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March 16, 2013For most of Friday evening's game against Michigan State, the Hawkeyes looked like they were in control. Then the Spartans made a strong push in the final ten minutes and the Hawkeyes couldn't find an answer. Following the tough loss, Devyn Marble, Mike Gesell, Aaron White, and Melsahn Basabe talked about the loss and if they should be in the NCAA Tournament.
Watch our videos and read a post game transcript below.
Q. Devyn, just talk about the last possession, last shot.
DEVYN MARBLE: We were trying to get Josh [Oglesby] the ball. He kind of got stuck in the corner, so thought dribble handed off to him, probably would have faded out-of-bounds. It was a position I didn't want to put him in. So I just turned and knew I had to get the shot over Keith [Appling], he's like 6-0, 6-1. It looked good, and sometimes they fall and sometimes they don't.
Q. Just asked the Michigan State players; how physical was that game compared to the Big Ten and other games you've played in your career?
ERIC MAY: Yeah, Michigan State is always a physical game. We knew that coming in. The key is to match their physicality, and I think we did a good job of that. They are a tough team, but you have to really sustain that the whole game, though.
DEVYN MARBLE: I played this team freshman year in the Big Ten Tournament. That was the most physical game I'd ever been in until today with the same team. So usually when we play each other, it's a very physical game.
Q. Seemed like Michigan State kept coming up with dagger after dagger, big plays, turnovers, and you came back and responded late in the half. What was going on in the second half and what was your mind-set like as they kept seemed to get a nail-in-the-coffin-type play over and over?
DEVYN MARBLE: We just tried to keep our poise. We knew they were going to make a run, they are a really good team. The goal for us is to try to limit the runs and cut it to like 8-0 runs and like that, you don't want it to go 12-2 and 14-0, stuff like that, so just try to limit their runs.
Plus, we had the lead so all we had to do was keep our poise and try to make plays down the stretch, also. But they knocked down the shots and we didn't.
ERIC MAY: I mean, kind of like Coach said, they made some big shots, and we had some shots that looked like they were good, but the key is to just stay calm. I don't think we ever -- there's maybe a minute or two we got a little riled up but we held our composure and had a chance there.
Q. Obviously you don't know your fate until Sunday in terms of the tournament, but you were so close to getting this one, one shot short.
ERIC MAY: I think we deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament. I'm really proud of my team. We are a really good team and we have fought all season long. Whenever we are playing, we are going to play our tails off next week, wherever we are playing.