Crean on the Cornell game

IU released a few comments today from Tom Crean on Sunday’s 4 p.m. game against Cornell at Assembly Hall. Here’s what Crean had to say about playing Cornell, an Ivy League school that had a 22-6 record last season, including a 77-53 loss to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament:

On the fans:

“I think it is going to be critical at home that we have a loud and supportive crowd.  I know the response we received in Maui helped us immensely and the enthusiasm that has been shown to us in Assembly Hall this year has been outstanding.”

On playing Cornell:

“We are in a stretch of games where we are playing six of eight away from home in a  19-day span.  This schedule, with the exception of the TCU game,  was something we inherited and I am sure was put together with a veteran team in mind.  That being said, we will look at each challenge and try to get better for it.  Cornell is an NCAA Tournament team that has a veteran group that has grown together.  They are a very efficient team who understands where each other  is supposed to be.”

On the tie to the Wittman family:

“Without question, I think it is a special game for Ryan and his family.  Randy has been great to our staff and I am sure Ryan will have plenty of support in the stands.  I’m sure Cornell is going to come in here like every other team has and believes they want to come in here and come away with a win.  We have to be at our best, both physically and mentally, to prevent that.”

Will you be taking advantage of the break from school to work more with your players?

“We have to have a fresh team and the travel certainly can take its toll.  We have to judge this as a time to be ready for each game. However, we do have to take into consideration the amount of time we will be on the road and schedule accordingly.”

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  1. Also something to keep in mind. Adam Gore played at Monrovia High School in Morgan County. Averaged over 24 ppg in High School. Somewhat of a homecoming for him as well. Very good basketball player.

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