Coach Crean Talks About Wednesday's Game at Ohio State
Jan. 5, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tom Crean met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the Hoosiers' meeting with Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Below is a full transcript:Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
On Ohio State's Evan Turner potentially playing:
On how Turner's availability affects the team's preparation:
On the difference between Ohio State with and without Turner:
"He does so many things with the ball that creates for everybody else. They can all get their own shot. They can all make shots on the perimeter and they can all get their own shot. (Jeremie) Simmons is the same way when he comes off the bench. There's no question that they have a really good team, but with him, he makes you help and you have to really be conscious of it.
"The thing that he does so well is he gets to the boards on both ends. He raises their energy level in their press and we fully expect to see the press as well. That's one of the absolute best things that they do. If you look at the games that they were down, the press brought them back, be it Butler or North Carolina. I'm sure they've watched us and might think that they can press us, which isn't a bad deduction.
"It's not like you can drop everything you're doing and say Evan Turner's back, let's really focus on him. Jon Diebler has played extremely well against us. William Buford averaged 21 points last year as a freshman in the two games against us. David Lighty we didn't face last year, and he is a major league athlete, a both-ends-of-the-court gazelle. He just makes things happen. So we've got to really be locked in to what our game plan is."
On the challenges of the first Big Ten road game:
"It's corny, but they have to make sure that their ability to guard, their ability to get on the glass, their ability to share the ball, those things have got to come with us no matter what. Those are effort and execution related. We've got to really focus on that. We can't focus on this person's got to make this many shots and we've got to get this guy that many shots. We've got to focus on moving the basketball and understanding what we need to do defensively. We had crowd noise today, but it's still not even close to what you get on the road, especially with all those other people in the stands that make it that way, but we're not going to dwell too much on it. It's here and let's go play it and let's see what we can do inside of it."
On how the practices have been since the Michigan game:
On Ohio State's four-guard lineup:
On whether it helps to have a week in between games following the win against Michigan:
"[Michigan] was such an emotional victory. We didn't play emotional, we played with great emotion, but at the same time it was emotional. In that sense, you probably want a little time to let them get that back up. As I continue to evolve as coach, you're constantly trying to be aware of your mental energy, as well as your physical energy. It's a long, long season. We keep preaching 17 one-game seasons, well that's 17 more games in that sense. We've got to make sure that we're doing everything to maximize the day, not just for that day, but for the long haul with this. I don't have a great answer to it. It is what it is, and we've tried to do the best we can inside of it."
On what he wants to see from Jordan Hulls as his career goes on:
"Tomorrow night, for all of our guys, they set screens and move screens very, very well and it's a big part of their offense. If we expect a whistle every time that we run into a screen or the screen moves then we'll be sadly mistaken. We learned that last year. I don't like it, but that's the way that it is. That's part of being in this league. All you're looking for is the consistency on both ends of the screening.
"At the same time, we can't coach that way. We can't coach in a sense of, `Hey, try to get around this.' You've got to do everything you can do to possibly get under it, get over it, and avoid that screen. Jordan is one of those guys that we have to continue to help learn how to do that."
On the first road game being this late in the season:
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