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UPDATE: 7:01 p.m.
Yes, we've drawn a line under the pregame press conference action and arrived at Tom Crean's Monday radio show, where we have been told to expect him. We'll be getting started here shortly.
We'll be chatting with Tim Buckley and some players today. My money is on Christian Watford and Cody Zeller, and perhaps Remy Abell, but we shall see.
Stay tuned ...
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Buckley is here: "Looking forward to a really good game tomorrow night, a really good opponent. We feel like we’ve learned a lot through our first three Big Ten games."
"They have such great veterans up front that they’ve been able to kind of ease the transition for the guys in the backcourt," Buckley says. "You can see they’re playing with much more confidence."
How will Indiana speed up Wisconsin?
"I think some of it is with pressure. Some of it is with being aggressive. But I also think that you’ve got to be intelligent when you play that way, because you don’t want to foul, you don’t want to gamble, you don’t want to give them easy opportunities."
On Wisconsin's ball security, Buckley says "if you turn the ball over, you kind ofhear the buzzer, and then somebody else checks in."
"I would venture to guess that is something they emphasize tremendously in practice," he says.
Buckley says their program's "culture" and the experience in the frontcourt has helped them transition from being a Jordan Taylor-centered team to being a frontcourt-reliant group.
On Berggren defensively: "He’s intelligent, he’s athletic, he has great timing, he really knows how to play and he’s like the rest of their guys — they all play within themselves. They don’t get out of who they really are."
On Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin being handicapped by the suspension in terms of development: "They would have had a chance to make more mistakes and play through those mistakes, had we been playing who we would have played in the non-conference."
On Elston, Creek injury status: "They’ve been able to get reps. They’ve been able to do certain things. They’re not necessarily full-go."
DRAT! Hulls and Watford. Only one of three on my guesses. Anyway, Hulls on playing at IU's pace:
"We’re gonna try and play our game, but like I said, they’re a good team."
Watford on his improved rebounding lately: "It’s just wanting to be aggressive from start to finish is the main thing, just wanting to get out and hit the glass early and starting from there."
On Wisconsin's 10-game win streak against Indiana: "We don't like to lose obviously, but a new team this year, and we’re just gonna stay focused on that."
Hulls: "They are very talented, and they know what they want to do." (He's not super wordy, that one.)
Hulls on Ferrell: "I think he’s playing great. He’s doing everything that we’re asking of him. He’s asking questions on what to expect."
Watford on the young post players: "They more they play, the more experience they get, they’ll keep getting better every day."
"He’s helping me in a lot of areas, especially as far as going to the basket and finishing strong," Watford says of Kenny Johnson. "He’s a great coach, and he’s definitely somebody you can talk to."
Watford on facing Wisconsin frontcourts: "They never stop coming. That’s the main thing. As the game keeps late, they just keep coming harder and harder."
Looking forward to see some full court press from IU to set the pace. Always felt Crean had not done it enough in the past, but has used it more this year.
Has IU beaten Wisconsin in the Crean era?
No. IU hasn't beaten Wisconsin in 10 tries, going back to the Sampson years, I believe. The Badgers are the only group Crean's not beaten at least once since coming to Bloomington.
Indeed, the man of the hour has arrived, to the usual applause. We'll begin here shortly.
Don starts us off with this news: IU is No. 2, and no undefeateds will threat 1975-76 Indiana. Also Cody Zeller was co-PotW.
"We didn't play as bad as we were led to believe in the second half," Tom Crean begins. Says he's mostly concerned about "lack of focus that we had."
"We played with the lead for a very long time, and we needed to close the door."
Turnovers, free-throw shooting are things he cited.
"It gives you something to strive for, and that's what we're focused on," Crean says of looking at how Indiana played in the first half vs. Minnesota, and trying to get to that level more consistently. "I love our attitudes."
On the three bench points: "It was just one of those days."
Says Perea, Sheehey defended well in the minutes they played.
"Seems to be something of a secret," Crean says of Yogi Ferrell. I think he wants Ferrell to get more publicity for his wise play, etc. Says for being so young, he's an excellent defender. Basically, he's stumping for Yogi.
Crean says Zeller could play in the NFL. I'll leave that one alone.
To be fair, it's actually an interesting point. Says Cody's personality, production sometimes mask how many physical tools he's got for a guy his size.
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