Thomas Bryant, Troy Williams, Max Bielfeldt, Yogi Ferrell and Tom Crean addressed the media on Tuesday evening at Assembly Hall to discuss Friday’s matchup with North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here’s a full transcript of what Crean had to say about the top-seeded Tar Heels when asked about the challenges they’ll present for the Hoosiers:
“The length and the glass, there’s no question. Watching them the way we have, their transition is … we always, in our mind, the best transition in our league is Iowa and Michigan. I know ours is good, but I always think Iowa and Michigan. And a lot of times, Michigan State’s transition especially when they run after a made basket.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory improved the Hoosiers to 27-7 on the season.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wildcats:
· Indiana won with defense: The numbers don’t lie: Kentucky entered Saturday’s matchup with Indiana with the nation’s best offense.
The Wildcats left Des Moines with their second worst offensive performance of the season and Indiana’s defense had plenty to do with it. Kentucky scored just .94 points per possession against Indiana. This wasn’t just about Kentucky missing shots. It was also about Indiana defending.
DES MOINES, Iowa – OG Anunoby, Robert Johnson, Yogi Ferrell and Tom Crean addressed the media at the podium following Indiana’s 99-74 win over Chattanooga in the 2016 NCAA tournament first round at Wells Fargo Arena.
Crean joins Xavier’s Chris Mack, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Bill Self of Kansas as a finalist for the award, which will be announced on Sunday, April 3 at the Naismith Awards brunch at the Final Four in Houston.
Crean led Indiana to a 25-6 regular season record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play, the best mark for the program since the 1992-1993 season when the Hoosiers finished 17-1.
The Hoosiers open the NCAA tournament on Thursday night as a No. 5 seed in the East Region against Chattanooga at Wells Fargo Arena.
Earlier this month, Crean was named the Big Ten coach of the year by the league’s coaches and media.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Nick Zeisloft, Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams and Tom Crean took the podium on Wednesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena in advance of Indiana’s NCAA tournament opener against Chattanooga on Thursday.