Postgame Quotes: North Florida vs. Indiana
Dec. 7, 2013
Postgame Quotes: North Florida vs. Indiana
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
Talk about the bench players figuring out their role.
We had guys that were in, eight guys in this morning at 10:00. We had our walk through at 2:30, and we play the game tonight. And some of those guys that were in at 10, 2:30 games playing tonight, Luke and Hanner and Stan and Austin, did a fantastic job. Learning more and more what they're capable and we just want to build on it. We're playing against a team that went two in-a-row now in Oakland who beat Ohio University tonight. They have the leading 3-point shooter of makes and attempts coming in in Travis Bader. A well-coached team. And we turn right back around and get ready for that one.
Again, I think it's the same thing for a starter. I have to go in and make decisions very clearly going into the game, okay, who gives us the best chance for that defensive energy for being on the glass, for moving the ball, and that means the starting lineup could change from time to time. But bottom line is when guys are ready and they're locked into impacting the game the way it needs to be impacted not coming in thinking I have to shoot, I have to score, I have to make this drive, I have to get fouled. It's more about I've got to get a stop defensively. I've got to communicate. I've got to call out the switch. I've got to rotate. I've got to block out. When you're focused on those things it's amazing how much easier the game becomes.
And what we're imploring constantly is to have that concentration and focus when you're sitting out so when you do go in you're absolutely prepared for what's in front of you
Talk about team developing an identity.
I think in the
And that's got to be a constant in the identity. So those things are coming but I think this team can be a very good rebounding team can be a team that gets to the foul line. I think what we saw tonight is can we keep building on this, when we move the ball and we get in rhythm on 3s, we're pretty good with it. We're knocking them down.
When we feel like we have to take one or we take one after we hesitated or taken one too quick, we're not good enough to do that right now. So our identity is ever-forming but it will come.
Was this the first time you set a statistical goal for assists?
There were so many different calls that I think if you spent too much time thinking it's going to be pretty, okay, it's going to get ugly. And when you're just planning, we've got to get to the rim, we've got to post it up, we've got to get ball reversal but the biggest thing there was just really continuing to make the next pass.
And even with turning the ball over, it's not coming in every day. I mean the negative impact is hey don't turn it over. No, the positive impact is what did you see. Make this pass. Make it simpler. Create an angle to feed the post. Those are the kind of things you want to focus on.
Well, when you're focusing on just continuing to make the next pass and you get your game in rhythm, then those good things happen. But it's the first time I've never really set assist goals in the past. We've always had 20 that was a game goal. Sometimes it was emphasized, sometimes it wasn't. But when you're scoring a lot of points and you've got guys that really understand the game like the last couple of years knew how to move the ball, sometimes it takes care of itself. But a year ago right now we were averaging 17 assists and 11 turnovers, so those are the numbers that we pay attention to where we were a year ago on the production part of it, and I thought that was a real positive step.
When you see the ball moving, does it make you think back to the last year's team and how good this year's team might be?
But I think you're constantly trying to get your identity. When the ball moves like it does, it's just really good-looking basketball, in the sense of the shot may not go but you're getting great movement and all of a sudden it's contagious. And it's a fine line these days, especially with the team we have because we want to get it in the post. We want to drive. You've got to get to the foul line. We're one of the leaders in the country in free-throw shooting. We want to make sure we're not giving that up. But when that ball's swinging like that, that's a very good thing.
How important was it to get different players to hit perimeter shots tonight?
A year ago -- I know I keep saying this, but a year ago, shooting 26, 27, 28 percent from the 3, ended the year at 44. You've got to work at it. You've got to work at it. That's why we tried to -- we try to get as much shooting in as we can. Try to shoot when we're fresh and in the middle and when we're tired, we try to do all those different things, the same thing with the free throws.
And it's fun to watch guys' confidence go up. But it's like anything else: When they come in with an attitude of impacting the game in an area defensively or with the glass or with their hustle, it's amazing what happens offensively.
They weren't in the zone very long. No. Because not really, I mean it's ball movement. Ball movement.
I mean, we want a shot fake on a long closeout. We want to rip it on a short closeout. Doesn't matter if it's man or zone.
Just attacking zones, we mix up a lot of movement actions. We're trying to score early. We're trying to make it hard for the defense to get set and adjusted on the break, trying screen the guards, always attack points in different parts of the zone, where you're attacking or trying to attack their personnel.
When we were doing that the other night at
Talk about the production from Robinson and Gordon and how does that open the floor up for Yogi?
We let him get his confidence when we came off the corners a little bit after, when he would give the ball up, and he showed a much better catch-and-shoot game than he showed in the previous games.
But again the whole game plan was Yogi is on him and all of a sudden Evan's on him. All of a sudden when the ball movement is what it is offensively, you've got guys communicating better defensively, we go to a switch of defenses. Evan's got a foul situation. I've got Will and Jeremy, we've got Will and Jeremy on the bench with two fouls. Evan's got two fouls. I don't want to take him out of the game, and we make an adjustment defensively, and his communication was fantastic.
Now, when those things are happening, when Stan's aggressive like he was, when guys are really bringing their strengths to the table and they're influencing each other's strengths because of it, that's a good thing. So that can only help us.
Did you see a night like this coming for Evan Gordon?
When I'm a little bit more demonstrative and it's a little bit more passion-filled, and he can run the teaching role. When I'm a little bit more into, all right, making the points and it's more in a teaching mode then Steve or Kenny or Tim can lay down the hammer a little more, that's what you want out of a staff.
In answer to your question, Evan -- when we recruited Evan, I said this to him on the bench tonight, when we recruited him -- hopefully he's figuring this out, we saw a lot left in the tank that he could get better at. We didn't just see a guy that had played four years of college basketball that was coming in for his fifth year. We didn't just see that. We saw a guy that could make improvements. We saw a guy that could have a bigger role. We saw a guy that could really, really be a stellar defender. And I think when he's focused on what he is defensively, all of a sudden you get nights like that offensively and hopefully he can continue it.
Indiana Players Postgame Quotes
You had a season-high 15 points tonight, what went well for you tonight?
Can you tell us how you needed some perimeter shots, how you could leave it to 3s? How important is it for the team now?
How has bench performance had an impact?
How important was the ball movement?
Basically just moving the ball, getting the defense moving. We got good shots and that was our big focus point today.
Talk about Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Luke Fischer's contributions tonight.
And I feel like those guys coming in and having a good game will help us going forward, getting their confidence, letting them know that they can come in and do things just like everyone else can. So I think that's very important for those two.
Talk about the freshmen getting into the flow of the game.
How much more comfortable are you now?
Are you most comfortable going downhill and attacking the paint?
How much more of an emphasis was getting that extra pass tonight?
And tonight obviously we did that and we hit the best assists like we were saying. That's one thing coach was always talking about, comparing the last year's stats. And I think that's what we averaged for the season. So pretty good for us as a team to get those stats.
What does it do for your confidence when you hit 3s, did you concentrate on shot fakes?
Did the game feel a lot more like last year's team with all the assists?
But we just, we try to be our own team. We don't want to look at last year, compare ourselves to last year as much, because we know we're a different style team. We know we're athletic and we know we play at a fast pace compared to last year half court as well and know we've got to run and score off the transition points like we did tonight.
How important was Evan Gordon tonight?
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