Indiana coachTom Crean’s opening comments:
CREAN: Bottom line is we did not shoot well enough tonight. When we moved the ball well and kept it moving from side to side, we were really hard to guard. We just didn’t do it enough.
They made some big, tough shots, and we made a couple of mistakes late of leaving (Walter) Pitchford baffles my mind, to be honest with you. (Pitchford made 3 of 4 3-pointers) How we can make a mistake like that in a switch game. Late in the game, once we made the run, we all felt like we were going to be able to get over the hump.
Again, you just can’t have you can’t have defensive mistakes. You can’t have a mistake where you haven’t made them all game and then all of a sudden make one late. It never comes down to one or two things, but they do get magnified.
And this team has got to continue to grow up in the sense of doing what it takes each and every possession. It never means that each and every possession is going to go great, by any stretch, but you can’t make defensive mistakes.
Again, bottom line is we did not shoot the ball well enough, and we never got exactly where we needed to be with getting the ball through the paint. And, again, the shooting numbers speak for themselves (36.7 percent, 23.8 percent from 3). We just didn’t make enough to put us over the hump at any point in time, even though we had a couple of good comebacks.
Q. Has this team left you scratching your head more than any other team you’ve had?
CREAN: That’s a hypothetical. I don’t look at it that way. So can’t help you with that one. I come in here, and I’m telling you what I see from the game. I haven’t watched the film yet, but I’m not in the reflective mood of the season.
What it is is we’ve got to get past the self inflicted mistakes. They are always going to bother you, and so that’s the kind of stuff that we’ve got to overcome.
Q. With Noah Vonleh out, how important have these last two games been for guys off the bench to step up?
CREAN: I think really important. I thought Stan Robinson did a good job tonight. We’re asking a lot of young guys. You don’t coach with perspective, but every once in a while, you’ve got to sit back and look at it. I thought Troy did some really good things. He’s gaining confidence all the time.
Stan was on top of it. Devin (Davis) was really good. Bottom line is will it be better for them down the road? Absolutely. We’re not thinking about down the road. We’re thinking about how to win this one, and now we’re thinking about how to get ready for Michigan.
Q. Do you think Yogi Ferrell was forcing shots?
CREAN: I got to watch the film on that. The ball didn’t move the way that it needed to. He’s got to continue to use screens. He’s got to continue when he came off and was in movement and when we’re utilizing the corners the way that we have been, that’s the most important.
Where we struggle is when the ball sits inside of those slots, those elbows. That’s what he’s got to continue to grow out of, in all honesty.
Eventually, when we’re shooting it better, it will be a little bit easier, but today, again, use the movement, use the cutting, and continue to space them out, especially when they didn’t want to space out.
But a couple times, we came in zones, and we missed a couple shots, and we missed the next pass, those type of things. I’ll have to watch the film of that. He’s just got to be in constant movement, and that means, a lot of times, without the ball. So the ball can come back and get him. So he can come back and get the ball.