March 6, 2009
Men's basketball head coach Tom Crean, freshman Verdell Jones and sophomore Brett Finkemeier took time to talk about their upcoming game with Michigan State with the media on Monday. To hear what Coach Crean said, click here.
To hear what Jones said, click here.
For Finkelmeier, click here.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
On whether the team has carried over the confidence from the Michigan State game
"Yeah, but we haven't done much. I wanted to steal as much time as we could with the little break we had. I just keep trying to stress to them is that the reason we are competing at a better level is because our practices have not had that dropoff. They have carried over from one day to the next. The key this time of year especially is to make sure the next practice is the best and then come back the next day and try to top it. And that's how you prepare for the postseason and that's the mentality you want to have going into it. But still, we are trying to stay totally in the moment and going up to play against a very good team (in Wisconsin) and get a road win."
On Devan Dumes' status after his injury
"He has not practiced. It's hard to measure today in such a short period of time. He has been shooting and things like that but he has not practiced so I don't know (his status for Sunday)."
On the best thing that Wisconsin brings to the table:
"Balance. Inside-outside balance and guard-forward balance. Certainly they know what they want to do on both ends of the floor. They have been in a lot of tough games and they have been in a lot of games that have come down to the wire. And the other thing that (Wisconsin head coach) Bo Ryan has always had is excellent leadership from upper classmen, and Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft certainly show that. And then when you have guys like Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes who have played three years, you can see that in them as well. They are playing good basketball and I know they lost a tough game the other night but Minnesota has had games where they have been outstanding. And certainly at home they play with an incredible amount of energy. But the balance is the one thing that stands out about Wisconsin basketball right now."