Feb. 26, 2012
No. 23/24 Indiana (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) 69, Minnesota (17-12, 5-11 Big Ten) 50
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
February 26, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“It was a pretty ugly display. We started out like we were ready to play, making some shots early, but then we started missing some easy shots. That’s very discouraging for our guys. And then it’s hard to get any type of rhythm or get into defensive sets when you’re always in retreat mode by missing shots in combination with turning the ball over nine times in the first half. This is the result of it.”
On if Julian Welch's injury was a big factor:
“It could have been, but I don’t think so. We’ve played well in most games. This is one that just kind of came out of nowhere. A lot of it has to do with the discouraging part where you’re running stuff to get into a place where you think you can score or get a foul, and then we don’t finish around the rim. But Julian’s played well. He’s the guy who’s been shooting the ball well and we kind of missed that in the second half.”
Minnesota Guard Austin Hollins
On how to explain the difference in play from the first matchup:
“I don’t know. They just came ready to play. They knew they wanted to come in here and win. We beat them at their home, and they knew they wanted to come in here and get revenge on us.”
On if the team came ready to play:
“We came ready to play but we had some breakdowns. We were missing easy shots around the basket, making turnovers, forced and unforced, that we shouldn’t have had. I think their intensity was a lot higher than ours.”
Minnesota Guard Chip Armelin
On the mood in the locker room post-game:
“We were pretty much just sad because didn’t have the intensity that we wanted, we didn’t come ready to play, and we didn’t pass the ball like we needed to. That’s what’s going to happen when you don’t come ready to play--you get beat.”
On how these consecutive losses have affected the team’s confidence:
“It’s affected it a lot. We’ve started messing up and stuff like that and blaming each other for our mistakes. We just need to pull it together and keep each other’s spirits up and everything’s going to be alright.”
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
“Obviously this is a great win because we know how good Minnesota is. They are a fierce competitor with tremendous athletes and toughness. Our guys were very locked in and focused on the game. We knew we had to rebound the ball and get to the foul line. I am proud that our defense was very good. Verdell Jones III played an excellent game. Christian Watford’s defense and energy on Andre Hollins really helped. He has worked extremely hard to continue to improve on his shooting and his scoring. Victor Oladipo has a nice stat sheet, but more importantly he had a great game.”
On the team's response on the road after the 6-0 Gopher start:
“One of my notes to myself is, “Do not let them get on a run.” We were so ready to play. We were not making mistakes. They made some shots (when it was 6-0). I thought our team really settled in and played really well.”
On Christian Watford’s defense on the point guard position:
“We are really comfortable with that. We have been doing that throughout the year. We have three guys right now that can cover one through five. Christian did that and we were able to have Cody Zeller guard Ralph Sampson III today. Our switching was good. I told my team before the game that our defense was based on our communication, and I thought our communication was very good. Christian sets the momentum for that.”
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