Crean: “Nothing new” on Jones, Sheehey

There was no in-person media availability before the Michigan State game in large part because of the Christmas holiday. The media was provided the following quotes via e-mail release. Indiana coach Tom Crean said there is “nothing new to report” on senior guard Verdell Jones and sophomore swingman Will Sheehey. Jones came out of the Dec. 22 game against UMBC with a hip flexor injury and Sheehey missed the game after rolling his left ankle in practice the day before. Crean said after that game that their status is day-to-day and he did not say whether they would play or not.

The release follows.

Tom Crean
On Playing Michigan State
“They have three guys in the top 15 in offensive rebounds in the Big Ten.  You have to be fast, quick,  and hold your position.  They move the ball through Draymond Green, but he also leads the team in assists.”

“The ball moves at a pretty high rate. When you watch them and where they are now as opposed to where they were the first two games of the season it is easy to see they are getting deeper and better.”

“We have to have a strong mindset which begins in practice.  We have to block out and we have to be relentless in pursuing the basketball and knowing where our man is at all times.  Our transition defense will have to be at its best.”

On starting the Big Ten
“Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Michigan State.  We have to maintain the attention to detail that we have displayed all year in getting ready for opponents.  We have played 12 games and found 12 different ways to win.”

On going to East Lansing
“Every year is different and every team is different.  I think our team knows that to win on the road in a hostile environment it has to execute and eliminate mistakes that leads to easy baskets which get the crowd into the game.”

“It will be nice to see some family and friends but our approach in this is more business than anything else.”

On the team’s health
“There is really nothing new to report. Will and Verdell stayed back and got some extra treatment before heading out for Christmas and they continue to get better.”

On what the Hoosiers can improve on
“I think the way that they are playing, the way that these guys are working, leads me to believe, leads all of us to believe inside of our program, that there’s a lot of progress that can still be made and at the same time there’s guys that want to make progress. And where we want to go as a team, where we want to go as a program is still a long ways out there, but the way that they’re working gives us a chance to continue to move towards that.”

Jordan Hulls
On what the team will take from the non-conference portion of the schedule into the Big Ten slate:
“Each game was different and we had different gameplans but we attacked it the same way, whether it was in practice or in film. So we just got on one-game win streaks and that’s what we have to do in the Big Ten as well.”

On starting the year at Michigan State:
“It is a tough road game and they are a good team so we know that we have to do a lot of things right. As long as we do what we can do, we just have to have a great energy and mindset.”

Christian Watford
On what the team will take from the non-conference portion of the schedule into the Big Ten slate:
“The defensive intensity, that has been the main thing for us so far. We have to play with all five guys on the court playing together on defense.”

“First, we want to take it one step at a time. We have done a great job of finding each other on the court and that has led to our success so far this year.”

Remy Abell
On playing in his first Big Ten Conference game as a freshmen:
“It means a lot because this is where all of the hard work that we have put in can pay off. The Big Ten is a really good conference and we just want to get out there and get another team win.”


Austin Etherington
On playing in his first Big Ten Conference game as a freshmen:
“We know we have to go out and keep doing the things that we have been doing. For me, I just have to enjoy every minute of it and do whatever it takes to get a win.”

12 comments

  1. On what the Hoosiers can improve on

    by Tom Crean

    I think the way that they are playing,
    the way that these guys are working,
    leads me to believe,
           leads all of us to believe
                    inside of our program,
    that there’s a lot of progress that can still be made
    and at the same time
    [that] there’s guys that want to make [said] progress.

    And where we want to go as a team,
    where we want to go as a program
    is still a long ways out there,

    but the way that they’re working
    gives us a chance to continue to move towards
    that.

    I thought the whole point of Crean’s answer was the define the that, but let’s face it: it reads well as a poem. If we can get William Shatner to read some of these answers “as they were intended to be heard” it would transform Tom Crean into a far bigger personality than… Sarah Palin.

    “Perhaps we’ve misunderstood him all along…” :LOL:

  2. Oops: was [to] define the “that”…

    But this is an improvement from the start of the season when Crean made the mistake of explicitly saying that “offensive execution” was “not ready for prime time” and …

    … the Hoosiers are tied for the Division I lead in 3-point percentage (45.9) and among the nation’s top 10 in scoring (84.8 points per game) Indiana – MSU Preview

    Tom Crean is the Sarah Palin of College Basketball!

  3. We are overdue to win at MSU. We reached rock bottom against them a few years ago when Sampson’s bunch got blown out by almost 30 pts. Things are on the upswing and I wouldn’t be surprised if we scrape a win or at least keep it real close.

  4. Hank-

    Love your recall. Did you remember that the Spartans lost in blowout fashion by 20 at IU that same year. And the Spartans lost three years in a row at Bloomington before Crean took over. Even with Izzo’s highly recognized teams with tournament successes, MSU has nearly had as difficult time winning at Bloomington as the Hoosiers in East Lansing. Winning on the road in the Big 10, even against teams in the lower half of the conference standings, is a mighty challenge.

    IU hasn’t won in East Lansing for over 20 years, but outside of one overtime win in Bloomington, MSU has only won on one other occasion at Assembly Hall over the same span of 20 years.

    Other than the past three years while recovering from the NCAA’s complete dismantling of our program over 3-way phone calls, historically, IU still has a sizable advantage in the series(SERIES RECORD: IU leads 65-47).

    Hahvahd is predicting the Hoosiers get it done in East Lansing tonight. Score?….77-76. It’s time for the planets to realign. Can’t wait to see Hannibal wearing his mask(hope Chet doesn’t assess royalty fees for the use of his copyrighted moniker for Elston).

  5. This is going to be a brawl. A move your feet, make good passes, hand in face , blockout , b@lls to the wall game. The Hoosiers, just need to take it right at MSU tonight. I am looking forward to the coaching match-up, and how well these teams are prepared. As others have said, it’s great to be relevant again. The cream and crimson against that green background. Is anybody excited ?
    Roth, Abell or Etherington will step up tonight. One of them or maybe all will hit some big shots. Someone is going to be the beneficiary of other threats. I don’t think MSU is any better than Kentucky. So…..for fun, here goes. IU 82, MSU 78

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