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Progressive Legends Classic
Indiana vs. Georgetown
November 20, 2012
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
On his team's performance vs. Georgetown:
"I said that this was going to be an epic battle and we haven't been in a lot of those in November but we were ready for one and so was Georgetown. I think that everybody that played tonight absolutely left it out there. We certainly didn't play great, there is not one area that I could look at and say we were dominant in that area, but we kept getting better. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think I would be nervous if it was in November and there wasn't. But our guys went and played a high level team in a high level way and I am proud of everybody."
On the performance of Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell:
"Yogi has great body language. When he gets distracted or frustrated he gets out of it fast and that's what great players and definitely great point guards have, they have to be able to move on right now. That is not the first time that he has hit a shot with the clock winding down. We have seen it in scrimmages and practice at different times. He just has something about him."
On tonight's performance and potential of Georgetown:
"They are just going to get better and better because they are young, long and athletic and they don't deviate from what John (Thompson III) wants. They have a great system and a team of basketball players that are extremely athletic. And they don't deviate from their system so we had to get them out of their comfort zone the best we could. We made a couple of adjustments at half time in the zone which I think helped us. But you are not going to keep them from doing too many things, they put too many guy on the court that can make plays. I think they will keep improving."
On Indiana dominating the overtime period:
"I think it was great because our attitudes were fantastic. Our heads didn't drop, there wasn't any complaining, and I just kept saying to them "this is tremendous." To have an opportunity like this so early in the season, this is great because they have to find a way to win. You have to do what is required to win the game and everybody did what they do best tonight. I think what helped the most in overtime was our great maturity."
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III:
On the team's performance over the last two nights:
"We came here to win and we had our chances, so it's extremely disappointing how things turned out."
About Indiana's 10-3 run:
"They are a good team. They are the best team in the country, so I wouldn't say it was lack of poise. They did a good job during that stretch...we had some bad offensive possessions. Then we were able to settle down a little bit and force the overtime."
On whether poise contributed to the five minute stretch in the second half where Georgetown didn't score:
"We have to give them credit. They are a good defensive team and they are a good offensive team. They play well together. Yogi used that element of speed...We are still growing up and hopefully we hope to grow up from the loss. We had a lot of guys out there in situations that they've never been in before. It is probably a little bit of everything."
Challenge of Indiana's front court:
"We were fortunate to be in it with them [Indiana] going to the line 36 times. They do a good job drawing fouls. They consistently have done that all year and they did it again tonight and they made most of their fault shots. I'm not sure what we could have done differently."
On Georgetown's foul trouble:
"I have to give them credit for being able to draw all those fouls. Mikael's fourth foul was key. The fourth one was right in front of us."