Notes and Quotes: Crean’s postgame press conference

  • 11/06/2011 10:13 am in

Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s postgame press conference following IU’s 90-72 exhibition win over the University of Indianapolis at Assembly Hall (Watch the full press conference here):

“We’re trying to get this team to understand we’ve gotta get out and play a 94-foot game. It doesn’t mean we have to press the whole game, but it does mean we want to run and we want to create off our defense.”

“We’re trying to get to a point where there’s not a big drop off from our first ten possessions to our last ten. That’s hard to get to.”

Doesn’t see this being a seven or eight man team. Wants to play a lot of people, but those who play need to be efficient.

Right now team defense is going to carry this group, but down the road individuals need to be able to lock opponents up. Not there yet.

On Zeller: “I thought he was really, really good tonight at letting the game come to him.”

On Watford: “I was really happy with the way Christian guarded. He didn’t have a great offensive night and we’re trying to get him integrated back because he’s been out for a while. And he’s really only had a couple of practices that I would say are ‘Christian Watford level play’ practices. But he came in tonight and he defended.”

Still struggling with how much pressure to put on and how physical to be on defense. A lot of room for growth.

On Hulls: “He’s going to have to make those same plays and decisions when people put lock-up guards on him. They didn’t do that.”

On Sheehey: “The pull-up is efficient. The offensive rebounding is not there right now. And it’s going to have to be.”

One thing that will be a separator is individual efficiency rebounding the ball. “When are you rebounding the ball? One every x-amount of minutes is going to be really, really important.”

“It’s not about the minutes that you play, it’s about what you do inside the minutes you play. It’s the efficiency of the minutes.”

“For so long, the easiest thing to do at Indiana was to play in the games. And that’s not it anymore.”

On offense: “I thought we didn’t attack as much as we should have. I like the fact that we didn’t have very many turnovers.”

Staff will put offensive sets in as the season goes. Was putting things in during timeouts and the players executed those well.

“We did not attack on the break, attack on press offense. I put two press offenses in this morning. We’re behind. That’s what I’m talking about when I say we’re behind offensively. There’s a lot of things we haven’t spent any time on. But if we move the ball, share the ball, put it in reverse, then good things can happen.”

On Pritchard getting chippy and picking up a technical: “I don’t want that. I don’t want that at all. That’s not real hustle. I addressed that with him. I love Tom Pritchard. But I don’t want that. That’s not real toughness to me. Tom Pritchard’s too valuable to be getting a technical. I’m not going to tolerate that. That’s why he didn’t play the rest of the half.”

Got hurt early on weak side defense because the players relaxed and gave up some back cuts.

“There’s a new grading system that we’ve put in that really takes into account not just what happened on that possession for the five guys that were there, but how the five guys contributed to it positively or negatively.”

“As we build this and bring even more talent to the program, it’s going to be competitive to play. That’s what the great teams have. The great teams are deep. You’re not deep unless you have consistency. You’re not deep unless you don’t have a big drop off when you go to the bench.”

Players respected each other in past, liked each other, but isn’t sure there was respect for each other’s games. That respect comes from competing against each other tooth and nail in practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Just looking at the schedule upcoming, 5 games in 11 days? Whew!   Nov. 11 – Nov 21  will tell us a lot more than we know now. With one day in between games, we obviously won’t be spending much time prepping for the other team.    We will need to see great team D to get us through unscathed, these are some better low-majors than we have played in the past……..I can’t remember the last time I was this ready for a season to get underway!         Here’s to hoping we can meet back here November 22nd to talk about our 5-0 squad’s chances of soundly beating Butler…..          

  • Kelin Blab

    Like some of the thoughts of Crean….
    + Offensive rebounding for Will that is a strong point for him. He may put Crean in a tough situation where he may have to put Watford at the 4 and start will

    + Cody does let the game come to him and that is a sign of a mature player. No need to force anything.

    + Hulls will see alot of the top defenders which should open things up for others.

    + Watford can be a good defender if he uses his length

    + It is NOT ez to play in games at Indiana anymore…GOOD!

  • InTheMtns

    I also liked hearing that he has a a new grading system that looks at more than just what happened on each  possession but at how each of the five players contributed to it positively or negatively. I think that promotes team play as well as accountability. I hope at some point he explains it in more detail to us so that we can kinda follow along and understand better his evaluation of individual players.

  • JerryCT

    Coach shows his deep knowledge of the game in this interview. Very impressive.

    One thing sticks out to me which is his fear and acknowledgement that Hulls is a different player when pressured by a lock down defender which will happen against almost every team. Hopefully this year he gives the ball up before they stop his dribble.

    It seems to me that everybody is discounting the 6 assists by Jones . If he commits to this kind of game then the ball pressure on Hulls will enable Jones to stuff some serious stats.