BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Wednesday to talk about Thursday's game against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
"I think our guys are very excited to play. We're going to leave here shortly after we're done with this. We've had a good week. It's been a short week as we've tried to make it that way, but it's been a very effective week in the sense of trying to get the gameplan in, trying to make sure that they're fresh, that we keep building on our fundamentals and that they've got a lot of edge and energy and I think they do. We are excited to play and we're excited to be in this venue again like we were back in December when we played Notre Dame. That was a tremendous crowd and environment and I think this will be very much the same.
"I hope that we just dominate tomorrow with attendance and it's just an incredible venue for Indiana fans. I'm proud of all of our fans for the fact that we jumped to second in home attendance in the league, just a few ahead of Wisconsin, but just behind Ohio State. That's a great step in the right direction and I hope that we carry that right up there with us and then wherever we go next week."
On the benefit of playing in Banker's Life Fieldhouse earlier in the season:
"I think it helps because you don't get any time to get in the building unless you take the early morning walkthrough time and it's just the way that it is. I don't think there's any question that it helps that we have some familiarity with it. You'd always like to have more of an opportunity to be in there, but the fact that we've scrimmaged in there and the fact that we've played a game in there, I think that's good for us. I don't know what it really means, but I think it's good for the players because it's not a totally foreign atmosphere or surroundings for them."
On Penn State:
"This team that we're facing is really good and I've always felt like that. I think they're one of the harder playing teams around. Jermaine Marshall is on an absolute tear right now since the injury to Woodyard. He was already playing well, but he's doing that much more. Tim Frazier has been an all-league guy really since the non-conference, but certainly during the conference season. Ross Travis continues to build confidence. Every time they're dealt a blow, whether it's an injury or whether it was Billy Oliver, they just keep coming. They're a resilient, resourceful, tough bunch of guys led by their coach, so that's what our focus has been on - making sure that we match that energy and toughness more than anything else."
On Tim Frazier:
"You've got to be completely aware of him from start to finish and from one end to the other because his game is so much about being in that lane and creating penetration. But with that being said, he's shooting more three's on average than he has. He's getting to the foul line. He's been one of the most complete guards, not only in our league, but I think in the country for a long period of time. So if you allow him to dominate in transition and dominate the paint, not only for shots, but for passes, he's really, really good. You've got to be constantly aware of where he's at, how you're playing him, what your coverages are because he's that good. He thrives on the pressure, I think, and when you pressure him and when you do different things I think he really likes that. I think you have to be really smart with how you play him and at the same time, part of being smart is always knowing where he's at."