Feb. 4, 2010
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Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter
On performance of team in first half:
"We didn't have a good half in the first half. I think Indiana had a lot to do with that. We got caught up in the emotion a little bit, really not carrying out our assignments defensively, stopping our man. Really we just did a poor job of weak side help. Tom Pritchard had three or four layups right at the rim, just because of our weak side help."
"You have to give Indiana credit. I thought they played well. I thought they did some good things. They really put up in a bind at times."
On his team's transition defense:
"In transition defense, we just struggled communicating. You have to get the ball stopped and you have to communicate where the shooters are. If you can do it aggressively and knock it out right away those things aren't going to happen, but we just did a poor job in transition. Indiana did a job good of moving the basketball."
On playing in a hostile environment at Assembly Hall:
"I think the fact that we couldn't control the game made it more hostile. Obviously this is a great college basketball atmosphere. We did a good job at Illinois controlling the game late. They made some shots. Our guys stepped up and had two or three possessions until they hit that late three. These guys were leading coming down the stretch, so the crowd got behind them and supported them, which made it a tough environment for us. I think you have to give our guys credit for hanging in there and showing some poise. There are a lot of tough venues in this league. I've always said I thought this was the toughest in the Big Ten."