Dec. 19, 2009
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IU vs. North Carolina Central
December 19, 2009
Head Coach Tom Crean
"Well, the first half I think it was pretty clear we were still somewhere in the middle of one of our classes in exams and our mindset was not what it needed to be, in the sense of defense and rebounding. It's a great lesson for a team to learn, no matter how hard we have worked, no matter how much time we have spent on the details of the game on the sense of defense and rebounding and pushing the ball, we weren't doing those things. They made their open shots. I don't think it was anything spectacular or special that they were doing other than making their open shots.
"In the second half, we took that away because we had a defensive mindset. We had a very tough physical rebounding mindset. We threw the ball ahead on the break. We still had assists in the first half but we weren't pushing the ball and throwing it ahead the way we needed to do. To have 22 assists on 30 field goals, for the game, I think is very, very good. Especially in the game where we were creating some tempo with our defense. We were not playing well enough in the first half. We didn't have that team mindset. We have so far to go in this process of learning what it takes day in and day out. You just saw two different halves of basketball.
"We played with the guys in the second half that had the best numbers for us in the plus minus. I liked the lineup that we ended the half with. In the first half we started out with that lineup in the second half. Probably the thing that was most disappointing to me in the first half was, I wish I didn't get like this sometimes, but this is part of why Indiana is so special to me, I know there were people in the crowd tonight who were seeing a game for the first time. I met a couple on the way in. That's a big deal to me. I didn't share that with the team as much, but I will. To me, you don't want anyone to leave their first game thinking that's what it looks like, but fortunately the people who did leave after the game, were able to see a second half that showed some real promise in this basketball team and that's where hard work and effort can bring you when you put your best foot forward defensively, and with your rebounding and then you score a lot of your points off of your defense. I was happy with that because I know we are going to have the same thing Tuesday in the Loyola game and we are going to have the same thing in the Michigan game, people who will be here for the first time. That's a big deal to me. I remember all of my first times of seeing people play. That's a big, big deal. It's not something that the players are going to understand anything about, but as a coach, and people who follow this program that means a lot."
On energy Jordan Hulls brought tonight:
"He passed up some threes and drove to his left hand and he wasn't even looking for his shot. We need him to shoot the ball and he is a high-level shooter. He constantly, in practice when we do our shooting drills, it's Maurice [Creek] and it's Jordan who are coming out on the top. These are big things to me because it's a high level of how good somebody is as a shooter."
On team coming out in second half with more energy:
"It makes you mad as a coach, because that's what you expect from the beginning, and they just do not understand that yet. They just do not understand, to a coach, Kentucky, North Carolina Central, they all count the same. To a player, it's not that way. With the mature teams, the teams that really grow to be good, they may never be the same, but they don't take possessions off. We have so far to go to learn that. That's why tonight was good that they see that. We will be in for a real fight on Tuesday."
On what was said during halftime:
"It was the same issues that we had in the Kentucky game. When you give open shots, and the other team makes them, you're going to be in the hole. We weren't moving, we were moving on the catch. There was some talk about defense, there was some talk about who was going to guard who. There was some talk about who couldn't guard who. I went with the guys who were giving us the best opportunity to win. Hopefully people learned along the way that that's the way it has to be. It wasn't a rant and rave. It was very matter of fact, this is unacceptable. I'm not accepting what I see, so we are moving on and moving forward. "
On Maurice Creek:
"He continues to improve. One reason he had a good second half was because he was much more aggressive on the defensive end. That's one of the hardest things for a player to learn. Young players don't understand that when you bring tremendous defensive energy, when you are committed to getting to the glass, good things happen on both sides of the floor and that's when the offense can really take off. Maurice is really just scratching the surface defensively, but we put him on their leading scorer. He rose to the challenge and all of a sudden he became the leading scorer."
North Carolina Central Head Coach LeVelle Moton
On what it means to play against Indiana in Assembly Hall:
"It's tremendous. The rich history and the heritage that this state and this university has produced is amazing. I took a deep breath and I looked up and I said to myself and my coaching staff, this is one of the most beautiful atmospheres that I've ever seen in my life. I had so much fun and the kids had so much fun. Unfortunately we didn't come out with a win, but the people of Indiana are so kind and so hospitable. We will cherish this moment forever. So hopefully we can come back and play again."
On the play of Maurice Creek:
"Oh my goodness, I wish he had an exam today or something. The kid can flat out shoot the basketball and he's dangerous. The sky's the limit for that young man. He's incredible. I think if there's such a thing as a quiet 29, he had a quiet 29. He's real smooth. I love him and he's a good kid. He's playing for a great coach, so I'm sure he'll prosper in the system."
On the difference in the second half:
"Hats off to Indiana because they made some adjustments, but we came out and we made three crucial defensive mistakes in our zone at the beginning of the second half to the thirteen minute mark. They hit some shots and they made us pay, and that's what good teams do. Then they kind of opened it up. I thought in the first half we dictated how we wanted to play. But when they hit some shots, I thought 17,000 people started dictating how we were going to play. It really got to us. We couldn't hear the calls and that atmosphere with 17,000 hollering in here, wow. I think we got rattled a little bit by the crowd, but it happens."