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McCaffery disappointed Gatens not on first team

[ 3 ] March 6, 2012 |

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery made his feelings known after senior guard Matt Gatens didn’t make first-team all-Big Ten or the conference’s all-defensive team.

McCaffery voiced his shock and disappointment on his radio call-in show Monday night and again Tuesday while addressing the media.

“Obviously, I thought he was a first-team guy, I voted him there,” McCaffery said of the 6-foot-5 Gatens, who finished the regular season as Iowa’s leading scorer with a 15.7 per-game average. “I think that’s where he belongs. He’s one of the five best players in the league.

“He should have been on the all-defensive team. No question about that.”

McCaffery said it would be hard to remove any of the players that made first-team all-Big Ten because they were all deserving.

As for the all-defensive team, well, that’s a different story according to McCaffery.

“A couple guys on there I think I could go around,” McCaffery said without being specific.

Gatens took the diplomatic approach when asked Tuesday if he was disappointed. He was named to the second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches.

“I appreciate coach saying how much he thinks I deserved it,” Gatens said. “And I’ve had a lot of input from fans and friends saying I deserved it.

“But there are a lot of good players in this league, and I know it’s a tough decision for the coaches to choose the five best.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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