BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean, along with freshman Cody Zeller and sophomore Victor Oladipo, preview the Hoosiers' game at Nebraska on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Head Coach Tom Crean
On what he's looked at following the Ohio State game:
"Their attitudes have been great, in the sense of just continuing to move forward. We've looked at that film and it's like I said on the radio show last night, you've got to have an ability to look at the scoreboard when you win and when you lose and you don't accept in victory what you won't accept in defeat and then when you have defeat you look at it and you look at why and that's exactly what we've tried to do. We've looked at that film from a couple different perspectives and as good as Ohio State played, we squandered some opportunities inside of that game. At times our defense certainly wasn't as good as it needed to be because we weren't as physical as we needed to be.
"We also missed open shots that if they go down all of a sudden that confidence changes a little bit on the road and maybe it's a different story, but the bottom line, and I know I've said this ad nauseam, but it's true. We can't get our confidence from our offense and that's easier said than done, but you can't get your confidence from your offense. You've got to get it from your toughness, from your physicality, from your ability to defend and rebound and that's a process. It's a rare team that can do that at a very high level and do it consistently. I know that, our coaches know that, our team doesn't know that, and our fans need to remember that, but the bottom line is that takes time to get, but that's certainly the process that we're trying to build it under."
On players processing what they see in the film:
"I think it's our job to give them a perspective and then I think it's their job to accept it, to absorb it. It'd be one thing if we came in and watched the film and we just looked for every bit of negative. That's not what we're doing because there wasn't, there were some opportunities and again, you don't accept in victory what you won't accept in defeat, well sometimes in defeat you've got to find some positives in there where they can say hey if this goes right and that goes right and we don't take this shot or we get this stop there's the potential of something different and I do think they're getting that, but again, we've got to exhibit it.
"It goes back to this team has got to play on edge. We cannot turn the ball over and we're turning the ball over too much right now and there's no way around that. We've got to cut those down because those turn into easy baskets for the other team. It eliminates what we have in a very good offensive team from being able to get more shots and again, there are always a lot of things that you can get better at, but us taking care of the ball on offense, us being a little bit more aware and alert on defense, and us making sure that our rebounding is really strong on both ends are the keys for us."
On the positives from the Ohio State game:
"I'll give you an example. I think it's 18-10. We make one more pass all of a sudden we hit a two or we hit a 3, it's a five-point game or a six-point game. Even with that said it gets to 20-12 and we miss a wide-open 3 at the top of the key. Now we hit that 3 and all of a sudden it's 20-15. We're coming down with a set defense. We miss that 3 and they come down and it's 22-12. It's little things like that. You've got to show your team the games within the game. We always break it down, certainly in football it's special teams, but you can look at the situational things, the baseline out of bounds, the sideline out of bounds, the after time out games, but it's more than that. It's the sequence of the game. We've got to understand where the next pass is and frankly, we passed up some shots in that game. I was as angry about that as anything else. We've got to continue to take open shots, not take challenged ones and sometimes when that ball stops and it's not moving we get a little stuck and we've got to overcome that, but again, so much of that comes because our confidence is coming from the offensive end and that's not going to be the way it is especially when you go on the road."
On being attacked differently than in non-conference:
"The other day was different than the Minnesota game. The Minnesota game we just seemed a step slow on things. We weren't reading screens and getting out on people and we just weren't as locked in defensively. The other day was a hard game because you're not just going to guard Jared Sullinger one-on-one. I think you guys saw what happened when you do that. (Lenzelle) Smith had a (Matt) Roth day, like he had for us against Penn State. He only made one 3 that was on the game-plan, that was okay this is the game-plan and he hit it and we were late at getting out after a double-team. The rest he got off kick-outs and offensive rebounds, the break and things like that. He played well.
When you're playing against a team like that that has so many scorers your margin for error goes down which means your urgency has got to go up and they were really aggressive with us when we were on offense. We didn't handle that as well, but we outscored them in the second half. That's not a moral victory, but when we're an aggressive and in an attack mindset like we were in the last 10 or 11 minutes of that game and our pressure started to turn, now were they playing at the same level, probably not, they had a big lead and that's part of it too, but we showed the ability to be aggressive and even inside of that we missed some opportunities of guys that usually make those shots and a couple of times we should have made the next pass.
"Are we being played differently? I think every team is going to play you differently. Some are going to have the zone, some are going to trap the post one way, trap the post another way, they're going to three-quarter the post, they're going to play behind the post and the key is how you adjust to the game, but the one constant is people in this league are going to get up and guard you and you're going to have to guard basically all five on the other team and that's not always the way it is in the non-conference. Kentucky and Notre Dame and Butler and NC State, now they're going to put five guys on the court all the time that you have to guard, but not everybody else has that. Our urgency wasn't there and then all of a sudden like a split second late and people in this league an make you pay for that."
On how different Nebraska is with Diaz and Talley in the lineup:
"They're much different, much more inside oriented and still the ability to inside-out and you have to bring somebody else there because he's just too big and he catches the ball usually with at least one foot in the paint. He's not scoring a lot of points yet, but there's a lot of touches and you've got to do a great job of trying to eliminate those touches in the post. I can see what they're talking about with Tally maybe feeling like he's their best shooter and I saw something that said today where he's not back yet where he needs to be, but he looks pretty good to me. (Bo) Spencer is like (Tim) Frazier from Penn State. He can create tremendous havoc in the break, with getting to the basket - he's a very good shooter. (Toney) McCray is one of those `who do you guard him with?' type of guys. He can get to the rim, he can shoot 3's, he can pick and pop, he can post up. They're a good team; they're a really good team. I don't think in this league right now whether you're on the top or on the bottom anybody can get caught up in anybody's record because it is a very good league."
Freshman Cody Zeller
On learning from the last two losses:
"We've looked at a lot of film and gone over the stuff that we need to work on and then we've been preparing for Nebraska."
On facing Nebraska in its first season in the Big Ten:
"I think that everyone in the Big Ten has the big guys and it's not going to be any different with Nebraska. You have to bring it every night. Every team is going to be physical.
On the upcoming stretch of games:
"Every game is an important game. We're just going to take it one game at a time, whether we're on a big winning streak or on a two-game losing streak. Every game is important to us."
Sophomore Victor Oladipo
On the games this week:
"Our emphasis is on our next game. We've had two tough losses and we need to bounce back from them. We need to come out with an edge and energy."
On moving forward:
We just need to continue to play more aggressively and go back to playing the way we were. Let the defense create our offense and take care of the basketball."
On the defense the last two games:
"We just have to have the right mindset on defense. We've just got to bust up their plays and continue to work hard and keep our hands up and being active."