Dec. 16, 2010
Press Conference Video
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media to discuss the Hoosiers' game on Friday against SIU Edwardsville as part of the IBN Las Vegas Classic. Below is a partial transcript as well as full audio from the press conference.
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Indiana head coach Tom Crean
On opponent making transition to Division I:
"When we took over the program three years ago, I thought we were making the transition to Division I to be honest with you. In all seriousness, I have a lot of respect for anybody that tries to take steps with their programs. Coaching is hard enough. I think Lennox (Forrester) is doing a very good job and I don't think there's any question that he is. It's a pretty good tradition there in the sense in what they've done in the past. They look like they're taking all the necessary steps to get to the Division I level. You can see it in their team, you can see it in the way they are coached, and you can see it in their execution. They run outstanding sets and they are based on out of bounds plays that are phenomenal, so there are a lot of really good things that they are doing. I have a lot of respect for how they are doing it."
Did team respond to Kentucky game better than previous years in this weeks practice?
On playing four games in seven days:
"They believe they can win. So I think when you have that type of situation they feel like they've let themselves down. They've come out and practiced with a real resiliency, I don't think there's any question about that. With exams being this week and with all the different distractions that could come up they have done an excellent job of preparing."
"I think we've already been through it a couple times which helps and that's one of the reasons why we did it that way, so they could get used to preparing in a hurry. The bottom line with the last two weeks, with today included, is how do we continue to get better. How do we clean up things we need to clean up? But most importantly how do we improve? Whether its isolated situations or team situations. That's what you want to continue to do with your team. A lot of times the games come so fast and furious that it is hard to do that and the last couple of weeks we've been able to do that. Now will we be better for it this weekend? I don't know. But I think over a period of time we will."
What does it take to finish the game and win those last four to eight minutes?
"Execution. The teams that play the best under pressure. There's no question about it offensively and defensively. Can you keep doing the things you've done the entire game. Can you keep communicating? Can you keep blocking out? Can you keep getting back on defense? It's really not a great secret, it's just a matter of continuing to do it. The pressure is so much of what you feel internally. That's why having a team that works together externally, in the sense of communication and building confidence in one another. Those are the teams that usually finish the game. Now certainly you have to make shots, make free throws, you can't turn the ball over, you have to strings stops together defensively, whatever the game calls for. That's what it is more that anything else. It all comes back to no matter what level, no matter what sport is to execute under pressure. What usually happens when pressure comes is you usually revert back to the habits you have. If they are poor habits they come out. If they are good habits they come out. Along the way as a coach you're constantly trying to make sure you're building good habits that will come out when the rubber meets to road."