Tom Crean Talks About Wisconsin
Jan. 19, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's basketball head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss the Hoosiers' game against Wisconsin on Thursday. Here is a transcript of what he had to say.
On how Jon Leuer fits the Wisconsin system:
On the balance of Jordan Hulls taking shots and running the offense:
"There is no balance. It's really whatever happens inside of it is what we want to have happen. The one thing we can continue to try and do is manufacture more opportunities for Jordan and that's what we're going to continue to do, but Jordan's baskets and Jordan's value really comes in the flow of the game. The old adage of we like to have him get lost in the game, well we don't want him to get too lost. A great example the other night, first play there's an offensive rebound and it's kicked out to him, that is a no brainer, take that shot, but what does he do, he passes it to the top to start the offense. That's the kind of stuff that he needs to eliminate in his mind. The only guy that is not thinking about taking that shot is Jordan, in the sense of we need him to do that.
"He's being more aggressive and I see it in practice. I don't worry about that, but I don't want to have games where he's not taking shots in the first half. I don't think that's good. That's not good for us, it's not good for him, and it's not good for our winning percentage. That's kind of who he is naturally. He wants to get the ball to other people. We could sit out there and run the Steve Alford screens the whole game and I'm not sure he's going to take that many more shots because that's just not what his mindset is. We've got to allow him to be a focal point without really trying to drive that home all the time to him because I just want him to play and be comfortable."
On the difference in practice after getting the Big Ten win:
"The toughness part of it is mental as much as it is the physical part and that's the carrying over into the games and that's what we did. We had a great week of practice. We had a pretty good week of practice before Northwestern and Minnesota. We just didn't carry it over inside of the game as much and whether it's maturity, whether it's mental toughness, confidence, whatever it is, those things, it's there and we just need to bring it forth."
On if the energy is the difference between the Northwestern and Michigan games:
"We're really not changing anything. I know sometimes that may sound like it's not true, but there aren't a lot of differences. Last week we were able to really lock in to some weaknesses a little bit more and at the expense of spending time on offense, we spent a lot more time on transition defense and making sure we're getting 50-50 balls. We did the same thing today. We're doing loose ball drills out there. We're not going to change that. The game the other night was a step in the right direction for bringing your practice mentality to the game. Now we've got to do it on the road in front of a hostile crowd. As much as I'd like to be home tomorrow night, this is going to be a great test for those guys to see if they can carry over that mindset that they've been practicing with and what they played Saturday night with to a road venue."
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