Nov. 30, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head coach Tom Crean talked to members of the media about Wednesday's game at Boston College as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Below is a partial transcript, but for the complete press conference, click the link below and listen to the podcast:
Audio: Coach Crean Talks About Boston College | Video: Coach Crean Talks about Boston College
Here is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say:
"We haven't had a chance to wear the road jerseys yet so I know our guys will be excited to do that. They're excited about the opportunity to play against such a good team like Boston College. It's our first road game as a team this year and I know that always provides a lot of excitement and energy, but we're playing against a really, really good team, one of the oldest teams, if not the oldest team and experienced team in the ACC. We know that and we knew that when we were given the schedule.
"Steve Donahue does an outstanding job, as judged by what he did at Cornell, and we know we're going to have a real, real battle with them because they're physical, they're aggressive, they're very athletic, but they have a lot of inside-outside scoring and they may not be deep, but the guys that they have can really play so that always is going to pose an issue."
On whether this game is a measuring stick for where the program is right now:
On how the team is staying focused:
"I don't look at it like that. I think you look at it in chunks. So it's always good like after a three-game series like we had and then turn around with another three-game series. It's so much game-by-game right now and seeing where our improvement is. I'm as anxious for anybody to go against a really good team like that and I know they are, but a measuring stick, I don't view it like that. That's too much of a hypothetical for me. It's much more about how do we compete? How do we play in new surroundings? How do we respond for the first time on the road? And how do we keep it as normal as possible for this group right now and keep them focused the way that they've been focused? To this point they've been excellent with that, but again we haven't been on a plane yet."
"Well to this point we've really practiced well without that in mind. We don't talk about being on a two-game or a three-game or a six-game winning streak. We talk about getting the next win. We talk about maxing out each day. Our expectations in here are to turn around and have a great practice. Tonight now it's to turn around and have a great film session and walk-through. First off for them to get a great meal in Boston and that's on them, but for us it's the great film session and walkthrough. Tomorrow a great walkthrough and then to come out and play a great game. If you start getting ahead of yourself, and we do that every once in awhile in coaching where we know we're going to see something from something in another team that we're working on so I'll add that to them, but that just keeps it interesting. But we don't get ahead of ourselves and to this point they haven't allowed that to happen."
On the first road game being important to the learning process:
"I think it's huge, but again, that's when you come back and you look at what did we like, what didn't we like, what will we change next time. Really, we're pretty status quo with how we travel, but it's the first time with this team being together and it's the first time for the young players to be together in this and that always poses new challenges.
"The bottom line for us is this. We've got to take care of the basketball. We've got to take care of the defensive backboard. We can't allow them to come and get open threes because when they do that, especially the way they shot the ball at times this weekend in Florida in the tournament, they were outstanding doing that. We can't let Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani take the game over. So those are what you stay focused on as much as possible. When the game's over you look at how you handled your keys, you look at what you did well, what you didn't do as well, you get your corrections made, and you get ready to play again."
On what makes Reggie Jackson so tough to guard:
"He gets you on the side. When I was back in Conference USA, he was very much like Steve Logan who played at Cincinnati. Now they won't recognize that name, but to me, that's what it was like. You can't get side to side with him. He's too strong, too powerful. He just attacks the big in pick-and-roll. He's an outstanding pick-and-roll player and they surround him with shooters. When the game is on the line, it's going to be in his hands. The other thing he does is he's fearless. I don't know him personally, but when he's got the ball in his hands he usually feels like something good is going to happen. You can see that from the film."
On the Big Ten/ACC Challenge:
"I watch the games with interest and I watched last night the last five minutes that I saw in that game and I'm sure I'll see bits and pieces tonight, but I'm more into looking at the films. I rarely watch a game, but I certainly follow the scores and I want the Big Ten to do well. There's no doubt about it, just like as we get ready for bowl season with football, you want the Big Ten to do well, but my complete focus and their complete focus is on how we play."
On what kind of play to expect from Boston College:
"Well they're a combination of different things. They play very much like Michigan does with their offense. He's got his own system, which is a little bit different than the Princeton system that it gets credit for, but there's some family relationship there with that. What they've done more than ever, and I think this is where he's playing to his talent level, is he's really utilizing the ball screen a lot of different ways. He does some very unique things with the ball screens, so we're going to have to be really locked in to our gameplan as much as we can possibly be on how we're playing different situations. We're growing up to the point where you want your concepts to be at the forefront of what you do, but you also have to gameplan for certain things and as the team gets older, matures, and understands the value of defense, they start to understand those things more and more. Now you've got to go out and execute it. But they're starting to understand that more and more and we're going to have do that in this game."