Iowa’s McCaffery | Cook | Garza Preview Indiana

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery and forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza met with the media this week to preview Indiana.  The transcript of McCaffery’s comments regarding IU is below.  Further below are videos of Cook and Garza.

Indiana (13-9, 4-7) and Iowa (17-5, 6-5) tip-off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.


Q. What are you seeing from Indiana? They were going through a rough patch and all of a sudden they turn around and get a win in Michigan State.

FRAN McCAFFERY: You have to look at the situation. It’s kind of like why is Luka scoring 20 points a game? Well, he’s healthy. Why did Indiana beat Michigan State at Michigan State? Well, they’re healthy. They weren’t healthy. They were losing seven in a row and weren’t getting drilled so they were playing as well as they were capable. They were 12-2 when they were healthy, beat Louisville, and then Green is out, Phinisee is out, Davis is out. It’s going to be different. Now they’re all back. Go on the road and beat Michigan State. That’s who we’re playing.

Q. What are your thoughts on what you’ve seen from Romeo Langford in his first year at Indiana?

FRAN McCAFFERY: He came in with a huge reputation, and I think a lot of times there is a lot of pressure on guys like him. He’s going to be the fifth pick, going to be the sixth pick, but hasn’t played a college game yet. I don’t think that’s easy. He’s handled it as well as anybody I’ve seen. He plays at his pace. He’s got a complete game. He can dribble, pass, and shoot. Plays defense, rebounds, they go to him late, makes big shots. Made big shots the other night in that game. Has tremendous confidence in himself. He’s one of the best players in the country.

(Transcript via ASAP Sports)


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