Crean, players talk Michigan State

  • 12/27/2011 2:44 pm in

Courtesy of IU Media Relations, here are selected quotes from Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Austin Etherington in anticipation of Indiana’s bout with the Spartans tomorrow night in East Lansing:

Tom Crean

On Playing Michigan State:

“They have three guys in the top 15 in offensive rebounds in the Big Ten. You have to be fast, quick, and hold your position. They move the ball through Draymond Green, but he also leads the team in assists.”

“The ball moves at a pretty high rate. When you watch them and where they are now as opposed to where they were the first two games of the season it is easy to see they are getting deeper and better.”

“We have to have a strong mindset which begins in practice. We have to block out and we have to be relentless in pursuing the basketball and knowing where our man is at all times. Our transition defense will have to be at its best.”

On starting the Big Ten:

“Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Michigan State. We have to maintain the attention to detail that we have displayed all year in getting ready for opponents. We have played 12 games and found 12 different ways to win.”

On going to East Lansing:

“Every year is different and every team is different. I think our team knows that to win on the road in a hostile environment it has to execute and eliminate mistakes that leads to easy baskets which get the crowd into the game.”

“It will be nice to see some family and friends but our approach in this is more business than anything else.”

On the team’s health:

“There is really nothing new to report. Will and Verdell stayed back and got some extra treatment before heading out for Christmas and they continue to get better.”

On what the Hoosiers can improve on:

“I think the way that they are playing, the way that these guys are working, leads me to believe, leads all of us to believe inside of our program, that there’s a lot of progress that can still be made and at the same time there’s guys that want to make progress. And where we want to go as a team, where we want to go as a program is still a long ways out there, but the way that they’re working gives us a chance to continue to move towards that.”

Jordan Hulls

On what the team will take from the non-conference portion of the schedule into the Big Ten slate:

“Each game was different and we had different gameplans but we attacked it the same way, whether it was in practice or in film. So we just got on one-game win streaks and that’s what we have to do in the Big Ten as well.”

On starting the year at Michigan State:

“It is a tough road game and they are a good team so we know that we have to do a lot of things right. As long as we do what we can do, we just have to have a great energy and mindset.”

Christian Watford

On what the team will take from the non-conference portion of the schedule into the Big Ten slate:

“The defensive intensity, that has been the main thing for us so far. We have to play with all five guys on the court playing together on defense.”

“First, we want to take it one step at a time. We have done a great job of finding each other on the court and that has led to our success so far this year.”

Remy Abell

On playing in his first Big Ten Conference game as a freshmen:

“It means a lot because this is where all of the hard work that we have put in can pay off. The Big Ten is a really good conference and we just want to get out there and get another team win.”

Austin Etherington

On playing in his first Big Ten Conference game as a freshmen:

“We know we have to go out and keep doing the things that we have been doing. For me, I just have to enjoy every minute of it and do whatever it takes to get a win.”

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  • Danner Perea

    ok, so it looks like no VJ3 and no WS…i hope Olapido can keep his head in the game and play smothering defense while not fouling. We’re also going to need “the Z” to get his first double double, iCwat needs to be, well, icy and hot, and Jordy needs to be ON FIRE from 3pt range. Santa, i will be good all year if you’ll grant my early Christmas wish for next year.

  • stonaroni

    Because of this comment here by CTC is why I feel this team will have good results in conference this year:

    “Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Michigan State. We have to maintain the attention to detail that we have displayed all year in getting ready for opponents. We have played 12 games and found 12 different ways to win.”This is a pick your poison type of team.  If they want to shut down the post, CZ will pass out to shooters or run the dribble drive, If they want to defend the perimtere, we will feed it low.  We have guys in VJIII, CW, DE, WS and VO who can score on the floor and not just at the rim.  We can run, we can play a half court game.I am really looking forward to the next 2 months of IU basketball.  11-7 in conference puts us at 24-7 heading into conference tournament play.  This is where I expect us to be, not too shabby.

  • Sean

    Will is out and Verdell is questionable

  • Anonymous

    What is your source?

  • Anonymous

    These next two games make me nervous.  I believe IU is much improved from years past; however I have three questions that I think will be answered during the next 2 games.
    1:  Can they continue to focus their energy on the defensive side EVERY position?
    2:  Will they continue to find the open man on the offense end?
    3:  Can they play through the injuries?
     
    No matter the outcome of these next 2 games…I have loved watching the Hoosiers this year.  My best friend is a UK fan, please don’t judge me, and it was nice to finally beat his team.  Unlike most UK fans, he admitted that IU actually out-played UK!  He also admitted that watching IU basketball this year has been FUN.  I agree completely.  GO IU!

  • Anonymous

    Set up the picket fence for Jordy!

  • Anonymous

    Pick to click tomorrow?  Hope I get in—still haven’t replaced the home computer following lightning killing it and I have another virus on my work computer.

  • cooper

    Odd they talk to Remy and AE when they may not even play. The game comes down to Zeller, Watford, and Hulls. Zeller and Watford need to not get killed on the boards and lead the team in points. Hulls has to play better defense, do a better job of feeding the post, and continue hitting threes. If VJ doesn’t play I think it’s going to be a difficult game to win.

  • cooper

    Where does the quote end? I hope Cresn doesn’t expect 7 losses or say it in public. With that said I’ll take 11-7

  • Petefaggen

    Looking forward to the start of Big Ten hoops in E. Lansing and right back here on Dec. 31. I’ll be a student — hope we have a lot of them rocking the Hall.  Bummed that Kiel committed to LSU. (Just saw that!) Oh well. This team is more than making up for that!! I agree. Watford is the wildcard. I like when he drives hard to the glass. Also, hope to see Oladipo’s performance in the non-con season translate into the Big Ten. Love his defense. The D will be the key tomorrow night.

  • Vivek Nallapaneni

    I have a feeling we will have to go deep into the bench and play Remy and AE because we don’t have VJIII or WS for this game.  If VJIII is there, he might play limited minutes with Remy coming in to replace him. 

    I think this is a huge game for Jordy and CWat to show leadership and take the team to a new level on the road.  Jordy by playing smart basketball and starting by feeding the post and allowing Zeller to get into his game early so he makes Green play some defense and hopefully tire him out with his quickness.  If Green has to chase around Zeller on the defensive end, he will be limited on the offensive end.  Plus this allows CWat to get into the paint and make moves when Zeller is covered man to man or the double. 

    Either way I think this is a very win-able game for this Hoosier team even with the injuries. 

  • Anonymous

    I expect the Hoosiers to be a little shakey starting out this first conference game on the road. Let’s hops MSU doesn’t come out and hit 8 of their rfirst 10 shots! I keep moving the pieces around..but with the injuries can’t come up with defensive match-ups that don’t put IU on the short end. anybody want to venture some match up combos? Their front line poses some real problems. Cody takes Payne..Watford I guess takes Green..which leaves the big strong freshman with Vic on him?

  • hoosiergirl

    Did anyone watch the Minn vs Illinois game tonight? Looking forward to a Zeller and Myers-Leonard matchup – two skilled white boys

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Your best friend is a pUKe fan, I went to PUke … none of us are perfect.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I was thinking about that matchup too. Zeller will kill him. Z is smarter, faster, more agile. No big man will be able to run up and down the court with Zeller.

  • stonaroni

    At the end of the quotation marks.

  • Eadiefamily

    I think that if we lose tonight it will look a lot like OSU’s loss to KU, where they weren’t playing at full strength. That did not impact the Buckeye’s standing very much-in anyone’s eyes. Our loss of three important players before tonight’s game will be in most journalist and blogger’s post-game articles. Not as an excuse, but as a factor in the outcome. Either the rest of our bench can not replace Verdell, Will, and Derek (and that wasn’t really expected of them anyway) or they exceed expectations.

    Question: How far down the bench has Hoosier Revival reached?
    (A: everywhere, but only the upperclassmen will survive in that environment tonight. Watch Matt Roth)

  • Eadiefamily

    I think that if we lose tonight it will look a lot like OSU’s loss to KU, where they weren’t playing at full strength. That did not impact the Buckeye’s standing very much-in anyone’s eyes. Our loss of three important players before tonight’s game will be in most journalist and blogger’s post-game articles. Not as an excuse, but as a factor in the outcome. Either the rest of our bench can not replace Verdell, Will, and Derek (and that wasn’t really expected of them anyway) or they exceed expectations.

    Question: How far down the bench has Hoosier Revival reached?
    (A: everywhere, but only the upperclassmen will survive in that environment tonight. Watch Matt Roth)

  • Devout Hoosier

    One of our greatest strengths is that there is no let down from the bench.  For 40 minutes we have great scoring and are averaging 85 ppg.  I’m nervous for this game too because of the injuries.  

  • Stevemc45

    I thought Myers had some pretty good moves against Minn on Tuesday night. Going to be a good match up for both of them, both build very similiar and good court sense.

  • Anonymous

    ITH…I have been looking forward to the What to Expect from Mich. State post, but no such post this time around. Do you only post those threads for non-conference games?
    Anyways, I love reading the content on this site!
    Here is what I think we should expect from Mich. State: strong, physical, and athletic team that rebounds the ball extremely well. They have an excellent fan-base and a tremendous coach. Look for them to pound the ball downlow and force the refs to call fouls. On defense: I think they will play physical with CZ and CWat as long as they don’t get called for fouls.
    Although the injuries hurt, and Mich. state plays well at home…I’m picking the Hoosiers by 4! 😉

  • Eadiefamily

    Matt Roth, upperclassman. Spark in the first half. So glad we have him…