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Franscript: Wisconsin postgame

On if he wanted his player to miss the free throw on their last free throw shot in double overtime:

FRAN McCAFFERY“No. I told him to make it. We discussed missing it. That’s a tough call. There was 5.2 (seconds) left. You make it, you foul. Now he has to make both. That’s a tough call. We had our two big guys in there to try to get a tip or get a rebound. I told him to make it.”

On playing his reserve players in the second half:

FRAN McCAFFERY“It’s interesting because that’s kind of how our season has been going. Every game there are different people that seem to click and that’s who I go with. I’m playing 10. I think most coaches would prefer to have a core group of guys that they just go with, but with our team we have such a different mixture of skills that when we get that lineup that’s on the floor and they’re clicking we just stay with them. Sometimes it’s a big lineup. Sometimes it’s small.

Sometimes it’s our starters and sometimes it’s our reserves. The group that started did a pretty decent job. We went to the bench and they struggled. We put the starters back in, they got us back in the game. Then in the second half it was our subs. I think it’s a good thing to have, but it’s kind of unique because what ends up happening sometimes is you get on this stretch and you don’t have guys that are in roles they are normally in and ready to do something.”

On if he thought his team should have finished the game with a win in regulation and not go into overtime:

FRAN McCAFFERY“We had two breakdowns immediately. A breakdown on the inbounds play. (Ben) Brust hits a 3-pointer and then a breakdown on the back cut, and (Melsahn) Basabe fouls (Ryan) Evans. You can’t give them an and-1 there. You have to foul them. You’re shooting 40 percent from the line. If he back cuts, you have to foul him before he shoots it. See if he can make both, probably only going to make one at best, and it’s a different game. So that was unfortunate because that changed everything because that made it a one-possession game very quickly.”

On his emotions after the game:

FRAN McCAFFERY“I don’t get that emotional one way or the other. I just don’t. That said, I want it for (the players). I’m hurting for them. For me it’s a very business-like approach. If we had won in double overtime, if we had won on Sunday, if we had won at Purdue in overtime. Nothing changes for me. It’s on to the next game. It’s locked in, getting these guys ready to play the next game. I fully recognize that for them, the emotional ups and downs are going to be a little bit different.”

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