Crean, Hulls and Jones talk Evansville

  • 11/15/2011 2:57 pm in

Indiana media relations just issued the following quotes from Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls and Verdell Jones as the Hoosiers prepare for a Wednesday night game at the Ford Center in Evansville:


“Evansville is a very good team and I have a great deal of respect for Marty Simmons and his staff.. They run motion, but with a lot more patterns and they really get after you on the defensive end.”

“We are going to have to be at our best defensively and force them to take tough shots. We have to have good movement and spacing on offense and attack the glass at both ends.”

“We are really looking forward to get a chance to play in the new Ford Center. It’s going to be a great environment for us to play in. We will face a sellout crowd and they are coming off a big win. The IU fans in that area have always been very supportive and it would not surprise me to see a lot of fans from Washington there either.”

“Winning on the road certainly is a step that this group of guys knows it needs if it hopes to reach our goals.”

“A lot of the players on both teams are very familiar with one another. Colt Ryan really stepped up his game last year, but they have a number of guys who can hurt you. They are an experienced and veteran team that will take advantage of any opportunity you give them.”

“By coming back from a double-digit lead on Saturday, they showed that they are a resilient group.”


“We are very excited to have the opportunity to play in a new facility. For us, it will be a great challenge. We have done a good job thus far of making it about the task at hand and nothing more. Every year is a new year and if we play with the mindset we have thus far, we can be successful.”

“It was a very good game last year against Evansville, and we do have some familiarity with many of their players. Our defense really was timely and we will need to be at the top of our game for 40 minutes.”


“As a group, I think our team is ready to go on the road and do what you need to do to be successful. Watching film, we were very impressed by Evansville and we have to do a great job of stopping them on defense and making open shots on offense.”

“Our mindset is only on the present. We aren’t looking at the past and we can’t worry about the future. Every game, home or away, we believe we can go 1-0.”

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  • Anonymous

    Simmons is of course..a Knight a motion offense and “getting after people” defensively should not be a surprise. Strange things can happen to teams on the road…we’ll find out some things about the Hoosiers Wed night.

  • Anonymous

    Didnt Simmons transfer, if I remember correctly?

  • Tolly1

    yes he transfered to Evansville

  • After watching the games again, and seeing how Stony Brook performed against another 200+ ranked pomeroy team, we know this IU team has proved nothing. This game is a must win, if we are going to get to 18 wins. But for me it is more we need to blow them out. I want to pull out the dumptruck on evansville tonight. No one is over 6’8″ in the SL for evansville. Go get em Cody. 

  • Robkimmell

    yes, he transferred, and I don’t know that he’s ever been a big fan of RMK … I wouldn’t call him a “disciple” of Knight’s.  He was an assistant to Jim Crews for awhile  … so it’s Indiana basketball, not “Knight” basketball.

  • Anonymous

    UE is definitely an improved team this year.  Marty always has them playing hard and they have a few pieces that can give IU problems. I expect an even crowd tonight (I’ll be wearing red) but I would never go into a road game expecting a blow out. Especially given the Hoosiers trouble on the road in recent years.

    I still expect a win, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s pretty tough.

  • Casey B.

    Interesting, however, that Chattanooga stuck close with Butler last night. 

  • Keep an eye on the foul/free throw shooting differential tonight. Coming out of the Butler game that was Steven’s big gripe……UE was getting a ton of calls at home. If Zeller picks up a couple quick ones the court becomes much more even very fast. Lets see if Vic can stay out of foul trouble on by far their best player in Colt.

  • Anonymous

    Butler at least for now is not close to the last two years, just because Eville beat them doesn’t make Eville really good for beating them, and yes it probably tells us about butler against chatta. But we haven’t seen IU have a bad shooting night yet and really need to survive on their new found D efforts.