Iowa men’s basketball remaining confident despite recent small slide
A two-game skid has put some Iowa men’s basketball fans into panic mode. But as head coach Fran McCaffery points out, he and his team know better than to get caught up in the swings of a long season and don’t have time to.
“You don’t want to be unrealistic,” McCaffery said Wednesday of his team losing back-to-back games after starting 6-0. “You’ve got to accept defeat, and you shouldn’t feel good about it. None of us did. But you don’t want that feeling to linger and say, ‘Okay, let’s go back to work and try to sort out what things were good in (the Michigan State) game.’ There were some good things in that game.
“Yeah, the end of the first half we didn’t make our free throws, it got away from us a little bit, start of the second half was not good, we couldn’t make a shot, a couple of live ball turnovers, but we did some good things later on in the half that you didn’t realize because the game was maybe out of reach. All right, different team, different game, different day. Let’s be better in the next one.”
The next one arrives on Thursday night, when the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes host rival Iowa State. The Cyclones are a reverse image of Iowa: young, getting healthier, and on a roll, having won their last four games and seven of eight.
McCaffery cites Iowa State’s ball movement as a reason for their success, contrasting that with his own team’s, which he labeled “okay” but says it needs to be better.
They may also be without freshman Joe Wieskamp, who suffered a leg injury in the last game and who McCaffery says didn’t do anything in practice on Tuesday.
Thursday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. and is being shown on FS1.