Rutgers Coach Steve Pikiell Sends Message in Blowout Loss to Iowa

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- After Rutgers did not show up in an 83-63 home loss to Iowa, which was missing its best player, coach Steve Pikiell sent a message with walk-on Jake Dadika as the only player that spot after the game. What went wrong? Pikiell and Dadika break it down.

Rutgers Coach Steve Pikiell Opening Statement: "We weren't ready to play. I was disappointed. I want to thank Jake [Dadika]. I thought he gave us some great minutes. Mike Williams played hard and so did DeShawn [Freeman]. We need everybody to play hard. We're not the toughest team in the world, as you saw today, and we really need to get better. That was not how I want people to think of Rutgers basketball and not the way we've been playing all season long. We have to get back to practice and make some changes."

 

On whether it was a result of not getting over the Wisconsin game: "I don't know. If that's a part of it, it has nothing to do with Saturday. We're not tough, and you saw it today. If that's getting over Saturday and getting ready to play today, then that's probably what it is. I'm just disappointed. When the bell rang, we just weren't ready to play and that's on me and I have to do a better job with this group."

 

On the play of Jake Dadika: "He came ready to play. He moved the ball around. We had the best ball movement when he was in there. We played the best defense when he was in there. So that's a credit to Jake. He comes and practices that way every day. He got an opportunity and he did a good job with it. Thankful for him."

 

On the play of Iowa: "Have to give Iowa credit. They're well coached. Their coach did a great job. They were ready to play. Credit to Iowa."


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