When you go on the road in the Big Ten there are certain things you have to do to get a win.
1. You have to play defense;
3. Hit your free throws.
Those are also good things to do at home, but usually teams shoot better at their own baskets.
The Hawkeyes did one of the three– play defense– in the first half as they lost to Purdue 75-68 last week.
The Hawks held the Boilermakers to 31 points and 36% free throw shooting in the first half.
For the game, Purdue out-rebounded Iowa 41-32 including 16 offensive boards and the Hawkeyes hit only 19-30 free throws. The Boilermakers were 25-35 from the charity stripe and outscored Iowa 44-32 in the second half.
You have to like the play of sophomore Zach McCabe.
The 6-6, 230-pound forward kept the Hawks in the game playing 36 minutes, scoring a career-high 20 points, grabbing five rebounds and making two steals.
Zach is money down low and if he hits more than 3-7 from the free throw line, the Hawks might have had another road win.
It didn’t help that starters Eric May and Melsahn Basabe had only two points and two rebounds combined.
Mel got into foul trouble early and Iowa got worn down at the end.