Coach Crean and Taber Talk to the Media about Michigan State
March 2, 2009
Below are some of the things Coach Crean and Taber had to say:
HEAD COACH Tom Crean
On senior Kyle Taber:
"He did not practice on Thursday or Friday (last week) and went through the walkthrough in a very minimal way on Saturday morning with an ankle injury; and yet came out and played 35 minutes that night and didn't complain one bit. That epitomizes leadership, it really does. You show leadership or lack thereof in a lot of different ways. And when you are not a real verbal leader, you need to show it with your character and with your toughness, your body and your non-verbal ways. That's what he is doing. It's very fitting that he is playing his best basketball as the season winds down. It's a great sign of improvement. It's a great sign of someone that has continued to buy-in day in and day out and get better."
"I'm proud to have coached him, and I know we've got more time but when it is senior night you want to make sure that everyone understands. I've been demanding of him, as our whole staff has and I've been hard on him, as our whole staff has because we have always looked at him as being a very, very valuable part of what we are doing her. He has done that. I am proud of the way he has contributed, proud of the way he has continued to improve. And proud he is a part of Indiana Basketball."
"He is a very courageous person. He has excellent integrity. He's work very hard in trying to get better. That epitomizes what we are trying to do. There is a guy that has come out and here understood that he had the great honor to play at Indiana and he's taken advantage of that."
On some of the problems that Michigan State presents:
"They are so deep in talent. It's one thing to have depth, it's another thing to have the consistency of depth and it's a whole other thing to have the talent inside of that depth. They have that, there is no question about that. They can put numerous players out on the court."
"There is a `never say die,' `never quit' attitude to them. They execute at a very high level and there are some things that they do as well as anyone in the country. They run the break as well as anyone in the country. They rebound as well as anybody in the country."
On the continued fan support at home games...
"It's one thing to support a team, and it's another thing to get behind it and be there with them. I know I haven't coached forever, but I have never seen anything like this, ever. That's why I could never get tired of talking about it, never get tired of thanking people. Every night you want it to be Fan Appreciation Night, because you appreciate what they have done and what they continue to do. I think it will continue to grow. I don't have any doubt that it will."
SENIOR Kyle Taber
On Tuesday night being Senior Night:
On which teammate he learned the most from:
On the chance to become a freshman all over again:
On his plans after graduation:
On the keys for success Tuesday night against Michigan State:
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