Indiana head coach Mike Woodson didn’t hold back regarding a second half incident in Iowa City on Thursday evening.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery went all the way over to the Indiana bench as IU assistant coach Yasir Rosemond was having a discussion with an official.
Moments later that same official appeared to call a technical foul on McCaffery but it wasn’t enforced. The reason for not enforcing the technical foul appeared to be explained to Woodson, but it was not explained by the crew to the television broadcasters.
McCaffery’s son Connor, a player for Iowa, also went towards the IU bench and had to be restrained, along with other Iowa players and staff members.
Woodson was asked about the incident during the post-game press conference.
“I’m not even going to comment on that, because that’s bullshit, is what it is,” Woodson said. “And you can print that. Because again, when you can allow coaches to come across halfcourt into your space, that’s bullshit. It is.
“(The official) did call the tech and he pulled it back, which is bullshit. The guy (McCaffery) should’ve been thrown out of the goddamn game.”
I wonder if Fran McCaffery and Juwan Howard hang out together. pic.twitter.com/cRAATlMKHc
— Dariush Takhtehchian, M.D (@takhtehchianmd) January 6, 2023
McCaffery had already been called for a first half technical foul, so the second technical would have indeed caused him to be ejected from the game.
Indiana trailed 87-85 at the time the incident occurred, with 53.7 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers were already shooting two free throws. A technical on McCaffery would have given them two more free throws and possession.
Woodson was also unhappy that a foul was not called when his starting forward Race Thompson was injured in the first half.
“I thought he got his legs taken from under him, no call,” Woodson said. “That’s a bad play, it really is.”
The fireworks continued post-game when Connor McCaffery joined the Field of 68 podcast and called out the IU coaching staff.
“Indiana didn’t know what to do against the zone,” Connor McCaffery said. “Their coaching staff had no idea. It’s like they’d never seen a zone before.”
Indiana blew a 21-point first half lead and lost to Iowa 91-89.
The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes play again in Bloomington on Feb. 28.
You can watch Woodson’s full post-game press conference here:
Watch: Mike Woodson and Trayce Jackson-Davis discuss loss to Iowa
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