Iowa's Joe Wieskamp clears the air on late dunk vs. Illinois that sparked fiery postgame exchange
Joe Wieskamp caught some heat on Sunday afternoon after a big dunk late in the game in Iowa’s win over Illinois sparked a heated verbal exchange between Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery and Illinois’ assistant coaches.
Owning a 70-62 lead with less than 20 seconds to play, Iowa could’ve dribbled out the clock and put another tally in the win column at home. Instead, Wieskamp slammed the ball home, making the score 72-62. That play was not received well by the Illinois bench.
After the game, McCaffery and a few Illinois assistants began chirping in the postgame handshake line, forcing McCaffery to send his players to the locker room.
Little verbal confrontation between Fran McCaffery and Illinois assistant Ron “Chin” Coleman after the Iowa win. pic.twitter.com/YguUYJJeGO
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 2, 2020
After the game, Wieskamp was asked about the play. He seemed to just get caught up in the moment, which is perfectly understandable during a hard-fought game.
“I had a fast break opportunity, I had just missed a free throw, so I was frustrated about that and I figured they were gonna foul me,” Wieskamp said in a video captured by Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation. “I assumed they were going to foul, so I thought why not take the easy bucket? So I apologize if I offended any of their players or coaches, but in now way did I mean that against them.”
Wieskamp ended the game with 18 points and six rebounds as Iowa went on to win 72-65, staying alive in the B1G hunt.
Some took Wieskamp’s dunk a little too personally, and it spilled over into the handshake line. Part of that might come from Illinois’ frustration after blowing a late lead on the road and losing lone possession of first place in the B1G.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday, March 8 in the regular season finale.