Tom Crean talks Georgetown

Indiana faces Georgetown Saturday in the non-conference finale. IU will open Big Ten play New Year's Eve against Nebraska but first the Hoosiers will have one more test with the Hoyas. Here is what Tom Crean had to say about Georgetown on the eve of the game.

Indiana opens Big Ten play New Year’s Eve at Nebraska.

But first, the Hoosiers (10-2) have one more game to play in the non-conference season against a good Georgetown (7-3) team.

Here is what IU coach Tom Crean had to say about the Hoyas on the eve of IU’s non-conference finale. IU and Georgetown square off at 12 p.m. Saturday in New York City.

“Anytime you play a Georgetown team, you have to be ready for a very physical, demanding matchup,’’ Crean said. “They are extremely tough and talented and they play hard on both ends of the court. They are committed to their system, but at the same time, they have numerous skill players. One of the greatest talents of a Georgetown team has always been how hard they play.”

Crean said he looks at the game against Georgetown as being a tremendous opportunity for his young IU team. It will be Indiana’s second game of this non-conference season at Madison Square Garden. IU lost to Louisville there a few weeks ago in the Jimmy V Classic.

“Playing against Georgetown in New York City provides another opportunity for us to get tested before we go into Big Ten play,’’ Crean said. “We are honored to have an opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden, again, against a team and program as formidable and respected as Georgetown.’’

Crean said the Hoyas present a lot of problems.

“This team (Georgetown) provides so many different issues for defenses because they can score inside with Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins,’’ Crean said. “And then at the same time, they do a really good job of playing their offense and moving without the ball.

“They are tremendous at getting to the glass, especially the weakside boards. They have the ability to run. They know their system cold, and they defend at a very high level.”

Crean said IU will have to play a complete game against Georgetown.

“We are going to have to be very, very good at keeping the game moving and playing inside-out, not settling and making sure that our weakside rebounding is up to par against a team like this,’’ Crean said.

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