IOWA CITY– For the second week in a row, the Hawkeye men played a Big Ten game on Sunday morning and for the second Sunday in a row the Hawkeyes got smoked, this time by Purdue, 75-53.
The Boilermakers were picked to have one of the top teams in the Big Ten and they proved it with great outside shooting (10-15 from 3-point), great passing (19 assists) and tough defense (19 turnovers for Iowa).
One of the only bright spots was the play of seldom-used big man David Palmer.
I have been watching David play in the Prime Time League the last couple of summers and thought he had the athletic ability of Doug Thomas with a better outside shot.
At 6-9, 240 pounds, David has the size and talent to play, so it has to come down to work ethic and defense.
Making his first start ever, he came through with 19 points including two 3-pointers and eight rebounds while playing 22 minutes… all career highs.
“I think this is all about perseverance,” said David. “Some people just have to work harder than others. I’ve been sitting out a long time. I think the coaches have done a good job of preparing me for this moment, too. I think that when I got to play that I earned it because I had one of my best weeks of practice.”
Iowa dropped to 11-7, 1-4 in the conference.