Men's Basketball

    Previewing Jacksonville at No. 5/5 Indiana

    Go Hoosiers! Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 27, 2012

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's basketball coach Tom Crean, along with associate head coach Steve McClain, freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell and sophomore Remy Abell preview the Hoosiers' game vs. Jacksonville on Friday, Dec. 28, in Assembly Hall at 8 p.m. ET.

    Tom Crean, Head Coach
    "Jacksonville will challenge our transition defense and our ability to stop middle drives. They love to drive the ball."

    "Our players competitive nature was in full bloom today in practice. Great battles and team was vocal with one another. Rebounding was hard. Driving, sprinting the floor, footwork, shooting and energy were focal points."

    Steve McClain, Associate Head Coach
    "Jacksonville is a team that has been on the road this season in some tough places like Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri State and they won at Missouri State, a good Missouri Valley program. They are a team that knows you have to play at a high level and I expect them to be ready when they come in our building."

    "They like to play inside-outside, create matchup problems. I think their freshman (Jarvis Haywood) is really having an outstanding year. He leads them in scoring. They are a team that plays with a great purpose and Cliff has done a good job of building them back up and a lot of new faces, but you can tell they are getting used to each other and playing together."

    "I like the fact that we come back from the break and still have a non-conference game to get us back in our rhythm. The last two years, we have come back and opened up right with Big Ten games. The closer you get to conference play, the veteran guys know what is coming. For the younger guys, I think it's good to have a non-conference game especially after a break."



    "I think this team shows you the commitment they have to one another when you don't have one guy late coming back. They were all ready to go. It's a great job of our older guys instilling what is expected. We had a nice workout Christmas. This also is a good time of year because your focus really is on basketball."

    Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell
    "I think the freshmen are adapting to the schedule of college basketball very well. Our coaches have been preparing us, the older guys have been great in helping us get our mind right."

    "Jacksonville wants to get out and push and run. We always have to have a guy back on defense."

    "The great thing about our group is that if you make a mistake, you just have to think 'next play' and move on. You have to keep that in your mind."

    Sophomore Remy Abell
    "It was great to go home but it's even better to be back and we are looking forward to getting into the gym. We are going to get our focus back on what we need to do and what we are trying to accomplish. The practices have been very competitive and the team is working hard."

    "We have to come right back out and play Indiana basketball from the start. There has to be no let up whatsoever. It's important for us to keep our composure, trust in our teammates and everything should be fine."

    "We know team will come in here and give us their best shot. We have to focus on defense first which ends up creating a ton of offense for us and gets the crowd going."


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