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Post-Georgetown notes, quotes

Notes and quotes courtesy of IU Media Relations


Indiana coach Tom Crean

On his team's performance vs. Georgetown:
"I said that this was going to be an epic battle and we haven't been in a lot of those in November but we were ready for one and so was Georgetown. I think that everybody that played tonight absolutely left it out there. We certainly didn't play great, there is not one area that I could look at and say we were dominant in that area, but we kept getting better. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think I would be nervous if it was in November and there wasn't. But our guys went and played a high level team in a high level way and I am proud of everybody."

On the performance of Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell:
"Yogi has great body language. When he gets distracted or frustrated he gets out of it fast and that's what great players and definitely great point guards have, they have to be able to move on right now. That is not the first time that he has hit a shot with the clock winding down. We have seen it in scrimmages and practice at different times. He just has something about him."

On tonight's performance and potential of Georgetown:
"They are just going to get better and better because they are young, long and athletic and they don't deviate from what John (Thompson III) wants. They have a great system and a team of basketball players that are extremely athletic. And they don't deviate from their system so we had to get them out of their comfort zone the best we could. We made a couple of adjustments at half time in the zone which I think helped us. But you are not going to keep them from doing too many things, they put too many guy on the court that can make plays. I think they will keep improving."

On Indiana dominating the overtime period:
"I think it was great because our attitudes were fantastic. Our heads didn't drop, there wasn't any complaining, and I just kept saying to them "this is tremendous." To have an opportunity like this so early in the season, this is great because they have to find a way to win. You have to do what is required to win the game and everybody did what they do best tonight. I think what helped the most in overtime was our great maturity."

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III:

On the team's performance over the last two nights:
"We came here to win and we had our chances, so it's extremely disappointing how things turned out."

About Indiana's 10-3 run:
"They are a good team. They are the best team in the country, so I wouldn't say it was lack of poise. They did a good job during that stretch...we had some bad offensive possessions. Then we were able to settle down a little bit and force the overtime."

On whether poise contributed to the five minute stretch in the second half where Georgetown didn't score:
"We have to give them credit. They are a good defensive team and they are a good offensive team. They play well together. Yogi used that element of speed...We are still growing up and hopefully we hope to grow up from the loss. We had a lot of guys out there in situations that they've never been in before. It is probably a little bit of everything."

Challenge of Indiana's front court:
"We were fortunate to be in it with them [Indiana] going to the line 36 times. They do a good job drawing fouls. They consistently have done that all year and they did it again tonight and they made most of their fault shots. I'm not sure what we could have done differently."

On Georgetown's foul trouble:
"I have to give them credit for being able to draw all those fouls. Mikael's fourth foul was key. The fourth one was right in front of us."


• The Hoosiers won their 57th regular-season tournament championship with the win over Georgetown.

• Tonight’s win was the 250th of coach Tom Crean’s career.

• IU is now 2-1 all-time against the Hoyas.

• IU is now 6-1 over the last two years in NBA arenas.

• The Hoosiers held Georgetown to 0 for 7 shooting from the field in overtime and outscored the Hoyas, 18-8.

• Tonight’s game was the first overtime game for the Hoosiers since losing on January 30,2011 at Michigan State.

• This was the first overtime win for the Hoosiers since beating Northwestern, 88-80, on March 6, 2010.

• Indiana has now won three straight against the Big East (Pittsburgh, 2009, Notre Dame, 2011, Georgetown, 2012).

• Senior Jordan Hulls was named MVP of the event after he had 17 points and four steals in the title game. He shot 54.2% from long distance in the four-game tournament.

• Sophomore Cody Zeller also made the All-Tournament team after his 17 point, 8-rebound effort in the championship game. He averaged a team-high 14.5 points in the Classic. He played a career-high 42 minutes against the Hoyas.

• Freshman Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell had a career-high 14 points and added four assists. He made nine of 11 free throws.

• Junior Victor Oladipo had 12 points and made 10 of 13 shots in his two games in the Barclays Center.

• Senior Christian Watford had his 14th career double-double with his 10-point and 10-board performance against the Hoyas. He also made three of four three-pointers and shot 7 of 11 from behind the arc in the Barclays Center.

• Junior Will Sheehey had six points, four rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.

• Sophomore Remy Abell also provided a spark with six points and an assist off the bench. Last year, he made six of 15 three-pointers, while this year he has made seven of eight long distance calls.

• Hulls is now 42nd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,031 points surpassing Butch Joyner who had 1,030 points scored. He also is now third on the school’s all-time three-point list with 190 triples.

• Watford is now 23rd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,355 surpassing former teammate Verdell Jones III who had 1,347 points.

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