Crean, players on Wisconsin

Thoughts on tomorrow’s Wisconsin game from Indiana coaches and players via press release.

Head Coach Tom Crean

On what makes the “Swing Offense” so difficult to prepare for:
“What I think they do a really good job of is play out of that offense. They read situations and the defense, they don’t just run the offense. And then at the end of the offense, they do a great job of is go to the pick-and-roll and they are a very good team scoring late in the shot clock.”

On the confidence of this year’s team and their ability to defend:
“I think our defensive awareness, communication and alertness will be critical.  It’s always a grind it out type of game when you play them.”

On Indiana dictating the pace of the game and how to do that:
“We have to play to our strengths. We want to run the floor and push the ball. We want to take good shots and we need to make sure we are making the extra pass.”

“Defensively, we have to have great communication and be ready to defend every situation. I think they would prefer go later in the shot clock but we have to be alert because they will take the opportunity (to go quick) when it is available.”

On Berggren and Brust and the problems they present:
“Berggren provides more athleticism than he gets credit for. He is a terrific shot blocker and rebounder based on his length and his athleticism. He is also a guy that can play outside the 3-point line so you have to defend him out there. He is a very good post-up player that can score over both shoulders and he can shoot the 3-point shot.

“Brust is the instant offense guy off the bench. He can shoot it all the way to the old hashmark and beyond. He is also a guy that if you close out poorly on him, he will drive right past you or break you down and shoot a pull-up.

“Gasser has great experience from starting in the Big Ten in the past, even though he is listed as a sophomore. He is more like a junior in terms of the number of minutes he has played in this conference. When he is open, he is a very good 3-point shooter and a guy that can drive to the rim and is one of the guys they would classify as a defensive stopper for them.”

On facing another high level point guard like Jordan Taylor
“I think you would be hard pressed to find a league that has the level of players at one position that our league does.  He does a great job of leading his team and he has confidence in each of his teammates, but if he needs to look for himself to score, he will.”

What makes Wisconsin such a tough team at home:
“I think it has been their players and their style and how they play together as a team. They have really embraced the concept of protecting their home court and playing well at home. A lot of people have had difficulty in the Kohl Center. We have to go in there and not let them take us out of our game and how we want to play.”

Tom Pritchard
On what the team had to focus on when playing Wisconsin:
“Something coach has been talking to us about is that all of their players go for 50-50 balls and are really aggressive. That is the part of the game that we always want to win – the 50-50 balls – and that is something we need to focus on Thursday.”

What makes them so tough .
“They are versatile and can attack in different ways.  We have to defend every possession and work together offensively.”

Verdell Jones III
On the confidence playing against Wisconsin’s offense as a senior:
“I think we are a lot older team and have played them for three seasons now. We are more accustomed to what they like to do and what their players like to do. I think our coaches do a terrific job of preparing us.

On what makes the Kohl Center so difficult to play:
“The fans support they always get is one thing and with it being a hockey arena as well, it is always a little colder in there. And just the aura of going into Wisconsin and their great record there.”

Victor Oladipo
On the importance of Indiana dictating the pace of the game:
“It is going to be very important. They like to play their base offense and use the shot clock and have it be a slow-paced game. If we play a high-tempo game and score, then hopefully we will have a better chance of being successful.”


  1. I will reemphasize my prediction of a solid L tomorrow night. Why? Taylor, that’s why. Who is going to guard him and prevent him scoring, his assists to Zeller’s man because Cody has to help, or his dishes back to the 3 pt. line? I know Olidipo and Jones will try, but this is a lost cause. We can’t defend a good, penetrating PG, and this one’s THE best in the Big 10. Haven’t seen the line, but I say Wisc. wins by 8.

  2. I’m predicting it could go either way but pulling out a win at the Kohl Center would be quite an accomplishment. The season does not hinge on winning this game and nobody thought we would have had a chance 6 weeks ago. I am also predicting that, a) should we lose most of the bloggers on the Scoop will claim it’s the end of our season and we lost because CTC made blunders throughout the game and has no clue how to coach or, b) should we win it it will be because CTC did nothing and a bunch of 19 and 20 year olds foiled Bo Ryan’s game plan by being loose and playing playground ball.

  3. Anything can happen is right…. We need to get out of the gate quickly and take the crowd out of the game. I don’t think we can afford to have a first half like we did against penn state. Gonna be a tough game. I don’t see a high scoring game here so we have to value every possession and look inside to Cody. I would like him to get a touch in every possession and work inside out and rely on the three a little less

  4. This team has become a joke. No heart, mistakes at the wrong time of the game. Big No. 40 needs to sit and watch for a couple of games. He choked 3 times in the last minute of tonights game:his shot, getting boxed out and allowing an offensive rebound, and standing there staring with 20 seconds to go. Joke. We missed key free throws, allowed key offensive rebounds by WI, never capitalized. Something is missing, likely athletism and speed. Verdell has to sit, far to many mental errors. They are not a top 25 team and maybe they will play better when they become unranked. They could have won tonight and let it slip away. And what happened to Victor? Uggg.

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