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In his words: IU coach talks about Michigan win

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Hoosiers' defense sets the tone

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:01 am

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana dismantled the Big Ten's hottest team with can't-miss offense, stifling defense and bang-the-boards tenacity.

The result was Sunday's 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan.

The Wolverines (16-5 overall, 8-1 in the Big Ten) entered the game with the Big Ten's third-best offense, averaging 77.2 points. They finished with a season low for points, nine fewer than their previous low.

IU (14-8, 4-5) out-shot (53.5 percent to 40.0 percent) and out-rebounded (31-22) Michigan. The Hoosiers shot a season-high 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from three-point range.

Since the 2011-12 season, they have 10 victories over top-10 teams, which is tied for the most in the nation.

Along the way coach Tom Crean was booed for his subbing of players and cheered for the victory.

Here are some of Crean's thoughts:

Overall assessment:

“I'm really proud of the way our team, in a short period of time, responded to a game plan and carried it out as much as possible.

“Michigan is not putting anybody on the court who can't score, and it's the three-point shots, the ability to get to the rim, and the mid-range shooting they have. They play excellent defense and our guys continued to figure things out offensively, and we held true to what we wanted to do defensively.”

On guard Yogi Ferrell and his 27 points:

“The approach that he takes, the leadership that he's displayed over the last couple of weeks, the improvement he's made is some of the best I've been around. If he continues to keep that up, the sky is the limit for him.

“I would call him a lead guard because when you're capable of doing the things he can do on both ends of the court, and you're leading your team, you're a lead guard.”

On the defense:

“Will (Sheehey) did a phenomenal job of basically captaining our defense based on what we wanted to do switching wise. We had 49 deflections, which is a great number for us. Yogi had 10. Noah (Vonleh) and Will each had nine.

“These guys are learning and the hardest thing for young guys defensively is you've got to continue to play through it when you're not having a great game offensively and you're not getting that confidence from your shot.”