Postgame Quotes - Indiana vs. Illnois (Big Ten Tournament)
March 13, 2014
Postgame quotes following the Hoosiers 64-54 loss to Illinois in the First Round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Q. You guys got it going from the three-point line in the first half, missed the last 11. Did they come out on you more? What changed the rest of the game?
Q. I'll ask both of you, the zones seemed to give you some troubles. Was that a big factor in the game for you? You came out the second half really penetrating and they went to the zone. There must have been a reason for it.
Will Sheehey: I think we had some sets where we actually did have some pretty good movement within the zone but it wasn't on a consistent basis.
Q. For either of you, what about Illinois toward the end of that game, why were you not able to get over the hump there?
Q. Yogi, specifically, what's it like to play against Abrams that you played against now for two years at that guard position. It seems like he never quits.
Q. Tom, what was your -- what is your message to your team at this point?
Q. Coach, you were -- you guys were down 53 to 52 with a little over a minute left. What kind of defense-- it looks like you guys were trying to transition?
Q. Coach, what were your thoughts on your team's energy, especially down the stretch? It seems that guys maybe weren't as energetic that maybe they might normally be in such a close game?
Q. Tom, how would you define this season?
Q. Tom, you mentioned that at some point you have to grow over. What are the biggest growth areas still out there for these guys?
We started the second half, I think we had seven or eight stops in a row. So that's very good intent. I mean, without question, but it's the consistency of that. And going back to Dana's question, it was your question, right? I think the biggest thing to me that I don't want to define it as but it's certainly been that way this season is we've just never been as consistent as we need to be. Like I said, I hope that we're going to continue to play and we can keep building it. Because there's a lot of talent. There's a lot of work ethic in there. We've got to keep understanding what our individual responsibilities are for winning and that means making the game easier for your teammates.
And that is the hardest thing in my mind to get when you have a lot of guys that maybe winning came easy or they were surrounded with other good players or there wasn't a premium put on it. But when there a premium put on winning, you have to make a simple play. You have to make it about your teammate.
You cannot lose intent even if it's not going right for you. That's the hardest process to go through with it. If you don't have enough talent, well, that's another hard process. We have the talent. They just have to grow up and they have to continue to learn those lessons.
And days like today, they're hard. You beat Iowa, you beat Ohio State, those lessons come alive pretty good. But you lose like today, in the Michigan game, we had all of that. But again, there was some costly defensive mistakes down the stretch and a couple of turnovers.
And that's been the part of our season that's really been the crux, that as hard as we try to work to get out of it, it still carries over into the games. And we just want to continue to build on that. Every bit of experience this team can get, especially being in this league and what we've learned from this league, to continue to go out and play is very important.
Q. Coach, Vonleh hasn't had double digits in over a month. Do you think that's kind of a result of the foot injury or do you think it's kind of hitting the freshman wall?
And again, you can say they're playing the games but it's that rhythm of practice. That's why the one zone play we ran at the end when Noah hit Will and Will hit Troy, that shows how good they can execute it. We ran that two days ago. The opportunity to learn it and get those things done, you got to keep doing it time and time again. And young freshmen go through different walls.
I don't know if you ever see a proverbial wall where they just run up to it and smack it. They can hide it pretty well. You can hide it with your practices and not going as long. But there's no question that missing the games that he missed and those type of things bothered him.
But he's going to be a very good player and he's just got to continue to learn and we got to continue to try to help him get better.
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