Lickliter Talks about Iowa Win Over UNI

"I'm really proud of our guys being able to come in and stay poised. I know you have all mentioned Tony, absolutely he was a lift for us. He's a skilled player. I don't know if any of us had misguided feelings that somehow we were going to be as good without him. We're going to be better with him. He was one of many players that played well and played well together." Read on for more..

Todd Lickliter Opening Statement

First of all, I've said this many times. Through the years, actually. At Butler, we played Northern Iowa. I just have tremendous respect for what they do, the program they've built. We understood the challenge at hand. That being said, I'm really proud of our guys being able to come in and stay poised. 18 turnovers is about 17 too many, but besides that, I thought there was great poise. I don't think it was any one thing. I know you have all mentioned Tony, absolutely he was a lift for us. He's a skilled player, a guy who, I don't know if any of us had misguided feelings that somehow we were going to be as good without him. We're going to be better with him. He was one of many players that played well and played well together. Someone asked about his shooting. There was just so much more patience tonight, so much more poise. Shots that were easier to hit because we waited. We didn't try to make something happen that wasn't there. We allowed it to develop. It's a process of growth. Someone asked if this was the best game we played, I don't know that I really rate them all, but I sure hope it is. That's the idea. We want to be better the next day and so on. We knew we needed to.

Q: Do you anticipate Jeff Peterson back on Saturday?

Todd Lickliter: I would think so. You can imagine how we feel about it, our thoughts are with him and his family. He has had a tough time of it and handled it like the kind of individual that I knew he was. I don't care what kind of person you are, those things are very, very difficult. Our thought and prayers are with him and his family. I anticipate him coming back, but that is totally up to him as far as when he is ready.

Q: Has he called?

Lickliter: I haven't heard from him. I don't have my phone with me.

Q: Gorney had some good minutes tonight, and you rebounded well.

Lickliter: We did that as a committee. Each guy has a different set of skills that he brings to the team. It's funny…what one guy offers, you get that for a little bit and Kurt Looby's length and activity, you can't ever underestimate that and Jarryd…and Cy are very physical in there. Seth gives you face up skills, which is nice. You balance that out. That is a team, I guess.

Q: Would you talk about Jake a little bit?

Lickliter: I guess so.

Q: His shooting, it was a great game for him.

Lickliter: Yeah…I have to tell you that we seem to focus a lot on someone having a great game or whatever. I really expect them to play this way. I don't want to take anything away from Jake, Tony or Justin or any of these guys, but this is what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to play good basketball. The thing about it is, the really good teams I have had, there was balance because on any given night, someone could do some scoring for us. We never overemphasized the scoring. It's great, and I am glad that people can score, but I am glad that we have people that can rebound, defend and pass. It's not a game of H-O-R-S-E. I am glad he shot it in. Well done.

Q: Was he mostly a shooter in high school?

Lickliter: He was kind of a little bit of everything I think. I think he can become a better shooter, I really do. With more consistency. He needs to get in and work out. LeVall Jordan has done a great job with him.

Q: What was the key to outrebounding them?

Lickliter: Positioning. It's always positioning. On offense, if you can move them you can break them down and get open runs at the basket and then you have to go. We did a better job of that tonight.

Q: This was a hostile environment.

Lickliter: A really good environment. I was really impressed with the student body turnout, the fans…it's a great facility. If you can focus on the task at hand, the surroundings won't bother you as much. You have to develop that ability.

Q: On Monday, you said you expected them to extend their defense. Did it surprise you that they didn't press more?

Lickliter: No, you go with your strengths. Their strength is solid defense. They extended and trapped and gave us trouble. I thought they might because of not having the guard play as we might normally have. There is no way I am going to critique what they do. They are 6-2, they are a great club.

Q: When did you find out Tony would play?

Lickliter: About five minutes into the game….no….we talked to him today. He has been practicing. We felt like we could give him a few minutes for a look. I told him that I needed to know if he was not comfortable. Let's go out and see how you feel. He didn't complain, so.


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