Sampson scoffs at question about schedule

  • 12/29/2007 9:56 pm in

sampson.jpgIndiana coach Kelvin Sampson seemed a bit irritated in the Chicago State post game press conference when asked about the strength of Indiana’s non-conference schedule. Here’s a transcript of that exchange:

Reporter: Kelvin, you haven’t played a winning team, a team with a winning record in a while, do you really feel the schedule is readying your team for what’s coming ahead here?

Sampson: Yes, do you?

Reporter: Seriously, I’m wondering.

Sampson: What do you wonder?

Reporter: Well, it’s a whole different league. I just don’t think these teams are the caliber you’re going to face in the next couple of weeks.

Sampson: Well um (pauses), is that unusual from the other teams in the country?

Reporter: Sometimes you get a holiday tournament that’s a little bit more competitive.

Sampson: When we set the schedule up, we looked and said we’re playing Kentucky at home, Georgia Tech, at Southern Illinois, Xavier, Illinois State. Maybe you should give us a little credit.

You already know my take on this topic, but apparently Kelvin doesn’t agree the schedule has been a bit on the soft side.

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  • Thanks for the clarification, Zak. I had a hard time figuring out who it was since most of the beat writers are out in Tempe for the Insight Bowl.

  • Thanks for the clarification, Zak. I had a hard time figuring out who it was since most of the beat writers are out in Tempe for the Insight Bowl.

  • Thanks for the clarification, Zak. I had a hard time figuring out who it was since most of the beat writers are out in Tempe for the Insight Bowl.

  • Mark

    Soft schedule and Sampson doesn’t want to admit it. I’d be angry if I was asked that and looked at other schools in the B-10 that played tougher foes. Fair question and poor answer in my opinion. This schedule will do nothing for preparing us for the B-10.

  • Mark

    Soft schedule and Sampson doesn’t want to admit it. I’d be angry if I was asked that and looked at other schools in the B-10 that played tougher foes. Fair question and poor answer in my opinion. This schedule will do nothing for preparing us for the B-10.

  • Mark

    Soft schedule and Sampson doesn’t want to admit it. I’d be angry if I was asked that and looked at other schools in the B-10 that played tougher foes. Fair question and poor answer in my opinion. This schedule will do nothing for preparing us for the B-10.

  • ronb

    Postman, I know it is just a post but Big A at the bottom refers
    to “My Take” so it is not just a post. It is his opinion on the schedule and all I want is more topics. He has beat this horse
    enough as others have said. As for basketball knowledge I would
    put my 46 years of coaching and playing up against anyone. I have thought that Big A has knowledge about the game. That is why I want him to move on to other topics and have fun. This is a great IU team and coach thinks they are ready for the big ten so lets support them and have fun we can’t change a thing about the past. I am sorry if i hurt anyones feelings that was not my intent. Go Hoosiers!

  • ronb

    Postman, I know it is just a post but Big A at the bottom refers
    to “My Take” so it is not just a post. It is his opinion on the schedule and all I want is more topics. He has beat this horse
    enough as others have said. As for basketball knowledge I would
    put my 46 years of coaching and playing up against anyone. I have thought that Big A has knowledge about the game. That is why I want him to move on to other topics and have fun. This is a great IU team and coach thinks they are ready for the big ten so lets support them and have fun we can’t change a thing about the past. I am sorry if i hurt anyones feelings that was not my intent. Go Hoosiers!

  • ray

    every game a team plays, regardless of the opposition, is always preparation for the conference. i think there are a lot of teams around the country capable of performing at a high major level on any given day. the big ten has some good competition as always, but iu won’t struggle anymore this year than years past when they “prepared” with a difficult schedule. the tough schedule is good for ratings, rankings, and seedings, but it doesn’t make a bad team good nor does it make a good team bad to play weaker teams. what’s the difference between iu playing tough competition now versus later in the season anyway? not much in my opinion. they’ll have a tough time on the road in the big ten like every team every year whether it’s at michigan or at michigan state. but i will agree, it would have made for a more exciting season to schedule more “tests” or to be invited to more tournaments.

  • ray

    every game a team plays, regardless of the opposition, is always preparation for the conference. i think there are a lot of teams around the country capable of performing at a high major level on any given day. the big ten has some good competition as always, but iu won’t struggle anymore this year than years past when they “prepared” with a difficult schedule. the tough schedule is good for ratings, rankings, and seedings, but it doesn’t make a bad team good nor does it make a good team bad to play weaker teams. what’s the difference between iu playing tough competition now versus later in the season anyway? not much in my opinion. they’ll have a tough time on the road in the big ten like every team every year whether it’s at michigan or at michigan state. but i will agree, it would have made for a more exciting season to schedule more “tests” or to be invited to more tournaments.

  • Steve O

    To those who are questioning the toughness of IU’s schedule, did you ever stop to think that the schedule wasn’t made this year, and teams like Kentucky, Georiga Tech, UConn, Southern Illinois, and Xavier are usually top 25 calibur teams??.. I mean how can you expect anyone to read into the future and know if these teams will be good or not? The schedule might look bad because these teams happen to be down, but you can’t blame Sampson. Why not blame Gillespie and the coaches for the other schools we played who were supposed to be top 25 this year? And I mean we did do what we were supposed to do by blowing out the cupcakes. The schedule is what it is.

    If anything, the games we played will help the team’s chemistry and confidence. Why be upset about that? Some people don’t understand college basketball, I guess that’s why they’re pissed even though we’re 11-1 and #13 in the country.

  • Steve O

    To those who are questioning the toughness of IU’s schedule, did you ever stop to think that the schedule wasn’t made this year, and teams like Kentucky, Georiga Tech, UConn, Southern Illinois, and Xavier are usually top 25 calibur teams??.. I mean how can you expect anyone to read into the future and know if these teams will be good or not? The schedule might look bad because these teams happen to be down, but you can’t blame Sampson. Why not blame Gillespie and the coaches for the other schools we played who were supposed to be top 25 this year? And I mean we did do what we were supposed to do by blowing out the cupcakes. The schedule is what it is.

    If anything, the games we played will help the team’s chemistry and confidence. Why be upset about that? Some people don’t understand college basketball, I guess that’s why they’re pissed even though we’re 11-1 and #13 in the country.