IOWA CITY– Back in 1939, the Iowa football team was called the “Ironmen” because most of the players played the whole game.
Heisman trophy winner Nile Kinnick played nearly seven straight games without going to the sidelines until a shoulder injury sent him to the bench.
Fast forward 70 years and four of Iowa’s starting five in basketball played the whole game… and the five-minute overtime.
Jake Kelly, Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller and Devan Bawinkel did not come out in the 70-60 overtime win against Michigan Sunday at Carver.
That, boys and girls, is truly amazing considering the Wolverines went nine deep and had only two players with 41 minutes.
Jake played Nile Kinnick on Sunday with career highs in points (23), assists (9), and rebounds (8).
He hasn’t played point guard since he was a freshman in high school but with Jeff Peterson out for the second-straight game the 6-5 sophomore stepped in and handled it well.
Matt had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two big blocked shots to help Iowa with their 14th win of the season.
Devan was 4-8 from behind the arc, finishing with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds while Jarryd Cole played 38 minutes, scored 10 and had six rebounds.
The Hawkeyes continue to play hard and you have to give Coach Lickliter some credit for keeping the team together.
“You look over at the bench and we have more guys in street clothes than we do dressed out,” said the Coach. “It’s just a crazy thing.”
Cyrus Tate did get a couple of minutes in the second half. He hit both of his free throws and had a rebound.
Iowa might not being going to any postseason tournaments but they could still win another game or two and play the spoiler role.