Notes and Quotes: Crean talks Stony Brook

  • 11/10/2011 8:05 pm in

Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s Thursday press conference previewing Indiana’s season opener against Stony Brook on Friday at Assembly Hall. Watch the press conference here. (Photo: Crean talks about Maurice Creek’s season ending injury on October 12.)

Wants to challenge the team by playing a team like Stony Brook to open the season. This is a team that has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. (Picked to finish in the top three of their conference by most publications and a top 150 team according to

Stony Brook is deep and returns their all-around best player. Believes the America East is an outstanding league with very good coaches.

From his time in Big East gained a lot of respect for programs like Stony Brook. IU played Boston University a few years ago (also in the America East) and on any given night teams from this league can win.

“We’re going to be tested as much as we have in our time here in openers and as much as any that I’ve been a part of as a head coach.”

“They play hard and everything that I can see they’re not a team that’s going to ever back away from anything.”

“Really, really good 3-point shooting team. Just solid all the way around.”

“It’ll be fun to have the opener here. It’ll be fun to have a great crowd. But they’ll be nothing fun about that game when it comes to playing and coaching. It will be an absolute battle.”

Stony Brook has Wisconsin tendencies in that they have a style and pace they want to play. They are good at their style of play. Spread the floor, set a lot of ball screens, good movement, run their break.

Feels like Stony Brook is a deep team that will play nine or ten. Doesn’t see a huge drop off when they go to the bench.

“They do a great job of spacing to the corners.”

They will mix up defenses between 2-3, 1-3-1 or man-to-man.

“If you don’t move bodies and not just the ball, it really allows them to stay in really, really good rotation.”

“We knew it when we scheduled it …This is going to be a really physical game. I’m not sure we’re ready for that. And we’re going to find out.”

Not sure on a starting lineup, but has a couple in mind.

“We’re at a point where we have six starters and maybe a seventh knocking on the door based on the last couple weeks of practice.”

Tom Pritchard and Christian Watford are good, but not great in terms of their fitness.

“Tom has gotta keep facilitating so many different things when he’s in the game.”

Most important thing for Pritchard and Watford heading into tomorrow is defensive rebounding because Stony Brook won’t put a guy on the floor who can’t score.

“There’s a lot of our offensive sets that aren’t even close.”

Doesn’t feel like timing and rhythm is there yet offensively. Need to move the ball and stay active defensively.

“Tomorrow night will be a challenge of tempo and we’ve got to make sure we can get out and play. And if they take the initial part of the break away, that we don’t just stop, that we keep playing.”

Spending a lot of time on how to utilize Cody and Christian this week.

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  • Anonymous

    Let’s get this rolling.  I’ve been waiting too long.

  • Jmfriedman

    From what I hear, the team is hungry and there has been a level of play and intensity in practice at another level.  Ready to see it…..

  • Anonymous

    IU should have their way offensively tonight. It will be interesting to see what style of game they play. This Stony Brook teams looks like it plays similar to a Big Ten style of play – slow pace, halfcourt sets, and the Wisconsin tendencies that Coach stated. I really hope IU shows an improvement on the perimeter defensively. I remember when IU lost to Boston U a few years ago. I was not happy. Let’s remember that this team is picked by pretty much everyone to win their conference, so let’s not be too hard on our boys. I don’t know much about their players. Is their best returning player pretty tough, or is he just a sheep in Seawolves clothing?

  • jaywiz

    basketball season is here, my friends. this is when my life gets interesting for 4 hours a week.

  • Anonymous

    Some of these comments crack me up. I mean if you are concerned about not being “physical enuff” for Stony Brook…what the hell are you going to do against UK et al? So they have a good 3 point shooter..any guess as to whom is going to get that man to man assignment given the past defensive shortcoming of Jones and Jordy? go Hoosiers.

  • JerryCT

    I admit to being worried in this game.

    + These guys played 5 games already in Europe. As a team they may be ahead of us

    + I watched them play UCONN last year pretty tough most of the game to start the season

    + Ferris State last year convinced me that we have no killer nastiness

    We win but in a close game unless we can get them to go deep into the bench

  • Anonymous

    Can someone please tell me where I can find the hoodie CTC is wearing? I’m in desperate need of new IU threads to flaunt around my purdue buddies here in fort wayne..

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I’m looking more forward to, than the arrival of the 2012 class, is the start of this season.  Lets go HOOSIERS!

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but on the last point, I don’t think we know.  The last three years we certainly had no “killer nastiness”.  But VO and WS could certainly provide it as they get more playing time and find their on-court confidence.  Hulls also has a bit of an edge and may show more of it as he becomes the leader of the team.  I don’t think you’re wrong, I just think we have to let this year’s team show their lack of nastiness before making a determination.

  • JerryCT

    Actually we have seen competitive nastiness in several players individually but not as a team yet. My top nasty players in order are :

    + Dan Moore – more than once had to be separated from opposing players

    + Tom Pritchard – answered Mrkovic with swagger, blue tongue incident …etc

    + Derek Elston – ” the trip”

    + Will Sheehey – his high emotion

    + Victor Oladipo – would not let us lose to Ferris State

    + J Hulls – his scowl when things are not going well

  • Anonymous

    I think when Coach Crean talks about his team not being physical enough it’s more of a ploy to get them to be more physical, so I’m not really worried about that. I’m more worried about the offense clicking and defending the 3. IU probably will score against these guys due to the talent gap, but that isn’t going to be the case against Big Ten opponents.

  • JerryCT

    If I were CTC I would pick up our assignments on defense at half court , deny the passing lanes and leave not much daylight between us and them except for TP and CZ. If they drive us into the lane then TP and CZ have to make the play. I feel this is better than letting them find a 3 pt shooter or a driving cutter

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Fresh looking hoodie. Pretty sure I saw the grey hoodie and sweatpants at the union when I was in B-Town for homecoming. 

  • MillaRed

    Stony Brook will be interesting. They are all upperclassmen. With programs like these, they are usually not high-major recruits due to size. But that doesn’t mean they can’t play. They have been together for a while, have a system that suits their personnel, and have nothing to lose. I like the test.

    I like the balance we have on this team. But like it even better next year (not talking the 2012 class here).

    You have the calm, smart, let the game come to them types in CWat, Cody and Jordy. And the players that have more edge with Will, VO and Derek.

    It’s a nice blend and you need both depending on the game situation.

    Have an anniversary dinner tonight. Thank God for DVR! Go Hoosiers!

  • Anonymous

    Game hat … On. Game face … Coming soon…

    Let’s get this season Rolling!