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Guess is we're talking to Tim Buckley as the scout assistant today. We're slated to start a whole three minutes ago, so who knows when this shindig will begin?
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Jordan Hulls: "They’re always a tough, physical team to play against, well-coached, they play hard, so we know we have to do a lot of good things throughout the game."
More Hulls, on defensive gameplan: "Just getting out in passing lanes, playing defense the way we know we’re capable of doing, and just trying to play good basketball for 40 minutes."
On whether Michigan State is more athletic: "They’ve always been able to run, so we know every time that we play Michigan State, we know that’s a big part of the game."
That was Hulls.
Christian Watford on Michigan State's physical toughness defensively: "We’ve got to just get moving. Our offense is designed to get moving."
Crean up, talking Sparty: "Reading some of the comments coming out Michigan today, those guys are really excited to play. ... They’re the first-place team. They’re road-tested. They’re clicking in a lot of really good ways."
On playing Izzo: "I look at it two different ways. I don’t enjoy going against somebody that I have that much of a friendship with and that much of a relationship with, but I do enjoy going against great coaches."
Crean said he's used to the Izzo that is "doom and gloom, the sky is falling." Crean's concerned about the fact that Izzo and his gang are excited.
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Crean: "I’m far more concerned with the fact that I think they’re doing a really good job of turning the other team’s turnovers into baskets."
Crean said they are road-tested because of how well they take care of the ball. MSU doesn't turn the ball over much and scores off turnovers routinely, Crean said.
On Appling: "He’s the guy that beat us a year ago, up in East Lansing. He’s tremendous. ... He can turn it on at any point in time. He’s got some great strengths. He’s excellent in transition."
Crean said IU will mix defenses against Michigan State and that every player on the floor needs to be fully aware at all times.
On Payne: "He’s tremendous. The second half he had against Penn State, I could just only hope everything goes well in that hotel tonight, and he doesn’t get that fire lit."
He's obviously joking about the hotel incident between Payne and Branden Dawson.
On Michigan State having so much size: "I don’t think there’s any question it causes issues, and I think they know it does. ... They’re really looking for how people match up with them. I’m not sure it’s a conventional match-up game for us."
Crean: “As we cut practice time back physically, you can’t cut back on it mentally.”
Crean is backing off on practice time recently due to how many games the team will be playing soon. They have three games this week and another three-game week coming up next month.
He said the practices are "more quick-hitting," and they fit the same amount of content in a shorter amount of time at practices now.
Crean asked about free-throw shooting: "I think there’s times we get undisciplined with our technique. That’s what it is, and to me, that’s really all it is. They say sometimes it’s contagious, and I think it is. ... Sometimes, we’ve gotten undisciplined and lazy in our technique, and that’s what it’s been and that’s what we work to correct."
Should follow this by saying Indiana is easily the conference's best free-throw shooting team, in terms of attempts, makes, percentage. Spokesman says IU leads the league in attempts and makes.
And now we're done. More coming.
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