Jan. 29, 2010
Head Coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Friday to talk about Saturday's game at Illinois. Below is a full transcript:
Head Coach Tom Crean
On changing the starting lineup:
"We have done a lot of different things this week and looked at different combinations and we'll have to see what we decide to do once we get into tomorrow. It is not as much about starting lineups as it is about being productive. Like we said the other day, the most important thing is that we are better rebounding the ball. When we win in this league, we get guards rebounding and more rebounding across the board. We are inconsistent with our rebounding so that remains to be seen for tomorrow."
On what Indiana has to do against Illinois center Mike Tisdale:
"We have to make him catch the ball further away from the basket. When he has been successful, he has caught the ball at the block. So we have to a good job of moving him up the lane and getting around him. We have to make sure our digs (from the guards) are good. Another big thing is ball pressure. What happed to us the first time was that we were very indecisive with our coverages, especially in the last 5-10 minutes of the game. We can't play indecisive and you can never win when you are indecisive, especially on defense. We just have to be very decisive in what we are doing and stay with what we are doing."
On the team needing more consistency as a whole:
On whether the effort in rebounding is there in practice:
"Most teams do, I don't think we are much different than what most teams would need. We just don't have the consistency experience to fall back on just yet. There is no question that when we are efficient with the basketball and have low turnovers, our consistency looks pretty good. We have been productive and won games, but we are not good enough to have only a couple things be there for us and still get it done. Some teams can do that, but we are not in that position. Our checkmarks have to be solid all the way across the board right now."
"Oh absolutely. I see the effort all the time anyways. We did a great job the other day with pressure; we had 47 deflections and 21 turnovers. But when they shoved us, we didn't have leverage. We didn't play through the two-hand shoves and the physicality of the game. We didn't make contact with them so we went back to those kinds of things and we feel like it is going to be the same type of game on Saturday."
On the rivalry with Illinois:
"I haven't been here long enough, but I know it is a big deal to people and from my vantage point, I understand that. I think Indiana has a lot of rivalries over the years because Indiana has been very successful over a period of time
"But we have respect for the Illinois program and we have respect for the Illinois coaches and players, past and present. We know it will be a tough environment over there, just as it is when they come here."
On Matt Roth:
"He could still redshirt, absolutely. He hasn't played yet so until we play him that option is still on the table. We'd all like to be able to get him back in the game here at some point. It won't be tomorrow. I don't see that happening tomorrow, but he's making a lot of progress. He's ahead or right on schedule so really it's just going to come down to constant monitoring from the doctors again even on this trip and see what his tolerance is for certain things."
On a date for whether or not to use a redshirt on Roth:
"I think there is one in my mind, in the sense of when I wouldn't want him to use his year, but I don't think we're there yet. It's coming up, but it's not there yet. There's still a lot of season left and he's worked really hard. He's changed his body, his arms. He's done a great job lifting and getting stronger. He's done everything that we've asked him to do from the point of the injury, which is to train and rehab like he's going to play, knowing that there was nothing any of us could do, but how that bone heals."