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November 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Indiana coach Tom Crean on Washington: ‘Their speed is the best we have watched’

Here’s video (above) of Indiana coach Tom Crean talking about Washington and Thursday’s game against the Huskies in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Here’s a partial transcript.

(What stands out about Washington?) “Their speed, their transition game is the best we have watched on film and the best we will see in a long time. They get the ball out of bounds really quick. They attack and do a great job off of one pass, getting the ball ahead and attacking the rim. They want to play fast. They want to play quick. They don’t spend a lot of time in the half court. The ball gets swung a couple times and they are going to the rim or shooting a three.

C.J. Wilcox is playing at a high level. (Nigel) Williams-Goss is an excellent freshman guard. He was a national level recruit and we saw him a lot. Their big guys are good inside. Shawn Kemp Jr. is playing well. (Perris) Blackwell is solid. They are scoring a lot of points. They have had some good games. They’ve had some close games. They are an extremely fast team that is very aggressive in half court defense as well.”

(On wanting to play a fast pace) “It’s all about transition defense. It’s going to be a tournament of depth because every team has numerous players, but the depth is only as good as the consistency. If it’s not consistent all you have is players. You have to have guys that can come in and make an impact. Whenever you go in you have to understand that the number one premise is that we have to get back. We have to get good shots and get on the offensive glass. We have to improve our ability to take care of the basketball and that leads to great transition defense as well. If your getting good shots and have rebounding balance, you have your guys getting back on the air time of the pass, but its not a one or two man job. College basketball right now is so much about how you attack in transition and how many two on ones you can create.

“And they’re hard to deal with. … The benefit of the doubt most times is going to the offensive player.”

 

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