Tom Crean Talks About Penn State Game
Dec. 26, 2010
December 26, 2010
"We got back from Las Vegas very early in the morning on Christmas Eve and gave the guys the day off."
"First and foremost, we saw that we are a far better team when we play as one and within ourselves. We have a lot of guys on this team who can do good things at any time, but we have to trust our system and most importantly, trust each other. We don't have anyone on our team that can carry the load by themselves and when we try that, we don't have the same success."
"Our lulls in Las Vegas were because of lapses on offense with quick shots or missed kick outs. We should have played our bench more at certain times of the game against Northern Iowa and Colorado."
"Our maturity as a team on the court took a step back at times in both games and we are going to learn from them."
"At the end of the Colorado game, we played with passion on the defensive and with reckless abandon on the backboards. We have to play like that all the time."
"As I tell these guys, when you go on the road, your jump shot may not make the trip, but your defensive effort and rebounding always come with you."
"We are still learning that offense does not win games. Moving the ball and your defensive and rebounding effort does."
On Penn State
"They are far more than just a team driven by one player. They have Big Ten experience at every position."
"It's not like we have one guy or one situation that can neutralize Battle so we have to have great team defense. We're certainly going to have to have excellent rebounding and we can not turn the ball over and give them second chance opportunities. We also have to play good transition defense."
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