Hawkeye men end regular basketball season
Iowa finished the regular season with a road trip to Michigan State and a home game against Illinois.
What a sad way to end a once-promising season.
Can you believe Iowa was sitting at 8-4, ranked 10th in the nation and some were predicting a possible Final Four?
Then the roof fell in.
The Hawkeyes’ 86-76 loss to the Spartans last Thursday was really frustrating.
Michigan State hosted Illinois on Saturday, March 1, and lost 53-46.
The Spartans scored 50 points against Iowa... IN THE SECOND HALF!
State shot 39 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range against Illinois.
They shot 58 percent from the floor and 59 percent from 3-point range against Iowa.
I was real surprised to see that both teams had 20 fouls. Iowa hit 13 free throws, State made 20.
It seemed like every time a Spartan drove the lane in the second half, the Hawks got called for a foul.
You might not agree with this, but I was behind Zach McCabe all the way when he took down Travis Trice in the second half.
Zach got a technical foul on the play, but it was worth it.
Head coach Fran McCaffery also got a technical. The way the game was called in the second half, I’m surprised there weren’t more.
The 63-61 home loss to Illinois last Saturday was one of the toughest losses of the season.
The Hawkeyes had won at Illinois 81-74 and controlled the game from start to finish.
Last Saturday, Iowa came out flat and trailed, 20-6.
I knew they would come back and they led at half 34-29.
The game was tied at 61 with 13 seconds left. The game winning basket was a 3-pointer with less than a second left and the Hawks lose another heartbreaker.
It didn’t help that Devyn Marble was off and only scored eight points.
Also the bench, which has been productive all year, was outscored 20-15.
Iowa dropped to 20-11, 9-9 in the Big Ten.
The lone bright spot was Adam Woodbury. He played 20 minutes, scored 11 points, had a block and a steal.
Iowa goes into the Big Ten Tournament seeded sixth and will play Northwestern Thursday night.
I’m not giving up on the Hawks and if they can turn the light back on...