Men's Basketball

    Indiana State at Indiana Postgame Quotes

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson
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    Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson
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    Nov. 17, 2006

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    Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson
    Opening Statement:
    "I saw for 25 minutes, we were really good. Defense was good. Scoring on turnovers, making shots. Probably the thing that pleased me the most was I don't think they got into the one-and-one. That's encouraging. We put Butler on the free-throw line 26 times on Tuesday night, then we come out the first 20 minutes, and at this stage of the season, I don't think we can play better. The second half, the last 13 minutes, I don't know that we play any worse at this time in the season. You take a lot of good from this game, then you realize that we have to put 40 minutes together. It's not a matter of tricking them, it's about keeping concentration. It's good to see tight games. There are years when you blow everyone out by 30, then you get in a close game in January, and you don't know how to react. We are finding out now how to react in a close game, and we have to get better in those areas. That's why you plays these games at this time in the year. Hopefully on Sunday, instead of 25 minutes of really good defense and offense, we can extend that to 30 or 35 and to see some improvement every game.

    On Ben Allen:
    "The confidence to catch it inside and finish it, being a little more aggressive. The toughest perception you can make on a guy that's 6-11, 250, is why isn't he better inside. He's never played inside in his life. Sometimes, his size is his biggest detriment. If you look at Ben from the time he started playing basketball, he was a guard, and if he wasn't a guard he was playing behind the three-point line. Just because you are 6-11, that doesn't equate to being an inside player. That's a process with Ben. Everyday we work on post moves.

    There are some things right now that I think we are doing well, and I am ecstatic we won. I have seen teams lose these games...I've been coaching long enough to appreciate this win, but I am also smart enough to know that there are things we can get better in. You aren't going to take square pegs and put them into round holes. You have to keep working on the hole."

    On the team's basketball intelligence:
    "I thought our basketball intelligence the first half was really good. I thought for 20 minutes defensively - our rotations, pressure without fouling. You can be active without fouling...We lost our concentration. Nothing more, nothing less. When you lose your concentration, it's like an umbrella - underneath that umbrella comes all the other things. What happened to the point of attack? They didn't change their offense the second half. They set those ball screens the first half, and we did a great job defending them. We have to learn to play 40 minutes. This team is a process. We are going to have to take it a step at a time. We aren't going to play February basketball in November. It's not going to happen with this bunch. You just have to stay with them and stay positive. Stay positive and keep encouraging them. When I go to practice tomorrow, I am going to tell them how great they played for 20 minutes. I'm not going to harp on losing the 20-point lead. I want them to extend what they did well for 40 minutes, not think about what they didn't do - accentuate the positives. This team needs a lot of positive reinforcement."

    On Lance Stemler and the play of the new guys:
    "He's new. We have so many new guys. Joey is a freshman. Look at Armon (Bassett)...You just have to be patient with this bunch. He is a good player, and he is going to play well this year...I am going to encourage Armon and keep throwing him out there. You can tell he is thinking too much. They all can play better. There are two things in their lives they can control - their attitude and effort. That's all they should worry about right now."

    On D.J. White:
    "He was aggressive. He was just missing his shots. He made them against Butler. I'm not worried about that - I am worried about effort and attitude. I don't worry about missed shots. Those balls will go in. D.J. is a good free-throw shooter. He wasn't tonight, but he will make those next game...D.J. can score."

    Junior forward Lance Stemler
    On gaining more confidence after the Butler game:
    "Coach told us to be more aggressive and not so robotic out there. People were trying to attack a little more."

    On the three-pointer at the end of the game:
    "I saw A.J. (Ratliff) on the wing trying to get the ball to D.J. (White). My guy was almost on the other side of the lane right behind D.J., so I tried to slide down and get to where A.J. could see me."

    On Indiana State's late-game comeback:
    "We started to let them get to the rim and giving up penetration and turnovers. We need to learn to step on someone's throat when they are down like that."

    On the first three games of the season:
    "We definitely learned that we can't get down. We almost blew another lead tonight. We need to have that killer instinct and put teams away. That should come. When we have them down, we can't make mental mistakes and turn the ball over and give up easy layups. Even when we are up 25, we have to play like it's a tie game or we are losing the whole time."

    Freshman guard Joey Shaw
    On getting into the offensive flow:
    "Coach has been stressing that when we have been practicing. I just try to do what I can when I get in the game."




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