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In his words: Tom Crean on Indiana's win over Purdue

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Hoosier coach praised rival despite blowout

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:49 am

On winning at Purdue:

To win (at Purdue) you’ve really got to be on top of your game. It’s not just the offensive and defensive execution, it’s the attitude, it’s the energy, it’s the mental toughness, and our guys had that.

Keys to winning:

We had to win the rebounding game. And we had to do a good job with the basketball. It’s been keeping me up since I saw it in the game notes, that Purdue was 72-2 in Matt’s time here when they win the rebounding game and they win the turnover game. Fortunately tonight, we won both of those.

On the Hoosiers’ defense:

We got a lot of very good basketball from a lot of people. Our defense was excellent. We had 56 deflections. Our guys never took their foot off of the gas pedal, so to speak, which is really, really important for us as a team to take the next step.

On developing mental toughness:

We’ve had enough of a viewpoint of some of the great teams in this league, like Matt’s have been, when you had guys like JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson, all of those guys that just kept going and going and going and getting better as the game went on. When you see enough of that over a period of time, you either become that or you keep getting it done to you. Our guys have really learned to become that type of team.