HD Video: Tom Crean on loss at Wisconsin

  • 01/27/2012 12:22 am in

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with reporters following the Hoosiers’ 57-50 loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Thursday night. Watch and listen to Crean’s comments in high-definition quality in the embedded media player below:

Full transcript after the jump.

Opening statement:

“We did a lot of really good things tonight. It’s our third straight game holding a team under 40 percent from the field. They got a couple of big rebounds at the end of the game at crucial times. But we put ourselves in position to win, we just didn’t finish it off.”

On the foul situation:

“I’m not going anywhere with that. Don’t even … please. Watch the tape. I’m not going to get into any of that stuff.”

On Cody Zeller’s minutes being limited due to foul trouble:

“He got a foul called on him the second possession of the game. Cody did some really good things. He really did. He was one of our two guys to get to the foul line tonight. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that. Cody does a lot. He did a lot of good things tonight. There were a couple of times we tried to feed him the ball, we three-quartered and we didn’t give him a chance to set up, post up the way that he needed to. We tried to force the ball in rather than allow him to get set. We settled down, we did a better job with that. Cody’s fine. Cody does a lot of really, really good things. A lot that shows up in the box score and some things that don’t.”

On the performance of Verdell Jones:

“He did a good job. We knew where we could attack tonight. For the most part we did that.”

On the difficultly in deciding when to bring a player with foul fouls back into the game:

“Very tough. We had to buy our time as much as possible because there was no real reason to believe that he was ever going to be able to really get into a flow where he could play significant minutes at the end. So we just played it by feel as much as we could.”

On Wisconsin holding Indiana to a season-low 50 points:

“We shot 50 percent in the first half. We shot 45 for the game. I think we shot the ball pretty well. They’re a good team.”

On how Indiana responded to Wisconsin’s style of play:

“We answered the bell on the pace of the play. They’re going to play at a snail’s pace. That’s what they do. You’ve gotta steal possessions. We rebounded the ball very well for most of the game. They got a couple of big rebounds at the end. Contact sport at the end. We struggled getting those balls. They did and when a game is that tight and is that competitive between two teams it comes down a lot of times to just a couple of things. And their offensive rebounds were those things.”

On the job Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo did on Jordan Taylor:

“We play team defense as much as we can at Indiana. We know who their best players are, but they’ve got a team full of guys and I thought our team defense for the most part was very good.”

On whether you have to accept the pace of the game when you’re playing a team like Wisconsin:

“We didn’t have a problem with it. The game was nip and tuck really the whole way. We come out of a timeout, I believe it was down 3, and we make a shot and we’re right where we need to be. And we missed a shot and they take 30 some odd seconds off the clock. I don’t remember the exact number of seconds they took off the clock and they get an offensive rebound. That’s the one you gotta get. I mean you gotta get it. Things played out the way, we did the best job we could inside of that. I thought our guys were locked in, they were attentive, they were excellent, they were ready to play. I cut 40 minutes off of practice yesterday they were so locked in and ready to play. It’s just a couple of things literally didn’t bounce our way at the end when you look at the rebounding. And we’ve just gotta keep figuring out a way that we just keep getting better at every area. That’s the third straight game we’ve held a team under 40 percent and we’ve only got one win to show for it but we’re getting better in a lot of areas and that’s what I want to focus on.”

On how Wisconsin’s defense affected the assists compared to turnovers:

“We shot 50 percent in the first half. We shot in the mid 40’s for the game. We got good looks. They’re a good defensive team. Look at the stats. Read their press notes. It’s right there on the front page. They’re a great defensive team. We got good shots. We just didn’t get a couple of rebounds at the end.”

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  • spe317

    Now that’s some reaction I can wrap my head around, i.e. not going near that/contact sport comments. He’s not RMK re-incarnate so I think this is what you get as far as post game commenting will be. He’s a bit less bull in a China shop about everything but I appreciate that he mentions it. Frustrating game, but this is the type of system the coach envisions. When you can turn the corner on people, it looks good. Given about 80% of the legitimate teams we face are more athletic than Wisconsin, it hasn’t worked as well. But if we play with this fire/effort, we’re on a much better path.

  • heinsohn

    Is Crean aware you foul out at 5 fouls?Somehow he must have though BIGZ fouled out at 5 minute mark.Honestly,he might as well have fouled out.you just HAVE to play him the last 5 minutes.What’s the worst that can happen?he fouls out!Sitting him for 4 minutes has the same effect.we didn’t get those rebounds at the end.Think we might have if Cody was in?Still thought the preparation was great by Crean.We got to the weak spots in their defense.Rolls to the basket and short jumpers by Verdell.I give Crean credit for preparing them to attack Wisc.I thiught we played a great game,but again,you can’t win at Wisc.officials gave this game to them.A shame.If all games were called even close to this ,I would quit watching!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t watch the video and didn’t read the full transcript, but judging by what is posted here, Crean is rather frustrated with the officials. He is a no excuses type of coach. I’ve said what i wanted to say on The Minute After, so that’s all I’ll say here.

  • InTheMtns

    He seemed pretty subdued. He knows exactly what happened and I imagine it’s hard for a coach to watch his team play well enough to win if it had played in a fairly officiated match. He had to search for ways to answer the questions that couldn’t be construed as complaining about the officiating. That interview might have been his toughest coaching assignment of the evening.

  • InTheMtns

    He seemed pretty subdued. He knows exactly what happened and I imagine it’s hard for a coach to watch his team play well enough to win if it had played in a fairly officiated match. He had to search for ways to answer the questions that couldn’t be construed as complaining about the officiating. That interview might have been his toughest coaching assignment of the evening.

  • Anonymous

    I am extremely proud of the way coach Crean handled himself in this interview. He could have easily gone on a rant bashing the refs in this game but chose the high ground and searched for answers.  I truly admire this about coach Crean.  We all knew going into this game we would have to beat more than just the 5 players on the floor and the crowd.  Thanks for your dedication to doing what is right coach Crean.

  • IURedzone_09

    Really the best defensive performance by IU in many games. I actually saw someone take a charge and rotation on defense. Now, not sure how much of that is because of Wisconsin’s slow play but if IU plays with that kind of defense the rest of the year…they’ll be fine.

    The refs were questionable and I’m being generous. With that being said, IU got the stops at the end of the game…they just didn’t rebound. They gave up three straight offensive rebounds to Wisconsin with 1:30 left at 51-50.

    Tough loss…must win against Iowa at home on Sunday.

  • K2

    side note…wisconsin’s crowd was weak. Definitely not close to IU, MSU, Illinois, Minn, or PU. It sounded like they were playing @ Penn State for most of the game.

  • K2

    side note…wisconsin’s crowd was weak. Definitely not close to IU, MSU, Illinois, Minn, or PU. It sounded like they were playing @ Penn State for most of the game.

  • Egreeniu

    We got HOMERED!

  • Egreeniu

    We got HOMERED!

  • GaHoosier

    I would hate to be a fan of Wisconsin…what a boring team and system!

  • grllin

    “”On the foul situation:
    “I’m not going anywhere with that. Don’t even … please. Watch the tape. I’m not going to get into any of that stuff.” “”

    Crean’s non-answer says more than anything else.  The fact he didn’t even bother trying to give some PC response screams his frustration, but also speaks volumes to his composure and awareness that he gains nothing by criticizing the refs in public.

  • Three things:
    1)Why do we not sub Cody in with 2 minutes left when the game hasn’t gotten away from us yet and we have to continue to foul to stop the clock with a minute left..? It bewilders me that he doesn’t use his timeouts to stop momentum gained by Wisconsin and just doesn’t make adjustments during the game! 2)Can we please have somebody else besides Cody setting screens!? Why on earth are we not sending someone down to screen for Cody to make a flash to the high or low post? When he gets in the post and finally gets the ball, he is just too slow with his first step going to the basket (he will get better with time). 3) Crash the boards! Find a white jersey and put a butt on him and block him out! It’s simple. 

  • Luke72

    Most hopeful thing I saw was Elston’s performance. Having only one big that can impact the game puts us in a bad way. Would love to see PJ come in next year and fill that void!

  • calbert40

    Do you know who led us in boards last night?  Hulls with 6.  VO had 4.  Zeller had 3 rebounds.  Three.  He didn’t rebound well last night.  Of course, it was because he was getting mugged, but that is besides the point.

  • calbert40

    In this offense, the screener can get some open looks.  I believe that is why Zeller sets quite a few.  After he sets a screen, he rolls to the basket, which can get his defender out of position.  The vast majority of D-I teams have a good scoring post player set screens for the PG.  OSU does it with Sullinger a lot.

  • IllinoisHoosier93

    The one play where he was literally thrown to the ground by a UW player kind of shows how Cody’s whole night went. As much as I absolutely agree that the refs took it out of our hands, we played a really good game. Neutral court game = IU by 6+. You could really see Tom Crean wanting to say something about the ref situation. Good self restraint. I would have said something. 

  • IllinoisHoosier93

    The one play where he was literally thrown to the ground by a UW player kind of shows how Cody’s whole night went. As much as I absolutely agree that the refs took it out of our hands, we played a really good game. Neutral court game = IU by 6+. You could really see Tom Crean wanting to say something about the ref situation. Good self restraint. I would have said something. 

  • IllinoisHoosier93

    The one play where he was literally thrown to the ground by a UW player kind of shows how Cody’s whole night went. As much as I absolutely agree that the refs took it out of our hands, we played a really good game. Neutral court game = IU by 6+. You could really see Tom Crean wanting to say something about the ref situation. Good self restraint. I would have said something. 

  • SCHoosier

    been nice if somebody had asked why Cody had his butt on the bench in the final 3 minutes when IU was giving up those critical offensive boards Crean’s complaining about. Of course when he did get in..CZ got thrown to the ground by Bruskie..with no call and it happened right in front of the ref. Bovine caw-caw.

  • Plane1972

    I think you just answered your own question. Officiating was not allowing him to get in a flow. You might recall our rally in the first half was with CZ on the bench. I don’t blame Crean for bringing him back late.

  • HoosierDavey

    I thought the exact same thing when I viewed this.  He can’t criticize them because the Big 10 won’t allow it, but you could tell that he saw the same inconsistent refereeing that we all did.  Has got to be incredibly frustrating to give your team the right game plan, watch them do a pretty good job executing it, and then have others make decisions that get in the way of a W.  We did some things that didn’t help, too, but an even playing floor gives us a close win IMHO.

  • HoosierDavey

    He was asked that question and answered it in the video

  • SCHoosier

    I think he was seething and knew if he got started he’d really tear into the ref situation. He was po’ed./.no doubt about it.

  • Brobro

    Here we are in Crean’s 4th year, and his teams simply cannot make it happen down the stretch with any consistency.  In addition, where is the offensive movement and patterns?  Has Crean ever tried having players screen down low?  And what’s up with Watford and Olidypo in recent weeks?  There offense is dismal.  The team right now is not close to being a top 25 team.  They will be lucky to finish the Big 10 regular season at .500.  Let us just hope and pray that those early signings for next year don’t bolt and go somewhere else.  We may find that Crean is a really good recruiter, but as an Xs and Os coach he simply does not have it. For what the university is paying him, his record so far would indicate that he should refund most of the money he has been paid so far since he has clearly not performed.       

  • Brobro

    Here we are in Crean’s 4th year, and his teams simply cannot make it happen down the stretch with any consistency.  In addition, where is the offensive movement and patterns?  Has Crean ever tried having players screen down low?  And what’s up with Watford and Olidypo in recent weeks?  There offense is dismal.  The team right now is not close to being a top 25 team.  They will be lucky to finish the Big 10 regular season at .500.  Let us just hope and pray that those early signings for next year don’t bolt and go somewhere else.  We may find that Crean is a really good recruiter, but as an Xs and Os coach he simply does not have it. For what the university is paying him, his record so far would indicate that he should refund most of the money he has been paid so far since he has clearly not performed.       

  • Geoff_85

    I know everyone is talking about rebounding down the stretch, but Wisconsin was jumping all over the back and literally throwing our players to the ground. That’s a difficult situation for any team to get a rebound.

  • Hoosiers4life

    I would rather have the Jimmys and Joes than the Xs and Os.