Coach Crean's Thoughts Following Carleton Win
Aug. 11, 2014 Tom Crean met with the media to talk about the victory. The Hoosiers improved to 2-1 on the trip with two games remaining in Montreal on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here is a transcript of what Coach Crean had to say:
"I thought that our guys responded from the film and in practice. We walked through a bit at the hotel and I thought their mindset was really, really sharp. They understood, they didn't know a lot about Carleton but they knew we were playing a very good team, they knew we were playing a national champion. They knew that we had just played two of the classiest programs in the country. We left some things on the table yesterday and we left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game.
"I think the response our guys made in learning from one day to the next this time of year is truly invaluable. The win is the culmination of coming in with a really, really good mindset today and so I'm proud of that. Like I told the team, if you like the way you feel and you like the competiveness, the energy and the toughness you played with, then you'll bring it even more tomorrow because that's what true competitors do. True competitors don't turn it on and off based on whom they're playing; they don't turn it on and off based on how they're feeling. That's exactly what we have to look forward to now and we are."
On the quick start for the Hoosiers:
"Well I think it's a mindset, I think it's different things. We didn't do a lot of scrimmaging back home, we did some scrimmaging, but not a lot of scrimmaging. I think you could probably equate different things into it, but the most important thing is coming out and playing with a real resolve. I thought we came out with that resolve to start the game, not just play the game and feel it out, but our guys responded.
"I think the atmosphere was really good, they knew this other team was good and they could feel it from the beginning. With Ottawa jumping on us so quick, it wasn't a respect level thing at all because they really don't know much about either team and they're both really similar, but it was more about just coming out and playing with our own resolve.
We've had game plans for every game, their not very intensive in the sense of all the different things you put into it. There were a couple things we really wanted to be aware of in this game and of the four things, two of them never happened, we never dealt with them. To me, it's just really coming out with the proper mindset, that had as much to do with the start, the finish and everything in between as much as anything."
On the importance of correcting mistakes from Sunday's game:
On how Sunday's loss to Ottawa motivated the team:
On Nick Zeisloft's performance tonight:
"Now, I'm saying all this and we gave up offensive boards, we had some balls taken from us. We're playing against an experienced older group of people in these games, which is great for us. The bottom line is there's so much to learn - win or lose. You can learn a lot about what you need to get better at, but I thought everyone of them, including Nick, came out and understood that they were capable of more tonight from a mindset area, from an energy area and from a toughness area."
On Carleton's 20 offensive rebounds:
"We are going to have to have a team rebounding team. We had some of the best rebounders around the last couple years at Indiana in Cody Zeller and Christian Watford who was really good, Noah Vonleh was as good of a defensive rebounder as there was a year ago. We miss that, so it has to come from everybody. If we're going to play small, we got to be quick, fast, physical and tough and those are things we can learn. I look at that and say that we'll be able to carry that lesson with us for a while when we get back home."
On Devin Davis' offensive production tonight:
On playing time and rotations
"I think that when we get home, we can say `Give us the film of these five guys' or give us the minutes for this guy, we will learn from that. Right now, in my mind, it is just a feel of the game. It is trying to get different guys in there. It is trying to play through the 24-second shot clock.
"Tonight I thought that the way we played and the mindset that we had, there wasn't going to be any experimentation, on my end, for this game. That's not reflective of guys that didn't play many minutes or didn't play at all. It was nothing that Tim Priller didn't do and Ryan Burton didn't get the first call in just because he didn't play as much last night. It's over a period of time. I wanted to get Nate Ritchie in, and I wish I would have gotten him in earlier because it is his birthday today and I'm disappointed I didn't get him in there.
"The bottom line is that we will learn more from that down the road and they are learning how to play with one another. That is what's most important."
On what Ryan Burton has given the team the last two games:
"As far as a guy that is tough, really cares, really gets it, is an excellent teammate and someone you can really trust on the floor in crucial periods, I feel really good about that."
On his impressions of the defense tonight:
"Kevin Yogi Ferrell is one of the best post defenders that we have had, regardless of size. It makes no difference. James, Robert, Nick, Stan...they have to learn how to do that, because that is how they are going to have to play in the Big Ten. I think there are there are plusses that we can take away and there are always things that we can learn. It's never going to be perfect. But I am pleased with the level of energy, enthusiasm and awareness that we played with for most of the night."
On whether there were some things that clicked better tonight:
"One trend that we will really look at when it's all said and done is what happened when we got up six points? Or what happened when they got up six? We will look at that and look at he lineups and that might be where we learn something.
"Too many times last year - the teams the two years before were very good at capitalizing when they had a chance. Last year's team didn't, for different reasons. A lot of times it is as much about the offense as it is about the defense. Those are the lessons that you have to learn. The best thing you can do for a team to learn how to play and gain experience is not to sit and wait for them to get to a certain age. It is to put them in as many situations where they are responsible for winning. And the more you learn that, the better you are. Tonight was a step in the right direction and we are looking forward to tomorrow night to see if we take another one."
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