Tom Crean Opening Statement:
"These guys have been so locked in and I said to Matt [Painter] just before the game, for what it's worth, it's amazing that our game a couple weeks ago has turned things for both of us [Purdue and Indiana]. Both were having pretty good years and all of a sudden, there's a difference. We could see it on film and I feel it and see it every day when I'm with my team. I think they've been getting better all year, but even when we were losing some games I continually thought that these guys were improving. I know sometimes people wonder when they don't see all the results the right way, but I knew they were and they are. They are getting better and I think that's a great, great feeling as a coach. Senior Day is a tremendous day, but it's different this year for a lot of reasons and one because I don't think we're anywhere near being where we want to be at this point and that's a good feeling. Today was about understanding how hard we had to be defensively. The rebounding game - I think their [Purdue's] offensive rebounding to me, might have been the most improved aspect of their team in the last few weeks. The numbers say something else, but I was watching them rebound: we rarely show a tape twice, but we led off the preparation with their offensive rebounding and we closed with it today with their offensive rebounding because I think it's that good. They keep a lot of things going. Our guys had a great spirit, they had a great mindset, they carried the preparation, they carried the week right into today and they kept playing even when Purdue made a run. Our guys continued to be very serious minded. It's not a mistake-free game, we know that, but they continued to play at a really, really high level. I thought Christian Watford is playing at a very high level. Cody Zeller is, Jordan Hulls did some excellent things, Will Sheehey played with great confidence, he was the last guy off the court today after walkthrough - he and Victor [Oladipo]. [They] were just making sure they got their extra ball handling and their extra shots not because any coach said it but because that's who they are. I thought our seniors did an excellent job of impacting the game. Verdell [Jones], Tom [Pritchard] and Matt [Roth] did so many different things inside of the game. Matt's threes are a huge, huge part of today but it was also his defense. It was the ball movement, it was the way you had to guard him, it was him getting lost in the game. Verdell did excellent work. It's a fitting day for these guys to have a win like this, to beat a rival like this, to beat a team that arguably was playing as well as anyone in the last couple of weeks. I haven't really studied the stat sheet much but I'm really, really proud of them and proud of how they work and again, they had a very good defensive mindset to start the game, we had a lot of deflections. We just continue to understand what wins for us."
On offensive ball movement:
"It's really important because, I'm into the rebounding with Purdue, but the thing that's clear, is how well they're moving without the basketball. Robbie Hummel, it's like playing another version of [Michigan State's] Draymond Green this week because everything is facilitated so much through Draymond. He can pass, he can shoot threes, he can play on the post. Robbie Hummel is the same way; it's just more of a movement type offense. He was averaging 24 in over seven of the last five, six games and he was shooting the ball 16-to-17 times a game. He was shooting over six free-throws a game. Those are big numbers and you've got to put so much attention on him, and now what's changed, since they had to change their team, is they just added another shooter to the lineup. That's what makes them so dangerous to deal with. That all being said, we had to move the ball. If this became a stagnate offense, and we showed some film of a couple games where people didn't match their movement, and we knew they would come in here and want to get off to a great start like they have been in some other games, especially on the road. We could not let them come down and have their way with us offensively and at the same time we couldn't come down and be a first half team, be a quick shooting team, we had to play and I thought our guys did a great job on that."
On graduating seniors' legacy:
"They had no one to teach them. I can't just quantify enough how great it was for all those former players to come back here. They come back all the time, but those first couple of months in the first two years were so big because they had to have somebody. They didn't absorb it all at the time, but the more that they had it, the more that they could get it. I think, again, the thing to me that stands out so much now is that when you've played at Indiana, the program has always been bigger than any one person. People remember the teams. They remember the players certainly, but they remember the teams. The teams here, in my mind, in my recollection, were never people that were entitled or that anything was bestowed upon them, as great as the tradition was, everybody had to come and earn their way in. These guys have done that. Differently than a lot of the great teams, the great four-year segments, but they've done some things that others haven't done and they can take that with them. The three top-five wins and how we've played this year against the Indiana schools. There's so many things that they can take with them and now they've earned their way in to a really, really strong tradition because the one common theme is nothing ever gets handed to you at Indiana. You have to earn everything that comes your way and they understand that now."
Senior Day Quotes Kory Barnett
"To all of our coaches, Coach Crean I want to thank you for the opportunity to wear the candy stripes.
"No matter where I go no matter what I do I'll always be a Hoosier."
Verdell Jones III
"To Coach Crean, thank you for allowing me to come to a university like this and put on the candy stripes and play in front of the best fans in the world."
"Even through the tough times we've had great times. These are my brothers right here."
"Coach, I have to thank you for the opportunity to live out my dreams which was this building and this university."
"I'm going to miss these four guys and those guys sitting down over there. We've been through a lot more downs than ups but that makes where we're at right now even more sweet."
"Running out of this tunnel, before the games, I remember my first time doing that. It was the coolest thing in the world for me was running out of that Assembly Hall tunnel. The last time tonight is going to be something that I'm going to miss."
"I want to thank all my teammates we've been through a lot. They're going to keep working and the sky is the limit for this team and this program."
"Thank you fans again ... Indiana basketball is back!"
"There is one thing left we haven't done. We've got to keep working, keep moving forward and we know what that is."
"Coach Crean, we've been here for four years. We've grown up a lot. We've matured a lot. That first time I put on that jersey, I was home."
"They came here individually but they are going to leave here collectively. It's never about the adversity over taking you - it's about the fighting back. They can be honored because of the way they've helped bring Indiana basketball back. "
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter:
On whether Indiana was just having a good shooting night or if Purdue had some breakdowns:
"I think it was a little bit of both. Obviously they capitalized when we took a poor shot or we turned it over, they're very good in transition. We left Matt Roth open and he hit three 3's and that was something we obviously talked about sticking with him and not helping out with him. One of them was on a rotation but the other two were just total breakdowns. We just have to be better defensively. They are pretty good at home."
On being patient and aggressive:
"No question, we didn't show the patience that was needed to put ourselves in position to try to win this game. I think when you're against some odds, you're on the road, you're playing a good team, unbelievable venue, you have to be solid in certain areas. One of them is putting them on defense and getting a good shot. We wanted to take some quick shots if they were wide open or at the rim, but if not, we wanted to put them on defense and our guys just didn't do a good job of that. Obviously I use that term a lot [patiently aggressive], but it was something I talked about being patiently aggressive on the road versus a good team and knowing when it's there and knowing when it's not there. We didn't do a good job of that tonight."
On coming back from an early deficit:
"We've done that about three times this year where we've cut it and we've fought. I don't know if it's mentally or fatigue or what it is and then we foul on that possession. That's where you've got to have some discipline; they might score on you, but make them score over you at that point. Don't put them at the free throw line where Christian Watford hit two and just take your momentum away. Right there I thought that was probably the key play of the game. They have some fight to them, at times we would like that to be more consistent, it's obviously been better in the past three weeks, but you would like to have that fight right away and not dig yourselves a hole. Anytime you're playing catch-up, it's going to be difficult on the road."
On how he feels about the team going into the Big Ten Tournament:
"Obviously, you would like to win your last game going into the Big Ten Tournament, but if we could learn something from this loss and it helps in the tournament, so be it. I thought our guys would be ready to play, I didn't think we would have as many breakdowns as we did in the first half. Good teams make you break down, we got lost on ball screens three or four times and we have to be more consistent in that area. We'll see, you can sit here and say whatever you want, it's about how you play on Thursday."