Feb. 1, 2012
Iowa (12-11, 4-6) 63, Minnesota (16-7, 4-6) 59
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Feb. 1, 2012
Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith
“Well that was certainly one to the men of Iowa. They certainly hung in there and got the win. They made some clutch plays down the stretch and we didn’t. We had some breakdowns defensively in those last few minutes that cost us dearly. And once again we had trouble figuring out the zone and getting some good looks in the zone. It was just a good win for them and very tough loss for us.”
What was the turning point?
“Second shots, we gave up nine or 10 in the 2nd half and we kept turning the ball over. And when you have empty possessions like that it takes a toll on you. We got out hustled in situations and giving so many 2nd opportunities, you can’t win like that. You’re going to get beat every time. There zone took away our looks. We would get it inside but we could never capitalize on it. We gave a great effort, we just didn’t play very smart, especially at the defensive end.”
Did you see more of a change in your team or in Iowa’s team coming back from the deficit?
“I thought that they were more aggressive and they felt the momentum changing. The made some jumpers and the dunk there on the drive, those things hurt you. Then when you foul on an inbounds play, those kind of things just switch the momentum.”
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