Jan. 20, 2013
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Jan. 20, 2013
Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody
"I told our team during halftime that they [Indiana] are punishing us on the
backboards and are productive. They're getting offensive rebounds and tip-ins are
going in...second shots and scoring on that. I thought our defense was pretty good
but you have to get it off the glass and that's part of defense. You have to finish the
job. I thought in the second half it got better. Offensively, we didn't shoot the ball
well in the first half. Early on we got some really good looks and they got a 10-point
lead, and we didn't make them. In the second half, they went down a little bit. It's
a good team. They get to the foul line so much. They get 20 points a game off foul
shots. We wanted to try and stop them from running, which I think we did for the
most part. You have to play very well against a team of that caliber. Second half we
scored, but we missed some foul shots and in a close game you have to make them
all. It seemed like they [Indiana] made an awful lot [of foul shots] and didn't miss too
many. I think we're playing pretty solid defensively, and offensively, we just have
todo a little bit better job in the first half. That's what I saw."
On the defensive job on Cody Zeller in the second half...
"We weren't doing anything really special there. We didn't talk about that except
just don't let him get on the backboards as much. It's a pretty good team they have,
with perimeter guys and sometimes he's getting the ball and passing - playing to
win. He just seemed like he was everywhere and he kissed the line a lot, made the
foul shots. We tried to foul [Jordan] Hulls in the end because he missed a few in
the first half. We said let's give it a shot because they are a very good foul-shooting
On Northwestern's defense...
"We're much improved over the last few years. Now we have to figure it out
offensively. What bothers me is the rebounding. Our two centers had only one
rebound between them, and that's scary. They play, say, 35 minutes and only get
one rebound. That's just not acceptable. I think we're defending a lot better."
On limiting turnovers...
"We wanted to stop the transition as a team and we always try to limit our
turnovers. Sometimes that's easier said than done. You have six turnovers, you're
going to get some shots. I think we had a chance there, a couple shots. [Dave]
Sobolewski had a nice run, and set us up for a 3-pointer that he could've made. You
don't know if they make foul shots because there wasn't quite enough pressure on
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean
"We came out and got a great win today in a tough environment. It's always tough to
play on the road but especially here at Northwestern. The style they play, it's really
a positive statement about our team. I think it was great to have some of our young
guys get out there and see what it's like to experience a team that runs as precise
an offense that Northwestern does. They were coming off a big win over Illinois and
playing well so this was really crucial for us."
On defending the Northwestern offense...
"They're playing really well right now. It's always tough when you lose a guy like
(Drew) Crawford but I think they are really playing as a tight unit. They're offense is
tricky, they make you pay when you make a mistake and I don't think I've ever seen
such sharp cuts anywhere. I was glad we made them shoot more mid-range jumpers
because usually their game is more about driving to the hoop and shooting threes."
On allowing both Minnesota and Northwestern to come back in the second half...
"Both of those teams played well. I don't really see your point about "clawing back".
They both played well but at the end of the day we won both games."
On the atmosphere at Welsh-Ryan Arena...
"I thought it was great. They've got a great fan-base and I was impressed with how
much support we had out here as well."