to watch the film but I think first and foremost we just didn't make enough shots. Tonight when we weren't making enough shots, especially ones that were open, we also didn't come down and stay as disciplined as we needed to be defensively. They beat us off the dribble a little bit and the first half our main problem was that we were holding our rotations too long and over-helping on defense, which is something you don't need to do against Wisconsin. What Wisconsin does is they bait you with their drives and then beat you with their kicks, and we didn't do a good job against that. When we over-helped they made shots. In the second half they made some shots at the shot clock that reminded me of the McDonald's Michael Jordan/Larry Bird H-O-R-S-E commercials. When you get momentum going it's amazing what can happen. They played really hard and they got the momentum. We didn't make shots like we do and it affected us because now you have to come down and play 35 seconds of defense. Cody (Zeller) had a tremendous first half, there was nobody who could really guard him. In the second half they went with more pressure and we still got the shots and went to the foul line, but we didn't do a great job rebounding when we missed. We weren't moving the ball like we should have or like we normally do. I think when we see the film it wasn't as much them as it was us. They played really well and I'm not taking anything away from the way they played, but we missed shots, especially the open ones, and we didn't guard the dribble the way we needed too. That's how they got the win."
On the team's play in transition: "I don't think we labored; I think once we got down in it we didn't keep reversing the ball. There were a couple times with the side pick-and-roll that we just weren't attacking the switches and getting the ball to the other side. We started looking and standing rather than keeping the ball moving. We are a ball reversal team. We are a high execution level team when we are reversing it two and three times and we didn't do a great job of that tonight."
On the team's defensive energy: "We played really hard. We are always going to play really hard. The energy was good we just over-helped sometimes. We stayed with the ball too long and we missed a few things with our coverages because their guards do a really good job of setting it up and then throwing it back to where it needs to be. We didn't need to over-help. We didn't need to have the extra man stay with the ball. Some of that is recognition, some of that is communication, but it was more recognition tonight."
Player Postgame Quotes
Victor Oladipo Did they do anything defensively to make it tougher for you to score around the basket? "Not really. We just didn't hit shots. They hit a lot of crazy shots. We didn't defend well. That's all it boils down to. It's very simple."
Talk about how the crowd was tonight? "They did a good job. A lot of them came out to support us tonight. I hope they continue to keep coming out in games to come during the year."
Where did you see break downs on defense? "Just overall. We didn't really defend the dribble well. They were getting into the lane, kicking it and making tough shots. We have just got to go watch the film and see what we need to work on. "
What makes it so tough to turn Wisconsin over? That's just how they play. We just need to do a better job of playing defense. We're going to get back to the drawing board.
Cody Zeller How hard is it to create pace against Wisconsin? "That's their style of play. We just didn't defend the dribble well enough. Didn't make enough shots. That's all it boils down to."
What made it hard to score in the second half? "They were clogging up the middle more. Shots just stopped falling."
What did they do to take away the passing options? "That's how they play. We will look at the film to see what they were doing."
What was the key for your success on offense in the first half? "I just wanted to be aggressive. Take what the defense gives me. I tried to attack and get to the line"
Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan
On taking away IU's transition offense: "Well I'm still extremely upset about the three points that they got in transition. They got those three points at the end of the first half after we took a bad shot and then (Christian) Watford got a kick-out for a wide-open three. It's just what we normally do. We try to take away giving up easy baskets. I think everybody in the country says that and then you've got to do it and our guys have bought into that, especially tonight because Indiana is that good. They can run it right down your throat. They can get 100 on you. They have the potential to do that."
On holding Cody Zeller without a field goal in the second half: "I'd like to say that there was some coaching strategy. We just didn't move out feet and get into the spots and the angles that we normally do and Zeller is that much better this year and he just destroyed (Jared) Berggren and (Frank Kaminsky). It's one of those things where footwork is so important in this game but I thought we did a much better job moving our feet and getting defensive angles in the second half and then he had a tougher time maybe getting his looks. It was all about our feet and we got some help to him and the fact that they weren't exactly shooting it that well from outside. We know what that's like. We've had games like that where we can't buy a basket from the outside so it doesn't open up the inside but Zeller is a better player this year and he showed that. And if it took 20 minutes to show our guys that he's that good so be it but we really didn't change anything with our positioning, we just did it better."
On how a win like this will help his team: "Yeah, it sure is. If you're going to beat a team like this, you have to have a lot of things go well and I thought we took pretty good care of the ball considering their pressure and athletic as Indiana is. Yeah, the thing is though in this league, like I told our guys `let's enjoy for 24 hours and then we know we got to get ready for Iowa at Iowa'. But I really liked how hard our guys played and the adjustments that the guys made on the court. I thought our assistants did a good job at practice for getting us ready for this game because the head coach is a little under the weather and I don't how many of you guys have missed where you're going around from but it's like `whoa' I feel like someone just took me in the corner and worked me over."
On how taking care of the ball led to not allowing transition baskets: "Yeah well we knew that if they got it going in transition they can score in bunches because all you have to do is look at their game films. So our goal was not to let that happen but saying it and doing it, having it as a plan, are two different things. It just so happened to work today."
On making key free throws down the stretch: "You know if you just play the game and have the right attitude about it, you make good things. If you're a nervous nelly or whatever term you use, you can't antagonize about every little thing when you play. Players have to play."
On Yogi Ferrell's three to cut the game late, which brought the crowd back into it:
"That was something else. Now why did we leave him? We're not going to leave a guy wide open. I'll have to get that one when I go to the film. I think it was (Mike) Bruesewitz went to take Watford or somebody inside and he left. That was a huge shot for them because that could have been the turning point. Fortunately our guys didn't wilt."
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