Feb. 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's basketball coach Tom Crean talks about the Hoosiers' meeting with Purdue on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in West Lafayette.
On the Hoosiers:
"We are coming off of four straight games that were decided on the final play. I think we have shown great resolve, regardless of the outcome, to recognize that each game following takes on a greater importance and the focus has to be on our ability to come out with the proper mindset each practice. If we do that, we are having much more success in taking our efforts in practice and applying them to game situations."
Keys for the Hoosiers:
"I think we have to have a rebounding mentality first and foremost. Our defense has to become a positive for our offense. We have to attack and get to the free throw line. Defensively, we have to communicate and help and not allow them to get the type of plays that will raise the intensity of their crowd to another level."
On Tuesday's Game:
"Right now, I would challenge anyone on the quality of play that is taking place in our league. Every game is being played like a rivalry game. The coaches and players in the Big Ten all understand the importance of each league game. I would expect more of the same tomorrow night."
"They have great leadership on the court and they make basketball plays. Their pressure is relentless on offense and defense. They score so much off of their defense, a lot more than they get credit for. They share the ball. They rebound the ball. They always are in attack mode."
On E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson:
"They are both outstanding senior leaders. Moore is a player that can get the crowd going very quickly with his shooting. Johnson is playing in the present as well as any senior player in the country."