Feb. 6, 2010
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
On the Wildcats
"It's a very special preparation when you face them. They have very talented players executing that offense and are the best team in the Big Ten in assist/turnover ratio so they don't beat themselves."
"Defensively, they can cause a lot of problems. What they were able to do on the glass a few weeks ago against Purdue really showed their toughness."
"We expect to see a team that is playing for a great deal and plays with confidence at home. They run their system as well as any program in the Big Ten. John Shurna has emerged as an outstanding player in this league, but everyone they put out there has the ability to hurt you and that makes them even tougher.
On attacking their defense
"We have to move the ball and make the extra pass."
Keys to being successful on the road
"We have to play with a mindset that is geared on toughness. We have to rebound, we have to get all the 50-50 loose balls, and most importantly, we can not turn the ball over in situations that lead to easy baskets. We have to trust one another on offense and make the extra pass."
On the Hoosiers confidence
"Our guys have done an excellent job of believing in themselves and what we are doing and that has shown with their work in practice. We have a lot of guys who have yet to scratch the surface with what they can accomplish and contribute on a regular basis. I think Verdell is a great example of what can happen when the game slows down for you.
On the number of Indiana fans expected to be at the game
"It will be an excellent atmosphere and a different type of crowd than we are used to on the road. These are the type of Hoosier fans who may not see us in person that often and they bring a tremendous energy to our team."