Coach Crean Talks About the Badgers
Feb. 12, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Friday to talk about his team's upcoming game at Wisconsin on Saturday.
"I like our mindset. We took yesterday off, which I thought was incredibly important. Some guys were in the gym, but it certainly wasn't required. It was a day to free their minds. Today it's load our minds back up, and that is what we have done with our individual workouts this morning, with our practice. They will finish some shooting and lifting and then we will get on the plane and go.
"I think they know and I know we know as coaches how tough a task it is to play someone like Wisconsin. Not just because they are at home, but because of how they play. They are a very efficient team. Bo [Ryan] doesn't put anybody out on the floor, like some of the other teams, that can't make shots, that can't make threes. Their big guys shoot the three extremely well, in the sense of Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz. He has the ability to go deep into his bench, though as of late he really hasn't. They are just very efficient and as good a team as we have seen, at A, wanting to be in the shot clock, but B, executing in the shot clock. Shot clock defense in this game is imperative, because they get into it quite a bit. It's their style, a style that they like and they are very good at that style.
"We know that we got to go up there and play not only hard, not only competitively, not only smart, but with great energy. I'm very encouraged with our guys. Their mindset is regrouping in a good way. They have put a lot of work into this, without the results to show for it, and that's what makes it hard sometimes. Like I said the other night, they haven't had enough successes to fall back on to really see sometimes, why they have to keep playing that hard. At the same time they don't have enough in their experience tank as of late against some of these really good teams that we are playing, to understand that we can get it done. There is no other way to look at it than every game is another experience to build for the short term and to build for the long term."
On playing teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin being an opportunity for the team to grow:
"I think it's huge. When you are this young, every experience is overly magnified. It's not the first time necessarily, but its all part of this era of learning to play college basketball as a freshman, and the sophomores. The hard part again, and I think this is where the mental part of it, and I saw Jim Caldwell make a point before the superbowl about the mental to physical ratio is 10-to-1. I think Bob Knight was famous for saying it's 4-to-1. They are right, and the more you coach, the more you see that. I just think that it's a whole gambit of things they go through. They have had success, they have been very close to success, and sometimes when you come that close the taste, it takes that much more out of you. We have had some very bad locker rooms after games, sadness and dejected and all those things that come into it. We just have to deal with it. It comes down to are you more determined every time you come back out to be better, can you get more focused. Every once in a while you have to get away from that and it was good for them to do that. We will have to continue to do that. I need to keep remembering a lot of times, I don't want to give them any excuses, but they are very young guys. When you don't have the heart and years to fall back on, sometimes it's important that they can break away. That being said, we also have some sicknesses we have to deal with."
On the confidence of the team:
On a short turn around to prepare for Wisconsin:
On what the team needs to focus on
On not having Dumes on Saturday:
"I loved our game plan on Evan Turner, but we didn't do enough things to give us a real chance, and they got too many easy hoops."
On who can step up as a perimeter scorer:
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