HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Wisconsin

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 64-59 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to his postgame comments in the embedded media players below:

Quotes after the jump.

Opening Statement:

“I will have to watch the film but I think first and foremost we just didn’t make enough shots. Tonight when we weren’t making enough shots, especially ones that were open, we also didn’t come down and stay as disciplined as we needed to be defensively. They beat us off the dribble a little bit and the first half our main problem was that we were holding our rotations too long and over-helping on defense, which is something you don’t need to do against Wisconsin. What Wisconsin does is they bait you with their drives and then beat you with their kicks, and we didn’t do a good job against that. When we over-helped they made shots. In the second half they made some shots at the shot clock that reminded me of the McDonald’s Michael Jordan/Larry Bird H-O-R-S-E commercials. When you get momentum going it’s amazing what can happen. They played really hard and they got the momentum. We didn’t make shots like we do and it affected us because now you have to come down and play 35 seconds of defense. Cody (Zeller) had a tremendous first half, there was nobody who could really guard him. In the second half they went with more pressure and we still got the shots and went to the foul line, but we didn’t do a great job rebounding when we missed. We weren’t moving the ball like we should have or like we normally do. I think when we see the film it wasn’t as much them as it was us. They played really well and I’m not taking anything away from the way they played, but we missed shots, especially the open ones, and we didn’t guard the dribble the way we needed too. That’s how they got the win.”

On the team’s play in transition:

“I don’t think we labored; I think once we got down in it we didn’t keep reversing the ball. There were a couple times with the side pick-and-roll that we just weren’t attacking the switches and getting the ball to the other side. We started looking and standing rather than keeping the ball moving. We are a ball reversal team. We are a high execution level team when we are reversing it two and three times and we didn’t do a great job of that tonight.”

On the team’s defensive energy:

“We played really hard. We are always going to play really hard. The energy was good we just over-helped sometimes. We stayed with the ball too long and we missed a few things with our coverages because their guards do a really good job of setting it up and then throwing it back to where it needs to be. We didn’t need to over-help. We didn’t need to have the extra man stay with the ball. Some of that is recognition, some of that is communication, but it was more recognition tonight.”

  • mike

    CTC needs to explain why there’s so few off-the-ball picks. But other than that, I don’t know what else could have been done differently. Wisconsin just shot very well, IU didn’t get any bench play, IU had poor help D in the 1st half when it seemed every Wisconsin possession involved open lanes to the basket.

  • hoosierof_99bbjunkie

    What our guys did without the ball on offense? Here we go again. “Screens” is the word of the day once more.

    I love the high potency transition offense, yet we can’t seem to run a
    consistent half court offense when transition isn’t there. Teams who
    slow the pace, set “good screens”, and run their offense seem to control
    the game. We run around, jump into position to set a screen, and it’s
    not effectively done. It’s not set directly on the defender and we
    don’t come off tight to make it effective. As a result, it’s not
    effective at all and is just running around. This isn’t fundamentally
    sound and concerns me about Crean’s offense.

    Defensively, we struggle with these types of offenses and we get
    caught going for the deflection, out of position, or not blocking out.
    This leads to open looks, drives to the basket, and sending teams to the
    foul line prematurely. I love Crean for motivating, his recruiting
    ability, and his relations with the Press and fans.

    However, I think if one were to look at our losses, it becomes more
    of a coaching issue than anything else. I hate to question but must.
    Why are we not setting more screens for Cody to get an open look when
    needed. Much of our game play throughout seems to be just a transition
    offense or motion type offense and hoping something breaks loose. This
    Wisconsin game, Cody did “break loose” for a big first half, but when he
    struggled to create on his own, we had no screens or what looked like
    good plays for him. Hulls has been huge for us from the outside. How
    are we not setting good screens or double screens if need be to get him
    open. And if I’m missing those, why are they not working?

    From my observations:

    We set screens on ghost players. A screen should be set on the
    defensive guy so close, and our guy should be coming of of those screens
    so tight as to not let his defender get through it. Want to see good
    fundamental screens……watch Butler and Wisconsin. It’s why they play
    us so close, make us play their tempo, and get open shots for less
    talented guys than we have. And they beat us over and over. I’m sick
    of it. To win against these teams and to win big games, we have got to
    get some of the fundamentals back into our game to compliment our
    talent. Otherwise, we’ll just be another decent team in the big ten and
    a has been in the tournament.

  • hoosierof_99bbjunkie

    Because Wisconsin runs a very disciplined style offense. We overplay and look for steals and deflections leaving their style offense to succeed when they take care of the ball and move it around quickly (we can’t recover). Our help needs to be better for sure, but good teams will still find the open man if we overplay too much. It’s off the ball screens (good ones) that we’re lacking. Have all year and Crean is doing Cody in injustice. Running an actual offense around him, even as deep as we are, can only be a good thing. Gets the inside out game and ball movement going. When Cody can’t get open due to no help, we’re stagnant. He could be averaging 20 plus per game and still be tops in the Wooden award, but he’s doing most of his offense for us on his own. Pretty sad given our talent and depth. I love Crean for so many things, but he’s gotta recognize pretty soon.

  • hoosierof_99bbjunkie

    Because Wisconsin runs a very disciplined style offense. We overplay and look for steals and deflections leaving their style offense to succeed when they take care of the ball and move it around quickly (we can’t recover). Our help needs to be better for sure, but good teams will still find the open man if we overplay too much. It’s off the ball screens (good ones) that we’re lacking. Have all year and Crean is doing Cody in injustice. Running an actual offense around him, even as deep as we are, can only be a good thing. Gets the inside out game and ball movement going. When Cody can’t get open due to no help, we’re stagnant. He could be averaging 20 plus per game and still be tops in the Wooden award, but he’s doing most of his offense for us on his own. Pretty sad given our talent and depth. I love Crean for so many things, but he’s gotta recognize pretty soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Thacker/852555073 Brent Thacker

    not to mention we didn’t guard any 3 point shooter ever , and why did you have Watford on the bench late in the 2nd half when it was clear he was the only one who could do anything in the 2nd half! the blue print has been laid on how to beat this team Butler did it and now Wis did it again!

  • Benhyoung14

    He forgot the part of the game that wasn’t called evenly. Watford has got to come to the game ready to play. He wasn’t the only one, but a lot of the team didn’t have energy they needed. Man, I wish we had 5 VO’s.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree with you..Hulls gets no shots in IU’s half court schemes..no screens. The dribble-drive offense really sucks in that regard

  • Benhyoung14

    I think some of the players effort, and focus were the problem. I don’t think Watford came to play. Sheehee’s shot just looked off. Jordy looked rattled. Hollowell, Zeller, and Yogi looked to be the only ones that came to play. Part of it is our style of offense. CTC does a great job of coaching it, but it has its weaknesses. I’ve got a fondness for the motion offense, and all the screens that are in it. Would love to see that or, at least more off the ball screens to get Jordy and Zeller open when needed. I’d disagree that this team isn’t fundamentally sound. They generally have good spacing, ball movement, defense, ft shooting, and rebounding, but suck at screens.

  • Benhyoung14

    I think some of the players effort, and focus were the problem. I don’t think Watford came to play. Sheehee’s shot just looked off. Jordy looked rattled. Hollowell, Zeller, and Yogi looked to be the only ones that came to play. Part of it is our style of offense. CTC does a great job of coaching it, but it has its weaknesses. I’ve got a fondness for the motion offense, and all the screens that are in it. Would love to see that or, at least more off the ball screens to get Jordy and Zeller open when needed. I’d disagree that this team isn’t fundamentally sound. They generally have good spacing, ball movement, defense, ft shooting, and rebounding, but suck at screens.

  • SCHoosier

    IU spends so much time/energy trying to double team for steals and deflections we make it tough to get back to cover an open shooter. That doesn’t hurt you playing the cupcakes cause they are probably going to turn it over..not the good guys. They’ll find that open guy and he’ll get a good look.

  • Ole Man

    With our schedule and Crean’s coaching, we’re looking at 4 to 5 more losses in the B1G. Goodbye #1 Seed in anything.

  • elijahs

    This man has a superiority complex that will never allow him the objectivity and rationality needed to be a good coach. He gets defensive and pissy after losses and finds everyone and everything to blame but what rightly deserves the blame.

  • summitbay

    IU has amazing talent but will not be more than a good team until they
    desire to impose their will on lesser talented teams. A great team would
    have adjusted to what Wisconsin was putting out there and taken
    control. NO WAY was Wisconsin the better team, but all that matters was
    the win they put in their column.

  • AtariHero

    It seemed to me that whenever Watford finally started to get going, Crean pulled him. For example, he was battling down low and gets fouled. Crean pulls him. He had just made 2 layups and was finally getting in a rhythm

  • AtariHero

    Yogi needs to stop shooting. Period. 2/8 last night. 34% on the season. 24% from 3 point range. I’d like to see a breakdown of his shots, but the only time it seems to work is when he has a layup (and even then he forced a transition layup last night). We have Watford, Hulls, Zeller, Sheehey, and Oladipo who are all better options. Wait your turn, rookie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    “…they made some shots at the shot clock that reminded me of the McDonald’s Michael Jordan/Larry Bird H-O-R-S-E commercials.”
    “…we missed shots, especially the open ones,”
    See, he wasn’t out-coached. They just got lucky.

  • IsaacR

    Tom Crean has a superiority complex; he doesn’t have the objectivity or rationality required of a good coach, and this continues to show through not only in his being out-coached in games, but in his extremely immature reactions after losses. Indiana fans are rightfully conflicted–Crean clearly has the ability to attract talent, but it is tough to account for why when you listen to him speak or watch him coach; the only reason that I can think of is that he seems to be endlessly defensive of his own players and always willing to pipe up their celebrities. But Indiana fans know basketball as well as anyone in the country, and know that Crean is lacking in lacking in strategic wherewithal and, maybe more importantly, accountability for his own mistakes. Listening to Cream fend off the slightest responsibility time and time again is maybe the most sickening part of these loses. Also, one has to wonder if Indiana is headed in the direction of Calipari’s Kentucky–essentially a launch pad for one-and-doners–which would obviously be a shame for a program like Indiana. When you hear recruits like Noah Vonleh discussing why he chose Indiana (‘best option for NBA development’), you have to wonder if Crean’s attractiveness to recruits is just that: his lack of qualms at players’ using Indiana as a one-stop-shop, which only adds to the Crean’s enigma for Indiana fans. Crean’s outlook (I’d struggle to call it a philosophy) is the diametric opposite of Knight’s and definitely counter to Indiana tradition, and I have a feeling the tension around the direction of Indiana basketball will continue to grow.

  • twarrior87

    Sounds a little like the last great coach we had at IU, no? He didn’t do so bad.

  • nanook1207

    Actually, Wisconsin was the better team…at least last night.

  • Geoff_85

    My God, thank you. I find it hilarious that some of the same people who have said on here that they love Bob Knight are the same people that criticize Coach Crean’s demeanor after a loss. It’s hysterical. Tom Crean after a loss is extremely mild compared to Bob Knight after a lot of wins.

  • bhoosier

    I believe that if Watford plays the way he is capable of consistently, and Hulls can take more shots per game ( good ones not forced) then they would have a much better chance at a title..also the starters playing more minutes , and having the bench do what they should every game would probably almost guarantee it. I really feel that this is their year, their best chance at a national title, but not when they look like two different teams within the span of a two game week. Get motivated and Godspeed hoosiers..

  • MLB_Hoosier

    We played Wisconsin’s game instead of making them play our game. IU is a run and shoot offense, they are not a half court offense.

  • Ole Man

    That was said “tongue in cheek”, right?

  • Ole Man

    This nonsense about “not making enough shots”–well, duh! No losing team makes enough shots.
    Design a half court offense with a few picks in it!

  • IUfan

    99bbjunkie has it right on the nose!! We need to set screens in our half court offense. I don’t think the guys have a clue how to do that!! Hulls is one of the best 3 point shooters in the country and is always guarded by a taller player. Why cant we screen to get him some open shots? (Alford?)

  • IUfan

    99bbjunkie has it right on the nose!! We need to set screens in our half court offense. I don’t think the guys have a clue how to do that!! Hulls is one of the best 3 point shooters in the country and is always guarded by a taller player. Why cant we screen to get him some open shots? (Alford?)

  • keely

    why do we not play iu basketball of running. We cannot play half court slow basketball. Butler beat us doing it and now wisconsin. You would think iu staff would get the message especially since we have been beaten so many times in a row with wisconsin. Will IU coaching staff fiqure this out soon?

  • bhoosier

    I couldn’t agree more. But is that something they can change mid season. How can they improve their slow paced half court offense for when they play defensive minded teams? I feel that they could improve, but it’s gonna take much practice and a willingness to change, motivation..

  • http://twitter.com/DrainDaMainCain Ryan Cain

    See Georgetown in overtime, Butler to go to overtime, and late game Minnesota 3s

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Typical post game presser. Pained expression. Questions deflected, not answered. Defensive. Total unwillingness to deal with substance of the game – i.e. why do you not instruct your very talented freshman point guard that his job is to get the ball to far better shooters?

  • Jersey Hoosier

    One difference between Crean and Calipari – Calipari can coach.

  • Hoosier10

    He was a pretty good coach with his number one recruiting class this past year wasn’t he? Calipari is a terrible coach

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