Men's Basketball

    Pregame Quotes - Purdue

    Go Hoosiers! Armon Bassett
    Go Hoosiers!
    Armon Bassett
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 18, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On Monday, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, senior Lance Stemler and sophomore Armon Bassett gave their thoughts on the upcoming game against Purdue for the top spot in the Big Ten.

    Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson

    On Purdue's defense:
    "Purdue turns teams over more than any team in our league. They get up and pressure the ball so strong, teams are turning the ball over 16 times per game in conference play."

    On what he stressing to the team going into the game against Purdue:
    "You have to really execute at a high level with entry passes (to the post). They take away reversal passes probably as good as anybody in our league. So we worked very hard today on getting the ball reversed. And then we went over our second and third options, so if they deny "A" let's get to "B," and if they deny "B" then let's get to "C" without any stoppage in play.

    "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:
    "I think we made a big step up with how we need to play for 40 minutes, playing hard. I think carrying that over into this next game is going to be big. We are going to have to match their intensity."

    On the rivalry against Purdue:
    "This is a game everyone looks for all season long. They've been waiting on this game just because of the rivalry between the schools. It has something we've been waiting for and we are excited."

    On what the focus has been on in practice leading up to Tuesday's game:
    "Just playing hard and sustaining it for 40 minutes. I think that is the biggest key, and then handling their pressure. I think those will be the biggest things for us (on Tuesday)."

    Armon Bassett>

    On this game being a big rivalry game:
    "It's always a rivalry game. But more importantly, we are trying to get back up in first place (in the Big Ten), so there is a little bit more at stake than a rivalry. That's what we are looking forward to is defending our home court."

    On what they will take from the win over Michigan State into the game on Tuesday against Purdue:
    "We feel like if we do what we have to do, we can beat anybody in the country. Purdue is real good and they play really had and we have a lot of respect for them. So we know it's going to be a good game tomorrow, but at the end of the day, we don't go into any game not thinking we are going to win."

    On the contribution of others besided D.J. White and Eric Gordon against Michigan State:
    "DeAndre (Thomas) stepped up big against Michigan State and that doesn't surprise us. He's kind of been in a little hole, where D.J. has been playing so good, it has been hard to get him in the game. But we see that from him all the time, so I'm not surprised. But I think you'll see different guys step up, outside of D.J. and E.J. (Eric Gordon) for the rest of our season."


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