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We won't be talking to Tom Crean today, but we will be talking with Steve McClain, and also perhaps some players. Updates to follow.
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Looks like we'll be talking to Yogi Ferrell and Victor Oladipo today.
We are still waiting, FYI. The No. 1 ranking appears not to have sped up the program's relationship with time.
McClain up there now.
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"I know one thing — our team is really excited to get out and play." Glad we cleared that up.
McClain: "I think the identity of our team has become a team that plays with toughness, a team that plays fast, a team that takes great shots. We have to make sure that that stays our identity."
On Indiana Wesleyan: "They’re a team that plays up-tempo, they run a lot of motion, a lot of back-cutting, a lot of back-screen actions."
Says there's a lot of motion to Indiana Wesleyan's offense, a lot of back cuts. Also points out that they returned four starters from last season, and one of them didn't even start in their last game.
"I think we’ve had high-energy practices from day one."
"I think we've had high-energy practices from day one. You give the veteran players credit for that because once you step on this floor, it's all about working and getting better every day." - McClain, on IU practices.
More on IWU: "They have a clear plan of how they want to play. They play fast. They scored 91 points last night."
The Wildcats play fast, take good shots, share the basketball, McClain says.
On Yogi: "He has a great demeanor in practice, and it's going to be great to see that come out in a game."
On Yogi Ferrell: "He just gets better every day, and I think he has such a great personality to him and such a great demeanor to him in practice, and now that’s going to be fun to see that come out in a game."
Says fans just saw a little bit of his skill in HH and HHoH.
Mentions that now that IU doesn't have to play itself all the time, they have more flexibility to try out some different lineups against IWU.
"Whether it makes sense to most people, we want to come out and play the way we want to play. Is that playing fast? Yes it is." - McClain
McClain is done.
To recap: When asked specifically about Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin, a program spokesperson said everybody will play tomorrow, except, obviously, for Derek Elston (injury) and Jonny Marlin (transfer). No idea if that means Mosquera-Perea is healthy, but the question was framed in terms of each player's eligibility.
Also can't guarantee that means both are regular-season eligible, but if memory serves, Guy-Marc Michel was held out of the exhibition game for eligibility concerns in 2010-11.
Oladipo, Ferrell cometh.
Ferrell and Oladipo step up to the podium.
Oladipo on what he tells the rookies tomorrow night: "They might have a little nerves at first, and it might be a shock to them at first, but at the end of the day, they’re just playing basketball and doing what they love to do."
"It might be a shock to them at first, but at the end of the day, they're just playing basketball, doing what they love to do." - Oladipo, on Ferrell and the rest of the freshmen.
Was he asked directly if they were eligible? Still wish he could say it is behind us, but given that they can play, it is somewhat encouraging. By that I mean it talks me off the ledge
Oladipo on team unity: "We were really together last year, but I think this year, we have to be more together than we’ve ever been."
Hopefully thats some good news.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
"I think we were together last year, but this year we have to be more together than we've ever been, because we're always going to have a target on our backs." - Oladipo
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