Indiana at Kentucky Post Game Quotes
Dec. 13, 2008
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean Opening Statement ... "Obviously, everything that could have gone wrong for us in the first eight minutes did. Their pressure, intensity and enthusiasm level was as high as I have seen it this year. We contributed to it with turnovers and some quick shots. We got away from doing what we wanted to do, in keeping the game at a strong pace and that is a tribute to Kentucky and the way they played early on. We just couldn't deal with their length and athleticism. They both were huge factors and frankly we don't have the ability right now in this program to get to that gear. They took intensity up another gear because of the athleticism that they have and it was good. After that initial on-slot our guys started to settle in and trust the game plan. We still gave up too many jump shots without a hand in their face and we had too many turnovers, but the last 10 or nine minutes or so our guys settled in. It was encouraging to see the mentality that we played with during that time and we learned some valuable lessons through this. We did get better inside of the game in learning how to play and to stop the clock, how to keep the pressure on and create turnovers. Unfortunately, we could never recover (from Kentucky 's early run)."
On what he told the players at halftime ... "I told them that it was a long game, and it is. Again, we don't have people that can co-sign that message for me in there. We learned it as the half went on, but we had to stick with what we wanted to do. There was no doubt in the coach's mind and the player's mind either as the game went on that we could play and complete and force the comeback."
On IU's turnovers ...
"We were delivering the ball to them. Our youth showed up today, but ( Kentucky ) turned it up and had another gear and they used it today. That is a credit to them. They did a really good job of it today. We were still able to get back and play with a lot of heart and hustle and be aggressive and get some turnovers."
On getting a little break the next two weeks with only two games ... "We just have to continue to improve, which we are. We have to have a very good week academically and they have been great in there and have a chance to have a very good semester academically. These guys have been very good with what they have done academically, but at the same time we have to get better. It's about really locking in and keep improving."
On the atmosphere in Rupp Arena ... "It was a great atmosphere and we knew that it would be. They have a tremendous program here. They know how we feel (about basketball) at Indiana and I know how they feel at Kentucky . When you have fan support and tradition and the way they travel and care about their program, which is the same that we have at Indiana, I think that it is awesome."
#33 Devan Dumes
On continuing to battle throughout the second half ... "We always play to win. You have to work and every situation counts. That's our main focus, it's always to play to win."
On how he tries to motivate his teammates ... "We have to get better. We really have to focus more. We have to play the full 40 minutes, especially when times are tough. We don't have starts like that at home. So, we just have to start off like we are at home every night."
On the atmosphere at Rupp Arena compared to other places ... "No, (it wasn't intimidating). We just really did not focus for the first eight minutes. I don't think the crowd was too different."
#25 Tom Pritchard
On coming out strong in the second half ... "We came out in the second half with a lot of energy. We knew there was not a lot more wrong that we could do. We switched our defense up a little bit and they got a little flustered with it and we stuck with it and did what we could do."
On building off this game for the rest of the season ... "It helps us learn a lot, a real tough road game. All of our games aren't going to be at home - I wish they were - but we have to be able to come and play anywhere."
#3 Daniel Moore
On if being an Indiana native makes this loss hurt ... "Yeah, growing up I had watched this game for a while, so it is a tough one to lose. All loses are tough though, so it is not like this one is that different, we just don't like to lose."
On getting off to a sluggish start ... "I don't want to say we were stunned. We haven't had great starts on the road this year. I think it was their game plan to get a great start on us and they did and we weren't ready to play for the first seven or eight minutes."
On what coach Crean told the team at halftime ... "He just told us we need to keep fighting, playing hard and competing."
Kentucky Head Coach Billy Gillispie
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