Talking about Chicago State
Nov. 7, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean along with Noah Vonleh and Kevin Yogi Ferrell met with the media to talk about Friday's season opener against Chicago State at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on BTN.com and then replayed on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
Below is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say about playing Chicago State.
Head Coach Tom Crean
"They are coming off a good finish last season and they have a lot of guys back. Quinton Pippen does a lot of things on offense and Ross is an outstanding forward. We are excited for the game and it's going to be very interesting, to put it mildly, to see how a very inexperienced team deals with that kind of pressure inside of this game. We are looking forward to that and we are looking forward to a great crowd.
"We've had two solid days of practice- I wouldn't characterize them as unbelievable- but they've been pretty good days. We have had to get a lot of things cleaned up and some new things put in, and now we are getting ready for the pressure we are going to see and we are getting really excited to play."
On how comfortable he is with where the team is at at the start of the season:
"Tomorrow, the pressure that Chicago State is able to put on is enormous. We are going to find out what kind of instincts we have. We can't come down and turn the ball over because that will turn it into easy baskets for them. It's not like you come down and say, `We're going to go from A, to B, to C. If A doesn't work, we'll go right to B, and if B isn't there we will go to C.' You might go from A to F, to C, to D, and then back to B. When you're going against a pressure team you have to play basketball and it's going to be very good for us to have to do that. I don't have a lot to gauge this kind of inexperience on. There are certain standards I want to see them at and I think we are going to find out just how deep a team we have.
"As I've said all along, I don't think you can look at our team and say, `They're going to have this starting line-up for this period of time,' or `These are their starters for the year.' I don't see that at all and I'm certainly not coaching it that way. Right now, it's time to be efficient. There will be a certain level of patience and perspective when you're such a young team, but we have to be efficient. I thought the other night we did some really good things, but I thought our level of intensity dropped when we got up, and that can't happen. Whether it's mental conditioning or playing with the lead, there is going to be so many things this team is going to have to deal with that they have no idea of yet. You just try to get better every day and learn from the experiences."
On the challenge between running out in transition and not playing "too fast":
On Chicago State's defensive press:
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