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    Nov. 5, 2006

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    Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson
    Opening Statement:
    "I thought our kids played really hard today. I think there are areas we need to improve, and most of the time that improvement comes after your exhibition games. You can tell they know what they are supposed to do, they just don't know how to make it work yet. Offense becomes good when you know how to help the guy beside you. A lot of times we were in the right place, but we don't know how to adjust when the other team takes something away. We will overcome that in time. I am proud of certain guys' efforts. I thought Earl Calloway's point of attack was very good, defensively. I thought D.J. (White) played very tentatively in the first half, but he played a lot harder the second half. I also know that this is the first time he has played in two years. These exhibition games are the times you develop some rhythm and chemistry and concentrate on getting better. We will go to practice this week, really study the tape and drill in the areas we need to get better in."

    On Roderick Wilmont:
    "I could tell he got his rhythm in the second half. It's important to Rod that Indiana does well. I think Rod could be a very good offensive rebounder. I thought the things we have been working on in practice, were the things they tried to do today. I also think Rod's energy is important to this team, and we saw a lot of that today."

    On D.J. White:
    "As the game wore on, he got into it more. It's not an easy game. Think about the things he has been through in the last two years. I think his best week of practice will be this week. I'm proud of him. Today was a starting point and come mid-November, he will be getting better and better. I thought he was a lot better the second half. He had seven defensive rebounds. When he starts tagging seven offensive rebounds to that, I'm going to give him some praise."

    On Armon Bassett:
    "Armon has a very good pace to his game. He is always in control. I like his defense in the second half. I think Earl does a good job of setting the tone for him. I like the way he is improving. He will get a lot better as the season goes on in terms of court awareness. His best teacher right now is Earl Calloway."

    On playing inside-out:
    "I think we are playing more inside-out. I like the three-point shot, but we have some guys inside that are tough. We always need to make sure we are getting a pass angle for the post guy and if it's not there, send it out."

    On Lance Stemler:
    "Lance shoots the ball with a lot of confidence and has an extremely high IQ. He is not a great athlete, but he is really good between his ears. It's been fun watching him in practice. You don't ever have to say a word to Lance. He never needs to be picked up. He just plays the game, and he is very mature."

    On his first game as Indiana's head coach:
    "I coach a team. This game is not about me. I understand this is my first game, but that will go away. This is teaching for me, and these kids haven't run any of this stuff. I want them to make their mistakes going 100 miles per hour. We will improve and that is the main focus right now."

    On Ben Allen:
    "I'm proud of Ben. I think when Ben gets the rebound, he wishes he was on the three-point line. In early October, Ben used to go after rebounds, now he's actually getting them. Good players can make plays, but very good players can finish plays, and we need Ben to finish plays. He has six offensive rebounds today. He needs to work on going up strong and finishing. Our team is a lot like that. They are doing some good things, but they can get better in so many areas. We tried hard. Time is going to cure a lot of the weaknesses out there today. The more we play together, the better we will get."

    Junior forward D.J. White
    On his first game back:
    "It felt good to be back out there. I was a little rusty, but that will go away with time. It was kind of awkward at first, but then I got into a rhythm and started playing more of my game."

    Senior guard Roderick Wilmont
    On his fall over the chair in the first half:
    "It kind of pinched my back. It's going to be sore, but I'm fine. Nothing ice can't cure."

    On the team's energy:
    "It starts with out point guards. Earl sets the tone for the rest of the team. When he makes a big play and we are running, we all feed off of that."

    On Coach Sampson:
    "Obviously, it's a new coach, and he is implementing a new system. He told us what we need to do to be a good team. We know we have a lot to work on, but he can count on us to always play hard and when you play hard, good things happen. Learning the new system has been the most difficult thing in the transition. Coach Sampson's offensive gives the guards a chance to make plays."

    Senior guard Earl Calloway
    On Armon Bassett:
    "Armon did excellent today. He's a good player that is going to keep getting better. I'm proud of him."

    North Dakota Head Coach Brian Jones
    Opening statement:
    "Coming into this game we really wanted to stress to our guys what kind of battle they were going to be in. As you saw tonight, coach Sampson's team is very physical. They really do a great job defensively and they took us out of a lot of things we wanted to do. We turned the ball over at such a high clip that it was really hard for us to really stay in the ballgame. Going into this game, after our game the other night against Purdue where we turned the ball over at a high rate also, we really stressed to them about taking care of the basketball. That was obviously an achilles heel again tonight. They just did a great job of taking us out of what we wanted to do and they were really physical. Anytime we had an open look, there seemed to be a guy coming out. That gap closes a little quicker at this level than what our guys are used to experiencing. They did a great job, they run a lot of good stuff to get D.J. (White) some touches down low, but also getting some guards some easy shots at the top really hurt us with their screen-the-screener action. For the most part, they really did a great job. They crashed the boards, which hurt us and their size really bothered us. I think their ability to continue to throw bodies out there just wore us out with their depth, their size, and their strength. We are just grateful to be here. I think it was a great teaching tool for our program and that is what we wanted to do. I thought we got better, but we still have a long way to go to get to where we want to go."

    On how Indiana is different this year:
    "I've always felt Indiana University was good defensively regardless of who the coach was. Preparing for them when I was at Iowa, I always thought that those guys really know how to guard. They really help one another out. I think it's what you're seeing now that is different from Coach Knight or Coach Davis. They have a traditional two post line up. Kirk Haston was really a skilled four player, and Jared Jeffries was another skilled four. But now they have some legit post players in there, which is a different look for Indiana. They run the high one four offense, where they get a lot of angles inside for their big guys and get some open looks off screens for guards to get easy shots. It's not the pro style offense, which is what it used to be. There is a lot of continuity to it to allow guys like A.J. Ratliff and Earl Calloway and his penetration to play to their strengths and make things happen with all the stuff that is going on."

    On the play of Emmanuel Little:
    "He's the best athlete on the floor for us. I think athletically, he shows that he is a Big Ten style of an athlete just because of his ability to run, jump, and flash to the rim. So that is promising for us. I think in our league he is going to be hard to guard because there aren't a lot of guys like him in our league. He definitely took some strides in the right direction for us. We still need some other guys to prove they can do it consistently like he has the last two games."




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