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December 31, 2012The Hawkeyes fought hard and nearly pulled off the upset, but after the four point loss to Indiana, Fran McCaffery wasn't big on moral victories. While he was proud of the way his team fought, he wishes the result would have been different. McCaffery talks about the tough shooting night for Devyn Marble, the play of Adam Woodbury, and more.
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Q. In the final minute you guys got the turnover off the inbound, did you think about calling a time out?
COACH McCAFFERY: We just felt like scrambling and I felt Dev was in a position to make a play.
Q. What did you think of the shots at the end, they were open looks.
COACH McCAFFERY: You know, he made a great read on the first play. We didn't give him a great pass and he missed the first one. The next two I thought were great looks. He's got to shoot those while he's in there. I would tell him to shoot them again, every time.
Q. Got to the line to make the free throws, just one of those days?
COACH McCAFFERY: You know, we started off slow offensively obviously. I mean, they were up into us pretty good. We were not doing a great job screening and we were shooting under duress, and he's the guy that then goes and tries to get tries to make plays for our team. He's always done that. He's very good at that.
And they were getting after him pretty good, with different guys on him and they were face guarding him. You know, so at least he was able to get to the free throw line a few times and get us going.
Q. Did Basabe tweak his ankle?
COACH McCAFFERY: The other one. He was playing well I thought. And I thought in this game, he would have been very effective. He's always played well against Indiana and played really well last year and he was ready to go. So that was disappointing.
Q. In the zone the second half, their offense...
COACH McCAFFERY: It did, and it slowed the game down a little bit. It enabled us to run out of the zone. That was good.
I thought our movement and our execution of zone defense was pretty good. We started to get a little bit tired. The longer you stay in it, the more any team, and in particular a team of this calibre, is going to figure out where to get open and how to get open.
You know, would like to have seen us foul on that last rebound. Obviously want to get the rebound first, but you've got to put them on the free throw line there.
Q. What did Adam Woodbury show you?
COACH McCAFFERY: I thought defensively he was tremendous, especially early. He moved his feet. He held his ground. He wasn't chomping. He wasn't flying at shot fakes. And I thought battled him physically in a big way. It enabled us to kind of get our break going a couple times.
We didn't convert early like I had hoped, but we had some opportunities.
Q. Was there anything that you think execution wise...
COACH McCAFFERY: The only thing I would point to is we cut it to one, we got the ball back I think three times. You know, I don't remember what happened all three times, but I know Anthony through it to Josh, got stolen, and Josh threw it over Aaron's head.
That's always a fine line with us because we want to run, we want to get attack. We want to get the ball and look ahead, and so that's how we school them, so they make a turnover and start yelling at him and say, what are you doing; what are you thinking.
I would like for Anthony, since it was cross court to have brought it a little bit closer to Josh. Especially in light of the fact that we had just turned it over; we didn't need that third turnover like playing with one hand. But it's something that I think he's obviously a terrific player, he's a bright kid, he's a great kid and he'll learn from that and be a better player next time.
Ultimately when you're in a game of this calibre where it's a one or two possession game, it's those kinds of things that ultimately add up. You can survive a bad shooting day, if you rebound well and execute and don't turn it over.
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