RECORDS & AWARDS
BALL STATE COACH BILLY TAYLOR TALKS ABOUT IU LOSS
November 26, 2012Richmond High School
"I thought tonight our guys executed the game plan for certain spurts, but obviously, Indiana is a tremendous team, and they're number one in the country for a reason with their athleticism and their depth. I thought when we were able to run back on defense and try to control the boards, we did a good job. I thought there were some segments where we took some good, open shots, but we've got to be able to step up and knock those down. When you are on the road against a tough opponent, you have to be consistent, and we were not consistent enough tonight."
Did his players learn anything from the loss:
"I would like to look at the film, but what I wanted to see was our guys execute our game plan and be committed to it for forty minutes, and we didn't do that for forty minutes tonight. I'm not pleased with that because I think that's something we can do; we can control that. Whether it was Indiana making a run, or shooting a three, or getting a dunk, there were too many times where we got mentally disengaged and weren't able to stay focused on what the game plan was, and that hurt us. You can't go through those four or five minute spells where you do too many things that are out of control, especially when you know you can't get it back."
Taylor talks about Indiana's run at the end of the first half:
"I thought a lot of it was our bad offense and us turning the ball over. We did get some good shots, but it was our in-ability to get back in transition. I think it was 21-13 before that run, so the game had a pretty good tempo to it. I thought we were playing pretty well, but then we turned the ball over and missed some shots and didn't run back in transition. Most of the points they got were in the open floor in four-on-two, three-on-one type of situations, and that was not what we wanted to do."
What about IU's shooting:
"It's just natural when a team makes a good play against you that you think `okay, let's get it back for our team,' but you can't get lulled into that because of the depth that IU has. They have so many different guys that can make a deep three on you or make a highlight play. You have to be steady and consistent and just follow what we are trying to do, and we lost focus on that."
Ball State's game plan entering the game:
"It's pretty simple. When you're in transition, you have to get back and get your defense set. IU has an explosive fast break, so we wanted to get bodies back. Too many times I think our guys didn't really understand or appreciate the speed that the ball was going to be attacking them, and too many times we were caught with our head down not paying attention instead of being focused and sprinting back and being committed."
On what he said to his players at half-time:
"I thought we had about eight or nine minutes where we played pretty well in the second half, where we were getting back on defense and were taking good shots. We shot a higher percentage in the second half, still had too many turnovers, but we got the ball in the painted area. But again, it's tough when you're down thirty points and there really is no pressure on your opponent. They're still going to step in and take comfortable shots, and we couldn't get them out of that rhythm.
On how to motivate a team when they're down so many points:
"Our kids still have pride. They competed and they did not give up. I think our seniors Jauwan Scaife and Zach Fields set a great tone for us and continued to fight right down to the very end. We had a number of offensive rebounds and we produced in the paint. We didn't make shots and we had some bad decisions but I thought we still fought hard."
On whether there was anyone he thought on Indiana's team that played particularly well:
"They just have such a deep team, and they have so many guys that can hurt you. [Cody] Zeller is a tough cover, and he draws fouls on your bigs. Even though he picked up two early fouls, they just have so many guys with weapons that can hurt you."
On what he said to Jauwan Scaife when he fouled out:
"We were just talking about what lies ahead. This is not the end of the season for us; we have a lot more to go and a lot of room for improvement, and we certainly feel like we are going to get there."
On switching from the motion offense:
"I wouldn't even say that the motion wasn't working for us, because it was a similar type of motion in the second half. I think it was just us being more organized and guys understanding what they are supposed to do. They were communicating the plays more effectively to each other. We had a lot of wasted plays even in the second half where there was just a lack of communication. If we can get everybody on the same page to run our offense, then we get good opportunities and good looks."
On playing a team early in the season that is physically so much better:
"It's still a great opportunity for us. Not many players get the chance to play the number one team in the country. As much as this hurts and as bad as we feel because we wanted to perform better, it's still a great opportunity for us, and we can still learn from it. There is valuable film and valuable experiences that our guys got. We can look at it that we are going to get better from this."
"I thought Majok was terrific for us. I thought he gave us a post presence and he was able to score the basketball. There were a lot of big bodies in there, but he just did what he does: he got to the foul line and finished. He was aggressive in there, playing heavy minutes in a high transition game and he was very effective for us. I also thought Matt Kamieniecki off the bench was really important for us in terms of rebounding and tenaciousness. I thought our post play was really good. Now we need to get our guard play up and match what we are getting inside right now."
On what Majok developed over the summer:
"He's got good footwork, and I think that's what it starts with. We are trying to space the floor for him now, but he's been a willing passer. If teams do come in and double-team him, he is willing to kick it out and look for open teammates. It is just a matter of if we can give good floor space because he has shown that he can convert down there."T
The team's morale in the locker room:
"Our guys are competitors, so they're down. They came in here and wanted to perform well; this is a big stage. We will feel good about it when we can put together forty minutes of basketball, that's our goal.