Coach Crean Talks About The Wisconsin Game
Feb. 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Wednesday to talk about tomorrow's game against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall. Below is video and a full transcript.
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean 2-24-10
"That's where the injuries have gotten us a little bit and frankly we haven't had a lot of the young big kids, and I include Tom (Pritchard) in this, separate themselves. We've got four freshmen and a sophomore playing the bulk of the minutes, other than Tijan (Jobe), up front. There are times where guys play above and beyond, but we haven't had that separation and that's what we're going to have to get over a period of time to be better. That's what the other teams have and we've got to continue to do the best that we can do right now to play through it.
"We've got to do a great job tomorrow of identifying their energy source, which I think is (Jason) Bohannon. They never put a player on the court that can't make shots and they are tough and physical. We've really got to be up on guys tomorrow and not allow that cushion for them.
"Then offensively, we've got to come down and we've got to execute. We've got to look to score early, but if it's not there, that's exactly what Wisconsin wants. They want the time of possession to be in their favor as much as possible on that offensive end. If this was a football game, the difference would be astronomical and we don't want to allow that to happen.
"Our guys continue to bounce back. There are a lot of learning lessons for them to learn inside of games and practices and film sessions. The energy is high, the spirit is high, the coaches desire to make guys better is high, and I think they get a great example of toughness and leadership every time they look at our assistant coaches. Every time they see Bennie Seltzer scrimmaging with them, I look out there and I say `man I've got to find a Bennie Seltzer somewhere'. That's what we continue to do."
On Wisconsin with Jon Leuer in the lineup:
"It's a different style Princeton offense. His offense is his own and he's done a great job with it. The Princeton offense, the Georgetown offense we called it back at Marquette, they wait for you to make a mistake. I think Bo's offense, the swing, is much the same way and he's got players that really understand that. He's been able to build that over a long period of time and if guys don't get it, they sit down. It's a heck of a luxury. I'm looking forward to the day when that comes. I don't think they're a lot different. I still think they're really, really good and I think he adds to it because he's a legitimate post-up threat too."
On Wisconsin's dribble penetration:
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On how this team learns from past games against an opponent:
"The same thing goes with our preparation. When you make adjustments and when you come back and when you get ready for a team the second time, you have to have that. Jason Bohannon got all those points on us because his teammates found him. They play a very strong team game. There's no secret why the teams play best in this league right now. They have a toughness about them defensively, for the most part they control the defensive board, and they really move the basketball. I've never been in a league that puts more guys on the floor that you cannot cheat off of and it's amazing. Always part of our theories, defensively, where there were certain places that we can double with this guy, we can back off a little bit here, we can cheat in the lane here, we can put this guy in the box, we can put this guy at the foul line and all these different defensive schemes. You can't do that in this league right now, not with the teams we're playing against. I hope it happens. They can do it to us, but we can't do it to them right now. That puts a damper on your defense. What it really does is it makes your individual defense be so much more important and you're ability to communicate.
"We need to just continue to learn, and it's getting late (in the season), but continue to learn how to cover for one another. That's where I'm struggling. I'm losing perspective and patience in that, but again, I'll come back tomorrow and we'll be ready to go. We come back tonight and it's a walkthrough and a film session. You just keep trying to drive it in. I promise they might get tired of hearing all those different buzzwords and all those different phrases and things, but they're not close to as tired of hearing it as I am saying it. We've just got to continue to get it inside their heads that this is how we're going to play moving forward."
On the usefulness of the bench:
"I'm not mad at anybody. I want guys to get better. If I become patient with them, that won't serve them very well for now or for the future. I know I've been asked this other times and I give the stock line about being patient and I don't have it in me. I don't have patience in me. I've got more than I thought I had, but I don't like it. I don't like the patience. I want guys to get better. I want street fighters and the more that we can help them develop that, the better we're going to be. If it can't be developed then obviously we've got to move in another direction. You cannot win in this league, you cannot win in any power conference without guys that are absolutely willing to lay it out there every night in the games and play through adversity.
"I want to recruit guys that even though they haven't been through it, they've been through something in their life that helps them understand that life is not easy. There again goes the psychology part of it again. We're having so many lessons to go through here. I want some guys that will come in with some lessons. Life is not about swimming pools and country clubs and all those kinds of things. There's a place for that. We have an excellent tennis coach and an excellent golf coach, I'm not that person and I can't coach individual players that way. We've got to get guys to be tougher and come along collectively better. We'll get there. We've made a ton of progress. We are making progress and I expect to see more."
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