BIG WIN over Nebraska
The Hawkeyes, after losing to Nebraska in football and also the first time they played the Cornhuskers in basketball, knocked off Nebraska at Lincoln last Wednesday, 62-53.
What a difference in the two games.
Nebraska scored 79 points in its win in Iowa City, was 27-52 from the floor, 7-20 from three-point range, 18-24 from the free throw line and out-rebounded the Hawks, 34-27.
In the Hawkeyes’ win, the Cornhuskers shot 19-52 from the floor, 4-24 from three-point range and 11-13 from the free throw line.
Nebraska guard Brandon Richardson was 9-10 from the floor and scored 25 points in the first game, Matt Gatens helped hold Brandon to zero baskets and two points last week.
Oh yeah, Matt also played all 40 minutes, scored 16 to go with five boards, two assists and only one turnover as the Hawks won their 16th game of the season.
Fran McCaffery came to Iowa as an offensive coach with fast breaks and an up-tempo game, but he really has the Hawks playing defense.
They held Michigan and Minnesota to 59 points, both wins.
Indiana and Wisconsin both scored 66 points and lost to the Hawks.
Iowa is 14-0 the last two seasons when holding their opponents to 60 points or less.
Devyn Marble and Bryce Cartwright had 11 points, with Bryce coming off the bench.
“The first 24 minutes of the game Marble was horrendous,” said coach McCaffery. “I took him out and ripped him and he said ‘all right coach, I got you.’ I told him to trust your talent. He was hesitating with everything he was doing. He was not the Devyn Marble I know, and he was in the second half, and I’m really proud of him.”
Bryce played 34 minutes and also had five assists.
Bryce has battled a concussion, a pulled hamstring and an ankle injury.
You always wonder what Iowa could have done if he stayed healthy.
It could have been one of the great finishes in Carver last Saturday.
It was senior day, Matt Gatens’ last home game (maybe), a huge crowd and Iowa trailing by two points with 10 seconds left.
Bryce Cartwright brought the ball down court, found Josh Oglesby open on the right side. Josh put up a three that looked good but it hit the front of the rim, bounced off an Iowa player and out of bounds.
The Hawks had to foul and Northwestern wins 70-66... not good.
Matt Gatens went out with a bang, scoring 17 points and holding the Wildcats’ 6-9 John Shurma to nine points.
John came into the game leading the Big Ten in scoring with a 20.1 average but the 6-5 Gatens was all over him and Coach McCaffery called it “one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen.”
Thirteen turnovers in the first half, plus Northwestern pulled down 14 offensive rebounds for the game. That led to 23 points off turnovers and 11 second chance points.
The Hawks dropped to 16-15, 8-10 in the Big Ten.
They play Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament against Illinois.
The loss to Northwestern put them out of the NCAA tournament and maybe the NIT but they still have a chance to host a couple of games in a postseason tournament.