Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over Laval

  • 08/08/2014 9:55 pm in

MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.

Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.

Watch video of both press conferences below:

Player quotes are available below:

Kevin Yogi Ferrell

On the run to start the third quarter being a key to the win:
“That was it exactly. We know we just have to talk to each other and play team defense. We are still getting used to each other and how we play defense and different spots. But I think each game we play this week we will get better at it.”

On what impressed him the most tonight about how the team played:
“What impressed me the most was the spacing on the court. Since we had more shooters on the floor, the floor was spaced out and we got more drives and kick-outs. I was also impressed with our running, everyone pushed the ball – myself, James, Robert, Stan – we all got the ball and pushed it up the court.”

On the floor being more spaced out on offense:
“There was a lot of space out there tonight. It is definitely a lot of fun for myself, as a point guard, being able to dish it out to these guys (Johnson and Blackmon) so they can knock it down for me. So I can just go out there and do my thing, distribute the ball and find different guys to help us score.”

James Blackmon Jr.

On what he can bring to the game to help the team, besides scoring:
“For me, the main thing that I need to do is work on the defensive end and then everything else will come. Like Coach has said, we want to get deflections and we weren’t at first but we were able to get it going in the second quarter.

Robert Johnson

On what he can bring to the game to help the team, besides scoring:
“I think with (our team) being as small as we are and using 3-guard lineups, playing well on the defensive end is something that we have to do. Other teams might think they have a mismatch against us because of our size, so we have to hit the boards hard, offensively and defensively, and that will open a lot up for our whole team.”

On how the shooting has improved this year:
“I think we can help this team make a big jump, especially from the guard spots, where we can help Yogi. A lot of times last year, the other teams would pack it in because they might not have had as many shooters on the floor. That made it hard for Yogi. This year, it might be easier for him because James (Blackmon) and myself will be running the wings, it will open up the floor for him and allow Yogi to do what he does best.”

Troy Williams

On playing in smaller lineups:
“Really, I think everyone can play any position on any given night. We don’t really call out positions anymore, it’s just wherever you are on the court, do whatever you can do to your advantage. Tonight, I was one of the taller ones on the court for us. I am used to playing guard but it doesn’t really matter to me where I play because I can always get a rebound and push it up the court myself. We have a lot of players like that so we try to use that to our advantage.”

On the kids in the crowd enjoying the game:
“It was a lot of fun tonight. We were able to make some plays that got the kids up out of their seat. We just had a lot of fun.”

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  • Michael Wade

    Devin Davis: 8 pts, 16 rebounds–8 in each half!

  • Degil

    What’s the story on April?

  • dontfiretomcrean

    sounds like he got hurt. not sure what it was. didn’t sound like it was serious.

  • dontfiretomcrean

    I think this team is going to do some damage this year. This trip won’t tell us much really, but if they can play defense and control the boards they’ll put the hurt to some good, good teams. They seem to respect and enjoy each other and that goes a long way.

  • FinEndNow

    Thats awesome!

  • Bryce Kepner

    Strong rebounding night for this team! Especially DD

  • FinEndNow

    So with Hanner not being able to travel did DD start a C? And how did Stan do?

  • CreanFaithful

    Tweaked the ankle. Still expected to get some run on the trip. Was in warm ups tonight limited.

  • CreanFaithful

    Troy lov da kids!

  • NateMH

    Those four guys right there are all ballplayers!

  • CreanFaithful

    Indiana starting James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell and Nick Zeisloft. Opponent didn’t start anyone over 6’6″

  • Bryce Kepner

    I think this team has got to be one of the better conditioned teams in the nation! Big thanks to coach Jackson

  • Will b fun to see those four teamed up with Mosquera-Perea.. At least I hope it is fun to watch… Hope we get to see that on this trip.

  • N71

    You can easily see the development in Troy, obviously on the court but off the court as well. He’s evolving into something special. Fun to watch.

  • Bled4IU

    Can’t believe that IU staff didn’t have HP paper work processed before trip so there wouldn’t be any issues at border! US needs to learn from Canada on how to control borders!

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Ditto, I really think this group has a better than average chance to be special.
    I know it’s early, and these games have to be taken with a grain of salt, but it seems the recruiting that coach has done in the off season really added to a team atmosphere.
    I think that was lacking a little last year, and a great deal of the game is mental.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I could not agree more, he has really increased his strength.
    I like the commitment he has shown to improvement.
    I’m very excited for this season.

  • skotchie

    The athletic dept should’ve had everyone’s paperwork in order days after they committed to this trip. What a joke it’s not like Hanner or anyone else is carrying around their passport or a visa for that matter.

  • IUfanforever

    Skochie, obviously you haven’t travelled out of the States much? The fact that Hanner is not a US citizen even makes it more difficult for him! So how about give the IU staff a break on this cause it is very difficult to obtain a Visa or passport since Hanner is not exactly a US citizen. It takes months for this process if you have some issues. Wow….I am amazed at how some people on this site seem to bash this staff for every little thing that goes wrong! Some things our out of their control and would be up to the process of the United States Homeland Security!!!!

  • skotchie

    What’s the big deal? “It’s like Wisconsin, we pop in we pop out”

  • IUfanforever

    Really….are you a UK Student? You have to be to make such a stupid comment! Since Canada is a different Country and Wisconsin is a State you must have a valid visa and passport without any recent arrest to enter into another country. Since Hanner has a DUI I am sure they the staff has had difficulty to get him cleared and probably will not for this trip. There is no such thing as “popping in” or “popping out” of another country since Homeland Security was invented after 911.

  • skotchie

    Before you have too much caffeine this morning you may want
    to google the “pop in Wisconsin” comment.

    Once again one of those self appointed righteous defenders
    of the program slings the first mud pie in the name calling wars. IF YOU SPEAK
    YOUR MIND AND WE DON’T AGREE YOU’LL BE BRANDED A uk OR pu fan on here.