Talking About Evansville
Nov. 25, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with the media on Monday to talk about the Hoosiers Tuesday night game against Evansville at Assembly Hall. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Head Coach Tom Crean
"They are playing at an extremely high level. The improvement of their players has been great, starting with Balentine, who I know is fourth in the country in scoring, averaging 30 points per game. To see where he has come, being a very good player in high school to being on the road to being an elite guard in college, speaks volumes about the way Evansville is developing players and coaching them."
"There is no doubt that we have got to be at a high level of intensity, energy and intelligence on the defensive end. We feel like there is a ton of improvement with us and we tried to learn from that and see if we can absorb that, not just from the game the other night, but from both games and really over a six game period. There is a lot of room for us to improve our running game. There is a lot of room for us to improve the tempo, offensively and defensively. We can improve our ball handling and ball security and decision making. We need to cut down on the turnovers. Like I've told them we don't want to play slower, we want to play faster, but we want to play with more intelligence and better decision making."
On the improvement of the team:
"I think we are absolutely getting it, there is no question about that. They went pound for pound against a veteran team that really had changed their tempo for the game and slowed the tempo way down. At certain times we didn't speed it up when we could have. For a team to be in their sixth college game and to have it be a grinder like it was the other night against Connecticut, and to not play what I would reference as well, but we played really hard. Now we have to take the next step of being a smarter team. I do think they are getting that, but it is going to take some time."
On the reaction after the loss against Connecticut:
On Evansville's productivity from three-point range:
On new signee Max Hoetzel:
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