March 7, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Head Coach Tom Crean met with the media on Friday to talk about Saturday's regular season finale at Michigan in Ann Arbor. Below is a partial transcript of what he had to say about the Wolverines.
On what makes Michigan so successful:
"They're a great passing team. I don't think there's anything really different. They just continue to get better and move the ball so well. They average 15 assists when they win. They're scoring a lot of points. I think they're like a lot of teams. They just continue to improve because they are playing with great confidence, they play well together, but they put quite a few guys on the court that can score points. That's what makes them such a strong unit."
On the keys to Indiana having success:
"Defend, rebound, communicate, keep the ball moving, and we have to get good shots. Transition defense is going to be crucial in this game. Those are the things, we just have to do them really well."
On what Indiana can take from the first game into this one:
"We'll see. They'll adjust and we'll adjust. That's part of it. They'll have different things and we'll have different things. We'll just see what happens when the game comes."
On having success limiting Nik Stauskas in the first meeting:
"We just guarded him well, and we did a good job of limiting his touches and didn't give them a lot of great open looks. If they get open looks, then they are really good."
On the challenge of limiting Stauskas' touches:
"It's very hard to do, but that's where team defense comes in. You're never just guarding any of their guys with just one guy. Matchups get attention, but it's the team matchup. We have got to do a great job defensively in that game all the way across the board. They run a lot of different actions and they put everybody on the court that can score."
On Caris LeVert's improvement this year:
"He got a lot of playing time as a freshman and he earned it. He doesn't try to do what he can't do, much improved ball handler and shooter and I think he's one of the better driving guards in the league because he really drops his shoulder and really pounds the ball and never over dribbles and really drives it with a fierceness. But he also can see and makes passes. He is long and athletic so he can see over top of people and he looks like he would be a lot of fun to coach because he looks like he just continues to improve. It looks like he really loves it and it's what you want. The reason they are so successful is because they are always looking for their teammates and I think that starts with Stauskas. I really do. It's very hard to trap him. If you bring too many people to him, he's too good at finding people. I think that's one of the reasons he is such a great player. There are so many dimensions to his game, and you've got to try to limit those as best as you can."