Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery met with reporters after the Hawkeyes’ 77-66 loss at Michigan State on Saturday night. Here’s what he said:
REPORTER: Was your low shooting percentage a result of you being off tonight or Michigan State’s defense?
MCCAFFERY: I think it was a little bit of both. They really got up into us. We did have some open looks from some really good shooters and they didn’t make them.
We turned them over 12 times (in the first half). We should have been up by more than one (at halftime). We didn’t shoot it well because they defended well. But also, they kicked us on the glass pretty good. You can’t come in here and get outrebounded 46-32. That’s going to make it really hard.
REPORTER: It seemed like early on the three-quarter-court press was working but it wasn’t effective later. Was it a fatigue factor or did they make adjustments?
MCCAFFERY: I thought they did a really good job later on attacking it to score. We didn’t get where we needed to be a couple of times. We’re trying to be aggressive a couple of times and we came up. When you come up, it leaves you vulnerable at the rim.
REPORTER: What did you think of the ball movement?
MCCAFFERY: The ball movement was fine; it wasn’t that. It was ball movement with a purpose. We were moving the ball, but we weren’t really working hard to get open. We weren’t screening people, we weren’t screening with a purpose, cutting with a purpose. We just passed it around. We got hung up a couple of times at the end of the shot clock putting up a difficult shot.
REPORTER: Obviously a weird night for Jordan Bohannon. He gets in foul trouble and goes 0 for 8.
MCCAFFERY: Yeah, I haven’t seen him go 0 for 8 ever. One of those nights for him. I told him to keep shooting; he did. I thought he rushed a couple, but he does that all the time. He’ll make some of those. We’ve seen that. He’s down about it, but he’ll be fine.
REPORTER: Coach, with a week off what do you hope to get accomplished?
MCCAFFERY: We’re doing some good things. We have to play better. You can’t come in here and expect to win getting outrebounded and shooting a low percentage. Our ball movement wasn’t what it needed to be. Our press was good. Our changing defense was good at times. We had a couple of good individual performances. We have to do a better job offensively in terms of executing against a team of this caliber on the road.
REPORTER: How do you feel defensively you were efficiency-wise against Michigan State in the second half?
MCCAFFERY: OK at times, not good in that one stretch. We did not handle that one stretch where they kind of separated from us because they weren’t able to do that until that point. Then all the sudden you look up and it’s 12. At that point we needed more maturity in terms of shot selection. They also made some 3s in that stretch. You’ve got to credit (Cassius) Winston.
REPORTER: On rotations, is it hard to play 11 players on the road?
MCCAFFERY: I think that’s a legitimate question. That’s a struggle for me. That’s a struggle for our staff. (Ryan) Kriener deserves to play, (Cordell) Pemsl deserves to play, (Tyler) Cook, all of those guys deserve to play. I thought Dom Uhl was good in the first half but only played 5 minutes (after halftime) as well. I’m trying to be fair, I’m trying to get guys going. I’ll have to scale back and play some other guys more and see how it goes.
REPORTER: Jok had a little bit of a slow start then he got hurt in the second half. Is he OK?
MCCAFFERY: I think he’s OK to play, but he’s a little sore. He tweaked something. When he came out, he said he’s ready to go back in so I put him back in. He’s always got ice on different parts of his body. Until he tells me he can’t go, I’m going to go with him. I will be willing to bet the next game he’ll be ready to go.
REPORTER: Did Tyler Cook get tested for a concussion?
MCCAFFERY: I guess he got poked in the eye. It really scared him. His head was fine.