Indiana Postgame Quotes vs. Purdue
March 4, 2010
Indiana Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Tom Crean
"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:
"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:
"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:
On talking to Derek Elson about being aggressive:
"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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