Iowa beat Michigan 86-83 in overtime on Sunday, getting big efforts from a pair of point guards, freshman Jordan Bohannon and senior Peter Jok.
Here’s what coach Fran McCaffery said after the Hawkeyes’ first conference win of the season, courtesy of ASAP Sports and the Iowa athletic department.
“He’s a special player. He plays at his pace, he’s really intelligent, he thinks the game, he processes the game plan, the information we give him, and then he’s able to make adjustments as the game goes on. But there’s no panic in him. He’s going to shoot it if he’s open. If somebody is open, he’s going to pass it. He’s not going to turn it over. You can’t turn the ball over against this team and win.”
On Jok distributing the ball more
“He’s figured out. He’s has to be a screener and he’s got to be a passer and he can still get 25. And that’s what makes him special.”
On the team battling sickness
“Well, we had, Tyler (Cook) was sick and then Ahmad (Wagner) was sick. Everybody else is fine. I think the other stuff was injury-related. Christian (Williams) hurt his back, Brady (Ellingson) got the wind knocked out of him on that one play.”
On playing a down-to-the-wire game
“Yeah, no question (I am happy the way the Hawkeyes played down the stretch). Because we made enough plays. It wasn’t perfection, but we made our free throws, we executed the shots that we wanted, a couple times we got it inside, didn’t score, but we got it in there. And our defense was clearly better in the second half, in terms of getting out and guarding the baseline drift in the corner and that kind of thing.”
On what this game does to prepare Iowa for the rest of the Big Ten season
“Well, it shows you how you have to work and how have you to prepare. The crowd was great. That helped us. So now what we have got to be able to do is understand that and go do it on the road. That is a bigger challenge in this league. Our older guys know that. The younger guys figured that out the other night.”
On offensive poise and execution in overtime
“Well, first thing Tyler went and got the tip. I said, we got to get the ball, get the ball first. Go get the tip. Then we executed and got it inside, like you said. And we could have hung our heads, because we got it in there, looked like we were going to score and take the lead and we didn’t. But nothing rattled us from that point forward.”
On the defense taking heat and responding
“Well, I thought it was really good, because it was a deviation from what we had been doing, defensively. You’re right, the hardest thing sometimes is to — and you don’t want to be the guy that gives up a bucket. Especially if you’re up three, you don’t want to give up a three. So you want to chase them off the line and if they score a two, they score a two, you don’t want to give them an and-1 and you certainly don’t want to go for any shot fake. So, they moved their feet, they switched out and contained and made it hard and also ate up all the clock. So, I couldn’t be more proud of that.”