“I would hope that our kids would come to practice to play hard and get better every day, no because a team that everyone thought we were going to beat worse than we actually beat them,” McCaffery said. “That game Sunday took everything we had to get (Nebraska-Omaha) and that’s just the way the game is.”
“I continue to be amazed at how somebody is getting beat. Somebody is getting beat. ‘Oh, I didn’t think that would happen.’ Three, four, five times a night it happens.”
Aaron White paced the Hawkeyes in a much easier effort on Thursday, scoring a season-high 22 points as Iowa opened up a 40-point working margin midway through the second half.
“Every day right now is a chance to get better,” White said. “That’s what we’re trying to do right now. Play hard and get better with each game. It was nice to see those outside shots finally start to fall for me as well.”
“Aaron’s been working on his game and you can tell,” McCaffery added. “His jumper looks really good. He’s moving without (the ball), he’s driving it. He’s getting to the free throw line and playing with great confidence. I think that’s what you want to see.”
Senior Deyvn Marble had 10 points, five assists and four steals in 18 minutes at shooting guard, and Mike Gesell broke out of a mini-slump with eight points and seven assists.
"It was just a change of pace, with me being able to go out there and be more aggressive, looking to score and at the same time finding my teammates," Marble said. Gesell "is still comfortable playing (point guard) even though we just threw him back out there."
“I expect Mike to shoot. He’s a really good shooter,” said McCaffery. “Devyn is a good shooter. Peter Jok. (Okey) Ukah. We’ve got guys that can shoot, but it’s like anything else. Sometimes you have those games where maybe your shot doesn’t fall.”