Coach McCaffery Press Conference Transcript
Feb. 23, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head men's basketball coach answered questions from the media after the Hawkeyes' 67-66 upset victory against No. 15 Wisconsin on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Got another solid outing there from Matt.
Have you ever seen a stretch like this from any player last two games?
He's always been a big scorer. Even in practice, have you ever seen Matt get in a zone like that?
The thing about it is he puts the time in. He's getting extra shots off. Off days he's getting 500 up all summer long. When we got into this facility, we have the shooting gun, he's in here all the time.
Where does this two game stretch for Matt rank in your mind from all the greats you coached?
I think Matt is making a name for himself to be somebody to be considered to be drafted, certainly making a push for all league. Should be in the three point contest at the Final Four, I think he deserves that.
Was there no bad shot?
What goes into the final shot as far as his movement before he gets the ball?
Indiana, after that Wisconsin, you take it to them. Now that you're nearing the end of year two, how satisfying is it to see the guys come out and play that way?
Ultimately, if you see me get frustrated with the officials or with them, I just want it for them. To be able to see them kind of enjoy all this hard work, to see the students rush the floor, the fourth ranked team we've beaten this year, it just goes to show you what they're capable of doing. Who knows where we're headed right now.
What does it say about your team when you face an opponent like Wisconsin on two occasions and both times you come away with victories?
Normally you have more turnovers than them and they out rebound you. They usually start with that. Those are two hard things to overcome. Now you got to shoot a little better percentage, make some more threes, some more free throws. Normally they make more threes than you.
We made more threes, the others were pretty even. I thought we really fought. I thought Melsahn's blocks in the second half were huge for us.
How important was the start of the second half?
Talk about Matt making a push for All League. Do you think he's one of the more underrated guys in the Big Ten?
I said it after the Penn State game. The thing that was frustrating for me was we weren't able to ride his performance in the second half to victory like we did in the last two games. We were down double digits. He hits five in a row, we're right there. We're going to have to be ready on Sunday.
Is the next step for this group dictating the pace?
Then Brust goes down and hit a three. That was a huge momentum play. It was going to go 6 8 as opposed to 6 3. That was like a five point play.
At that point we made another run back at them. At that point we were going to run a little clock. It was a little frustrating because we had about six or seven possessions where we didn't score. But what we did do was we executed fairly well and we ran clock and we got a shot, were able to get our defense set up to make sure we were still able to win.
As a coach, struggling with a young team, it must be gratifying to see that work.
They're kids. They're going to make mistakes. But they were on the glass. They were fighting for loose balls. They were trapping guys. They were rotating. They were contesting.
You can't let this team come in here and make 10, 11 threes which is normally what they do. The games they lost, they make five, six threes. They actually made five or six.
The last few minutes where you didn't score, did the running clock disrupt the rhythm?
What we probably should have done in retrospect was drive the ball a little bit more, get to the free throw line, let Marble go a little bit, give him some space. We tried to go inside twice. Once to Mel, got tied up. The other time I think Aaron got fouled.
Disappointment after the Penn State game. It's a long season. How does this team not wallow in that and move on?
But that's what the journey's all about. You got to fight through it. You got to keep coming. They know that I'm going to stay positive. Even if I rip 'em during a timeout, I'm going to stay positive with them, I'm going to keep teaching and get better.
When we break the film down, it might not be pleasant to watch, it's the team and the coaching staff, they're not getting embarrassed. It's a learning situation.
What you're seeing is a young team get better and learn from their mistakes and hopefully now can we go on the road and play with the kind of confidence we're playing with right now.
Basabe, this is what you expected from him?
Matt's clock is ticking. Seems that urgency has rubbed off on his teammates.
That's the way it should be.