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Quotes/notes post-Penn State

Notes courtesy of IU Media Relations.


• The Hoosiers improved to 14-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten. IU won its first two road games in the Big Ten for the first time since 2008.

• The 23-point margin of victory is the largest in the Crean era in a road game in the Big Ten. The last time the Hoosiers posted a victory on the road in conference play was Jan. 23, 2002, in a 85-51 triumph at Penn State.

• Taking back to the 2011-12 season, the Hoosiers have won four out of their last five Big Ten road games and three in a row.

• IU improved to 32-9 in the series against the Nittany Lions. Senior's Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston were 3-0 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

• After two Big Ten games, IU is allowing 58 points and leads the Big Ten in FG percentage defense (32.5) and 3-point FG percentage defense (22.9) after one week of play.

• Indiana is 41-10 since the start of the 2011-12 season and 13-9 away from Assembly Hall in that timeframe.

• The Hoosiers collected 10 steals in the game, the fifth time this season that Indiana has reached double figures in the steals column.

• After shooting 52.4 percent from the floor on Monday, Indiana has now shot 50 percent or better in nine games this season.

• As a team, Indiana went 22-of-34 from the free throw line, the most made and attempted free throws by a Big Ten team in conference play through the first week of Big Ten play.

• The Hoosiers forced 19 Penn State turnovers in the game and turned them into 19 points.

• Indiana connected on 8-of-16 3-point field goals at the Bryce Jordan Center on Monday. Including last year's game (16-of-24), the Hoosiers have made a combined 24-of-40 (.600) at the Bryce Jordan Center the last two seasons.

• Indiana leads the Big Ten (overall games) in scoring (87.0), scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percent defense, rebound margin and assists.

• Through the first two Big Ten games, Christian Watford is averaging 13.5 points, eight rebounds and shooting 50 percent from the 3-point line after his 16-point, 8-rebound night against Penn State.

• Watford remains in 16th place on the all-time scoring list at IU and is the Big Ten active scoring leader with 1,468 points. He also leads the Big Ten this season in free throw percentage (89.2)

Cody Zeller added 15 points and five rebounds in addition to coming away with a season-best four steals.

• Jordan Hulls connected on a pair of triples on his way to 14 points, giving him 1,133 career points to remain in 35th on the all-time list at IU.

Victor Oladipo was the fourth IU player to reach double figures with 10 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists. Oladipo has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last 13 games for the Hoosiers. Oladipo tops the Big Ten in steals per game (2.3) and field goal percentage (.672).

Will Sheehey was once again stellar off the bench, dropping in eight points - all in the second half - and grabbing four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of action.

Remy Abell did not miss a shot from the floor off the bench to account for seven points and handed out a pair of assists in 14 minutes.

• In 10 minutes off the bench, Jeremy Hollowell contributed three points and four rebounds.


Postgame Quotes - Indiana at Penn State

IU coach Tom Crean

On getting a second-straight road win:
"These guys were absolutely committed to getting it. Tom Hamilton, the BTN announcer who's a great guy and did one of the first TV games I ever coached in back at Marquette in 1999, he said after the game in 20 years of broadcasting he hadn't seen a walk through like we had today. I don't want anybody to take that for granted in our program because that's how they work. They come out with a mindset, they come out with an edge and for us to hold this team to under 32 percent in a 40 minute game. We had 24 deflections at half and we came back and got 56 for the game. So to me, we had a few turnovers, we missed some free throws, but the bottom line is we defended. D.J. Newbill is a tremendous player, going to be a great player in this league - (Kevin) Yogi Ferrell got the task there and holds him to 3-of-15. Some other guys stepped up and made some plays. These guys really did a great job of coming in and getting a road win and making defense the forefront of everything they did."

On making Penn State's guards uncomfortable:
"That's big. We had a game plan and our guys were really locked into it. What I told them, and I know I've got to be knocking on wood especially with the game coming up on Saturday, but this is the best that they've talked all year. They talked as well in the second half as they did in the first half. And what we're getting right now is a what you want a team to have is a lot of conversations. And they can even be a little bit demanding on each other. We were a little too quiet on some of the missed free throws where we didn't get after one another and put a little challenge on one another. It's okay to help a teammate and to constructively give them something without being critical, but that the same time, don't get quiet because you're worried about someone is going to react. It's a game of reaction. It's a game of awareness. That communication and dialogue and those conversations going on inside the game really helped us get better tonight. And for us to come on the road and do that is something that means a lot to me because that's showing a maturity that we haven't always had."

On the early turnovers in the second half:
"We were going so fast and we weren't trusting some of the things that we do. We were out running. And it wasn't like their transition defense was stopping us, is was our passing and we got away from some of our side pick-and-roll, we were almost running a 3-on-2 fast break drill rather than a just an absolute get out and fly up and down that court. We weren't doing that as well and we weren't getting into our side pick-and-roll which didn't allow us to get into the post as fast. We just had a couple of mistakes. The thing I liked is that we weren't letting them score either and we held them to 24 points in the second half. I thought was really important."

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