Iowa upset No. 24 Maryland 83-69 on Saturday in College Park, Md. Coach Fran McCaffery discussed the team’s hot shooting and the play of forward Tyler Cook and guard Jordan Bohannon in his postgame interview on the Iowa Radio Network.
ON IOWA HITTING 16 3-POINT SHOTS: “You shoot the ball like that, you are probably not going to lose. What I look at, (what) makes me so proud, is our ball movement and our decision-making, when we were semi-covered and moved it on and made an extra pass. We shot 3s in transition at the right time. We shots 3s off set plays at the right time. We made plays off of really good ball movement and screening action. When we are doing that, we are hard to guard and we were really hard to guard tonight.”
ON THE TEAM’S PACE AND TRANSITION GAME: “It was really good in the first half. Tyler Cook is the fastest big guy in the building and ran down hard. Jordan had his head up and was throwing the ball ahead. It was easy opportunities, and we got that lead that we never gave up. But it’s a constant attack mode and that kind of pressure on the defense, where you are pushing, pushing. (Maryland) has to make decisions on who is picking up who? Who is stopping the ball? Who is stopping the first post down? Where is Pete (Jok)? Where are the shooters? When you have a lot of different guys making shots, it gives more opportunities to drive the ball into space because there is space. They are all out on the 3-point shooters.”
ON THE ZONE DEFENSE AND IMPACT IT HAD ON MARYLAND’S MELO TRIMBLE: “It limits him coming off ball screens and finding people. He destroys you with coming off screens and throwing lobs, kicking it to the corner, scoring it himself, attacking the paint, finishing with his left hand. If you keep him in front of you, you have a chance.”
ON 17 IOWA ASSISTS: “We’ll take that every night. It goes to show you what we talked about earlier is the ball movement and the unselfishness. That’s why I love this group.”
ON COOK AND BOHANNON COMBINING FOR 45 POINTS: “They have great chemistry together, those two guys, and you love to see that with two young freshman who are really good buddies. But they recognize each other’s ability and they compliment that ability with unselfish play.”