Kelvin Sampson met with members of the media today to discuss Tuesday’s game against Iowa. Here are some of the highlights of what he said.
He said that what fans are seeing from this year’s Hoosiers in terms of level of effort and style of play is the same as how his teams played year in and year out at Montana Tech, Washington State and Oklahoma. “What’s new to a lot of people here is how my teams have played for 20-some years,” he said.
Joey Shaw didnâ€™t play much against Penn State, Sampson said, because his defensive effort wasnâ€™t adequate.
â€œThere are some young kids that base their existence on whether they are making shots,â€ Sampson said. â€œYou canâ€™t do that. You have to play hard.
â€œWe met this morning before we worked out. I pointed certain things out. He knows why he didnâ€™t play, and he will be better next game.â€
Lance Stemler didnâ€™t have a good game against Penn State. Sampson said heâ€™s not worried about that, but he does think Stemler needs to get tougher and play with the same intensity in every game.
â€œI donâ€™t worry about Lance,â€ Sampson said. â€œLance is a pretty smart kid. He didnâ€™t play well the other day. Heâ€™s had some other games he hasnâ€™t played so well in, but he bounced back, and he will bounce back. He will be fine.â€
Rod Wilmont knows he can’t keep putting the ball up like he did after he got hot against Penn State, Sampson said.
The Hoosier coach said he doesnâ€™t have to tell Wilmont to dial back his shot attempts after launching 17 3-pointers Saturday because Wilmont already knows not to keep shooting so much.