Iowa HC Fran McCaffery On The Loss to Wisconsin

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery met with the media following the disappointing loss to Wisconsin.

Hawkeye Insider provides the highlights from Fran McCaffery's press conference following the loss to Wisconsin at home.


"I think it was a combination of things. We started off really well, and we scored seven in a row. You know, I felt we got pretty good looks. I thought (Adam Woodbury), he did a great job of going back and getting us some extra opportunities. I think (Peter Jok) got tired a little bit, and you know, I think they were up into us a little bit, and I think they did a good job that way."

"But again, I thought we got great shot opportunities. I thought 14 turnovers contributed to that. I can't remember what the breakdown was in the first half versus second half. I know I think we had eight in the first half, six in the second half, I think. But six turnovers is too many. Eight is way too many against a team that's playing half-court man. We've got to do better than that, but we got a little hesitant at times. Yeah, we were a little casual with the ball. Again, I go back to Pete, Pete has been really active on offense, and I t hink he was running out of gas a little bit."


"No, I mean, we needed to be better clearly, but Koenig, he's tough. I thought we kept them off the free-throw line. That was key for us. They only shot 12 free throws. We shot 25. We wanted to get to the free-throw line, keep them off the free-throw line, so that was good. But they hit timely threes and we didn't is really what it comes down to."


"I think it got him sideways. In the first half, he hit that three early, but I thought he was effective. I thought he was active, and he got his second foul, and then of course he gets his third foul early. He sat for a while, and that's hard. We debated when to bring him back, we brought him back, he got going a little bit, and then he got his fourth."


"Well, in fairness to those guys, I only played two of them five minutes, so I probably need to get Ahmad (Wagner) more minutes, Brady (Ellingson) more minutes and give them a chance, but I thought the other group from a defensive standpoint, from an execution standpoint, we were better off with them in there as long as we tried to manage them as best we could. We got Pete before the media a couple times. I thought Baer gave us some energy, big offensive rebound. I thought defensively he was terrific. I thought Dom was really good. He softened a little bit defensively. He's a tough cover, and I thought he was moving his feet and trying to use his length, but (Nigel Hayes) is a tough cover for anybody."


"I mean, shouldn't be hard, playing on CBS. It's a great opportunity. We haven't played well in the last two games, yet we have done some good things in those two games. You know, you tend to only focus on what we didn't do, what we should have done. We did a lot of good things in both of these games. We didn't do enough to win. We didn't do enough at crunch time. We didn't do enough when we've got a six point lead. We didn't get the necessary stops. We didn't execute like we needed to. So we just have to do a better job of that, and they've got to understand that when I'm asking them to do something they haven't already done, like they've already proven they can play that way, just to get back to playing that way."


"Well, if you look at it, earlier when we were really rolling, that's how we were playing. We were harder to guard. You know, Mike and (Anthony Clemmons) I thought played really well and I thought Mike did a lot of good things, but he's not shooting as well, so we need Baer, Dom, Brady to step up and take some of the pressure off of Jarrod and Pete because Woody will go back and get it for you. We've got to get some of those guys, but again, they're playing Dom different. He's putting it on the deck and he's driving the ball and making plays. I was pleased with his activity level for the most part, especially on offense. Defensively he was decent. I think he could be even better."

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