Dec. 23, 2008
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
"This was a two-part game for us in the sense that early on in this game when we couldn't create any separation because we didn't recognize what was being given to us, was when my concerns kicked in. I think it was a microcosm of our week. We did not have a great week (of practice) and we have to continue to learn. This is a hard lesson to learn. We have got to grow through experiences and build a maturity level that we understand how valuable every day is."
On not maintaining the early momentum:
"We did not recognize what was there. We are back to square one on mistakes. We are back to square one on lack of communication. We are back to square one on timeouts. We are back to square one on not recognizing...there were some things that were so open that we had seen on film and did not take advantage of when we saw them in the game, and then they closed them up as time went on as good teams do. We didn't take advantage of that and I think it mirrored the week. I told the coaches and the team, we lost this game on certain practices days over the last week. I am a firm believer in that."
On the team's inability to get to the free throw line:
"I think there was one aggressive basketball team tonight, and it wasn't Indiana. That's what it was more than anything else. We missed big opportunities to get the ball where we wanted it. It just wasn't there. We've got to a better job of continuing to find Tom (Pritchard) and Kyle (Taber). "
Senior Forward Kyle Taber
"The main thing is that we've just got to get better and a lot more physical. We have got to get a winning mentality."
On the team's mindset:
"We know where our mindset needs to be when we get back (from Christmas break). We know where Coach wants it to be. We need to be ready when we get back."