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    Indiana Postgame Quotes vs. Purdue

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    March 4, 2010

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    Indiana Postgame Quotes
    Indiana vs. Purdue
    March 3, 2010

    Head Coach Tom Crean

    Opening Statement:
    "We knew coming into this game obviously tonight with the battle cry that they have of playing without Robbie (Hummel), and the fact that they had the loss that they had on Sunday to MSU (Michigan State), that we would really, really have to play well. And we didn't. We had some stretches where things, if we could just keep our ability to keep our heads about us and not get overwhelmed with anything and take care of the basketball and come back and get a few more stops...and every time, which has been the story of us for a while here now, every time we got to that point they answered, or we made the wrong play on offense. They made a shot against us when we were on defense.

    "Obviously you've got to be very mentally tough, along with physically strong, to battle in this league at the highest level on a consistent level. We're not there yet. I do think that everybody that is going through this program...coaches, players, managers, boy you name it...you just gain...down the road, and I don't know how much it will help Indiana for some, but down the road the mental toughness you learn from having to deal with what we're dealing with will help you in life. But it certainly isn't helping us right now.

    "But we did get on the backboards. We outrebounded them. But if you can't stay on course inside of a game, especially against a team that's as good as Purdue, and withstand the physical part of it and the mental part of it, then you're not going to be able to compete for an extended period of time. And that's exactly what happened to us."

    On Purdue's defense:
    "They pick-up full-court. And what you do is you want to run your screens. But what we want to do is we want to run our screens in the backcourt so we can come in and really pressure. Again, you don't play against Purdue in a situation where you're going to run all your man-to-man offense, all your sets, all your quick-hitters, all you continuity...you're not going to do that. They're going to pick up and they're going to change the tempo of the game. There were some times we didn't move the ball as well. But also there were some times early on where we missed open shots. A couple of those shots go in and then your confidence goes up.

    "We have to just continue to learn that when that game is 10, 12, 14, that's still a very wide open game. But again your margin for error, because we don't have guys that are just going to bail us out with a big play offensively or defensively. But I was more concerned early on...we just let that dribble by us too much. We're going to have to get that obviously corrected all offseason, one way or the other. And at the same time right we've got to figure out how we're going to finish this season defensively."

    On Purdue's Chris Kramer:
    "Kramer is very strong. The physical strength overwhelms that. And he (Christian Watford) missed shots. We only shot five foul shots so obviously we don't have much of an advantage anywhere right now in the sense of how we can attack the basket. I don't think we got a foul shot attempt in the first half, did we? No. So, you know, I guess we're not physical enough. With Kramer I don't think there's any matchup that he loses over a consistent period of time. He's too athletic, and he's just too tough and strong.

    "I don't know how that senior night is going out there, but if they're not cheering in an unbelievable level for that kid, and Keaton Grant, they'd be mistaken because he is as good as those three are that get the ton of the credit. He is the energy source because, like I said, there's not a matchup that he's not going to take advantage of and take...and I don't know the young man, but just observing him...he's going to take great pride in that matchup and he just out-toughs you and his will is so strong. We need to put a picture of him up in our coaches' office because that's the kind of guy we need to have in our program, seriously."

    On defending screens:
    "We're a soft basketball team. I don't have any other way to put it. We're not a physically-aggressive team. We've got to grow up. That's what it is more than anything else. I can't...we band-aid it but we don't practice that way. We screen and we screen each other, but all of a sudden we see that other jersey and we're not so good there. That's why drive and kick is important for us in those situations. We've just got to become a more physically-aggressive team. We have to continue to build the guys that we have, the young guys that we have. They're so young in so many respects, but we also have to recruit for that, which we will."

    On talking to Derek Elson about being aggressive:
    "We sure have, there's no question. Over a period of time we want him to shoot the ball. We did get some very open looks, which we thought we would out of the way they guard ball screens. And they just didn't go. They didn't go early, but then he got his confidence. But we certainly need him to be confident. When he's locked in, and effervescent, and bouncing around, you know real talkative...we've thrown a lot at all those guys, obviously.

    "You have to...when you don't have a situation where your talent is going to keep you in the game, so to speak, then you've got have different schemes, strategies, different ways to try and play it. That's why we're trying to do so many different things, and all we're really doing is putting band-aids on it until we get that physical toughness and strength that makes us a better screening, cutting team. Until we make the shots...until we get some of our shot-makers back, which obviously won't be until next year because that has a lot to do with it as well when it comes to the ball going through the basket from range. But Derek is going to be a very, very good player, there's no doubt about that. "

     

     


       

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