Men's Basketball

    Indiana vs. Wisconsin Postgame Quotes

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    Feb. 19, 2009

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    Coach Crean Postgame Press Conference

    Players Postgame Press Conference

    Indiana head coach Tom Crean

    On the play in the second half:
    "I don't think we competed or played well in the second half. Our defense really let us down. And there is really nothing in the second half that we can hang our hat on. We were much different than the first half and they exposed that. They did an excellent job taking advantage of that."

    On if fatigue was a factor:
    "We just didn't play well in the second half and I didn't see that. We had a deep bench tonight and we just didn't do as good of job in the second half. Our communication broke down and we took some quick shots and got a little bit away from what works for us and they made shots."

    On what stood out in the first half:
    "We were right there and we were in it and we were doing some good things. I wasn't happy with our defense and they found some matchups that they liked. We just have to keep working on different things defensively so we're not in position to let the other team find that rhythm."

    On if seeing a young team do this is frustrating:
    "I don't know, I've never coached a team like this. I've been with them all year, and it's certainly not the first time it's happened to us. We have to play close to a perfect game in the sense of not making mental errors. We have to be physical, those types of things. We have to execute better and we have to do that more often than any opponent does right now, and when we don't, things like tonight can happen."

    On if he wants the team to put this one behind them:
    "I don't want them to forget what it feels like in any of these games, because I'm not forgetting. The foundation of this program is being set forth, I don't want this to be what the foundation is going for. There's no Dr. Phil going on, let's rebound and rally. We just have to do what we need to do to put the most competitive team on the floor on Saturday against the one of the most competitive teams in America."

    Verdell Jones III
    On if it's good to have a quick turnaround for Saturday's game:
    "I think we're thirsty to redeem ourselves. Purdue is an in-state rival and we definitely want to go up there and give them our all. We'll prepare tomorrow for them and just come out and give it our best."

    On the lack of transition baskets in the second half:
    "They got back in transition defense better. I thought in the first half, they were jogging back some and we got some easy layups like that. I think in the second half, it was my fault too, I didn't push the ball like I should of. We'll work on that tomorrow and come out Saturday prepared."

    Malik Story

    On how tough it is to play four positions:
    "It's kind of a hard adjustment, because I have never really played the one. I played the four in middle school. I'm trying to adjust and just use my athletic ability to do whatever coach wants me to do and try to learn all of the positions. He talks to me on the sideline and tells me what I need to do. I try to learn and help my team when I can and contribute."

    Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan

    On the second half:
    "I'm not going to try to say it was something that is wasn't. We just had to finish inside. We had some shots in the first half inside, we just didn't finish. So, we reiterated what we were trying to accomplish and we had better results."

    What did Joe Krabbenhoft do for you the second half?
    "Well, you have to establish turf like everyone else. They got some charges I think also. I mean that's all part of the game. You have to pick your spots. Joe is pretty clever at recognizing that. Some of our younger guys have to be better at that so they can be better teammates with him. I thought Trevon did a very good job of the ball pressuring. Then when there was some dribble penetration I thought we did a better job of the rotation. Not thought, we obviously did a better job of rotations in the second half."

    On what Wisconsin did to limit Indiana's transition baskets:
    "Got back a little better. Protected the rim. You could tell they could get out a little quicker. I thought we got caught that way. In the second half when you shoot that percentage, how many breakouts and you don't have a lot of turnovers, the other team is not going to get a whole lot in transition. So, that' the reason."

    On the job Coach Crean has done at Indiana this season:
    "I told him before the game, I told him he's done a heck of a job. He's done a heck of a job, what he's got these guys doing and how they are playing. That's obvious. Sometimes you have to state the obvious. He knows the respect I have. There are no secrets out there in our profession. "




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