Crean on teleconference

Tom Crean held a teleconference on Friday to preview Purdue. Some of his thoughts follow.

On Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s arrest: “I was just made aware of it this morning, really about 8:15 was the first I’ve heard of it. That’s really where we’re at. We’re aware of it, we’re in the process of getting more information. It’s a disappointing shock to all of us, but at the same time we’re waiting to learn more about it. I don’t have an update on anything other than that.”

On Purdue: “They’re very good. They rebound the ball extremely well. They play very hard. They get very good inside-outside scoring. They have got a tremendously talented inside player in A.J. Hammons. They’ve got veteran guards. They have speed. They’ve got the shooting ability. You know that you’re going to get 40 minutes of incredible hard-nosed competitiveness from them. They bring a lot of issues to the table as they always do. You just have to go in there and play very hard. You have to be very competitive, you have to play smart. You have to be aggressive with the ball. You have to be strong with the ball, there’s a lot of things you have to really be on top of your game with.” 

On Penn State film: “We just needed to make the simple plays. That’s really what it is. Hit the open man when he’s open. Make the simple play. That’s the bottom line. We could’ve screened a little bit better, but more importantly we could’ve rolled back off of our screens, which is what we do. We missed some open people. We also did a lot of really good things in the game. But the bottom line is win or lose, we can always get better in every area. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do.”

On players’ mindsets after loss: “We’re just totally focused on improving. I think they’re totally focused on improving. Disappointed certainly, but the bottom line is you have to move right on from your disappointment. You have to get right back on top of your game. Learn from it. Make the adjustments, the corrections. Continue to work very hard at the fundamentals and move forward. That’s exactly how the program’s run. That’s exactly how it’s been run. That’s exactly the attitude that they take. They know we have another very tough task in front of us at Purdue.”

On A.J. Hammons: “He’s very good. We’ve spent a lot of time getting ready and prepared for him. He’s got very good feet, can go over either shoulder. Nice touch. Uses his size very well and I think he’s in very good shape. Those are things that we see.”

On who might play in Mosquera-Perea’s situation: “I don’t know where to go with that right now. You want everybody prepared and ready to play. We’ll deal with that as it comes. Bottom line is everybody’s gotta be ready to step up going into a situation where they impact the team. Whether it’s Jeff Howard, whether it’s Devin Davis. The bottom line is at 4 p.m. tomorrow, we have to be ready to play no matter what. That’s all we’re going to focus on once we get the information that we need to have.”

On protecting rivalries in Big Ten scheduling: “I think rivalries are great, but any coach that thinks they have an opinion with what the schedule makers are going to do are not looking at it with a clear point of view. I think the Big Ten will do what the Big Ten wants to do. Would I support that in answer to your question? Absolutely. This is our sixth trip to West Lafayette in our time here. They’ve made four here in our time here. Of course you’d like to have that because it’s good for everybody and there’s a lot of interest in it. To sit and lobby for it and sit and worry about it, I’ll leave that to somebody else. That’s not anything that I think would really have any merit. It all comes down to how the Big Ten decides to schedule games.”

On playing a rivalry game after a devastating loss: “I think the bottom line is, you’ve gotta be ready for whoever it is. That it’s Purdue just means that it’s Purdue. That’s one of the bigger games when you’re at Indiana or you’re at Purdue. That’s the bottom line. But the fact of the matter is that you turn right back around, you get ready to go the next day no matter who is on your schedule. It’s all about what level of improvement you can get in that period of time. Mentally, physically, emotionally. The whole thing. You get ready not only for the next game, but you get ready to make yourself better.”