Dec. 21, 2012
Florida Atlantic at Indiana Postgame Quotes
December 21, 2012
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
“Jeremy is dealing with a personal and a private matter that is in no way related to academic behavior or disciplinary issues. He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution and, out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.
“The game was excellent, no question about it. Our guys were locked in and have had a great week. They’ve had a long year. Outside of four or five days, they’ve been number one in the country for a very long time and I think they’ve handled it extremely well. There is no question that I’m glad they are getting a break to re-charge and go home and see their families and I know most of them will be in the gym no matter what.
“They really deserve a break, but the great thing about it is that they’re not playing like they need one. A lot of teams this time of year look like they need a break but our team doesn’t look like that at all. Our team is full throttle right now and only going to get better because we are adding guys. You deal with different issues that you just have to deal with, but our guys have done a fantastic job with that. Concentration can sometimes waver this time of year but I didn’t see any of that tonight. We had a span of a couple of turnovers, but to go 26-for-27 from the foul line I think is really, really impressive.
“I thought Cody was outstanding. I was asked today ‘is Cody meeting my expectations or exceeding them?’ I couldn’t answer it because I don’t look at it like that. It’s always about ‘Is he developing?’ Is he getting better daily? Like with all of them, there is a place you think they can get to eventually, but there is a place you have to get to every day. Cody is doing such a fantastic job, and it was great to see him play the way that he did tonight. Christian has had an excellent week. We didn’t get to see the rebound numbers but I think he was really doing a great job of blocking out, being in position, and playing physical. We were playing against an excellent scorer in Greg Gant- somebody that Tim Buckley had compared to Jack Givens. Mark Jarvis is a great coach, we had a great crowd full of energy with lots of fan support, and I like where our team is at. But I like a lot more that I believe that we are going to get a lot better.”
On Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s performance:
“I thought he played well. I reminded him that you actually have to catch it before you dunk it because I think he had a couple SportsCenter plays in mind before he caught the ball. He’s still feeling his way through things but what he was able to do in that period of time was pretty impressive. He’s tough and he’s physical and he brings a different demeanor to our team. I don’t want to call him an x-factor, because we have a lot of x-factors on this team. But his toughness, his competitiveness, and his length which speaks for itself, will continue to get better and better. I think he’s going to look that much better two or three weeks from now and I think Peter will be the same way. They will continue to improve and be able to help us. Derek is the one that I feel for because he has really good looks, he just doesn’t have the legs where they need to be yet and he doesn’t have the rhythm of his shooting. I think he was getting frustrated because he was missing some open shots but he’s a couple of jump shots away from having his confidence where it needs to be too and that’s exciting to see.”
On Cody’s improving free throw shooting:
“He changed a couple of things mechanically. There were a few things we worked on but that’s mostly just him. He spent a lot of time on it today. After the walk-through was ending we had a couple of guys who were doing post work and we had a couple of guys who were at the line. He was with three other guys that would shoot two free throws at a time while he would shoot five. He went 34-for-35 on that span and they all looked the same just like tonight’s did. He took some serious ribbing because we would have been 100 percent if he would have made his 13th free throw and if we would have left him in I’m sure he would have had a few more. Cody is a very hungry player and works very hard at what he’s good at and works very hard at what he needs to improve on. I think the free throw shooting shows that.”
Talk about where this team is ten days away from Big Ten play?
"We have been playing fairly well. We need to get better in a lot of different area, individually and as a team. We will get right back to work once we get back from break. The Big Ten is tough, and we need to be ready."
How important was tonight and against Jacksonville for getting the chemistry down low with Peter and Hanner?
"It is different playing in practice and in games. Both of them have done well trying to catch up. There is a lot of things for them to learn, just because they haven't played much. All of them have done well listening to what other people have to say, especially the coaches and vets trying to help them along."
Talk about the Hanner's play today?
"I thought he did a great job. He went out there, played defense and rebounded at a high level. That's what we're going to need him to do in order to win. He just needs to keep doing that consistently. We have a lot of confidence in him. When he catches the ball, we expect a highlight dunk. We are looking forward to seeing more highlight dunks down the road."
How important is it to keep up the intensity during games?
"It's real important. We can't have any let ups, no matter what the score is. We can't play to the score. We have to keep playing at a high level so we can get better in games. I believe that when we do that, we will get better down the road. We have to play at a high level for 40 minutes."
What has caused the team to shoot much better in these past two games?
"I think we are playing better defense. I think our defense is a big reason why we play so well on offense. I feel like we have a lot of weapons, we have Cody inside and we have a lot of shooters. We have different players that can do a lot of different things. When we play good defense and get out on break and get points off turnovers, that's when we shoot well."
Are you starting to feel more comfortable out on the court?
"The last few games, I have made some mistakes. I have talked to the coaches and my teammates and they gave me some advice. They have been pushing me to keep going. That has helped a lot. Today, I felt more comfortable going for the ball. I am getting ready."
How have your teammates who played a lot of minutes as freshman helped you out with your play?
"It has helped a lot. Seeing them able to go out there and do what they do has helped me to build confidence. I just say to myself that I can do the same thing. I just go out there and play."
Florida Atlantic Head Coach Mike Jarvis
Thoughts on tonight's game:
"Tonight was tough. I knew it was going to be almost impossible. I felt a little bit like David going after Goliath tonight. Even if we had all of our players, we don't beat Indiana right now, but I want to get a team good enough where I can come back here and beat their butts. That's going to be one of my goals for myself before I die."
What they can take out of tonight's contest:
"The kids didn't quit. They competed. Greg Gantt scored against Indiana, a really good team, so he can score. It's nice to see him have a night against a team like this. He had to do a lot by himself because the guy that really makes it possible for him to get a lot more open looks didn't play tonight, Stefan Moody, our fantastic freshman. A couple of guys actually got some minutes that they weren't getting earlier in the year, Richard Morrow, the walk-on, actually played a pretty solid game. I think when Stefan comes back, and we define our seven or eight guys as we go along, we're going to be okay, especially in our conference."
Thoughts on Indiana:
"I'm very impressed. I love the way that they play and have always been a big fan of Cody Zeller. I love the way he runs. You get a big guy to run the way he runs, it just opens up so many things. Tom Crean has done a great job rebuilding the program, and he's got some depth and a couple of guys. Jordan Hullscan really shoot it and other guys who are really nice pieces. I was very impressed with them."
Thoughts on playing in Assembly Hall:
"I told my guys before the game to just look around. `Look at this crowd. Look at these people. This is what an NCAA game is like.' It was wonderful. You have to enjoy places like this. I think there are three places in America that are superior to any other three. This is one of them, Cameron Indoor Stadium and Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Kentucky is good, but Rupp Arena does not compare with this."
How the atmosphere at IU compares to playing at North Carolina:
"No comparison. This place is electric. I love North Carolina fans, but these people are in it. They don't have to wait until their team is down. This is Indiana, baby. This is Hoosier Country. Anybody who hasn't seen Hoosiers should probably go home and watch it. I may go home at watch it myself. It's just a great basketball feel and vibe."