Dec. 20, 2006
Final Stats |
Indiana 77, Western Michigan 69
Dec. 20, 2006
Head Coach Kelvin Sampson & Player Quotes
"Western Michigan is really good. Even though they only shot 20 percent, they came ready to play. Every experience is a new one for this coaching staff. I think the physical and emotional investment of Sunday night really took a lot out of them....Coming back tonight, I don't think we were quite as sharp. At the same time, I think we have a good shooting team. I don't think that there was a shot in the second half that wasn't good. It's not a matter of the option, it's (shooting) contagious. We shot 58 percent in the second half. We are capable of shooting 50 percent for the game. I thought we shot too many threes in the first half. Western Michigan plays you differently than Southern Illinois, Duke or Kentucky. They are a gap team. They don't pressure you, and they let you get it where you want to get it. I really like a kid like Joe Reitz. He's an old school guy. Tonight was the first time in a long time we got beat to a lot of loose balls. Defensively, the second half, I thought we were really good. Any time you force a team to turn the ball over 20 times, you are doing something really good. They were hurting us with that high screen low. Those screens they set up top aren't easy to guard, especially if you are a freshman who has never guarded that. I thought Lance (Stemler) did a decent job."
On the loose balls:
"It seems like we did a great job against Duke, Kentucky and Southern Illinois. It seemed like we got every loose ball in those games. Tonight, it seemed like we were a step slow. Those Western Michigan kids did a great job. I would like to see how many points they scored off a offensive rebound or a batted ball....It's another learning experience. We are good at it (getting the loose balls), but we just weren't good at it tonight."
On Lance Stemler, Joey Shaw and Xavier Keeling:
"(In the second half) We scored 50 points and held them to 38 percent. I like how we were playing without them."
On Lance Stemler:
"It's just a matter of time. When a kid is missing shots like that, they tend to press. He is still the same kid that can shoot five 3s. He will do that again. Shooters go through that....It's not something you worry about. There are a lot of kids that go through that."
On the team's decision making:
"There is no hesitation. Thinking back to the Butler game and the Duke game, we played so many teams with a lot of experience...All of our kids are freshmen right now. There are a lot of teams out there who haven't played at Duke or at Kentucky where you get exposed. That's why I told our kids not to worry about those losses in November. We will learn from them, and we have."
On the play of Earl Calloway:
"Earl was really good against Kentucky and Southern Illinois. If you take away a couple plays...None of these guys are perfect.
Senior guard Earl Calloway
On the team's defense:
"Coach Sampson's style is to come out with better intensity and play better defense, and we did. I made an effort to try to get to every loose ball, deflection or pass lane that I possibly could to help the team."
On committing less turnovers:
"Basically, better decision making. Coach has been emphasizing for me to control the ball, the team and my decision making. Speed-wise, when to push it and when not to push it so now I don't force anything that's not there. I'm trying not to force the issue and let the game come to me.
Junior forward D.J. White
On Joe Reitz:
"He's a good, hard-nosed player. We knew coming into the game that he is good. He had 18 rebounds last game. He has a good low-post presence, and he played well tonight."
Western Michigan head coach Steve Hawkins
"I thought that what it really all came down to in the second half was their defense. The tell of the game was their defense. When we didn't turn it over, I felt like we got some pretty good looks, but that's also part of IU's defensive scheme. They get a lot of turnovers. They forced Southern Illinois into 20 the other night. I was having a perfectly good weekend until I watched them play Sunday night, and then I became really concerned about their intensity level, defensively. We have some sets that we like to run. We knew we weren't going to be able to run them because of the pressure, so we went with all of our ball screen stuff to try to make their big men play the ball screens, and I thought for the most part they did a pretty good job of it. We had some good looks, but we also turned it over a little too much. When we had some good looks, we didn't knock down enough of our wide-open looks that we did get, but all the credit goes to IU. At the same time, I do want to talk about how proud I am of our kids' competition level. Very, very proud of their ability to come in here and compete. They fully expected to come in here and win the game. Just a little bit too much IU tonight."
On outrebounding IU:
"Well, we've got one of the best rebounding teams in the MAC. It's something we emphasize, it's something Coach Sampson emphasizes. Right before pregame meal today, we put a film in for our guys. I don't know if you've ever seen a film here that's taken from IU, but with the slant that's here at Assembly Hall, the film is almost straight down on the floor. You get an excellent view of movement. You don't get a great depth perception view, but you get a great view of movement. When shots go up, the number of white jerseys that crash, it just looks like a flood coming in from that angle. And they're coming hard. What an offensive rebounder has to have is momentum, and if you let them get momentum going, if you turn your back on them, you're going to be in trouble. They're going to be on top of them, and they certainly still got their share with eight offensive rebounds. D.J.'s just so big in there. But we wanted to run at them when the shot went up. We didn't want them running at us, we wanted to run at them and hit them before the momentum got going. For the most part, it certainly worked well in the first half. We did a real nice job in the first half. In the second half we had to help a lot more with that four-guard lineup. They dribble penetrated a lot better, they started finishing and now we've got to step over and help. And we step over and help when the ball goes up, now you're away from D.J. When Joe (Reitz) had to step over and help, you're out of rebound position. So they were able to get some better looks on the offensive glass in the second half, but for the most part I was really pleased with our rebounding effort."
On the play of David Kool:
"He's not going to miss a free throw. He got eight of them at the line there. David will talk to you and there were a couple of misses that David had that were wide open that could have either taken the lead up a little bit when we had it, or that also could have brought us back to within one or tied the ballgame. It seemed like the ball was in his hands for a couple of big 3s, and I know he's disappointed about missing those. But he's getting there. David in many ways is a microcosm of our whole team. We don't have a senior on the roster and David's coming off of the injuries. And as he's coming back, we're almost there. And David's almost there. We're getting there. We felt pretty good about our competition level. One of these days we're actually going to get to play somebody that we're favored against, and that would be a very different feeling for us."