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Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan
Q. Always have a longstanding goal of always wanting to
make more free throws than the opponent takes. When you look
at this team in the game, did you think that was a team in
terms of personality that could do that?
COACH RYAN: Well, you always work towards it. You
always get guys who believe that, if you take shortcuts with
your hands, you're going to be called for a lot of fouls that
aren't necessary, play defense with your feet. So you try to
limit the number of attempts the other team takes, but you
can't play soft. You can't give guys things.
So you've got to find that happy medium. And then
for your own team, you've got to have guys who can attack the
rim and attack gaps in order to force other teams to use their
hands. We don't have a blazer, so to speak, on our team that's
been described that way, somebody that's really quick or jet
quick, but we have guys that use their instincts pretty well to
get to the line. And Nigel (Hayes) has really helped us in that phase.
Q. Bronson (Koenig) obviously got quite a few minutes in the last
game. Is that just riding the wave in one particular game, or
he just kind of earned his way forward?
COACH RYAN: He's a guy that's been playing minutes.
Sometimes it's 10, sometimes it's 15, but he earned his way in.
You've also got to remember that Ben (Brust) didn't practice. Ben was
out for a while. Ben got most of his minutes in the first
half, and that's because we gave him his breaks around the
four-minute marks, which is -- you know, there's so many
inactive minutes for players during basketball games anymore.
You can really hide guys, hide their rest pretty well.
So Bronson was able to get some minutes while guys
were -- some of the guards were also on the bench around those
marks. So he got what he got for a reason.
Q. You mentioned Frank's development this morning. Is
he doing a much better job this season, maybe not filling for
three-pointers and using his strength to get to the bucket?
COACH RYAN: Well, yeah, he's earned -- he's gained
some confidence on his ability to finish around the basket.
Frank's maturing. He's a young man. That's what the
guys are here for. They're going to college. They're playing
a sport. They're in the moment. People are talking about
Milwaukee? Are you kidding me? We're talking about Indiana.
And these kids are in the moment. These kids are playing right
now. These kids are trying to enjoy their college careers.
And I enjoy watching them develop. I enjoy being
with these guys every day out there on the court. So that's
what I do. You guys do what you do with all your projections
and everything else. But it's simply maturation. Frank Kaminski is maturing on and off the court, and it shows in the way he's playing. But isn't that what they're here for? It's college.
Q. During the telecast of the Iowa game, Dan Dakich said
something during one of Frank's moves, that, if he had tried
that move a year ago, he would have fallen over his own feet.
He tends to exaggerate sometimes.
COACH RYAN: Him? No.
Q. How much better has he gotten with his footwork in
general post moves? He's made some moves that I don't know
that I can remember seeing, even in practice at times.
COACH RYAN: Well, because we're usually done with
our post moves by the time you guys get in. Seriously, that's
not -- I'm not tongue in cheek in that. We do a lot of that
work, that footwork, because we're afraid you guys might pass
that on to other people. Now that's tongue in cheek.
Frank's strength, a guy with his size coming in --
his dad was a late bloomer, and his mom was a heck of an
athlete as a volleyball player at Northwestern, and his uncle
was a real good basketball player at Northwestern. That's been
documented. That's been out there. But, again, he had to overcome beating himself up mentally on some things.
When Frank would get down on himself, he wasn't helping
himself. Coaches give constructive criticism. Coaches will
say, hey, come on, Frank, you've got to -- but when you do it
it to yourself, there's much more damage done when you lack the
faith in your ability than if somebody is trying to correct
I mean, some people take constructive criticism well.
So sometimes they take it and just agonize over it. I think
Frank has learned to just keep playing, absorb the information,
and keep working in the weight room, keep working on his
balance and whatever he has given him, and, of course, Scotty (Hettenbach)
in the past. So physically and mentally, he's moved into
another stage. Whether he can get the same results every night
is going to be -- I mean, that's -- I don't have a Crystal ball
But he has shown that he has been better in tight
situations where balance is important, finishing, concentration
on a target, moving his feet on defense. People always talk
about his numbers offensively, but defensively he's positioned
better on screens, moving his feet better, and he still has a
ways to go. But I certainly like the progress.
Q. You mentioned that you might not
always see the results, but was it important for (Kaminski) --
important for you even, given how he played at Michigan,
attacking the basket, to show that same willingness and
determination followed up in Iowa? I don't think he attempted
a three-pointer at Iowa. It was all going towards the rim.
COACH RYAN: Yeah, and it's also where you receive
the ball. It's also maybe some of the things that we saw in
the scouting report or maybe some things we were trying to do.
Some people take some things away better than others.
So Frank took advantage of the opportunities that he
had, and the guys got him the ball in some good positions.
Sometimes you can't get him the ball there. Sometimes defenses
will gear a little bit differently.
So the key is to have a team where you can, if
somebody's hot, they can't just concentrate on one person, that
you can get it from other places. I think this team for about
80 percent of the season so far has been able to do that very
Q. Is Josh Gasser starting to become Josh gasser before
the injury, in your eyes? Is he back to where he was before?
COACH RYAN: Well, I don't know anything about the
comparison other than he was pretty good in November and he's
pretty good now and he was pretty good in 2012. So '12/'13, he
Josh just likes playing. He just likes competing.
He likes banging. He likes banging into people, making
contact. And not all basketball players enjoy contact. Josh
enjoys it. He doesn't mind it when people bang into him. He
can give it, and he can take it. But he is just as important
as his performance has been, it was what he did in the year
that he didn't play that I think really opened the eyes of a
lot of his teammates as to what a tough, dedicated individual
he is because that was not the easiest surgery to come back
from. There's knee surgery, and then there's knee surgery, and
he had about as tough as you could have, and his rehab was a
We just hadn't even talked about it. So is he where
he was before? I don't know. I always like to think people