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MADISON, Wis. - Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery vehemently backed junior center Adam Woodbury after ESPN broadcaster Dan Dakich accused the Iowa center of intentionally gouging the eye of Wisconsin players Nigel Hayes and Frank Kaminsky on Tuesday night.
'There's absolutely no way Adam Woodbury did that on purpose,” McCaffery said. 'Dan Dakich is completely out of line. He crossed the line. He is out of line. He's not right, it was an accident. Adam Woodbury would never, ever, ever do that. EVER do that.”
Dakich, who called the game on ESPN with Mike Tirico and Samantha Ponder labeled Woodbury's actions 'gutless” and 'cowardly.” Dakich also called for Woodbury to receive a suspension.
Kaminsky was asked about his eye getting poked by Woodbury.
'I'm blind,” Kaminsky joked. 'It happens during the game. I've had much worse happen. I'm not thinking anything about it.”
Afterward on Twitter, Dakich responded twice to McCaffery's comment.
'I'm Not even a little 'out of line” Dakich wrote in one tweet. Then in another Dakich wrote: 'Out of line” ... please.”
Woodbury poked Hayes' eye in the first half and did the same to Kaminsky in the second. He was not called for a foul on either play.
Here's what Dakich said on the telecast, starting with Wisconsin leading 65-36 and 7:10 left to play in the game.
'If I was Bo Ryan, I would send that video in to the Big Ten office and ask that Woodbury get suspended. There's no rhyme or reason for that. That's complete garbage. When you do that, you're doing it on purpose to a completely defenseless player.
'It's gutless as well and he's doing it on purpose. You can say he's not and you can get mad at me all you want, but he's doing it on purpose, it needs to stop and the Big Ten office needs to discipline the kid.
'Woodbury, for some reason, Woodbury thinks that that kind of thing is toughness. That's as cowardly as you can be to hit a guy from behind or to poke a guy in the face and quite frankly Fran McCaffery and his staff have got to stop this.
Only 40 seconds later, Woodbury was called for a pushing the back of Wisconsin post Duje Dukan's head with his elbow concurrently with Iowa guard Peter Jok's jumper. The basket counted, but Dukan was awarded free throws after the foul.
'Coaches are notorious for making excuses for players and there's no excuse for what this guy is doing out here,” Dakich said after Woodbury's foul.
'It's just ridiculous and he just tries to play it off. Hey, if you're going to cheap shot somebody at least have the guts to show up and say, ‘Hey, I hit you.' To me it's up the coaching staff to get rid of that stuff.”
Wisconsin rolled Iowa 82-50 at Kohl Center.
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