Postgame Quotes

Nov. 26, 2015

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Iowa head coach Fran McCaffrey

“Our offense didn’t move smoothly at all in the first half, which put us in transition a lot. And they’re a terrific transition team; they’ve got great speed, they share the ball. So we were kind of back on our heels. We kind of hung in there, and I think we’ve played particularly well, and we’re only down six, you’re feeling pretty good. And then the start of the second half kind of got away from us a little bit – a couple goofy plays, and again, our execution wasn’t good. Give them credit, because they’re so good defensively. But the last 14 minutes I thought our execution, offensively, was tremendous. We got great looks at the basket. I’m really proud of our guys, how they kind of managed the game and managed the clock. And we were able to get the lead. We were up 4 after being down 14. Proud of them. And then we got some great looks at it again, and didn’t convert; and they did. So … you’ve got to give them credit.”

On what was said during the timeouts when Iowa was down

“There was no panic. We’ve got a veteran team. I didn’t rant and rave, it wasn’t the time for that. I’ve got guys that understand how to play, I’ve got great kids. There was plenty of time, there was no reason for any of us to panic and start pointing fingers. We’ve got to get it figured out, we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to move the ball, we’ve got to get better shots, we’ve got to get some second shots. Nicholas Baer comes off the bench and gets four offensive rebounds. Big impact in the game. You have Jarrod (Uthoff) and Pete (Jok), who carried us in the first half – they really didn’t do much in the second half offensively. So Mike (Gesell), Nicholas and Brady Ellingson had to step up. So that’s where I’m proud of my guys, that we have a number of ways that we can go to put ourselves in a position to win the game.”

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