IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery didn’t mince words. He said his team got outplayed Sunday in an 87-65 exhibition victory over Augustana of Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“Now, we won the game,” McCaffery said. “But we were substantially outplayed by that team. I think it’s exactly what our team needed.”
Asked if that pointed critique was shared with his team, McCaffery said, “Yea, a little bit … you’re a smart guy.”
Junior forward Aaron White said Iowa’s effort was unacceptable, and a reflection of all the good things people have said about the Hawkeyes heading into the season.
“I think people have the sense that we’ve done something, but we haven’t,” White said. “We proved that (Sunday). This team hasn’t won anything. We’ve got to prove, on the floor, what people are saying about us. We need to play more aggressively, not as casual.”
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Asked how McCaffery addressed the team, White said, “Exactly like you’d expect him to.”
Augustana, an NCAA Division III program returning a majority of the team that went 19-8 last season, provided the test McCaffery expected.
“This game was invaluable in a lot of ways,” McCaffery said.
The college game is being called completely different this season. Most noticeably, a hand check is an automatic foul. Fifty-two fouls were called Sunday, many of them on hand checks.
“Either rules won’t be as strictly enforced as they were (Sunday), or teams will realize they can’t have their hands on people,” White said.
Iowa shot 50 free throws, 11 more than it did in any game last season. With 5 minutes remaining, the Hawkeyes had attempted 48 free throws and 46 field goals.
White and Zach McCabe scored 16 points apiece for Iowa. Both attempted more free throws than field goals in the game.
“Certainly, the game is going to be called differently,” McCaffery said. “At least for awhile, if not for the rest of the season. Word is it will be the rest of the season.”
Iowa struggled from the perimeter, making just two of 18 3-pointers, a theme that haunted them during a 25-13 season.
McCaffery praised the play of White; McCabe, who also had eight rebounds; and Adam Woodbury, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa played without sophomore point guard Anthony Clemmons, held out with a sore ankle he injured last Friday. McCaffery expects him to be ready for the Hawkeyes’ season opener this Friday against North Carolina-Wilmington.
“He could have gone,” McCaffery said. “But it wasn’t worth pushing it.”
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