Coach Crean Talks to the Media about Northwestern
Feb. 24, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's basketball coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Hoosiers game on Wednesday at home against Northwestern. For full audio from today's availability, click the following link:
Here is a partial transcript of Tuesday's media availability:
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
Thoughts on Northwestern:
"We expect a team to come in here that is playing to get into the NCAA Tournament and playing at a high level. John Shurna is playing at a much higher level now than when we went there the first time and his numbers indicate that. Over the last five games he is their leading rebounder and they are a strong team. And what we saw in that game, in what was a huge intensity game all the way through, is that when they needed to answer the call they did. They would make a shot or expose our defense with the back-cut and they make you play the entire time. So we have to guard them the entire time all the way through the possession. We've got to make sure we are doing everything that we can do to get to that point. And at the same time, I've got to be concerned that I'm putting out there (on the court) the most competitive guys and the guys that put winning first. And if you are going to put winning first and be competitive then it's going to give you a chance to play. And that's what we have to continue to work towards all the time."
On carrying over the competitiveness:
"We are not a naturally competitive group. It's part of the whole situation that we are in, it just is. There's not a group of guys that carry the torch for us day in and and day out and just make the practices absolute battles. It has to come from the entire group and it has to come from the coaches and my coaching staff is doing an amazing job of driving that home every day. And we have to continue to be honest with ourselves after practice and say who is getting this and who isn't and then go try to win the game."
On Verdell Jones III improvement over the year:
On the team's progress made so far this season:
"It's hard doing what they are asking them to do. With this record and not having a lot of success and things to fall back on from their past and things of that nature. And frankly, we are asking these guys to do a lot things that other places they wouldn't be asked to do. We have numerous guys out there that would be redshirting in other Division I programs, and I'm not talking about Big Ten level. But we just want to see everyone take advantage of it. We have gone out there and one thing that I know is that we have coached every guy every day. And there's not one guy that hasn't had an opportunity to get better and that's what we want to continue to focus on."
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