Pregame Quotes - Purdue
Feb. 18, 2008
Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson
On Purdue's defense:
On what he stressing to the team going into the game against Purdue:
"We are also going to have to be good at driving the ball. We've got to be able to get to the free throw line in this game. The thing that makes Purdue good is, one, they are really good defensively. And two, they have such versatile players. They have a kid, Robbie Hummel, that can actually play five positions. He's a 6'8 kid that can defend the post, he can run your offense, he's a good three-point shooter. The kid that I think has had a great year for them is Keaton Grant. He's really, really good. He's kind of a slasher and he's a great athlete and he can also shoot three's. The thing that Purdue poses problems more so than most teams is that they have four legitimate three-point shooters on their team. And they all kind of take turns stepping up for them.
"But we are going to have a good game plan for them. I think it's going to be intense, hard-nosed basketball game, as it should be. When Indiana and Purdue play, or North Carolina and Duke, when you have rivalries and both of the teams are good, I think that makes the game that much more fun."
On the young players on both teams having an impact this year:
"Both teams have good first year players. You think about the four first-year players we are playing in Eric (Gordon), Jordan (Crawford), Jamarcus (Ellis) and DeAndre (Thomas) and the contributions that we got from all four the other night. And their four freshman are just terrific, E'twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Scott Martin and JuJuan Johnson. They all bring something to the table. Purdue has done a nice job of putting their team together. They have good guards, good wings, they have post that can block shots or step out and hit the three. They are a tough matchup."
Senior Forward Lance Stemler
On carrying the confidence over from the win against Michigan State to the game against Purdue:
On the rivalry against Purdue:
On what the focus has been on in practice leading up to Tuesday's game:
On this game being a big rivalry game:
On what they will take from the win over Michigan State into the game on Tuesday against Purdue:
On the contribution of others besided D.J. White and Eric Gordon against Michigan State:
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