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    Indiana vs. Ohio State Postgame Quotes

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    Feb. 10, 2010

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    Indiana vs. Ohio State
    Postgame Quotes
    2-10-10

    Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean

    Opening statement:
    "The most important thing right now for us is to try and get our mentality back. There is no excuse for not playing better tonight. It's a situation of we don't have anything in the tank to fall back on when things aren't going well for us. We don't have enough successes in this year to even look back on or even last year to look back on and understand that they are going to be okay. We have got to continue to work with this team mentally. We have gone to the well a lot with a sense of them being up and excited for games and we ran out of air tonight.

    "Ohio State played well, but I don't think it was as much what they did as it was our lack of alertness, our lack of resolve, and our lack of inner confidence to get things righted. There's nothing we can do about the schedule. There's nothing we can do about passing games off. I have a lot of guys in there who are very fragile. I cannot make the point that they don't have those things to fall back on and we just have to continue to learn that we have to control what we can control, and tonight we didn't do enough of that.

    "We are not a hardened enough team yet. We aren't tough and smart enough yet in so many different areas to withstand mistakes. I love what our game plan was about, but again, it wasn't about game plan, it wasn't about anything significant in the fact that we didn't move well, we weren't alert, we didn't guard the dribble, and we weren't alert in the back side. We have to get our mentality better and grow from it and get ready to go again."

    On what went wrong last six minutes of second half:
    "We didn't have a spirit. We did not have a spirit to continue to fight back inside of that. I think it was that more than anything else. We didn't guard the dribble as well. We went on what I call island defense. We sit on an island by ourselves. We want to attack on offense. We want to put pressure on people defensively, but there's a responsibility that goes along with that. You have to cover for your teammates. You have to be alert and you have to block out. We didn't do a very good job of that in that stretch."

    On the team's defense:
    "I think it is all of that. I am not going to sit up here and make excuses. Seven days ago we played one of the best teams in the country to a three-point game. It's not like we can't do good things, but we have a lot of challenges in front of us. We have a lot of challenges on growing leadership. We have to continue to grow through it. If I hadn't been through it last year, I guess I'd really be in panic mode, but I'm not because we have a lot of growing to do and that's just the way it is."

    On Ohio State's scoring in the post:
    "No I think our lack of alertness. Getting beat off the dribble and not being aware of when people were behind us. They might have had something different, but it didn't seem like they did a lot of things different than before it was just our lack of pressure and our attention to detail. I'm not in panic mode because we have had that. I don't believe you can give someone confidence. I think confidence has to be earned. But I do think you can inspire people. We have to continue to work not only as a head coach, and not only as a coaching staff, but everyone inside the program continues to inspire people and help them understand they can get better. There's not a whole lot I am going to change. There are three kinds of people and I am only trying to surround us with people that are committed to winning. People that are committed to winning have a determination and a focus that is going to grow and get better and be second to none. Then when you have people inside of that that have the ability to do something extra better, you help channel them to get that."

    Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta

    Opening Statement:
    "We told our guys Sunday after the Iowa game, coming in here it's always a tough place to play. We had to come in with the mindset of being in an attack mode and I thought we got off to a great start. As we were talking in timeouts, Indiana is going to make a run. They're going to get back in this thing. Evan (Turner) going down with 17 minutes to go, I actually sat down with him with six minutes to go, it was 22-20, I said look I'm going to put you back in there and all of a sudden we finished on a 12-0 run to end the half. Second half we were able to get out to good start. I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball. We were making shots and defensively I thought we were very active."

    On the play of Dallas Lauderdale and Kyle Madsen:
    "It obviously makes us a lot better basketball team. We told those guys they had the possibility of having a big night tonight, from the standpoint of Indiana's got a lot of different defenses and we went in saying that we're not exactly sure which one we're going to see, but they have a tendency to help from those guys. I thought Dallas did a nice job finishing and Kyle obviously knocked down some jumpers for us."

    On the decision to keep Evan Turner on the bench with two fouls early on:
    "It's one of those, and I say this all the time, but it's kind of a gut feel for what you want to do. He's smart enough to play with two fouls in the first half. I honestly believe that. I liked what I was seeing out there and keeping him with a guaranteed two fouls going into halftime."

    On what fueled the 12-0 run to end the half:
    "I thought our defense really stepped up. We were able to get some easy baskets off turnovers. That, to me, was the biggest difference right there and we were making our free throws.

    "The communication was going on and they'll hit you in transition and if they don't have it, then they're going to back it out. I think that was one of the biggest differences, because they got us in transition defense there to get it to 22-20 and that's what we were talking about in the timeout."

    On being tied for first in the conference:
    "It feels great, but like I told the guys, in college athletics you can't feel good. It's the next one coming down the pipe on Sunday, and like you said, there's a lot of basketball left yet to still be played for everybody in the league, not just us and keeping the focus on us and getting prepared for Sunday's game and getting ourselves healthy and ready to go is my big focus."

     

     

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