Tom Crean talks Penn State

Here are Indiana coach Tom Crean's thoughts on Saturday's opponent, Penn State.

Indiana will play at Penn State on Saturday at noon on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers desperately need a win after an 0-2 start in conference play. Here are some quotes from Indiana coach Tom Crean ahead of the matchup with the Nittany Lions.

"We are coming off a very good week of practice and preparation. With the bye coming during the break, it has allowed us to work smart and spend more time on getting better both individually and as a team.

"Our goal this week was to continue to build the identity of running, of moving without the ball, getting the ball reversed, getting back on defense, challenging shots better, making sure we're rebounding at a high rate, finishing better, all those things. We have to really stay in the moment as much as possible for our team to gain confidence and that's what we're trying to do.

"I loved our attitude and toughness and there is no question we are getting better."

On Penn State specifically

"Penn State is a hard team to play against. They play tough, smart basketball and like to control the pace. Pat Chambers has built that culture with energy and toughness and they're very talented.

"They have five players in double figures so they share the basketball. They have Tim Frazier back along with D.J. Newbill and they have added another scoring threat from the guard position in John Johnson. Frazier is a tough matchup because of how much he thrives on pressure and playing through the pressure and what he creates. Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor are two players that have really elevated their games this season.

"What you learn very quickly about the Big Ten is that every possession matters regardless of the time and score. Games can go in a different direction either way quickly.

"I expect we will see a physical, tough and demanding team, and we are going to have our work cut out for us."


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