Coach Crean Talks about Northern Iowa
Dec. 21, 2010
Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas ahead of the Hoosiers first game out there as part of the IBN Las Vegas Classic against Northern Iowa.
Here is a partial transcript of what Coach Crean had to say:
On how this kind of event helps the team:
On what the team has been able to do in Las Vegas:
On not having classes and spending more time together as a team:
"I don't think they are a lot different when they are hanging out or when they are together for basketball and I think that's a sign of them growing together and maturing and has respect for one another."
On Northern Iowa
"I thoroughly remember Tom Izzo saying that Northern Iowa and Butler were the two most physical teams that they played all year and we have certainly seen some of that on the film.
"One thing they really attempt to do is draw a lot of charges. We have to be really smart with that and be aggressive and at the same time we have to make sure that we don't drive the ball blindly. And how the game is officiated will have something to do with that because it is going to be very important that we play our game and have a place to come down when we land (after taking shots or driving). So those are things, as a coach, that concern me but we are excited to play. It is fun as a coach to prepare for these games. Obviously we are just on Northern Iowa with the team but as a coaching staff we are farther into it. We have a lot of respect for all the teams that are here that we could potentially face and it starts with Northern Iowa."
On how Northern Iowa has evolved this year from losing so much from last year's team:
"It is a lot of the same offensive things. Ben looks like he is adding something else to the equation every time. They are very sound defensively. They are the best help-defensive team that I have seen on film that we are about to play or have played to this point. With that, it means that we really have to do a great job of making the next pass and getting the ball reversed. We can't settle. They also do a great job of switching - they will switch 1 through 5 and put their five on the point guard. There is a lot of residue from the guys that were there and the guys that are there and have played in that environment and they look like they don't flinch at anything."
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