Talking about Northwestern
Jan. 17, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) host the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday in Assembly Hall. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. Head Coach Tom Crean and assistant coach Kenny Johnson met with the media on Friday to preview the game. Below is a partial transcript.
Head Coach Tom Crean
Talking about Northwestern:
"They know how to win and they have proven that with the Illinois win. We have a heck of a task with this team, there is no question about that. We have to have great focus and I'm concerned about that. I'm concerned with a young group, are we going to have the focus that we have had the last couple of games. What they need to understand is that there is nothing that is not a tremendous challenge in this league. When you have success or have failure you have to learn from it and move right on and that is what we are looking for in this game."
Assistant Coach Kenny Johnson
What's different when JerShon Cobb is running the point as opposed to Sobolewski?
"Well, he's been really impressive handling the basketball. I think that Sobolewski is one of the leading assist guys in the league, so he does a good job of spreading the ball around. Cobb is always someone who's dangerous when he has the ball in his hands. So that presents an additional challenge because he's not waiting on the basketball to get to his hands. (Tre) Demps is still coming off the bench as instant offense for them and (Drew) Crawford has been leading the league all year long. So I think Cobb has done a decent job at spreading the ball around, but him, with his ability to score, especially shooting jump shots off the dribble; having the ball early, what we call "drag screens" early, ball screens that they're running, they become a little bit more dangerous with him handling the basketball."
What does Northwestern do well on defense?
On play of Stanford Robinson:
"We talk about Noah Vonleh and his age, his 18th birthday on the 24th, Stanford's was July 11th, so he is still a young basketball player, physically, and is still maturing. He has a world of potential, but he has a long way to go. I think the success he has had has a lot to do with him buying into the philosophy and his teammates doing a good job of using his skillset and him realizing who he is currently as a basketball player, while continuing to develop and work hard in practice every day. He is someone who has maintained a humble spirit and realized he has a long way to go. The competitiveness and pride he has taken in the program is what has led him to have some success on the court."
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