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IU vs. Michigan
February 2, 2013
Head Coach Tom Crean
"Sometimes in these situations when there is so much attention and hoopla and hype surrounding a game it can't live up to it and this one did I think. We knew Michigan was really good but after being on the court with them for a couple of hours they're even better as I thought as a coach and I think we've watched as much film as we could over the last couple of weeks. They are really good and they did things tonight that we hadn't seen as much. They did a good job of covering the ball screen. They were very physical on our hand-offs and our things across the top. They did a good job of screening.
"I don't know how John (Beilein) feels about his game and his team but looking at them, they are so good and they get a lot of attention for their scoring and their break but they played a very physical game. Our guys really adjusted to how physical they had to play tonight. They made a lot of adjustments in the game. I thought we played with a great purpose. Our energy was tremendous. There's no question that this crowd was as ecstatic and exciting as any that I've been a part of here and we've been a part of some unbelievable crowds here. They were there from start to finish and our team kept being fueled by that and I think the big thing for us is in the second half we tightened up some things. We did a good job of getting to the glass. We didn't always do a great job with them on the boards but we did a really good job, especially after they started blitzing the ball-screens of attacking and then our forwards followed it up. Cody got some good dunks out of that.
"The bottom line is we took care of the ball better. We had 11 turnovers at halftime. We had 5 in the second. We felt like the one thing, it wasn't the tough threes that they made in the first half that was keeping them in it, it was our turnovers that was keeping them in it. We knew that. We knew we had to have great focus and great discipline and we got a lot better with that in the second half. We defended the three well. I think they made their threes at the end of the game and we could have defended those better but they were playing catch up and we made a couple of mistakes but very proud of our guys with the way that they are maturing. It's one thing to be at home but our guys knew there was a lot of hoopla and hype surrounding this too. We knew it was new business tonight playing Michigan but we felt that the Michigan that we had played last year, the Indiana defense they saw is what they remembered and we wanted to give them something different because we did not guard them as well as we should have a year ago. We really wanted to prove to ourselves that we were a much better defensive team against a team that is that good and they truly are that good. They are going to continue to have a great season and let's hope when we meet at the end of the year that we are all playing for something really big."
On the Gameday experience:
"Well it made for an exciting day. It made for a long day, but it made for an exciting day. The best thing we did was not only get the players out of here after their appearance this morning and get them home and not practice until later this afternoon, but not open up the lines for the students until three o'clock this afternoon so that they would go home and get some rest. I think you want o take in the whole atmosphere. You want to see everything in the morning and you want to reflect a little bit and say this is really a big deal. We had been a part of one at Marquette and obviously when we started here it wasn't like Gameday was on the horizon anytime soon. The program worked its way to have this to be a place where they wanted to go. I thought they had a great day here but I think it's a huge honor for us to have something like this but I also think it's well-earned not only by the program but by our fans. We didn't want there to be anything that they didn't see but the bottom line was how we played from 9 to 11 tonight."
On this team's defense and how it's improved from a season ago:
"There are a couple of things that really stand out but our transition defense is better for one thing but we are doing a much better job of trying to keep the ball on one side. Our pick-and-roll defense is better. Our deflections are up so far in the Big Ten from where they were a year ago. I think the biggest thing is because our guys really understand that the better defense they play, the more we finish it off with a defensive board the more we can get out and be more of an explosive offensive team. That's the fuel for them because it's not like we are going to work hard on defense and then come down and walk it up. It might be a little bit harder to get them to understand how important defense is if we were in that situation. Really tonight we had a couple of turnovers and the only one we'd really like to have back was (Victor Oladipo) shot it too quick and he knows it late in the game. That's where you've got to make them foul you because they were in that position where they were going to have to make a decision there. I think the thing that we knew going back from last season, the two biggest things were we had to get physically stronger and do a much better of guarding one-on-one because when you do that then you don't have to be an over help team and there has been too many times, even this year, where we still over help. You over help against Michigan and you are giving them an open shot. Every time that we over helped or didn't play a screen the right way they got a great look. You really realize that if you're going to be a high-level team it better start with your gameplan defensively and how committed you are to it and our guys are learning that."
On using multiple guys to defend Trey Burke:
"We have the luxury of doing that now. That's really important. Every time we got on his side, he made a good play. Some he made, some he didn't. There were a couple, the one at the end of the first half that was just a bomb. We were right there. He makes those shots. He is a tremendous player. I get it. I've had a lot of respect for him for a long time but now you get in the game with him and he just plays. He doesn't say anything to him or talks to his team. He just plays. He's outstanding. You've got to have different guys. You've have to have some different coverages for the pick-and-roll in your bag. I think if you come into a game with Michigan and think you are just going to put all of your eggs into one basket you're probably going to lose. You've got to make sure you are giving him different looks, giving him different looks personnel wise, giving him different looks schematically although we didn't do a lot of that tonight. We had a couple of things that we didn't have to go to that hopefully we can save for another time but we've got multiple defenders and I think that really helps us."
On the importance of Christian Watford's defensive rebounding against Michigan's offensive rebounding:
"Really good, really big because (Michigan) can. Cody's loose ball rebound late on our end offensively was unbelievable. He'll have some SportsCenter dunks but that loose ball rebound that's why he's such a special player. Christian is the same way. Christian was everything we needed him to be tonight, very aggressive, did a very good job defensively, posted up made his foul shots, took good shots and had a great confidence about. He's constantly maturing as a two-way player all the time."
On getting off to a hot start and then responding to Michigan's run in the second half:
"Well I think we knew why they were making a run. There was one time where Tim Hardaway was all over Will (Sheehey) in the corner and Will takes a three rather than breaking him down and let's go get his fourth foul. We didn't do an unbelievable job tonight of time and score and when we figured that out we were much better. We take that three out of the corner and then Hardaway comes down and makes a three. That's a six -point swing. Those are the things that we've got to break. In the course of the game the key is moving onto the next play and I think that's why we were successful in the game. We were able to close it. We made a couple of mistakes on late threes but when it was time to put the game away before they started hitting those at the end we did it and we did it on both ends."
IU Players Postgame Quotes
On answering each of Michigan's runs:
"They're a terrific team. They're really good. They've got a lot of good players. They're well coached and they execute to perfection basically. I think our players did a good job of battling through their runs and executing down the stretch and that's the reason why we won."
On whether they made Trey Burke inefficient rather than shut him down:
"Yeah, I mean he takes a lot of shots. He had about 24 or 25 shots today. He's efficient. That's what he needs to do for his team to win. A guy like that, you've got to slow him down. They have a lot of players around him that are just as just as good with the ball and who can score at a high level. I think all of our players did a phenomenal job of containing him and containing all their players."
On whether this is one of their best performances of the year:
"This is one of our best, we played solid. We came together when things were getting tight. We did a terrific job of stepping up and making free throws at the end. The big fella (Cody Zeller) doing his thing and Christian [Watford] with the double-double today. Without everybody we couldn't win. We knew we needed everybody to step up and play today and I think everybody did a good job at that."
On his double-double and overall performance:
"I thought I played pretty solid. I got on the glass early. I think I went in the half with five. Anytime you go in the half like that you feel like you can get more rebounds. My teammates did a great job of finding me. Got lost in transition a couple times, got to the foul line, and made my free throws."
On what he wanted to take away from Glenn Robinson III:
"I just wanted to take away his tendencies. I knew that he likes to get a lot of offensive rebounds, like the back cut and stuff like that. I just tried to limit his touches in that area and keep him off that glass and I feel like I did a good job at that."
On the hot start to the game:
"We were getting a lot of movement through penetration and everyone was moving around. That's when we're at our best. To start off the game we always feed off the crowd. We have to give a lot of credit to how good the crowd was tonight. It definitely gets us going. It's unlike anything else."
On his long rebound near the end of the game:
"I was just trying to keep it alive and make a play down the stretch. I always pride myself on the hustle plays, all the little things that anyone can do. So it was a big play I guess."
On whether the pace of the Michigan State game helped them with the back and forth pace tonight:
"I think every game in the Big Ten has kind of prepared us for this just because every team is good. They're going to make runs. It's going to be a good game right down to the end. We just had to take care of their runs and make a run of our own. I thought we did a pretty nice job of that tonight."
Michigan Postgame Quotes
Head Coach John Beilein
"Their runs in the game were really big. They have a large amount of experience. Very talented. I've seen a lot of players, I don't know if I have seen one quicker or faster, more athletic than (Victor) Oladipo. It's tough to stay in front of him. Several times when we were making those runs, he would get to the basket, he may miss, but that's where (Cody) Zeller was cleaning up. That's because Mitch (McGary) had to give help. Very few people can stay in front of that. The difference was they got to the foul line because they were fast, experienced, and talented. That was a big difference in the game if you look at not the officiating, but the fact that they got to the foul like because that's what they do."
After their early run, did you sense they were cooling off:
"I think our offense was better. Part of their offense early was our offense. We had to go out there, I think there is a time where you have to adjust to how they are playing you. They gave us a couple of looks that we had to adjust to, and we did not show great discipline at times. As a result, all of a sudden you get buried. There were some deja vú moments in that from the Ohio (State) game. So now, we learn from it again. This is a young team. These environments are tremendous opportunities for them to grow. And that's our only message from it now. We'll grow from it. But we have to get back off the deck real quick."
What type of encouragement do you take out of a game like this:
"That's a pretty good team that we just played. We have to play better. We have to shoot the ball better. We did get some good looks several times and the ball didn't go down. We shot it great in the last minute. We had some really good looks from the outside, but the ball didn't go down. That could have been a big difference in the game as well. It was two good teams playing. Somebody was going to win that game. We didn't. Our kids held their own. We're an extremely young , young team. We had four freshmen out there a lot, and they did well."
Talk about IU's defensive effort tonight:
"We have to continue to try to have the coaching staff and guard play to continue to recognize what people are doing and how we can get Glen (Robinson III) even more involved. Like Trey (Burke) said, they were locking the rails on him and Nick (Stauskas) and not giving him the ball, and him putting good pressure. They have a good defensive team, but they have a couple of guys who in one-on-one match-ups are exceptional."
Talk about the stretches where you got down:
"That's something that we are continuing to try to make adjustments on and get better at. Coming out and throwing the first punch. Indiana is a really good team. Playing a great team on the road, you're going to get everybody's best shot. I think we did a good job responding to their punch. We just didn't get over the hump."
You played a little fast at Ohio State, did you play a little more at your pace today:
"At times it was, at times it wasn't. I think we all made some plays to try to get us back into the game in the second half. That's just something we're continuing to get better at and we're just trying to continue to learn from a team going on certain runs and responding to them at a poised pace. On the road against a team like Indiana, you have to stay poised when they go on certain runs. I think we did a good job at times throughout the game, but Indiana is a heck of a team. I'm glad we got the opportunity to play them tonight. We'll get better from it and move on to the next game."
Talk about trying to get Glen Robinson III and Nick Stauskas involved in the second half:
"Indiana held the rails tonight. Kind of made us win the game from the point guard and center position. We just have to try to continue to get them good looks within our offense. Indiana did a good job of denying them. It was tough getting them the ball."
On defending Cody Zeller:
"I think we did a good job defensively. He didn't get too many easy buckets. But offensive rebounding, I made a couple of mistakes boxing him out when I was trying to help or block a shot and he got some easy buckets there."
How much did the crowd play a role in your play tonight:
"It was just like the Ohio State game, but we came out more poised. It was a little bit louder. I think early on, we were ok with the noise. Every arena is going to have noise. They were just hitting shots and we couldn't come back."