Feb. 13, 2010
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Indiana Postgame Quotes
Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Head Coach Tom Crean:
On early turnovers hurting IU:
"We have a real confidence issue right now in the sense of playing through anything that is remotely tough to us. I don't know the number of forced vs. unforced turnovers off the top of my head, but there's no question that did us in. We've just got to get that mojo back and that toughness that we have and that we've shown throughout the year, even a week and a half ago in the Purdue game, the Illinois game, the Penn State, the Minnesota and all those games. It's just not there right now. We've just got to continue to work and build and get signs of that back so we can get back on track and I think our team will see that confidence grow again."
On Wisconsin making three pointers:
"It was a real problem. We're not keeping them in front of us right now. We're just not really helping with a purpose. But again, it was there a short time ago and we made some teams shoot it not as well as they're accustomed to but in this situation we didn't do that at all. We never got off to a great start with our defense and they got a ton of confidence and we gave them too many open shots."
On shooting the ball well throughout the game:
"I would say that we did some good things there. Verdell Jones III hasn't practiced in two days - one because we took a day off and one because he's been so sick - got on that plane yesterday and I look at that as a very courageous effort. He was taking IVs up until 10:30 this morning, and he went out there and played 33 minutes and played very hard and tried to do things. I'm proud of the way he went out there and did some good things."
On using some different combinations today:
"That's part of it, and I left Christian [Watford] in there at the end - I said I was going to do this around the 10-minute mark - the bottom line is I want him to learn what I think, is that he's not tired. He's got to bring more energy and more efficiency from the very beginning and bring that edge. The same guys that were getting rebounds and keeping him from getting things he needed to get done were still in there during that time. I thought he played very hard there at the end. The lesson wasn't `Let's get numbers. Let's pad our stats.' The lesson is, `You're not tired.' Those are the lessons that have to be learned in a situation like this when the game is not there for you to win. We still have got to find some wins inside of this that we're going to carry down the road - that may sound like psycho babble, but to me it's real. We have to be able to do that with guys to understand that they have the capabilities, but it's such a mental game. It's not the physicality, it's that we're not as mentally tough as we need to be, we're giving way too many open shots and spots to people."