Hawks Talk: Northwestern

Iowa seniors Sean Sonderleiter and Jared Reiner answer questions on how the Iowa lost 77-68 to the Wildcats three days after knocking off ranked Purdue. Read their postgame quotes here.

SEAN SONDERLEITER

Do you have any idea what happened between these two games?

Not really for sure. I don't think that we came out with the same fire as we did against Purdue. I don't know if it was Purdue was ranked and Northwestern wasn't. But I don't think we were mentally ready. They run that Princeton offense. It's kind of hard to guard. You have to be on your toes mentally and physically. I don't think we came out with the fire and the concentration that we needed to.

A lot was put into starting 2-0 in the Big Ten. Does this deflate you guys at all?

No. It's more of a wakeup call for us. The Big Ten is a good conference. Every team is beatable in the Big Ten. Also you can get beat by everybody in the Big Ten. You've got to come out with as much enthusiasm as you can and wanting to win every game, every night. And not just saying, "Oh, it's Northwestern." You have to come out with the same attitude towards everyone.

Do you think that maybe you took these guys a little lightly?

It's hard to say because I don't know what all of my teammates thought. But me being a senior, I know how these guys play. They've beat us before. I took it as my senior year, my last game playing these guys, I want to go out there and beat them bad. They run a weird offense, a weird defense. It's unorthodox from all the other teams in the league. They can get a few teams with that.

JARED REINER

Did their zone throw you off?

Yeah. Definitely. They came out with that zone, and we really didn't know what to do with it.

Do you need to get more shots than three?

I guess. Whatever we need to do to win. We didn't win tonight. We need to look within ourselves and see what's going on so we can get the victory.

Are you guys mad?

Yeah. When you lose, you're mad.

What was missing today?

I don't know. I don't think we had the same intensity as we had on Wednesday against Purdue.

Coach said that he might shake things up in the next game. Can you respond to that?

He's the coach. He can do whatever he wants, I guess. It's his team. As players, we can't control that.

Does the responsibility for the loss fall at the seniors' feet?

Yeah. I guess. When we have five seniors and we didn't get a victory, I guess you can put it on us.


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