Men's Basketball

    Postgame Quotes - Indiana vs. Penn State (Big Ten Tournament)

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    March 10, 2011

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    COACH CREAN: I thought our guys played with tremendous heart, discipline, toughness, and they left it out there, and I think that's what's most important. Penn State did, as well. And we knew that's the kind of effort we were going to need to play against them, and obviously they felt the same way. It was a hard-fought game, and we didn't shoot the ball great. We didn't rebound the ball nearly as well in the second half. But we still played at a very high level of competitiveness.

    When we play that way, we have capabilities. We've done that certainly at times this year, and when we have, we've been successful. Tonight we weren't successful obviously with the win, but our guys have a mindset that's growing, and I'm proud of what they did, and that's where I'm at.

    Q. Jordan, starting the game out, Penn State on a pretty good opening the game up, you knocked down a couple shots yourself and you had a three and then that stretch, Victor (Oladipo) off the bench, what did he bring to the team, no doubt a lot of energy?
    Jordan Hulls: Yeah, Victor no doubt brought a lot of energy on offensive rebounds. I don't know how many he had, but he definitely brought that to our team, which we needed. But there in the first half, we cut it to -- or they got it up one to end the half, so that was tough for us. But like I said, Victor just played great for us today.

    Q. Jeremiah, more so just your journey now, your final game. Talk about the last three years at Indiana and what your emotions are like right now knowing this is your final game?
    Jeremiah Rivers:
    Yeah, it has been a journey. I mean, two years at Georgetown, two good years at Georgetown, three good years here really. Honestly, I've created such a strong bond with my teammates. Like I told them in the locker room after the game, this is my family and I wouldn't trade it for anything. This was the best experience of my life. I've grown so much as a man and as a person and seeing these guys grow and getting better and better and moving forward, it was a blessing, and I thank them for having my back all the time.

    Q. Christian, what do you see the problems were in the rebounding in the second half?
    Christian Watford: I don't know, I think we had a lot of mental lapses on the rebounding end. A couple times we didn't hit guys and a couple times tipped a couple balls out and got long rebounds. It was a battle all game, and they unfortunately won the rebounds.

    Q. Jeremiah, you managed the whole Talor Battle 3-for-12, what were you trying to do against them and what was successful for you?
    Jeremiah Rivers: I was trying to stop them, get in them, make them uncomfortable. I just really took on the challenge. I mean, I know coach had faith in me, the players had faith in me. I mean, 3-for-12, one of the top 10 scorers in the nation, everybody knows he can go. I just wanted him to not have confidence around me. Every time he was around me, I didn't want him to feel like he could just score, and I don't think he did. I just kept hacking at the ball, getting in him, and was able to do a pretty good job on him.

     

     

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