Tonight I watched IU defeat Iowa again after watching it live Thursday. It was a great win especially after I thought Iowa’s experience was going to take over in the second half. I was so proud of how IU toughed out this victory down the stretch. Right now after Maryland’s loss, IU heads into Sunday’s game against Michigan State tied atop the Big Ten with Iowa at 10-2.
Here’s my breakdown on this great victory.
- Collin Hartman had the assignment of guarding Jarrod Uthoff. Yogi Ferrell had the assignment of guardiing Peter Jok.
- Thomas Bryant got things going for IU underneath before grabbing two quick fouls at the first tv time-out.
- Robert Johnson had a big three pointer off a Hartman offensive rebound.
- IU was able to drive the ball inside early as they took a 20-10 lead with 11:26 left. The defense was also really locking it down.
- ESPN’s Rece Davis pointed out Harrison Niego’s charge on Anthony Clemmons.
- Nick Zeisloft found his shooting range with three three pointers in the first half. That gave IU a huge boost off the bench.
- Max Bielfeldt also played well early for the Hoosiers.
- Hartman had a huge block off Uthoff and he came back with a three to make it 36-20
- Davis said at one pointsaid IU was 6-11 from three point range.
- I thought IU had a solid team effort in the first half.
- Iowa climbed back behind Uthoff and Peter Jok got going at the end of the second half.
- Luckily for IU, a key intentional foul came on Jok and Yogi hit two free throws as IU went into half-time with a 45-38 lead.
The Second half
- Iowa came back out in man and their experience started to take over. At that point I was worried IU was in trouble but the Hoosiers gutted it out.
- During Iowa’s run, Mike Gesell got hot early, and there was a cheap foul call for Bryant’s third foul of the game.
- Uthoff also showed in the second half how great a player he is.
- IU had a rough start to the half but Bryant was playing well when he was in while Yogi was struggling.
- Iowa had a 57-54 lead with 11 :30 left
- Thomas Bryant’s fourth foul was a cheap call as well..
- IU started to fight back with a big bucket from Harrison Niego and Bielfeldt tied it up at 60-60. The Hoosiers went back to attacking the lane to take ove.
- Collin Hartman seemed like he was in on every loose ball. He was tremendous.
- Later on Niego stripped Gesell and a basket by Troy Williams put IU ahead 67-62 at the seven minute mark.
- Yogi made it a 10 point lead with a big three pointer.
- Adam Woodbury caused a little noise down the stretch for Iowa.
- Dan Dakich tweeted that there was a four minute stretch where IU clogged the lane defensively and they also clogged up the three point line.
- I really loved the way IU defended in this game. especially Yogi on Jok.
- IU led 77-72 with 1:14 left and Williams came up with a big jumper.
- Hartman’s drive for a lay-up put the game away and IU went on to a 85-78 win.
Ever since Blackmon went down, this team has jelled defensively. I have been in keep fighting mode since the injury and I have thoroughly enjoyed this team. I can’t wait to see what this team has down the stretch.