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Indiana vs. Tennessee State
December 2, 2007
Head Coach Kelvin Sampson
On the status of Eric Gordon:
"He'll be fine. They took him for precautionary x-rays but he will be fine. Even if he could have gotten in the second half I wouldn't have brought him back."
On the play of senior D.J. White:
"We were going to D.J as much as we could. I think D.J. had 34 touches tonight. Sometimes he may get the ball 30 times but only have seven shot attempts because they double him every time he touches it. I thought our kids did a good job getting the ball to him and even in the shots he missed, the five shots he missed were open looks.
"I think D.J. is starting to take pride in his double-double too. He is a senior and he has gotten better every game he has played."
On Tennessee State's run to get within seven points:
"We had a lot of open shots. I think Lance (Stemler) had a couple of wide-open looks and we got a little sloppy with our ball handling. We just had odd lineups out there. Lance is a 4 man and he doesn't practice at the 3 very much. Sometimes kids just made mental errors. You worry about it but there was nothing we could do about it. We didn't have a substitute.
"When I made the decision to discipline Jordan (Crawford), we knew these three games were going to be tough. I am really happy we are 3-0. We won all three games and that is the most important thing to me."
On the play of Tennessee State's Bruce Price:
"He is tough, isn't he? He is hard-nosed. You have to really respect a kid like him. He missed two years after ACL surgery. You have to have a lot of respect for him. This is one of those nights he will remember for the rest of his life. I thought he was the toughest guy on the court tonight."
On Indiana facing Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl
"I am glad we are in the bowl, and I am glad we are going to Arizona because I think that is where they wanted to go. That will be a good match up because they both have good offenses. I was on the other side of the fence of the Cowboys for 12 years. I still am."
Senior D.J. White
On his performance tonight:
"My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball early. We ran a couple of plays off the bat and they didn't double so Armon (Bassett) and E.G. (Eric Gordon) looked for me and I credit that for my open shots.
"But it is not about points, it is about winning. In the second half they went to a zone and it kind of clogged the middle up so I had a couple of shots on the perimeter and I got fouled on one and I hit one jumper. You just take what the defense gives you."
On changes to his game after Eric Gordon was injured:
"Obviously we had to step up. Our playmaker, our leading scorer was hurt and coach had them keep going to me. If it was one-on-one I tried to make an aggressive move; if I was doubled I tried to kick it out. And when he went down we all knew we had to step up our play."
Senior Mike White
On his rebounding:
"It is what I do. It is my job to go in there and be physical, be aggressive and try to get as many rebounds as I can."
Tennessee State Head Coach Cy Alexander
On the press affecting Indiana in the second half:
"We saw some tapes that showed that they may have some problems against it, along with the fact that [Eric] Gordon got hurt in the first half. We wanted to try to use it to get a spurt and get some easy baskets. It got us a few and we cut it to eight at one point and then we had a chance to cut into it and we missed the free throw. Then Indians came down and hit a three-pointer. It was an uphill battle all the way and I thought our kids fought. We can learn from this and take this effort into the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and hopefully we can compete with anybody in that league."
On what he will take out of this game:
"We will take the intensity level. I talk about playing at a division I intensity level and there is a certain level of intensity that you have to play at to be successful. And then if you can take that and bottle it and take it into the mid-major level in the OVC, then hopefully you can be successful."
On D.J. White's performance:
"He was the difference. He had 29 points on us and we didn't do a very good job of defending him. I thought Jerrell Houston probably did the best job, but you talk about two guys that are potential pros in D.J. and Eric, and that makes them a very good basketball team. When you put the other people around them, they have a pretty good chance to be very good in the Big Ten."