Quotes: Crean, IU players on Big Ten title, Iowa and more

  • 02/29/2016 8:49 pm in

Per IU media relations, here are quotes from Indiana coach Tom Crean, senior Yogi Ferrell and junior Collin Hartman in advance of Tuesday’s game at Iowa. The trio all address IU clinching a share of the Big Ten title, the matchup with the Hawkeyes and more:

Tom Crean

On Iowa:
“Fran (Mccaffery), his staff and his players have done as good a job as anyone in the country this season and we are well aware of their abilities.

On this week:
“We are excited. The trick is, everybody knows what is at stake and nobody is really talking about it. There is no difference in our level of work, it is as high as it has been. It’s not higher and it’s not lower. Our sense of urgency has been really high. I would be more concerned if we were really turned up right now or if we were a little flatlined. We are neither. We are on pace. Now, what will that bring us? Let’s go find out.

“We are navigating injuries. All we can control is how much better we are getting and that’s exactly what they have done the whole time. And I’m good with that. As long as we keep focused on that, that is all that matters.”

On playing Iowa for a second time:
“Iowa is good. We are not going to look at it and say they haven’t done this or they haven’t done that. They are capable of doing anything they want. They are really, really good. They are deep, talented and as experienced as it gets. They are as well-coached as you can be. They have a lot of different ways to beat you – offense, defense, rebounding, pressure, mixing defenses, in the lane, 3-point shooting.

“We are going to have to play a lot better than what we did in the game here. We made too many mistakes. We won the game, but we made too many mistakes here. We had too many errors defensively. We should have switched this and we shouldn’t have switched that and we have to be better at those things.

“We cannot let them run. It is Senior Night there. It’s going to be like the Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year’s all wrapped into one. We know that. That is what they have earned at Iowa and we are going to have to go in there and really, really handle that. I know our players are excited about the opportunity to play at Iowa.”

On capturing a share of the Big Ten title:
“We are honored to have secured a share of the Big Ten Championship which means a great deal to the young men in our program and their families, our staff and their families, and to the many loyal Hoosier fans across the state of Indiana and the nation. Winning a championship is not easy and this accomplishment is a testament to the hard work, perseverance and character of our team. I know this means a lot right now, but it will mean even more later.

Yogi Ferrell

“We expect tomorrow night to be a typical big game Big Ten atmosphere. They are a great team with seniors who have played in a ton of big games and been to the NCAA Tournament. We have to maintain what we have been doing and that is to communicate and not try to make anything other than the simple plays.”

“They like to play fast so our transition defense will have to be at its best. They have a lot of different weapons that can hurt you very quickly. We know how tough they are and respect them a lot.”

“We are proud to have won a share of the (Big Ten) title but there is still so much more to play for. Our focus and mindset doesn’t change. It gets better every day.”

Collin Hartman

“Coach Crean keeps us focused on what’s important for this team. We have a great group of guys. I think a culture is being built that anyone can make the big play or have a breakout game and it doesn’t have to be the same guy every night.”

“Our coaching staff does a great job of preparing us for each game. They are great teachers. Iowa is a tough team and we know Tuesday we will play in a hostile environment. I expect it to be a great college basketball game.”

“I wasn’t on the championship team in 2013, so I’m excited to be part of one this year. We are building something special together.”

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  • I agree. I think Utoff will get his, but we can stop Jok and Gessell both. Hartman needs to step up big time tonight. The freshmen will be key.

  • Yes Greenberg had some very good commentary on his College basketball show today.. talked at length how we’ve really turned it around.. a different team than we were in Maui, etc. He’s really had more good to say lately than anyone on BTN, that I’ve heard anyway.

  • dwdkc

    They both have completely changed our team on D. Love those guys. Especially because we didn’t expect so much from them.

  • ForeverIU

    I was just wondering if there was an official announcement about today’s game, but I guess not.

  • ForeverIU

    In a way that’s better. He needs to heal, and it will be good for us to build on our Illinois line-up.

  • Nope, and I think an official announcement is exactly what we won’t be getting. Frustrating as all get out, for sure.

  • bleeding crimson

    I would have to disagree, they are already predicting MSU as a #1 seed, but if we win out and win the B!G T that should automatically put us above MSU and get a #1 Seed. I know the RPI and such says differently right now but to me that is a Duh.

  • Pianoroark

    If I have to eat those words, HoosierKen, they won’t need any seasoning at all. They’ll taste delicious.

  • bleeding crimson

    One of the main topics that they that in consideration is how well the teams do in the last part of the season and IU can run the table that will justify a #1 seed of course depending who is ranked above us, but if MSU is considered a #1 seed already than I think that speaks for itself.

  • deez33

    I think we beat Maryland at home to clinch outright regardless of tonight’s outcome. The most important thing about tonight is, in my opinion, can we show up in a true road game with a lot on the line? I love how the team has adjusted and improved all season long but I’m just a little skeptical about being a true Final Four contender.

    I dunno, I’m just not that impressed by our big wins– all have come at home. I know we can beat anybody in the country in AH. I want to see this team take the next step and beat a hungry team in a tough environment with a lot on the line. I wanna see this team stick together when faced with adversity like the great teams do. I am very excited to see how the boys do tonight and hopeful they take care of business and take that next step.

  • pdhoosier

    I think I’ll have to get a jersey made with that on the back for next year! Is it copyrighted!?

  • Gonna be fun next year and beyond with the returning players. Out of everyone on our roster, I think OG has the highest potential in the pros.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m with you. i mostly just want to see our guys come out and play with some attitude, to stay focused the entire game. if we lose because shots aren’t falling, then so be it. i just don’t want to see them pushing us around, out hustling us, etc…of course, goes without saying i’ll still be in a lousy mood if we don’t win.

    in spite of their current funk, i think IA can beat pretty much any team in the country at home (not named MSU). be interesting to see what happens tonight if our shooters are a shootin’

  • good analysis. These expert projections are usually based on RPI, and are sometimes way off. If we win the conference title outright, even going 1-2 to end the season and go out early in the B1G tourney, we will do no worse than a 2 seed. The committee will not put the B1G conference champs higher than that.

  • Fifer39

    Agree with this too and this is certainly why we seem to be forecast a lower seeding than we would like – I’m not sure anyone trusts us yet and we need more quality wins preferably on the road to move up.

    Just nice at this point in the season, and a change from recent years, to feel as if we’re still improving and can go into the tourneys with some confidence.

  • what if IU beats MSU in the conference tournament?

  • Fivelefts

    I don’t think so.. I would err on the side of no..

  • Oh, okay, gotcha. I was gonna say, if he said all that, which makes perfect sense, that would be awesome. But I’m sure he’s thinking it! 🙂

  • I won’t say I’m not impressed by our big wins, because winning at home is what a good team does. Agreed 100% though about beating a good team on their court. This team might have done so against Wisconsin if the officiating hadn’t been so blatantly bad (and it’s been awhile since I’ve been willing to blame the refs for a loss), but even so they didn’t pull it out. Tonight would be huge to show that the team is truly ready to make some noise in the NCAA.

    Probably why I’m so nervous about the game. 🙂

  • I’d say that’s the recipe for success from here on out: defensive intensity right out the gate, to avoid getting in any kind of a hole. Generate transition offense immediately as well. And I’m now officially VERY nervous about the game.

  • Koko

    And Rayl did his scoring with no three point line. I’m a big fan of “The Splendid Splinter”. I grew up in Kokomo. I was at every home game when he played and followed him at IU……he was indeed something to watch.

  • SilentBob

    Must still be haunted by the 2014 champ game when UK and UCONN advanced as 8 and 7 seeds lol. But seriously I imagine it’s all because of the neutral site victory over Duke. If we had won @ Ohio State instead of at home that would have helped a bit. But a win tonight at Iowa will put us clearly above UK. Either way I think the committee will try their absolute hardest to put IU-UK on a collision path. Too much money to be made not to.

  • Ms hoosier

    If he hangs #6 you can put him up there with Chaeney and Isaih

  • Agreed. As of right now, I’m fairly convinced that Yogi has his legacy firmly in mind, and that’s why he’s leading the team the way he is. Tonight is huge in this regard, as is his Senior Day on Sunday. I will be utterly shocked if Yogi doesn’t play with incredible fire and leadership, and drags the team just as far as he can. Good thing is, he’s leading a bunch of great players who also want to succeed. I’m confident, but still nervous about tonight, because it’ll show us so much about the mental state of the team overall and Yogi specifically.

  • mark

    People need to understand IU is short 2 of their key players. Other guys have stepped up, but even so, the depth is not what it usually is. They deserve an awful lot of credit , but at the same time, we shouldn’t be shocked if they lose some now, given the circumstances

  • Short two key players? You mean someone other than RJ? JBJ was long enough ago that it’s well behind the team at this point.

  • BL

    Not suggesting at all that the remaining games and the tourney aren’t important. I know they are to YF. No doubt, crashing and burning would be a big disappointment. Personally, barring injury, I believe the likelihood of that happening is next to nil.

    However, my point is, notwithstanding what happens from here, Yogi has cemented his position as an all-time great IU guard. As an example, name the IU guards you would honestly rank in front of him. Definitely a very short list. It’s not all about banners. In fact, you gave the perfect example. Actually, Jimmy Rayl is an IU legend; he’s always mentioned when any attempt is made at ranking IU’s all-time greats.

    I really hope YF takes us deep in the tourney and maybe even wins banner #6. Regardless, IMO, his place in IU history is secure; he’ll forever be a favorite son.

  • BL

    Not sure about Wiscy but certain OSU and MSU will be a load. No doubt, TB is the wild card. He returns and I’m confident we’ll be highly competitive.

  • Bill Graham

    I wonder how much Vegas controls rankings sometimes. I’m thinking that by slightly skewing the seeding such as putting an over-rated UK at 3 they might make some money…the average joe is going to look at the name – look at the seed – look at the spread and make his bet. Vise Versa by putting an under-ranked IU at 5 or 4 they might make some dough if IU upsets a national fav #1 seed in the sweet 16.

  • Talk about the ability to take over a game.. If he started getting hot, which was almost every game, he would beat the other team single handedly. He just didn’t miss. And he’d shoot from anywhere on the court. Most of his shots were taken from beyond what is today’s 3 point line.
    If you’re from Kokomo you very likely also remember Jim Ligon.. Jim was pretty much unstoppable as well. He was like 6′ 8″ or 6′ 9″ and was very long and athletic. I grew up in Elkhart and it was when I was very first getting interested in Basketball.. Elkhart had a pretty good team, and we met Kokomo in the Semi state, I believe it was.. Our coach Max Bell at the time) decided we don’t have anyone to match up with Ligon, so we’ll just stop everyone else, there’s no way one guy can beat us.
    Well Ligon scored about 67 points and we lost to Kokomo something like 75 to 72 or something right round that.. Ligon scored just about all of their points. I’m not sure if or where Ligon ever went to college, but I was already liking IU and was hoping he’d go there.. But he didn’t.
    Just thought you probably remembered him also.
    Some good memories of those two guys from Kokomo.

  • Fifer39

    Ha, ha. Hope so – it’s sound advice!

  • Dereck Johnson

    Sry I meant Maryland & now that they beat Iowa. They should be a 3seed at worse. Even if they lose 2 Maryland & their 1st BIG Tournament game. Although I don’t see that happening. That’s what I meant.

  • Dereck Johnson

    Michigan St isn’t the BIG champs & u can’t guarantee they beat IU on a neutral court. Yeah State is the fav but that’s why they play the games. Indiana beat Iowa twice & say what u want but Iowa beat Mich St twice. I don’t understand your point? Michigan St is better than IU bc they’re slump was in conference. There so they should be the champs?

  • Dereck Johnson

    Obviously I meant Iowa or Maryland. With Iowa down again, just enjoy the ride. IU will be a 2 or 3 seed. Possibly a 1 if they win out. Which I don’t expect but we’ll see.

  • Well I haven’t read your post yet, but I really hope you do one heck of a post ‘crawling on your belly like a reptile’ as you hungrily devour your words… hahahaha..I TOLD YOU SO!!!!……