Postgame Quotes - Penn State vs. Indiana (Big Ten Tournament)
March 8, 2012
Penn State vs. Indiana
"And I'm really proud of the way our players played inside of the game, inside certainly of the adversity of losing Verdell (Jones) in the game. And I thought our resolve in the second half, our determination defensively, and the adjustments that we made -- or I shouldn't say as much as we made as some of the things we went to in the snatch were very good for us offensively and defensively."
"These guys did an excellent job. The three up here, to have Cody and Christian get a double-double, to have Jordan sit out so much of the second half at the end and us to -- first half, for him to -- for us to play time and score with him a little bit, and then for him really not to come out to the very end in the second half, outstanding game from him. And certainly I thought Will (Sheehey) and Victor (Oladipo) at times were outstanding on both ends as well."
"So really proud of the way that these guys played. Without a doubt, it's a tough afternoon. You want to win, which we did. You want to play well. But you want to do it with your whole team, and we didn't get that opportunity today."
"But these guys did an excellent, excellent job of playing through it, playing composed, and very, very proud of them for the win."
On Verdell Jones III:
On the importance of getting to the free throw line:
"So again, we can get the ball in the lane through the post-up, through the drive, today certainly through the offensive rebounds. I think the fact that we have three guys in double figure rebounds says a lot about the tenacity that our guys played with, and they were rewarded with it a lot of times during the game for going to the line -- by going to the line."
On Cody Zeller:
"So I don't coach with expectations in mind or where a guy is where a guy isn't. It's all about where he can go and what he's doing that day to get there."
On Christian Watford:
"And the tenacity on the glass, the responsibilities defensively, whether we're man or zone or whether we're switching inside of the possession, those things are not easy to do. And they're easy for him because he's so locked in."
"So he's an excellent shooter, and he's been that way for the entire year, and we feel very, very confident when the ball is in his hands."
On the team's ability to win in different ways:
"I tell you one thing, because I was on the court with Verdell, that really deserves credit is our coaches. Because I know how much our players care about one another and certainly how much they care about Verdell. And I didn't have to be over there to know that that was being handled really, really well. And when I got back over to the huddle-- and I'm a bit stunned and shaken. There's no question about it. They were looking right in the eye, they were ready to go."
"And that's a tribute to the players. That's a tribute to the coaches. That's a tribute to the resiliency of them. They've all been through a lot, and that's where those experiences have helped them, too. But every game is different, and we're proud of where we're at with it, and we know the task tomorrow is difficult."
On where the minutes will go if Verdell Jones III isn't available to play:
"And I think Remy Abell has got to play well for us. I think Dan Moore has to be ready to go. I think the fact that Victor has handled the ball so much since Verdell's first injury in the Michigan game this year has helped him."
"But I think we've got to be a low turnover team. I think everybody's got to be involved in that. We've got to be strong with the ball."
"There's no question that we missed him. I could feel it, not just the emotional part of it during the game, but I could feel it when he's not in there. But we go through a lot together. These guys, we go through an awful lot together. And Verdell Jones stands a lot for what's right here."
"And when you start to think about all the things those seniors have had to endure and go through and now to be at this point, that's tough. That's a tough blow. But the initial of just watching him in pain, that's hard. It's like -- there's no worse feeling than when your own children are sick or hurt, and it's really a lot like that when you coach."
On the Big Ten in the NCAA:
"The coaching speaks for itself. But there's a lot of different ways that teams can beat you in this league."
"So in answer to your question, I would think it gives this league a great opportunity. But at the end of the day, I mean, that's a week, week and a half -- or a week away from coming to fruition, and I'm sure everybody's really just focused on what they're going to do here next. I know we are."
On how Indiana defended Tim Frazier in the second half:
"And we felt like it last year. We've talked about this, that we put a lot of attention on Talor Battle. We put as much attention on Tim Frazier last year because of the way that he delivered the basketball. And in the way that he has continued to improve, he's going to be an all American. If he's not this year, he will be next year. He's really, really good. There's a lot of different ways that he can beat you. And the one thing that he's really improved this year as he's shooting is his long-range shooting. He's been shooting more threes since (Cammeron) Woodyard went out."
"But the number one key with him was to keep him out of the lane as much as possible. But I think the job done on (Jermaine) Marshall was really big because of the way he was averaging 18 and a half in the last two games since Woodyard was hurt. He was averaging rebounds, he was shooting better from the three, from the foul line. And we put a lot of emphasis on him in the last couple days. Whether we were man or zone, we wanted to know where he was at."
"But, again, when you limit Frazier's touches but, more importantly, you limit his ability to penetrate and create havoc in the lane, whether it's his basket or a basket for somebody else, then it gives you a better chance to win. And that was the biggest part of our plan today."
Junior Jordan Hulls
On the season helping to prepare the team for the NCAA Tournament:
On the Indiana fans:
On being familiar with Bankers Life Fieldhouse:
On facing Wisconsin:
Junior Christian Watford
On the team's first win in the Big Ten Tournament in five years:
On where he picked up his points:
On facing Wisconsin:
Freshman Cody Zeller
On his inside game:
On his missed free throws:
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