Minnesota is tough defensively. I think they extend it, they apply pressure. I need to give them credit, they did a nice job and they have been playing well. So give them credit. On the other side, it's just nearly impossible to win if you can't pass and catch. We had 38 field goal attempts, they had 53. We assisted them a number of times, that is not a good thing. I refuse to believe that we can't do it, we can do it. We shoot the ball fairly well, I think we defend with pretty good purpose…if we could just pass and catch with a little greater authority, then I think we could compete. But today, we were not going to compete.
Q: You guys took the lead midway through the second half, then they went on a run. What happened?
Todd Lickliter: I think what happened was that we turned it over, they took advantage of it. If I remember right, there was a three and a breakaway or something. I can't remember exactly. It was basically the same story all game long. Our turnovers led to their runs.
Q: What did you think of Nolan?
Lickliter: I am just more focused on what we would like to do, or what we are able to do than you are on personnel. But he was extremely effective. We thought we could help off of him more and he proved us wrong. He made some big shots and he played very well.
Q: You had some good shooting today.
Lickliter: We shot it pretty well. We tried to post a bit, but we either couldn't catch it or throw it in there. That is a difficult proposition
Q: Why the problems catching? Bad entry passes, or bad hands?
Lickliter: I think it's a combination of things. I think most of all it's just the lack of discipline through the development of a player to have the kind of focus and determination that I am going to deliver this ball, and I am going to make a high percentage pass and not be anxious. Let's give Minnesota credit now, they get up in you and make it difficult. But if you are going to compete at this level, you will see that and you need to stay poised and see the game. You have to see more than your teammate. We have a hard time with that. We are not seeing opponents.
Q: What made you call that timeout right off the bat?
Lickliter: I think we had taken a quick bad shot and left a guy on defense. So on both ends, we had missed assignments, so I was going to ask them nicely to not do that any more.
Q: Can you talk about the Minnesota kids you have recruited?
Lickliter: We are very pleased to get them, we like their approach. We think they will have great careers at Iowa. Very good team players.
Q: You didn't have any offensive rebounds in the first half, what do you make of that?
Lickliter: We shot 55 percent in the first half, so we shot it well. We are not a great offensive rebounding team. I forget how many shots we had, but we turned it over 11 times in the first half, and you won't get any rebounds with those. It seems like I am going back to the same theme. You shoot 55% and you turn it over 11 times, there are not that many rebounds, so I was not that concerned about that.
Q: You have beaten MSU and OSU. What is difference between those teams and Minnesota?
Lickliter: I don't know, each team is unique. There are so many differences that I couldn't say. Today, Minnesota was very good. They have shown themselves to be very good and compete. What are they now, 15-7, 5-5 in the league. They are a nice team.
Q: Is this your first time in The Barn?
Lickliter: The second time. I came up with Eastern Michigan years ago when I was an assistant coach.
Q: What did you think of the old dump?
Lickliter: (Laughs). You know what, I have a fondness for old dumps. You called it that, not me. I like it, it's a nice environment. You forget how old I am. I watched a lot of Big Ten basketball growing up.
Q: Gorney against Tollackson?
Lickliter: They both have their own styles and both were fairly effective. I thought Seth played well today. I think Tollackson is a very effective player also.
Q: Why didn't David Palmer make the trip?
Lickliter: He had some obligations at home and so he will be back with us when we get back.