Nov. 5, 2011
Indianapolis at Indiana Postgame Quotes
IU Head Coach Tom Crean
"First thing, I think our team has got to realize we're practicing in more full court and doing more type of situations and scrimmaging than we have in any point in time since we've been at Indiana. In our coaching life we've done it, but we're trying to get this team to understand that we have got to get out and play a 94-foot game. It doesn't mean we have to press the whole game, but it does mean we want to run, it does mean we've got to create off of our defense, it does mean that we've got to be a team that - we're trying to get to a point where there's not a big drop-off in our possessions from the first 10 to the last 10 and that's really, really hard to get to.
We're learning things. We learned about mindset tonight. We're not a team that really understands yet; how to just absolutely put that throttle down and keep it down the entire time. We've got to learn to work through that. We're not going to be a seven-man team. We're maybe not going to be an eight-man team. We want to build it and if we're going to play the way we want to play defensively, if we're going to pressure the ball and have the activity that we want to have, then we're going to have to play a lot of people, and at the same time they've got to be efficient. That means the ball moves at a high rate, we defend at a high rate, we gang-rebound on both ends, and we'll learn more and more about that.
For so long this team has had to pace themselves to play minutes and we've got to get out of that habit. I thought we did a lot of good things inside of that tonight. We've got to find a way to find guys that - right now our team defense has got to carry us. Eventually we're going to have to have some individual guys who can really, really lock people up. We're not there yet, we're not there yet. So, lot of room for improvement, but a lot of improvement was made. I think, to me, to see the way the ball moved, to see again the fact with Cody, as we've said so many times: you can go at him and you can play through him. I thought he was really, really good tonight at letting the game come to him. Early on, there's an anxiousness for him to shoot and score and he doesn't get caught up in any of that. There's nothing about anybody's expectations that rival his. It's very, very fun to coach a kid, a young man like that, that really wants to make his teammates better. But at the same time, he can do so many things to impact the game and I thought that as the game went on he did that.
I was really happy with the way Christian guarded. He didn't have a great offensive night, and we're trying to get him integrated back because he's been out for a while and he's really only had a couple practices that I would say are Christian Watford level play practices. But he came in tonight and he defended. At a time when we couldn't guard number 11, and he came in and he did a very good job. So, we're still struggling with how much pressure to put on and how active to be and how physical we need to be. At the same time, there's a lot of room for growth, a lot of room for growth. A lot of good basketball, but it's not like I look out there and am really disappointed with anybody. (There are) a lot of things for us to build on from tonight."
On the point guard play of Jordan Hulls:
"It was very good, very good, and he really wasn't pressured. He's going to make those same plays and decisions when people put lock-up guards on him. They didn't do that. We need Jordan and Verdell to really play well together. We need Christian and Verdell to really have a top-notch energy together that maybe they haven't had in the past. We're trying to get our identity, and I keep saying identity, but we're trying to get that and say okay these are the things we can count on day in and day out. We know we can do this. But our mindset has got to be one where we're constantly building and trying to attack and like I said earlier, trying to be in a position where we're as good at the end as we are at the beginning. Jordan will have a lot to do with that because he is a very efficient, effective player who makes very few mistakes. But he's also going to have to do it as the pressure gets ratcheted up."
On Will Sheehey's midrange jumper expanding his game:
"Well he had it when he came but he's really worked to make it better. The two things that Will really had when he got here, outside of athleticism, were the pull-up and the offensive rebounding. The pull-up is efficient, the offensive rebounding is not there right now and it's going to have to be. I think as we look at this team moving forward there's going to be, you know I tell them all the time you've got to have a lot of different tools in your toolbox, well you've got to bring them out. Right now, I think one of the things, well I know one of the things, that's going to be a separator on this team is your efficiency rebounding the ball. When are you getting a rebound? One every X amount of minutes is going to be really, really important. I'm trying to get across to the players, and it'll take time for them to understand. It's not about the minutes that you play, it's about what you do inside of the minutes that you play. It's the efficiency of the minutes. For so long, I've said it so many times, the easiest thing to do at Indiana was to play in the games, and that's not it anymore. It was starting to get that way last year then the injuries would continue to creep up. Hopefully we can stay away from that right now, knock on wood, but the bottom line is that we've got to do the most inside of that play. We've got to rebound the ball better. Will's not the first guy that has got to take those steps, but he's in the first sentence."
University of Indianapolis Head Coach Stan Gouard
On their ability to score points against a Big Ten team:
On if he thought that their guards would be a tough matchup for Indiana:
"No I never doubted that. I trust my guys and Adrian Moss, he's the division one transfer. I was worried about the size. (Cody) Zeller is unbelievable, he's large. We tried to post double and he never panicked. He did a great job of kicking the ball out to shooters and those guys knocked shots down. If they keep doing that they're going to be tough to beat because he's going to draw a double team every night."
On the difference in Indiana from last season:
"They have someone in the paint that can do a few things. I watched a lot of tape on these guys and they set a lot of ball screens. Now you can just toss it inside and you know you're going to get a foul or a bucket every time it goes in there. They're playing together. Verdell (Jones III) is a whole lot better than what he was last year. I know he's injury free and he had a lot of injuries last year. (Jordan) Hulls shot the ball really well tonight. I think those guys do a great job of playing together. I know we tried to make a run early and they never panicked and if they keep doing that then they're going to be a great basketball team."
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