Opening Statement:Its Wisconsin on the road, followed by Purdue at home Saturday. And don't forget the Cat Chat at Wolfgang Puck's Thursday
BC: Well, it was a crazy kind of week.
We don't play that well against Iowa, and didn't really deserve to win and we win at the end and against Ohio State here, got off to a slow start, but anyway we had an 8 point lead with 8 minutes to go and we don't score. Score one point in the last 7 minutes.
And it was a game I thought we could have won, and didn't win so I guess it evened out.
We're just having a hard time getting over the hump a little bit. I just heard the end of Dan Munson's talk, and he sounds upbeat, and happy and all. I wish I felt that way.
I was hopeful that our win against Iowa would help give us confidence, move us along or catapult us to something, but it certainly did not against Ohio State. We came out very flat actually, and got back in the game, so now we have 3 of our next four games on the road.
It certainly doesn't get any easier.
What adjustments do you want to make as we hit the midpoint of the Big 10 Seasons? Improvements?
BC: We just have to play. We played fairly well for probably for 25 minutes the other night against Ohio State and we have to play well for the entire game. There are so many things. You know, we've just been inconsistent.
Our Defense has been decent at times, then all of a sudden it just breaks down. Sometimes it seems we've been pushing the ball pretty well and getting some easy hoops and other times we just seem very slow and lethargic out there, so,
We're continually working on just the fundamentals, to tell you the truth. When you're in the middle of the season you're preparing, so today, you know we've got Wisconsin in two days, so you're preparing for them a little bit.
There's so many things we have to do ourselves to right offensively and defensively. We're just spending time on those things, fundamentals.
Is there anything new or different about this year's Wisconsin "Swing Offense?"
BC: You know, even last year, I've always just been amazed the way, like you said, plugging guys in. Its more than that but, I'm sure in practices that Bo and his staff have people - this guy sits down, the starter, and another guy goes in and they don't seem to miss a beat, and I saw that last year.
And you see it this year too.
The only difference is you don't have a first round pick guy there. You don't have Harris, sometimes at the end of the clock making plays. That's missing a little bit, but a couple of these guys are coming around pretty nicely, so I think you know what you're getting there, its very sound basketball, and its hard to stop.
Anytime as a coach you can run stuff that even if its scouted it can't be stopped then you have something and I think that's what Wisconsin has.
Any Players that have caught your eye?
BC: You have Mike Wilkinson [Sr Fwd 6-8 240] who causes everybody problems for a number of games he sort of took over the game, so -- [we] played Iowa the other night and our kid Vukusic just took the game over in the second half, at the end of the game, and that's what I saw Wilkinson doing.
They're just, I don't know, a bunch of guys - they're all - you don't know where to start with those guys. It seems like its a different guy, you know Zach Morley [Sr Fwd 6-8 220] is tough - he's tall and he can make a shot and he's getting around guys a little bit too.
And then their Guard play, they just its good and solid, their freshman kid there, is playing very well so. I think its just a solid team, almost impossible to beat up there.
I would have said impossible, except they lost it two days ago.
Can we get an update on Vedran Vukusic's health and will this be going on all season?
BC: Yeah, it doesn't look good, its going to be that way so - he hasn't practiced in a week, just since the Penn State game - he just shoots around in practice watches the scouting report so, I haven't heard anything, which is good news, yet this morning.
I suspect, we only have about 5 weeks to go, 6 weeks, and I suspect that it will be that way for the rest of the year.
Surgery after the year?
BC: I don't think it requires surgery, its just bruised pretty badly and so, we'll see. I really don't know.
Have you figured out what happened at the end of the OSU game?
BC: We turned the ball over a few times and it just seemed to pick them up and then they seemed to defend - we ran a couple of things - thought we had a layup one time and off our kid's hand and then they got a couple turnovers and so it just changed the complexion of the game.
I said after the game, and I still, after watching the game, I can't pinpoint except that. A few steals quickly what was 8 points at 7:50 to go, but then it was - got back within two minutes.
A three point play and...but its hard to pinpoint one player or a particular thing except if I was going to, I'd say a couple of bad turnovers in a row which led to scores for them.
Is the focus this week more on getting fired up? or is still the schemes?
BC: I've been disappointed, certainly, with just the, not attitude - the guys seem to work pretty hard, but we just don't seem to have that much life.
I don't know if its just the personality of the guys or what, it might be in the DNA, I can't do anything about it, but I'm certainly going to address that, and I have, but we'll address that today in practice.
Is it unusual for Junior College transfers to have an impact on the Big 10 the way they have this year?
BC: I don't know the entire history of junior college guys in the league. I know the kid from Purdue - since I've been here, Purdue's had a bunch of junior college guys who've been very vital to them.
Now this kid Carl Landry is certainly doing great things and it helps, I mean its incredible how it helps. the same with Minnesota, but since I've been here, there's been a bunch of junior college guys had major impacts on programs and so its something you definitely have to look at in your recruiting.
But I don't know how to compare it to say 5 years ago, 10 years ago, historically.
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