Postgame Quotes - Indiana vs. Grace College
Nov. 4, 2009
Opening Statement "I think our three biggest points of emphasis tonight were, number one to pressure the ball. We have a long way to go on our weak side defense, in stance, rotation and things like that and we knew that going into the game. They are a young team and it takes a while for them to grasp. We knew that we would be pushed because of how well Grace runs their offense. We certainly weren't surprised by that. That is good for us to learn how fast we have to run it in practice. I thought we pressured the ball and we thought at halftime if we could keep that pressure up there would come a point in the game around the middle of the second half that we would be able to wear them down.
"Secondly, we wanted to challenge shots at a really high rate without fouling. There were times where we put them on the line but I thought more of it was being late, not being in a stance. We probably gave them too many good looks early in the first half. We did a much better job of that in the second half, but there is a ton of room for improvement on challenging shots, having verticality and things of that nature.
"We wanted to win the rebounding game decisively. We pulled away but we were able to get a lot better with the offensive glass in the second half. (At one run) I think we had two or three points off second shots and we ended the game with 17 so that has been an improvement.
"We've got a long way to go. There is a lot of room to improve; a lot of things we do we have not even covered in practice yet. But I love their mindset; I love their attitude; I love their desire to get better. I thought they were competitive."
On the play of the freshmen:
"Jordan Hulls was really on the high end of the plus/minus game for us. I thought he impacted the game every time he was in. It was a great learning experience for those guys to get out there under the lights and see such a great crowd.
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Grace College Head Coach Jim Kessler
"We came with the expectation to do the very best we could. I think we ran out of people a little bit. We got hurt on the boards obviously. We had turnovers in patterns, which create loss of momentum and create momentum for the opponent. We said on the bus, if you don't believe that you can do this then just sit on the bus. When you believe you can, if you determine your ready to do it, then lets get off the bus and go play. I couldn't be more proud of my men. We're playing part of the game with walk-on guys and I couldn't be more proud of them.
"Obviously we need to execute better for us to be the kind of team we can. Coach Crean and his men were able to take advantage of the some of the things we didn't do very well. We didn't do a good job fronting in the post, and they took advantage of that. Again, turnovers hurt us. I thought we were able to run the basketball fairly well. We hurt from lack of second chance baskets. This is a practice game, and it's where we need to be. We wanted to play good teams early on and I think we learned a lot of things from this game, in terms of spacing and those kinds of things. It was a great game, and it was a great opportunity for us, and I wish IU the very best."
On what the team did early to stay with Indiana:
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