Fran McCaffery Postgame Transcript
Feb. 9, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery spoke to the media Saturday after the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 71-59, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Q. In the first half you looked like you played two rough games on the road, then the second half just kind of got in the flow of things.
Q. Any better for Devyn to get a breakaway dunk, get him started?
He was spectacular today, there's no question about it.
Q. When he is on, they have to guard him.
That's what he's going to be for the rest of the year, there's no doubt in my mind.
Q. How do you feel your team was able to respond regarding the nine offensive rebounds?
The other thing is he went 1 3 1 a lot in the second half which allows us to have three bigs on the baseline against their point guard. We got a ton of seconds out of that.
We weren't attacking it as well as the last time we played that. We got seconds and finished.
Q. What happened to Devyn's game and how did you not lose him or was that not a possibility?
In practice, he hasn't let up one possession for us. I get nervous is when I have a guy struggling who pouts in practice, doesn't give effort in practice, blaming his teammates, blaming the coaching staff. Devyn kept working. I told you before, he has phenomenal character. When you have character, you're going to play through this kind of stuff.
Q. You must be pretty proud to go through what they've gone through on the road and come back and play hard, probably tired legs, yet especially in the second half to really breakaway like that.
We were able to keep the pressure on at halfcourt and keep running, then rotate fresh bodies. If you don't have fresh bodies on the floor, you can't guard that offense. If you keep five guys out there and try to guard that for 40 minutes, it's an absolute nightmare.
Q. What extra dimension does Oglesby give you?
He also is a tremendous passer. He made a couple great feeds. He doesn't make mistakes. Makes his free throws. I mean, he was great tonight.
Q. Basabe came in, had a couple shots, jumper, a dunk --
Q. That trap out front seemed to give you some trouble.
Q. Third or fourth game in a row where your leading scorer was there in this game, struggled. Is that a tribute to your depth as much as anything?
Obviously, it would be nice if our two leading scorers were getting 15 or 20 every night. But we haven't had that kind of team this year. There's been different lineups on the floor.
I thought Olaseni was terrific tonight. Eric May was great when he was in there. Oglesby was terrific, Basabe. Every time I put someone in, they were fresh, fresh legs, fresh wind. They were good.
Q. Were you curious at all how your team would respond coming off the two losses they had?
Q. This team hasn't had a letdown despite tough losses.
If you look at the individual makeup of each player, Mike is not wired that way. Marble is not wired that way. Neither is Clemmons. Neither is Woodbury. Those guys, they just keep coming. Woodbury, Zach. Zach gets a huge three when we really needed a bucket. I thought it was great.
So, I mean, this is something I don't worry about with this group.
Q. You've had to play four games in 10 days. That's tough, especially because they just got back into school. You have a few days off before your next game.
Q. You mentioned when Olah and Swopshire went out you had a bigger team. How do you feel that helped you?
Q. Pretty good report for what this team has been through, 15 wins.
I'll look at the win total when the season's over, but not today.
Q. You talked about getting Devyn more open shots. That was a big reason for his success today. Seemed like you were doing more to get him in position.
Very few guys have that complete of a skill set. I think he's gotten away from that a little bit and just worried about his jump shot. I just keep telling him, "just be who you are." Play the game with reckless abandon. Be an attack player. Play with confidence. I'm sticking with you. I'm not yanking you. Doesn't mean I'm not going to yell at him occasionally and get in his face, like when he made that one turnover. He knows I trust him and I'm going to leave him out there.
Q. Seemed like he was playing with a little bit of patience today.
Q. One basket on a back cut in two games. A testimony to where your defense has come?
But that said, I think when you look at how our team has played, and you look at the quality of teams that we played, where we played them, how many games, 4 7, 5 7, whatever it was, I think that shows you how far we've come and the kind of team we have, that we're able to survive.
If we had a terrible offensive shooting performance, which we've had a few in years past, we would have lost 25 30. Here we are in overtime, battling, making enough shots to be in a position to win, miss a couple free throws. It's unfortunate. But our team has shown a tremendous amount of resiliency and maturity, in my opinion.