Sampson has read a short statement saying he’s aware of the NCAA statement of allegations and will make no further comment after tonight about them until after the NCAA’s process is complete.
Sampson said he never intentionally misled the NCAA investigators and he looks forward to working through the NCAA process.
He then refused to answer several questions about the allegation, saying he’ll only answer questions about tonight’s game.
Here’s one related question he did answer. He was asked what he thought about the reaction of fans tonight and said he didn’t notice it.
“We’re a family,” White said. “We stick together through anything.”
We’ve got a much larger contingent of media here than usual. Sampson is making an opening statement. He said that basketball is sometimes a game of breaks. He said that with 16 seconds left, IU needed a break with a travel call, or maybe that wouldn’t have even been a break. Sampson said he thought Brian Butch’s game-winning 3-pointer was going to bounce high off the backboard, but obviously it hit the right spot.
“Sometimes it’s better to be luckier than good,” Sampson said.
Coach Ryan has finished and we’re waiting for Coach Sampson’s arrival in the press room.
Ryan said that Wisconsin had mostly wide-open 3s in the first half. He said that rather than trying to take the Hoosiers out of the zone at the start of the game, he was fine with continuing to attack it.
Ryan has acknowledged, by the way, that he didn’t diagram that final Butch bank shot. He gave the credit to forward Marcus Landry for driving like a guard to the basket to draw defenders before passing it out to Butch.
We’ll have updates from the post-game press conference in a few minutes, as soon as Bo Ryan finishes up and Sampson enters.
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