Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten teleconference

  • 02/16/2015 12:47 pm in

The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the seventh week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

On how important it will be to have Hanner Mosquera-Perea available against Purdue: 

“Well I think it’s extremely important because it just provides a different kind of length and size. But we have got to do a really good job of moving our post defense around and we have got to do an even better job this time of moving Purdue around when they are on defense. And we are looking forward to that and really pull them into a position where they have got to guard more of the court or make a decision if they are going to guard more of the court. But bottom line is you can’t give inside players like A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas any one steady diet. They’re very good at maneuvering and making moves and making counter-moves.”

On Mosquera-Perea’s current comfort level:

“I think those are fine. It’s just getting a comfort level and needs to be more vocal, especially looking at last night. And more proactive on the defensive end in the sense of getting in position quicker. He got caught a couple times behind. And just active would be the key word because he’s certainly capable of that and that’s what he’s got to do — especially defensively.”

On Jordan Fuchs and if he can help create post depth:

“Oh, absolutely. And the one thing that it gave Jordan — he didn’t have a lot of success in the time that he was on the court, but it was only a minus-one on the plus-minus, which is good. But the most important thing was that he got that initial experience and he got on the court. And it wasn’t a predetermined decision not to play him in the second half, it was just the way that it worked out. But this will be a big week. It’s his first full week with us, even though he was in for a lot of it last week. But bottom line is I think he’ll get better every day. He’s doing a lot of extra work and at the same time doing what he needs to do in football. And so I definitely think he’ll gain confidence, that he’ll gain technique and the fundamentals will come back to him even that much more. But the most important thing is what we told him last night after the game, is we need him to be a competitor, the athlete, the tough guy that he is and let the rest of it come from there. And I think after that initial time last night of playing, it will be even better for him.”

On if Crean remembers a year with so many injuries in Big Ten and if it has affected results:

“Well, I’d have to really think about that. I think my first year of 2008-09 there were a few injuries to key guys, but not to the longevity of this. But I’d have to think back through that. I think it affects it. I think without a doubt it does because everybody is changing. I mean, look at Wisconsin who is fantastic but they lose a key guy in the game and they don’t play with Frank Kaminsky and they lose early in the season on the road. So I think it’s true — any time key players are coming out there’s an adjustment period. And when the games are coming fast and furious like this, you’ve really got to have a group of upperclassmen that can carry the load when some of those key guys are out. And in this league, usually it’s an older league and usually there’s enough older guys that you can maintain it. But any time you’re taking a key, key guy out, everybody else has got to step up in their role. And they may not be ready for that. Some are, some aren’t. And I think that becomes a big determining factor in games when games are so close. And the margin for error in this league is so slim because of the closeness of teams right now. So I don’t think there’s any question it plays into it.”

On their success against Minnesota:

“Just speed. And not just the speed of the game, but the speed of moving without the ball, the speed of the ball moving, attacking the press and having really good recognition for the most part — a few times we didn’t. But sometimes our turnovers were errors of commission rather than omission, and that’s going to happen when you’re trying to be on the attack. We understand that and we’ve got to clean some of those things up. But I think the key to the game was that we did a good job of limiting Minnesota to one shot, and that was really key. And then at the other end we were able to get some offensive boards and turn them into baskets. But when you have a team that’s got size, depth and experience — especially with the starters — that Minnesota has, they’re going to find ways to beat you. And one of those ways is to get second shots. And we did a really good job of not letting that happen.”

On omission of Yogi Ferrell from major award lists:

“Well I didn’t know that until Rick Bozich actually told me that last night, and I really didn’t. I paid so little attention to those types of things. I think you’d have to ask the people that make those decisions, and I’m not even sure who they are. I’m not sure who does the voting on that but I don’t think there’s any doubt you have to question that. Because we’re on national television every night, he’s had a fantastic two years going into this year, and he’s done nothing but get better this year. So I don’t spend obviously a lot of time on those things, or I’d even know more about it. I don’t think Yogi does. I don’t think you can work as hard as Yogi does and spend as much time in the gym and lead film sessions and be in the film room and spend a lot of time worrying about the outside stuff. I think Yogi has got a very big picture in his mind and a short-term focus, if that makes sense, in the sense of he’s not wasting days and he’s not wasting segments of days. A great example is Friday night we practice until about 6:10, 6:20, something like that. Two hours later, he’s back in the gym. And that’s common, that’s not an uncommon thing for him. And I think truly — there’s no question you’d have to question the people that make the decisions. Yogi’s not trying and our team is not trying to win a popularity contest. Those things should be done on performance, and I’m not sure how those decisions get made, but Yogi’s performing. And he’s performing at a high level and he’s performing at a very consistent level and only getting better. So I think that will remain, but I don’t really have better answer other than that as to why that would happen.”

On importance of home crowd against Purdue:

“Well I hope it helps a lot. And there’s just a tremendous energy of the home crowds in the Big Ten. There’s no doubt about that. Ours is second to none. Their people were looking forward to it and I think our people will be looking forward to it. I know our team will be looking forward to it, just as I’m sure Matt (Painter)’s team will be looking forward to it. Bottom line, though, is we’ve got to play much smarter, much tougher, much more sound, much better defensively and really keep the game at an attack level — whether it’s in the full-court, whether it’s in the half-court. And those are the things that Purdue did a really good job of against us when they were there. But I think everybody that follows Indiana, that cares about Indiana, that comes to Indiana games will be looking forward to the game on Thursday night. We had great crowd energy last night, and I’m sure it will be even more for Purdue.”

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  • Ole Man

    Word is, students didn’t really show up for MN. Let’s hope they can be bothered for PUke and get out and make some noise!

  • Kyl470

    Here is hoping Troy continues to take and knock down wide open jump shots. Last game vs. Purdue they played one of their 7 footers on him all night and just stood in the paint daring him to shoot an open shot and Troy didn’t do it. Hopefully at home he can knock them down and make them pay for leaving him wide open.

  • Kyl470

    I know I’ve brought this up before and I’ll do it again, but is anyone else starting to think offering April and Priller was a mistake? I mean last night CTC played a guy who just joined the team over both of them.

  • brntn

    Nah. They’re freshman who are clearly not at the competitive level as their peers, but were they really expected to play this year? I’d wait until they’re juniors to judge them.

    Who else would CTC have signed that would have worked out better?

  • Kyl470

    No one, but you don’t have to offer scholarships just to use them. You could always give them to a worthy walk on for a year if you have any left over. But as of now we are currently oversigned for next year. We wouldn’t be had he saved those two scholarships.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Yes crowd was awful last night. Lots of empties and a mass exodus at under 4 min timeout even though Minnesota cut lead. Even Michigan game had alot of empty seats. Outside of Maryland game crowds have not been up to standards at home.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I can’t understand it. I always got stuck with the nosebleed junk seats during the end of the Mike Davis era, and I missed one game due to an exam. What I wouldn’t have done to have a team that was actually exciting to watch and had some possibility of making a run in a tourney. And forget about it if I got to include the Zeller years.

  • bojak

    Unless they are hurt or on Crean’s S##t list I don’t understand why they couldn’t have gotten in a few minutes in a game like last night.

  • Mack

    Really? At least be out there selling your tickets like I did a few times years ago if I didn’t want to watch a gimme game against teams like Wisky (remember when they were a push over?) and Nwestern. What’s the problem? They can bring their i-phones. Maybe it was too cold for them. Sheesh. Maybe I’ll go down and look for some tickets for Thurs.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    trust me, he’s not going to turn down a 5-star or 4-star (or even 3-star, for that matter) big man who wants to commit to iu for the sake of keeping those guys planted firmly on the end of the bench. stuff like that tends to work itself out, as we’ve seen quite a few times the past few years.

  • ForeverIU

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the Sunday schedule. Students have had a fun weekend and have slept in much of the day Sunday and are ready to hit the books?

  • bvillehoosier

    As a former IU student myself I can assure you, I was NEVER ready to hit the books…did so out of necessity LOL.

    Crowd did seem light last night. I was at the Maryland game and it was a barn burner of a crowd. Not sure what gives

  • Absolutely. Troy makes all the difference in the world in any game. The second he starts consistently making outside shots and has to be defended out there, so much more is opened up. Seriously, how do you guard Troy Williams out top when he can then just drive past you at will? Or, dish it to whomever else is now open? Purdue is going to be in for a shock if we execute like we did last night–it’s simply not the same team they played in West Lafayette.

  • ForeverIU

    Well the empty seats next to you were probably those of your fellow Sunday book worms, lol.

    Maryland was on Thursday, ha. Perfect party night.

  • Mack

    Good point. Sunday afternoon and evening, crunch time. I know I teach in college and get those Sunday emails trying to understand, yet again, what they were supposed to read, do, write.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, I’m a college professor too. I feel your pain.

  • 3AM Burrito

    I know I don’t get it this team is very fun to watch, even national media says one of most fun teams in nation. Kind of sad Hoosier Nation isn’t showing up this year at Assembly Hall. Hopefully Thursday is different and fans finish season strong.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Yeah I took my son and he was like ‘how come nobody is here?’. Kind of embarrassing, I especially how fun team is to watch. Maddening at times but entertaining. Just wondering what Troy will do when he gets a rebound to start the break is worth showing up for!

  • KmanCRK

    With combine going on in Indy this week, will we see John Harbaugh working the bench for the Hoosiers for the Purdue game?

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Good point, I would tag Stan along with that, if he would develop that jump shot i think it would open up his drive.

  • KmanCRK

    No. If you look back at the time we signed those guys, Hartman seemed unlikely to play this year, and we were staring at maybe 8 guys on the roster. You need at least 10 to make practice competitive. I always assumed those were hail marys in the sense that if they worked out great, but needed size and bodies for practice as dumb as that might sound to some. We had 3 scholarships to use (Holt being 3rd) and we needed every body we could grab at that late stage. Feel free to chalk it up to mismanagement of the roster, but at the time, I thought and still think you had to do it.

  • KmanCRK

    Crean does not have a history of giving end of bench guys minutes. Look at HMP’s first two years. He rarely made an appearance, even if we were up 30, Zeller played until the last 60 seconds.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Coach Crean has mentioned that April needs to increase his effort.
    I don’t want to cast aspersions, but that shouldn’t be a question mark for a Freshman who wants minutes.
    I would understand if Coach said he wasn’t ready, but effort?

  • Bk39

    Watch Priller on the sidelines during the games, he is putting 100 % effort into every game, may not be on the floor, but nobody plays his bench position better. If he sticks around, with his attitude, he will earn a place on the floor.

  • Andrew

    I graduated last year and did not miss a single game that I had a ticket for in my four years at IU, even my freshman year before IU was “back.” I remember I had one exam scheduled during a home game but as soon as the prof. found out, he rescheduled the exam. It really saddens me how many students buy tickets that don’t have the intention to come to every game and to be loud for every game. They just waste tickets that fans who want to come and be loud at every single game should have. I wish there was some way to filter those fans out when it comes to buying tickets.
    My brother is currently a sophomore, so I have gone back to Assembly for a few games this year, and other than the Maryland game, the crowd has been pretty dull. So frustrating!

  • MrNobody

    I noticed one time when they showed CTC walk down the bench it appeared that JA was the very last seat. Is that by design? Would you not prefer your scholly/project big to have a better learning angle. Past the walk-ons? Maybe it is true he is fed up with his lack of effort.

  • IU diehard from CT

    I didn’t see that at all from the tv. The hall looked full to me. Everyone hates Purdue. Especially IU. Kids will be fired up. Book it

  • IU diehard from CT

    I would think so. They seem to be all very close as a family.

  • B1G Lifer

    La Bamba!