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That was less than ideal

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports


Iowa was thoroughly outclassed in every aspect of the game as the Hawkeyes got absolutely demolished by Purdue in West Lafayette, 89-67.

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards started the game with 8 straight points before Iowa could get on the board, and that was just about it. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over 14 times and didn’t score until over two minutes of the game had already elapsed. By that point it was too late.

The Boilermakers shot an unconscious 50 percent from the field and went 41 percent from three, while Iowa shot 37 percent and made just 4 of its 17 attempted 3-pointers. Peter Jok shot an abysmal 4-15, going 1-7 from three. I’m no Ina Garten, but that does not sound like a recipe for success.

Purdue had five guys score double-digts, led by Edwards’ 19. Dakota Mathias notched 17 while shooting 4-7 from three, while Isaac Haas asserted his will in the paint en route to scoring 16 and recording 7 boards. Caleb Swanigan notched a double-double going 11-10, with 9 of those boards coming on the defensive end. It wasn’t fun to watch!

Iowa shot itself in the foot early and often. When the Hawkeyes weren’t turning the ball over, they were missing open looks and botching dunks. It didn’t help that Purdue was allowed to take seven steps with the ball or Cordell Pemsl was issued a foul whenever he took a breath, but the officiating didn’t account for Purdue’s 89 points.

The officials also didn’t miss wide-open looks.

I’m not even sure if there are any bright spots worth highlighting in that performance. Cordell Pemsl tried hard against Isaac Haas. Tyler Cook had a jam, but has some considerable rust after missing a month following hand surgery. Jordan Bohannon didn’t have a turnover. Nicholas Baer is still fun to watch. Iowa went 13-13 from the free-throw line!

Next up, Iowa plays Michigan at home on New Year’s Day. Michigan might be good—no one really knows. I do know that win there would be a nice little appetizer for the Outback Bowl.

And that’s that. Hopefully Iowa can learn something from this one.