Postgame Quotes - Indiana vs. Purdue
Feb. 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson
"I thought it was a great defensive effort. Any time you hold a team that has as many guys that can score as Purdue and you hold them to 34 percent, you outrebound them by 16, you know those two areas of the game are really solid. The turnover thing, like I said after the Minnesota game, sometimes you have to bring them in the huddle and remind them what color jersey you're wearing. I had to do that a little bit with (Jamarcus) Ellis tonight. But you know, I don't think we made any mistakes because we weren't trying. I think you have to give some credit to Purdue's defense. They did a good job pressuring us. They are not an easy team to play against. I am really proud of Armon. DJ did some light running yesterday. You could tell yesterday he was probably going to play. I don't think I anticipated him playing 36 minutes. You learn not to take a kid like him for granted. He is a horse."
On this five-game stretch run: "When we started this stretch, prior to the Illinois game, we kind of circled these five games. For most of them, I think we only had two days of prep. Illinois was a Thursday, Ohio State was a Sunday, then we came back and played Wisconsin on Wednesday. Then we played Michigan State on Saturday and turned around and played Purdue on Tuesday. That is five games in 13 days. We talked about that. We tried to equate why we work like we work. Our kids still lift twice a week. We still condition guys outside of basketball just to make sure we are prepared for this. And then mentally, this group has been strong all year. I knew this was going to be a really tough stretch but I felt like if we could get through this stretch...our goal was to go 5-0 and we came within a three-point bank shot of doing that. I think that tells a lot about this group. I am really proud of this team. But, we have a lot of basketball left."
On the focus of the team:
On how far this team has come over two years:
On the play of D.J. White: "I've learned not to underestimate him. A kid like D.J....at the end of the day, this is why you coach. I remember when we started conditioning he was allergic to running. He would break out in hives if he had to really sweat. But I think the key thing for him was the Pan Am Games this summer. I think that had a lot to do with it. D.J. deserves the credit. When he went to the Pan Am Games, he got a lot of confidence from that. When he came back he was just a different guy. He has been great all year."
Senior Forward D.J. White
On his play tonight after the injury to his knee on Saturday:
On the improvement in his game this year:
On playing with passion:
On his free throw shooting:
Sophomore Guard Armon Bassett
On his defensive performance tonight:
On his rebounding:
On his role on the team:
Purdue head coach Matt Painter
"To look at a stat sheet and get 30 more shots than your opponent and not be able to get more baskets than we did, that's very discouraging. But it's also a positive because I thought our guys were ready to play. I thought they competed.
"We are not a good rebounding team. We have to fight, we have to scrap, especially when we go small like that. But we are trying to gain an advantage at the other end. And I thought we did that, but we just didn't take advantage of making our free throws. And then we had some guys tonight miss shots that they normally make, and you have to give credit to Indiana's defense for that. I felt they did a good job.
On the high number of free throws Indiana took and made:
On whether he expected D.J. White to play as well as he did:
"Sometimes, all that preparation and then they don't play is a total different game. But it looked like, to me, Indiana was pretty damn good against Michigan State without D.J. White. So that just shows you how good of a team they have. They can beat a team like Michigan State the way they did without him and then to be able to play obviously with him like they have done all year. They've got a lot of weapons."
On D.J. White and what has changed over the past year:
Then, from an offensive standpoint, he lets it come to him. He gets 19 points on 11 shots tonight. He's more efficient, if it's there, he takes it. If it's not, he dribbles into a post move. He can pass out of it, he can hit the 15-footer. He's done a great job. Obviously, he's the best post guy in our league, but those two have to be the best combination in the country. For an inside-outside combination, those guys are great."
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