Indiana vs. Penn State - Postgame Quotes
Feb. 12, 2014
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean Penn State deserves credit. They persevered throughout the game. They never lost their belief in it, and we gave into the pressure of the game a bit. The two things that hurt us throughout the night were turnovers and the ridiculousness of those, but more importantly tonight is the scouting report defense.
It's the greatest form of toughness. Everybody thinks they understand toughness. Toughness is consistency. It's consistency of a purpose. The three words, "do your job," when you can do that consistently, then you've got a form of toughness. When you break down and you give in and you make mistakes, this league is good enough to make you pay.
This team was first in attempts, in attempts and percentage, and we were going to try to take away the paint. We were going to try to take away the three point line. Same thing we did against Michigan who had much of the same ability. They could get to the basket. They could get to the three point line. They could score. We were the same team that did that a week ago and did it with a lot of success. The bottom line is when you don't stay true to what your job is if that means I don't leave my man, I don't leave my man. That means I force him left, I force him left. If it means I communicate a screen, I communicate a screen. If it means I switch, I switch.
When those break down enough, that's where we never took their belief away from them in this game because we made too many mistakes along the way that allowed them to stay in it.
The turnovers, there is no excuse. I'd like to say, you know what, if we did this, if we did that. What if we just aired it out and slowed it down? I'm not sure that's the answer. We need easy baskets. So you have to run some that we just we lost this game defensively by allowing them to stay in it with mistakes and then the pressure of the game got to us a little bit. Couple five second calls and a couple of I keep going to the word awareness, and that is the nicest word I can use, and that's what we've got to continue to coach, and we'll get right back at it. As I said to these guys, any night, anybody can beat anybody in this league. We've done it, they've done it. Anybody can do it.
The only way we'll be able to get better is to come back and get better. So that's all we can do. So go ahead.
Talk about that five second call? That's lack of awareness. You have to call a timeout when you take the ball out there. I would say panic. I would say guys not rolling back. You're going to be held. I mean, there is no question about that. Couple of call, couple weren't, you've got to play through it.
The bottom line is you've just got to make a basketball play. You've got to make a play. The press offense, you just roll back and screen and roll back. Use the baseline, pass fake, have the awareness, okay. When you can't get it in, call the timeout sitting right there. I mean, that's part of it.
In terms of the last five minutes, the offense sort of came to a halt. You guys didn't make a basket. I haven't looked at the offense yet. I'm sure you're right. What is the question? What happened to us?
Yeah, you guys were scoring pretty effectively before then. Definitely high shooting early. We had a few turnovers in there. I don't have a great answer on that until I watch the film. But when you're trying to you've got to have more than one or two guys that can get the ball where it needs to be. We missed some shots, a couple of quick ones, but I mean, I'm rambling now. I've got to go watch the film. So it obviously wasn't good enough, but I've got to watch it.
What were you hoping to get on that last play? Yogi or Will on the side. We needed a screener there. So get the screener to the middle, just get into an open court play. Get a jumper, get to the rim or throw it to Will in a one on one type situation there.
This deep into the season, how do you get there? We've got to go back to work tomorrow. I can't psychoanalyze it. We've got to go back to work tomorrow. It is what it is. This team beat Michigan a week ago. It's just we've got to come back. That's the way it is. I'll be there. You know what I mean? That's the bottom line. We've got to get ourselves ready to go beat Purdue. That is the bottom line.
You mentioned the defensive guys getting out of position. Did you see that throughout the game? Absolutely, yeah. Absolutely, we showed them at halftime again. We gave up No. 3 is in there. No. 3, right? No. 3 is in there to do one thing. Take three point shots, and we gave off him, and he had three threes tonight. So I don't know if we make a lot of changes defensively, all right, because the same type of mentality of not coming off shooters who beat Michigan a week ago.
So it really becomes, I don't have a better answer for you than it's lack of it's just you can't just play to play at this level, and it's not just the youth. We've got a fifth year senior out there that's got to play better. But we've got a fourth year senior that's got to play better. We've got all to do better.
So bottom line is that that's, in this league when guys are penetrators and they're kicking at the shooters, we won a Big Ten championship at Michigan last year doing the same type of thing. Trying to take the outlets away from Trey Burke, you know, we win the championship. So it's just a matter of being able to carry out the game plan.
You mentioned when you had them in timeouts or were they panicked in the huddle the last couple of minutes? Did you see some things that could help you? I was very calm. I was very calm. I don't think we had our our leadership could have been better at the end.
How devastating is it to lose a game like that? Yogi Ferrell: It's not very fun to lose a game like that. It all comes down to execution at the end of the game. It just has to get a lot better. We just can't panic on the court. We've just got to stay true to ourselves and execute.
What do you feel happened on the inbounds situation there that led to the turnovers? What happened there? Will Sheehey: We panicked. We didn't stay true to our scouting report.
Was it something that you felt like at any point it snowballed and they gained so much momentum so fast there late? Will Sheehey: We just didn't execute. You have to play each possession like it's the last possession.
What did they do with the press? I don't think they manned you up, but what did they do to make it difficult for you to get the ball out? Yogi Ferrell: Yeah, kind of just manning up. Kind of doubling me, and then kind of forcing other guys to catch them. Just couldn't get the ball in at the time.
Coach talked about a lack of leadership down at the end of the game. What do you guys feel you could have done better? What do you think that coach was looking for? Yogi Ferrell: You know, I think Coach was looking for when a team goes on a run like Penn State did, guys like myself and Will to get our team riled back up. Because some guys may have down faces just a little bit just because they went on that run. So it's just on our part to tell these guys we're not going to lose this game, and I think that's what he was looking for.
Did you guys sense panic down the stretch and when? At what point did you start to look around and say we're starting to lose it? Will Sheehey: We just didn't execute. We didn't stick to the scouting report. We really just didn't make plays toward the end.
There were three turnovers at the end and 20 in the game. That's been a problem for this team all season long. Is there an explanation for why it hasn't been cured? Yogi Ferrell: We've just got to get more intelligent on our team, I feel like. It starts, of course, with me and Will; always does. We're the front-runners for that. We've just got to be more intelligent with the ball and how we play the game.
Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers
On what it says about the team being able to come back: "The kids played so hard. We were down 13 and they never gave up. They kept getting stops and they kept digging. They had a great attitude and we just kept reminding them to control what we can control. Our guys just executed. We always say it's about us, not about the opponent."
On the team's success on the road: "I have no idea. These kids are so resilient. We had the best shoot-around today. We went hard and we knew what we wanted to do. We knew the game plan going in. Obviously we didn't do a great job of it for 36 minutes, but we started to get stops late in the second half. It's a credit to their character. We might get knocked down a lot, but these guys keep getting back up and trying to get better. We just need to be the best team we can be by the end of the year."
On the contributions from multiple players: "We need at least three scorers to be effective in this league. If we don't, we won't win. For DJ Newbill not to have a big game and we still won, was pretty remarkable. Brandon Taylor's three at the end was huge. I'm so proud of Ross Travis because if he didn't hit that final free throw, we wouldn't have been in the position that we were in. There were so many contributions and the whole team played with a clear head. When you practice and prepare like we did, good things tend to happen."
On his message to his team during the final timeout: "We needed to slow Yogi Ferrell down. We knew they were going to go to Yogi so we needed to make sure we slowed him down. We wanted to switch some things and our guys executed beautifully. It's stuff that we work on in practice. There were times it hasn't gone well in practice, but tonight it went well."
On what Indiana did in the first 30 minutes to build their lead: "They sliced us up. They did a good job of getting into cracks and getting to the free-throw line. They can cut better than any team in this league, especially Sheehey, I just love that kid. I love the way he plays with so much passion and fire. All of that, and they share the ball. There were a couple of turnovers and a couple of quick shots that led to breakouts, and when they get out on the break they are very difficult to beat."
On what Indiana got away from in the final four minutes:
"There was nothing in particular, it just became a different game. We were pressing, which we hadn't been doing the whole game. Sometimes with 18-23 year olds, when all of a sudden they realize they're down, they'll play harder. Not sure where that execution was the rest of the game, but I give Coach Crean a lot of credit because his team did a lot of good things against us. Indiana shut down DJ Newbill, which no one has really done yet this year. Yogi did a great job on him as did Sheehey and Robinson."
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