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Post-Game Quotes: Indiana
 
 
 

 

 
 

Jan. 30, 2011

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo

Opening statement...
I know fans are getting a little frustrated with us, but they're getting their money's worth. I don't know if anything's an upset anymore, it happens when a team shoots well and Tom's (Crean) team did such an incredible job making 3's and moving the ball the first half I didn't think they were good, I thought they were great. Indiana out-played us for the most part. I don't think it was for a lack of effort, they just made some shots, we missed some shots, and I thought we had some good looks inside the 3, I know Durrell did. We are shooting better from the line, turning the ball over eight times in an OT game which is big. Our defense at times was phenomenal and at times not very good. I think we were down a little bit especially when we get guys in foul trouble and we don't have a lot of bodies left.

Positive things for me, the play of (Kalin) Lucas and Draymond (Green). I think Lucas blew by people and looked athletic and did a great job defensively. Draymond made big plays, but earlier was trying to make too many plays and was passing too much, I finally told him he needed to start shooting. (Keith) Appling did a good job on Hulls which made him earn every shot. Nix has good feet and hands and did a great job today. We just can't seem to put anyone away, we are just holding on for the win.

On the win for the team and program...
I think our team needed it more than the program. We scrapped and fought like Indiana did, I think Tom did a phenomenal job with those kids. We did a good job defensively and had some good looks and in OT we defended really well.

On playing Kalin most of the game ...
We will have to play a lot of guys a lot of minutes. I'd like to play more of our bigs and move Green to the 3 to give some of the guys rest. Thank God Kalin is in the shape he's in, he's exploding better and I've resigned myself I'm going to have to play a lot of guys a lot of minutes.

On Nix's confidence...
You see his conditioning grow, not confidence. He is a better player when he is in shape. If he was playing at what he weighed at the end of the summer we would have ourselves a pretty good player. Going into overtime he said to trust him he was going to come through and I said I do. He's worked very hard after practices. Derrick deserves some of the credit, and deserves some of the blame. If he keeps improving like this he'd be a great player.

On the win after the three losses...
It was a big win after the week we went through. It's hard on coaches and players whether it's a loss or people losing confidence in you. Losing three in a row starts weighing on you and we haven't been in those situations very much and I'm not sure some of these guys have been in this situation before at all. We defend better later in the games and I'm not sure if its because the guys are saving themselves because they know the situation we are in or if we should sub earlier. The coaches went from bad to worse trying to find a flow but we are growing and learning.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean

Opening statement...
Well, I think there are so many steps for our program that we're trying to take and one thing as a coach, there is nothing like when you go on the road and you're with your guys and you're with your team, before the game during the game after the game, when there is a strong belief that they're going to win the game. You're in that locker room and the energy is where it is, during the game you can feel it. It is the ultimate, and the only thing that makes it better is when you get a win. And we did everything, but, today and they deserve it. It was an incredibly hard fought game. They brought a toughness and I think our guys brought a toughness. There was execution. There were mistakes. There were all kinds of different things throughout the game and neither team ever stopped battling. When you look at the blueprint that this program here at Michigan State was built on, it's the same thing that I tried to do when I left here to go to Marquette and it's the same thing I'm trying to do now at Indiana, is get a team that understands that it's them against the world no matter where you go and you got to rely on each other in so many different ways through so many different times, positively and negatively and that's how you grow and bond. That's how Tom (Izzo) built it, that's how I'm trying to rebuild it again back at Indiana. Building is an incredibly hard process, but I love the guys that we're going through it with. I love the lessons that I learned as a coach and as a man being in this program and being around Tom and his family and the entire Michigan State family for the time that I was here. We took steps today, but just didn't get the win to show for it.

On scoring on last possession...
I think, just get the ball in the right people's hands. Get the court spread like we've been doing throughout the game. We had guys on the court that could make plays. It started to break up a little bit, but at the same time we had movement and that's the key. He's going to know our plays and we're going to know his. It comes down to who can make a play out of nothing. They made some today, we made some today and there are some things that didn't go right for us at the foul line, but there is not a lot I'd change. I'd like to have one more timeout.

On Jordan Hulls at the end of regulation...
The guys that we have in the game, especially Jeremiah (Rivers), he is an outstanding free throw shooter. I think Jordan did what he was comfortable with. We were in our main man type of offense there, which is exactly the same thing that Tom has in his arsenal and I have a high level of confidence when Jeremiah has the ball in his hands. Without a doubt.

On Indiana's toughness...
It's growing, but it's going to be a challenge now. Because we don't have a lot in the tank, in the sense of real confidence from winning numerous games and we're going to have to really, really get a lot out of one another. It's not just hey, good game. These guys have to get deep with one another, know how to bring help and bring them back to really understand that there is not a lot of season left. We get to go home, we're playing really good teams again and we got to figure out how to bounce back. When you've got a lot of guys that have won and have success under their belt, bounce backs are a lot easier. They're always hard but their easier and we don't have that right now so we have to get back. I'm really hoping when we get home on Wednesday night, that it is packed to the gills again just rocking like it was Thursday night, and certainly like it was in here today. That will help a lot with these guys

On coaching against Tom Izzo...
When you compete like he's competing, and I like to think I am, it's hard. I root for him every day of the year, but the day I have to go against him. I would think he's the same way. It's tough. We really felt we could win the game. I'm really proud of these guys and not because Michigan State had lost a couple games. That's not it at all. This league is measured by what Michigan State does. At Indiana, it sure is, because of the way I feel about them and the way I feel about the way they run this program, and the way I feel about their toughness and their attitudes. There are a lot of great programs in our league and everyone knows that. We have a great one in our state and Purdue and Ohio State is No. 1 in the country. There are a lot of great programs; it wouldn't be the league it is without it. When we started here, the league was measured in the standard that Tom followed, how do we beat Indiana and Purdue. There's probably not a program in the Big Ten that doesn't have Michigan State at the top of what the standard is in this league.

 

 

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