Coach Crean Talks to the Media About Northwestern
Jan. 27, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Tuesday to discuss Wednesday night's matchup at Northwestern. For full audio of today's press conference, click the link below.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
On carrying over the positives from Sunday's game:
"They are doing a lot of things really well. We played extremely hard (on Sunday). We weren't always efficient and there is a lot of room for improvement. We've had two really good days of trying to get that improvement and that's all we can really focus on right now - is that every day we are better than the day before. As of the last couple weeks we've been that way and hopefully that's going to transfer to a game here pretty quick."
On what he's looking for from the Indiana offense against Northwestern:
On his concern for the back-door cuts in Northwestern's offense:
"It's a huge concern. It's a very special preparation, very special preparation. We've tried to talk and this is where we have followed what we have done with all of our teams, going all the way back to being with Tom Izzo and going against Bill (Carmody) in a (second round NCAA game) when he was with Princeton. And it's the same thing every time we saw it at Marquette, especially against Georgetown. We've tried to build our defense the entire way and do our drill work the entire way and deal with something we have a lot of experience with.
"But again, it's going to be the first time for these guys to see action like that, and to see it as consistently as they run it. Michigan has versions of it, but (Michigan head coach John Beilein) has his own offense - it's the Beilein offense and it's very good. Well this has been Bill's offense and it's Pete Carill's offense, it's been (Georgetown head coach) John Thompson III's offense and they have had a lot of success with it. The bottom line is that it doesn't matter what offense they run, he's got very talented players executing that offense. And what they do is they do so many good things defensively - they've created 40 more turnovers than they have committed. They are like Illinois' and how they assist on baskets. They do an excellent job of playing both ends of the floor."
On whether it's more challenging because the team is so young:
On Broderick Lewis and his emergence :
"All of the other coaches and myself have a sign in our offices that says `It's easier to climb than hang on." And right now he's climbed up and he got himself to where he's in the rotation for us. But at the same time he has to bring it that much more each day because people are that much more aware of him.
"And frankly, he has to get better at the defensive end. He has to work harder in the post because we can't have it where we are giving up that size and strength and people of a bigger nature can just come down and post him up. So those are the things that we will focus on now with him. But I love his attitude and I love having him here and we think he has gotten a lot better, you guys have all seen that, and we think he can continue to get better."
On the keys to containing the Northwestern offense:
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