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Crean on Purdue

Here are Tom Crean's thoughts heading into Thursday's game with Purdue.

"We've watched a lot of film to see what's given them problems, to see what has worked out in their favor. Robbie Hummel is exactly what you want to have, in the sense of having that swing forward. He can bring the ball up the court, in fact at the end of games the ball is usually in his hands. He's a matchup nightmare because he can score inside, he can score at midrange, he can score from three, he can facilitate the offense and he makes 90 percent of his free throws.

"I think we have to have great team defense. That's what they have. Their help defense is outstanding. Their ability to pressure the ball is outstanding. We've got to be able to return that favor on the other end. I don't know if we have a situation where it's going to come down to one individual matchup. I think they have too many good players to say we're going to really focus on these two or three guys. So we have to have great team defense more than anything else."

Crean pointed to rebounding as a key.

"I think it did a nice job except we just got in some foul trouble and then we wanted to get some backcourt work a little bit," Crean said. "I think tomorrow we need to rebound the ball, so that's big, but at the same time you've got to have people that can handle pressure. So I'm not exactly sure how we're going to go with it yet. It's not as much the starting lineup as it is what the rotation looks like now inside of it. We've got to really, really handle pressure tomorrow. They get up and get on you for 94 feet and we've got to do a great job with that."