Fran McCaffery Postgame Transcript
Dec. 31, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery met with the media after Iowa fell, 69-65, to Indiana in its Big Ten opener Monday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Q. In the final minute you guys got the turnover off the inbound, did you think about calling a time out?
Q. What did you think of the shots at the end, they were open looks.
Q. Got to the line to make the free throws, just one of those days?
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?
Q. In the zone the second half, their offense
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?
We didn't convert early like I had hoped, but we had some opportunities.
Q. Was there anything that you think execution wise
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.
Q. Do you think as far as your preparation, coming into this game, would you say they are 100%? And in retrospect, looking back, do you think could you have done better?
But I thought offensively, it was a struggle, early on. And that's you know, that's a credit to Indiana. They played hard; they fought; they got up into us, and they were the reason we shot 24 percent.
Yeah, maybe we had something to do with it, but I think a lot of times, that situation, everybody likes to say, well, we should have done this, we didn't do that. Sometimes you just have to say, well, you know what, really good team, got after us pretty good, held us to a low number.
To our credit we were much more effective in the second half in terms of our execution. They were going zone in the middle of the possession for a good portion of the second half and then they went with the tandem zone a little bit in the second half. We executed extremely well against that. I thought our zone execution was tremendous. We had great looks at it. Just have to shoot it better.
Q. The fact that a younger team
So what you've got to be able to do is, know and understand: What are the things we have to do to win this game and what are the things we can't do, because if we do those, we are going to lose this game. And they did a little better job than us at that, in that aspect of the game. A little bit more experience, and a little tougher for them; they are on the road.
So you know, we are pleased with our play. We are pleased with the effort of some individuals. Thought Mike Gesell was tremendous, proud of him. That said, we are going to go to work on some of the things that he needs to do better and he knows that.
Q. What do you see looking at the stat line for Marble?
Q. First game, national TV, how was the atmosphere?
A lot of times when you're young and you turn it over in that situation, it just kind of snowballs on you, and all three of them to a man I thought were able to come back and really impact the game positively as the game progressed.
Q. Seemed to be more assertive in the second half, what did you see out of him?
Q. What did Indiana do so well down in the post? Of your post players, Aaron was the only one that seemed to be effective scoring the ball today.