Nov. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana men's basketball head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media to talk about Tuesday's game against North Carolina Central. The Hoosiers will take on the Eagles at 7:00 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall and the game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.
Here's a brief transcript of what he had to say about the Eagles:
On what challenges North Carolina Central will present:
"Well, they're playing with a lot of confidence first and foremost. They took Oklahoma to overtime and they had some chances to win the game without a doubt and they earned it. Right now they do an excellent job of putting pressure on the basketball, whether it's full court pressure, whether it's their zone or their man-to-man defense. They really run their sets and execute very well on the offensive end and they know the shots that they want to get. So, without a doubt, one of the most improved teams, I feel in the country, from where they were a year ago. We know that were going to have to really play at a high level to win this game."
On how well the team is adjusting to the quick turnaround between games early in the season:
"I think they are at a much higher level than where they've been in the past. Being able to understand the task at hand, in the sense of how important each game is and that when you're in a quick turnaround situation you have to turn the page immediately. In the sense of you have to move right on to your preparation, you have to move right on to being ready to take the things away that the opponent has and there's going to be a new set of adjustments and sometimes some new actions put in for us in the sense of how we're going to play against that next team. That happens with maturity and that happens with guys that are learning that focus is as big a part of their ability to get better as anything."
On some fans being able to see the team play for the first time over the holiday:
"Well, we want to treat each game as the most important game of the year, but we also want to treat each time out as a chance for us to inspire people that give up their time and their hard earned dollars to come out and watch them play. Invariably, even though we may not get to meet everybody, there's going to be people, young or old, that are going to see the Indiana Hoosiers for that very first time. We want to make sure that we're getting them hooked for the rest of their time, in the sense of what kind of enthusiasm and energy we have, what kind or mindset we play with, but most importantly how we make them feel by the way our guys play as teammates. I think that is really, really important for them to understand that there's a lot more at stake in this than just playing and winning basketball games. There's an ability to continue to rally a fan base around the togetherness that they show on the court and that it can have a great effect for a long time."