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Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery: ‘We have great kids. We don’t have thugs’

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Iowa has had several arrests involving three different players this offseason and head coach Fran McCaffery gave his first extended interview about the four total arrests of his players.

Graduating senior forward Zach McCabe was charged with assault after an altercation in an Iowa City bar on May 16 and the charges were later dropped on July 16th. Sophomore wing Peter Jok has been arrested twice this offseason. Once for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, which he pleaded guilty to on May 2nd, and for driving on a suspended license on July 14th. Both incidents took place on a moped.

Over the weekend, junior wing Josh Oglesby was arrested for public intoxication.

McCaffery spoke with the Des Moines Register on Monday at a charity golf outing as he defended his players.

Asked if he was worried about the public perception of his program following the four arrests, McCaffery told to paper, “Not at all. Not in the least. We have great kids. We don’t have thugs.”

McCaffery also went on to say that all of the evidence needs to be gathered before judgements are passed on his players.

“I just think everyone, like me, needs to get all the facts before you rush to judgment,” McCaffery said. “Especially on a guy who has had such an incredibly good track record. I’ll tell you what. I wish I had a lot of Josh Oglesbys. Put it that way.”

Jok also received some defense from McCaffery in the interview.

“I haven’t really talked to him too much since we suspended him,” McCaffery said of Jok. “He’s got to work through it. He’s got to do better. Basically, I’m not worried about him. But he has to change his behavior.”

While I agree with McCaffery that his players aren’t “thugs” — many people have alcohol-related arrests while in college — four arrests in one offseason is a pretty troubling sign for the Iowa basketball program.

It’s especially troubling that McCaffery seems to believe that Peter Jok is going to be okay, even though he’s been arrested twice and the second arrest could have been prevented if Jok had someone to turn to within the Iowa basketball program for a ride. Now, maybe Jok just made a mistake on his own accord, and that’s entirely possible, but for McCaffery to say that he hasn’t really spoken with Jok much since his suspension points to Jok not having many places to turn to for help.

Clearly something needs to change because four arrests is a lot for one basketball program in an offseason.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.

 

It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.