Talking About Nicholls State
Dec. 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday to talk about Friday night's game against Nicholls State. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on BTN.
Here is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say...
"We are playing a team in Nicholls State tomorrow night that has won three of their last four games. They run very good sets. They run a very unique 5-man type of offense that I have never seen before. We want to make sure we are doing a great job of communication with all of that. The have 11 guys that play 10 minutes or more so they will be able to run different people out there. And that's what our style of play needs to be. Our style of play needs to be a lot of different people contributing and forcing the tempo on both ends while moving the ball constantly. We have to get the ball through the paint, whether it's a drive or a post-up, no matter what the defense is.
"From last Saturday, every time we played through the paint - on a catch, drive or post-up - we got great things. It is just amazing how much more the perimeter opens up when we do that. That's exactly how we have to play.
"It's a short weekend for us with two games, but it's good. It has been a very important week to get better. But at the same time, they have had a very stressful and strenuous week with their academics. We will have guys taking finals all the way up through tomorrow afternoon. I know we have gotten better this week but how we play remains to be seen. The bottom of line is our style of play is a work in progress and we have to continue to build towards it."
On having two games in three days this weekend:
"We are always going to build our stuff towards us. I was gone yesterday, so we just put in their offense and then we ran through it a little bit today and we will run through it tomorrow too. They have also seen it on film.
"The most important thing in almost any situation is the concept part of it. We have to continue to refine the concepts. That is just style of play. We have to get to the point where we create more turnovers; where our deflections create more baskets; where our running game needs to improve. Those are the bottom line things.
"We are always fundamental based, but now it is more emphasis on where we need to be and then see how it carries out inside of a game. There are always going to be more geared towards what we are trying to do as opposed to what they are trying to do. If you get good enough at your concepts, then you can gameplan. And we are not good enough at our concepts yet."
On whether he hasn't emphasized getting the ball in the lane enough early in the season:
"I think it is time-and-score situations and understanding momentum. When it's a 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-point games and what we need to get right now. A lot of that comes through moving the ball, reversing it, playing through the paint and playing through the post. We didn't do a very good job of that the other day.
"Like I said, that is my responsibility to make sure that we understand how we are doing it and not assuming that we understand that. We have to make sure that it's emphasized constantly until it becomes second-nature. It's not second nature yet."
On what is unique about Nicholls State offense:
"They are a very good shot fake team and a good mid-range teams. They want open 3-point field goals. Some of their biggest guys are 3-point shooters so they have that. But they want you to screw up, and they are going to run it until you do and they get the shot that they want. It is somewhat deliberate but some of the cuts are unique. Some of the curls and where they curl -where some people might run it as a double-stagger to come up the lane - they run a curl. You will see it tomorrow night and hopefully it won't look very good. That's our mission."
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