Talking About LIU-Brooklyn
Nov. 11, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with the media on Monday to talk about the Hoosiers Tuesday night game against LIU-Brooklyn in Assembly Hall. The game starts at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Here is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say...
Head Coach Tom Crean
"We have a guest today, Joe Hillman is talking to our team. People that were around when he was here, they say he is one of the greatest leaders they have ever witnessed or had a chance to be around."
"This is a great week for us and we are trying to keep focused and take it one day at a time. We can't afford to get ahead of ourselves. This is an NCAA tournament team. If they had beaten James Madison this is the team we would have faced in the tournament. They have won three straight league titles. In Brinkman, they have one of the leading assist guys in the country. He had 14 assists in their first game of the season. I think getting ready for him is like getting ready for Aaron Craft. He knows how to find people and he makes everyone on the court better. He is a capable scorer and shooter. They have great spacing. They have mid-season form spacing. They have a great coach and they continue to get better. They score a lot of points. They get to the rim. They make the next pass and get back in transition. This will be a good game for us. The new guys will see more pick and roll and more screen action than they have seen in their entire lives. It will be a great test for us."
"As far as where we stand, we have had guys practice very well. Our team has to understand they have to be competitive on a daily basis. We don't understand what we are capable of yet. The learning ability is there, but the sustainability is not there yet. It's going to be an interesting week playing three games against good competition. Hopefully we will learn a lot about our team as we go down the line."
On playing seven games in 20 days: "We have to do a great job of making sure we don't get ahead of ourselves. There are certain things we want to get better at from one game to the next. For right now, I would think it's the pursuit of the ball after we block out or after we stick the opponent and make contact. I think they are seeing there are more opportunities to move without the basketball. There are more opportunities to make a back cut. We have a unique team in that we are very comfortable with some guys like Devin (Davis) and Noah (Vonleh) getting out on the break, but we have to work on our spacing. I think its great that we have these games. We scheduled it that way and part of it is because of our Wounded Warriors tournament in New York. I'm excited to see where we are at by the end of this week."
On the play of the freshman in their first live action last Friday:
On teaching the freshman players and not having them rely on just their athleticism and length:
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