Indiana Postgame Quotes vs. Michigan State
Feb. 16, 2010
Head Coach Tom Crean
"The game for us tonight was handoffs, drives, get on the glass, things of that nature. Every time we thought we were going to cut it and start to make a little dent, get a little momentum, Kalin [Lucas] would come back with a big shot. There is no question he is a next level player, an All-American, the whole deal. The bottom line with their team, they are really, really moving the basketball. I think that is what it is going to come down to separating in this league, because the best teams really do share the basketball. That's the best passing team and they made some other tough shots. In my mind we were threatening and in the team's mind they were threatening. Every time we did, they made a big play.
"We did some positive things, obviously. You outrebound a team like that, I think that is a positive. We were 25-of-28 from the foul line. We were able to drive the ball. This completes five games in a 12-day stretch against four ranked teams. We will continue to learn from it. We will continue to work hard and we will continue to help our guys get better."
On the depth of Michigan State:
On what the team did right in the first 10 minutes:
On the Michigan State bench:
On Devan Dumes bouncing back from being sick:
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
"We've done a great job of not turning the ball over and that's four now of the last six games. That was a big key for us. I think this team got condemned for effort, maybe by him, maybe by people. Yet I looked at it and I told my team that they're going to come out and play harder. They're going to rebound the ball and they outrebounded us by six. They played hard. They're missing a player or two. I saw [Maurice] Creek at the end of the game and I asked him how he could do that to my buddy by getting hurt. He laughed and I kind of laughed. His team's going to be better as they go because they've got some good pieces.
"For us, I thought this was a workmanlike game. There was nothing flashy. We weren't great. We made some foolish fouls. They did a phenomenal job of getting to the line. They did a phenomenal job of making free throws. It was a team that was shooting in the sixties and they go 25-for-28 and that was a big difference, that and the rebounding.
"I thought for the first time we got the ball inside a little bit more. We had some inside-out passes. I thought another big key was near halftime we were in so much foul trouble and we were up five or six and we put in some of our guys that haven't played a lot and we expanded it to 10. That was a big key, but that's the difference, maybe, in a program that's got some depth and that's one thing that we have."
On Michigan State's overall team contributions:
On Indiana dealing with adversity:
"I think for the most part they've played extremely hard. They've had their one or two letdown games and he knows it and they know it, but people don't know all of a sudden that (Devan) Dumes isn't on the trip and (Verdell) Jones III has been sicker than a dog. To the average joe or to the alums, you just can't appreciate that unless you're with somebody. I'll say this and I've said it since the day he got the job, he'll get it turned. Look me in the eye, he'll get it turned. He'll get it done and he'll get it done sooner than most if you don't have the injuries and all the things that happened, but this team will bounce back. He'll build it for next year and that's what he's got to do. It doesn't come overnight, just look at those other programs. Sometimes it lasts for a long, long time. He'll get it built and done a lot faster."
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