Jan. 21, 2009
Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter
on tonight’s game
“I feel like the team and the players did their part to entice the students to come back. It was sure nice to have the students behind us and in our favor. I can’t thank them enough, and I really appreciate the students and everyone being here.
I think we put forth a great effort tonight and we played with a lot of resolve. We made some terrific plays tonight. There were a lot of team plays, but there were also some great individual efforts that were contagious, such as (Aaron) Fuller chasing down and blocking that shot. It is hard to single out individual players but we had several guys do some great things for us tonight.
I am very proud of these guys. We played closer tonight to the way we need to be playing in the future. We need to play every possession as if it is the winning possession. We learned some lessons tonight that will help us out in the future.
I think we’ve been playing good basketball, it’s been a struggle to play consistent basketball. I like this team a lot and their approach to the game is great. I am extremely thankful that they’ve been rewarded for the effort they have been putting in, and not just tonight, but in a lot of games.”
Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan
on tonight’s game
“We went something like the last five minutes of regulation and five minutes in overtime without a turnover. What a great job our guys did at least getting looks and getting shots at crunch time. I was pretty impressed.
They hit some big shots at opportune times and Peterson was pretty good with the ball and got to the line. The free throws are pretty obvious, though, when you look at the numbers.
It didn’t help us out shooting 0 of 10 from the three-point line in the first half. I really think if one of the teams could have had some separation and hit some shots early, it would have been a different game. Hopefully that team would have been us. If we would have just hit two or three out of that seven to go along with some of the other things we did fairly well, I think that would have helped our cause a lot, especially when you’re on the road.”