Men's Basketball

    Coach Crean Talks to the Media

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Tom Crean
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    Head Coach Tom Crean
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    Dec. 3, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Friday to discuss the team and the upcoming game against Savannah State.

    Here is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say:

    On the Guy-Marc Michel ruling:
    "It's disappointing to say the very least. Number one, first and foremost, we want to make sure that Guy has a chance, has a future and he's going to stay with us and basically be a student assistant for us. Then our plan from there will be to help him become a professional. We would like him to get his degree, certainly. He's doing an excellent job in school. We're just continuing to go through the planning stages for him.

    "I have trouble with seeing any wisdom in the decision, I really do. I have great respect for how we handled it at Indiana. I have great respect for the council that we got legally to work with it. It's an unfortunate situation and it's just extremely disappointing that there wasn't any leniency given at all in this situation based on the circumstances. You go back to what's at the top of this and how do we help him have a better future and that's exactly what we're doing.

    "He's going to continue to be a huge part of the program and he'll be with us every step of the way and that's what I hope he'll continue to do. I have great confidence that he'll be a professional basketball player and certainly when he went through those stages back in France that wasn't the case. It's disappointing on many levels, but outside of one young man I had at Marquette named Robert Jackson who played for us on our Final Four team, this is the hardest working young man, young big kid that I've ever been around. Everybody works in practice, but I'm talking about the desire to be better and to do extra things all the time. He was with us today, so he's going to continue to learn a lot about the game. We'll try to help him with that. He's going to have a role as far as being a student assistant coach, basically, for us. Again, I'm glad he stayed with us because this is his family now and we want him to be very successful moving forward. As disappointing as it is, that's what we have to stay focused on, making sure he has a future."



    On what was encouraging in the Boston College game:
    "I think the way we came back in the second half. There's no question about that. We did some really, really good things for about 15 minutes, extremely good things. We had our chances to be right back in the game and that doesn't happen if they're not playing at a high level on both ends because we were playing against a really good team, there's no question about that.

    "The things that we didn't do so well were glaring. There may be a little slippage that we've had in games, even leading up to that, that gets maybe disguised a little bit because you're winning and you're winning pretty big. At the same time, you have to keep improving and I feel like we did that in the second half of that game, I feel like we did that today, and I hope we do that tomorrow and for the next few weeks. I hope we do that all year, but with the next few weeks the way they are it gives us a chance to really lock-in on getting better."

    On Savannah State:
    "They're much improved, like any team that you see a couple of times like this, they're much improved. They had a chance to beat Dayton at Dayton. They have a style and they're methodical in that style. They have a pace that they want to play at. They have three really good players that make things happen and what we've got to do is we've just got to really make sure that we understand what they want to do, let our concepts take care of the rest of it, but at the same time we've got to really make sure that we continue to execute on the offensive end and just show improvement in the areas that we weren't as good in the other night. It's getting ready for a game in a short period of time, but it's also making sure that we eliminate game slippage as much as possible."

    On improving on getting to 50/50 balls:
    "I think it's just a will. I think that's what it is. Some of it's positioning and there's always going to be 20, 30 percent of the balls in that game are going to bounce a certain way that they're not really, truly 50/50 balls, but I'm talking about those ones that it's you or me and we didn't get enough of those at all and we've got to be able to do that. The only way you get that is through practice and making sure that that ball is like a lifeline, you're not going to let it go and that's what we have to continue to do. I think we'll be better there."

    On Savannah State's pace:
    "They really run their offense through. They run a lot of ball screens, back screens, and cross screens. It's a good offense. You've got to be very diligent and they wait for you to make a mistake. They're pretty solid defensively. They're well coached again with Horace Broadnax.

    "I like it because they're going to come in and they're going to have a good attitude and they've been battle tested already. They've gone on the road and had some games where they could've gotten the win. So we've got to be good there, but it's really going to be about how we play defense and you want to stay true to the game plan, stay true to your concepts, but at the same time we've got to pick our aggressiveness way up. We're coming off a 25-deflection game, so those have got to be trigger points for us. We have to be much better there.

    On if the defense took a small step back against Boston College:
    "In the first half, yes, but more guarding the dribble than anything else. Then in the second half the defense got us back in it, that and sharp execution, moving the ball. It doesn't make a lot of sense if a team shoots 50 percent to say defense got you back in it, but we were doing a good thing. We were limiting them to one shot and they were taking some tough shots.

    "When we made mistakes, when we turned our back to the man in the zone, Victor (Oladipo) one time late in the game went to stunt on the ball, we had the ball covered. They throw it to Reggie Jackson, if he has his feet set it's going in. They're a really good shooting team and even better than what they were earlier in the year, better than what they were a year ago and they made us pay for those. Whatever step we took back we focused on getting it back today, and certainly we're going to want to do the same thing tomorrow because we didn't practice yesterday. We needed to take a day off this week and I never take one off the day before a game."


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