Jan. 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head coach met with members of the media on Tuesday to discuss Wednesday's matchup with the Michigan Wolverines in Assembly Hall. He was joined by Nick Williams and Devan Dumes as well.
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Here is a partial transcript from the press conference:
Head Coach Tom Crean
"They have a lot of highly skilled players and this year they know exactly what (Michigan head coach) John Beilein wants out of them on the offensive end. And they have a couple of guys that can make any team in the country go, when you look at what Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims do. But they are much more than just a two-man team. Zack Novak and Stu Douglas are playing very well and Laval Lucas-Perry has added a ton to their team in the form of energy, toughness, speed, getting to the rim and shooting three's. They are a very good team and there are not a lot of weaknesses to their team. They know exactly what they want to do and they know exactly who they are.
"They are basically four guards and a guy who can play small forward and they make it really hard for you to match up with them."
On how practice has been without classes for the players:
"Well, it gets long for guys and that's why we try to keep it creative and we try to mix it up. But again, it is just so many things that they haven't been through to know what this means. In a sense, Kyle Taber is a newcomer because of the expectations that we have of him. When you have a player that we are expecting that much more out of, it's harder because there are so many things that he needs to do for this club. So it's a learning experience in so many different ways. It's a learning experience for Jeremiah Rivers and the things that he has had to learn since he's been here. They are enjoyable to be around and they are working hard and we just have to keep building the energy that we are trying to take with us into the games."
On the keys against Michigan:
"We have to have that same resiliency (as we did against Iowa) and we have to continue to take care of the basketball. The mental-makeup you have to have to compete in a possession-by-possession game in a league like this is excruciating and is very hard, especially with young guards.
"I always get a chuckle when I hear a coach talk about how young their team is. Well there are young teams and then there's Indiana. It's a completely different type of young. We just have to continue to work on those things that make us better."
Freshman Forward Nick Williams
On what he has seen on tape of Michigan:
"Manny Harris shoots the ball really well and he gets in the lane a lot. Their big guys are very good shooters and we just have to go out there and contest shots and play great defense."
On what the Iowa game taught the team about how they could compete in the Big Ten:
"We always thought we could compete, we just have to believe in ourselves and share the ball and rebound. We did that against Iowa but we just came up a little short."
Junior guard Devan Dumes
"They are a really good team. They read defenses really well and they have two very good players and a lot of people around them that know how to make plays as well."
On how they plan to attack the 1-3-1 zone from Michigan:
"We are just going to stick to coach's game plan. Rotate the ball and keep it moving and not standing still."
On Calbert Cheaney being around the team this week:
"It's been great. His wisdom is monumental. For me being a kid (growing up in Indiana), it's an honor to be around him. He's talked to us a lot and gave us a lot of pointers and has done some 1-on-1 with us during some down time. He's a really good guy."