Feb. 19, 2013
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Postgame Quotes - Indiana at Michigan State
Feb. 19, 2013
Tom Crean, Head Coach
On the team in the closing minute for the win:
"They just had the presence in mind to know what we needed to do when the ball went to the side out of bounds. This is the definition of taking the ball out in the last few minutes of a game with the ability to execute under pressure. We drew up something at the timeout that Christian (Watford) would be comfortable with and Victor (Oladipo) was wide open, and Christian has the presence in mind and intestinal fortitude to throw that ball there. It was a big play. It was a big, big play. Some of the end was a blur, but the memories I have of listening to these guys in the timeouts and listening to the resolve they had during the entire game. Our talk got better as the game went on and that's a big thing."
On only having 10 turnovers:
"That's big. That's really big. (Michigan State) is too good. They are as good as it gets in scoring off turnovers. And we're pretty good at it, too, but they are really good at that. For the points off turnovers to be even, for the second chance points to be even, for us to be one under on the rebounding even though we weren't as high on the free throw shooting - it was huge. But our guys just continued to defend.
On having four players on the floor who have all scored 1,000 career points for the first time in Indiana men's basketball history:
"I knew that they were close, but I had no idea during the game until J.D. (Campbell) said something after. It was excellent. The bottom line was that we moved Cody all over the court and he scored well in the post. He made jump shots. This kid, like many of our kids, are held to a standard that really doesn't make a lot of sense and people start getting caught up in numbers. That kids wins. We've won 51 games since he's been here. He's won three straight championships. We've got winners in the program. The guys that won in high school are helping us win big time and the ones that have come in here, that maybe didn't have the complete winning background, have really, really evolved into excellent winners. It's an honor to coach these guys. They just keep getting better and better. They keep working. They are very committed to what they are doing and they are developing a great maturity about them."