Indiana coach Tom Crean’s opening comments:
CREAN: Penn State deserves credit. They persevered throughout the game. They never lost their belief in it, and we gave into the pressure of the game a bit. The two things that hurt us throughout the night were turnovers and the ridiculousness of those, but more importantly tonight is the scouting report defense.
It’s the greatest form of toughness. Everybody thinks they understand toughness. Toughness is consistency. It’s consistency of a purpose. The three words, “do your job,” when you can do that consistently, then you’ve got a form of toughness. When you break down and you give in and you make mistakes, this league is good enough to make you pay.
This team was first in attempts, in attempts and percentage, and we were going to try to take away the paint. We were going to try to take away the 3-point line. Same thing we did against Michigan who had much of the same ability. They could get to the basket. They could get to the 3-point line. They could score. We were the same team that did that a week ago and did it with a lot of success. The bottom line is when you don’t stay true to what your job is – if that means I don’t leave my man, I don’t leave my man. That means I force him left, I force him left. If it means I communicate a screen, I communicate a screen. If it means I switch, I switch.
When those break down enough, that’s where we never took their belief away from them in this game because we made too many mistakes along the way that allowed them to stay in it.
The turnovers, there is no excuse. I’d like to say, you know what, if we did this, if we did that. What if we just aired it out and slowed it down? I’m not sure that’s the answer. We need easy baskets, so you have to run some. We just we lost this game defensively by allowing them to stay in it with mistakes and then the pressure of the game got to us a little bit. Couple five second calls and a couple of, I keep going to the word awareness, and that is the nicest word I can use, and that’s what we’ve got to continue to coach, and we’ll get right back at it. As I said to these guys, any night, anybody can beat anybody in this league. We’ve done it, they’ve done it. Anybody can do it.
The only way we’ll be able to get better is to come back and get better. So that’s all we can do. So go ahead.
In terms of the last five minutes, the offense sort of came to a halt. You guys didn’t make a basket.
CREAN: I haven’t looked at the offense yet. I’m sure you’re right. What is the question? What happened to us?
Yeah, you guys were scoring pretty effectively before then. Definitely high shooting early.
CREAN: We had a few turnovers in there. I don’t have a great answer on that until I watch the film. But when you’re trying to you’ve got to have more than one or two guys that can get the ball where it needs to be. We missed some shots, a couple of quick ones, but I mean, I’m rambling now. I’ve got to go watch the film. So it obviously wasn’t good enough, but I’ve got to watch it.
Indiana Players Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey:
How devastating is it to lose a game like that?
FERRELL: It’s not very fun to lose a game like that. It all comes down to execution at the end of the game. It just has to get a lot better. We just can’t panic on the court. We’ve just got to stay true to ourselves and execute.
What do you feel happened on the inbounds situation there that led to the turnovers? What happened there?
SHEEHEY: We panicked. We didn’t stay true to our scouting report.
Was it something that you felt like at any point it snowballed and they gained so much momentum so fast there late?
SHEEHEY: We just didn’t execute. You have to play each possession like it’s the last possession.
Coach talked about a lack of leadership down at the end of the game. What do you guys feel you could have done better? What do you think that coach was looking for?
FERRELL: You know, I think Coach was looking for when a team goes on a run like Penn State did, guys like myself and Will to get our team riled back up. Because some guys may have down faces just a little bit just because they went on that run. So it’s just on our part to tell these guys we’re not going to lose this game, and I think that’s what he was looking for.
There were three turnovers at the end and 20 in the game. That’s been a problem for this team all season long. Is there an explanation for why it hasn’t been cured?
FERRELL: We’ve just got to get more intelligent on our team, I feel like. It starts, of course, with me and Will; always does. We’re the front-runners for that. We’ve just got to be more intelligent with the ball and how we play the game.