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Hawk men’s free fall is over

Hawk Talk
Hawkeye senior forward Dom Uhl takes a swipe at a shot by Northwestern’s Isiah Brown Feb. 25 in Iowa City. Iowa defeated the Wildcats, 77-70, with two blocks by Uhl. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The Hawkeye men had two games last week, losing at Minnesota, 86-82, Wednesday night.
They broke their six-game losing streak with a 77-70 win at home last Sunday against Northwestern.
When the Gophers started the game with a 22-2 run, you knew the Hawks were in trouble.
Iowa was outscored 31-19 at half.
I have to give the Hawks some credit as they won the second half, 63-55, came within two, 84-82 with three seconds left, but a loss is still a loss.
It didn’t help that Jordon Bohannon was shut-out for the first time this season and Tyler Cook had six points.
Isaiah Moss made up for Jordan by scoring a career-high 32 points including 12-18 from the floor and 4-7 from long range.
Isaiah scored 19 points in 1:36 as he hit three 3-pointers (one with three seconds left), three jump shots and four free throws.
“He made great decisions and made great moves,” said Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery at his press conference last Friday. “That’s pretty special, 19 points in 96 seconds.”
I have been waiting for Isaiah to break out and be a big-time scorer.
Isaiah played in all 34 games last year, with 28 starts. The 6-4, 210-pound shooting guard averaged 6.5 points, shot 41 percent from the floor, 36 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line.
This year, Isaiah is averaging 11.3 points, shooting 43 percent from the floor, 39 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the free throw line.
Isaiah has scored in double figures 18 times, but has been held to two points four times.
He is kind of like the Hawkeyes, when he shows up big, he gives the Hawks a chance to win.

Talk about a great turnaround… Jordan Bohannon went from zero points against the Gophers to 25 in Iowa’s win over Northwestern.
That included 7-14 from long range and 4-5 from the free throw line.
Jordan tied Chris Street with 34 straight free throws before missing number 35, on purpose.
Iowa jumped out early, played a great first half, leading 45-28, then held on for the win.
The Hawks play Illinois, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., to open the Big Ten Tournament.

It’s really disappointing that the Big Ten decided to play the Big Ten Men’s Tournament at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
The women also play in their Big Ten tourney this weekend in Indianapolis.
The Big Ten wrestling tournament is held at Michigan State this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
This means the women’s tournament won’t have TV coverage until Saturday and Sunday.
That not right.
I enjoy watching the women play during the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, especially when Iowa plays.
Once again, the all mighty dollar comes into play as the Big Ten hopes to get a big turnout in the Big Apple.
As the Beatles sing, “Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on.”