No hard feelings between Adam Woodbury, Badger players

Chad Leistikow

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa center Adam Woodbury had something to say to Wisconsin players Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes before Saturday's Wisconsin rematch.

"I just told them I had no intention of whatever they had heard," Woodbury said.

Of course, that was a reference to Woodbury's alleged intentional eye pokes against both Badger players in the Jan. 20 meeting at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. ESPN analyst Dan Dakich called the move cowardly and called for Woodbury to be suspended, which created a social-media firestorm.

Dakich was back for the rematch Saturday, but there were no fireworks. All along, Kaminsky said it was no big deal. That was the message during the conversation right before Saturday's tipoff.

"They both expressed that they had no problem with what I did. They didn't take any exception to anything," Woodbury said. "They said 'let's go play.'

"If they don't have any problem with it, I don't see why anyone else should."

During the ESPN broadcast, about the only thing Dakich said about Woodbury was positive.

"He's just killing it. Just killing it," Dakich said early on. "He looks like he's going to do that all day."

Of Woodbury's eight points, six came in the game's first 4:27 as Iowa took a 10-9 lead. But after Woodbury got flagged for his second foul going for a rebound against Kaminsky with 3:45 left in the first half, his impact lessened.

Iowa's 7-foot-1 junior center said he didn't let the Dakich storyline become a distraction.

"I didn't come here looking to show up Kaminsky or do anything like that," he said.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery liked what he saw in Woodbury before and during Saturday's game.

"I was really proud of Woody, the way he prepared, the way he worked this week, the way he started," McCaffery said. "It's unfortunate he got in foul trouble. I think he was on his way to a great game."