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Hawkeye Basketball: Observations from Iowa’s Exhibition Win Over Lindsey Wilson

Iowa cruised to a 38-point victory against Lindsey Wilson. Here’s what stood out.

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Well, that wasn’t close, and nor was it supposed to be.

Iowa throttled Lindsey Wilson on Monday night 96-58.

The Hawkeyes got plenty of open shots and played their entire roster – exactly what you’d expect in a tune-up game like this one.

Here’s what stood out in the Hawkeye victory:

C.J. Fredrick appears to be as good as advertised

There was plenty of anticipation for redshirt freshman C.J. Fredrick – Fran McCaffery had high praise for Fredrick’s ability as a shooter and perimeter defender.

The shooter from Kentucky lived up to that offensive hype on Monday.

Fredrick drained back-to-back triples early in the first half, leaving Hawkeye fans salivating at the concept of yet another weapon from deep to pair with Jordan Bohannon.

He finished the game with 18 points, four 3-pointers, and a pair of assists in 20 minutes of action.

Joe Wieskamp did Joe Wieskamp things

And he did so efficiently, too.

Joe Wieskamp led the Hawkeyes in scoring, dropping 19 points while shooting 75 percent from the field (six-for-eight on field goals).

Look for Wieskamp to be Iowa’s igniter on offense early this season, especially with Bohannon’s status.

Freshman Joe Toussaint and Patrick McCaffery had solid debuts

Tell you what, Iowa’s bench is doing to be deep this season, especially with these two in the second unit.

Joe Toussaint’s aggression is something Iowa needed last season; he’s not the biggest guard, but he’s not afraid to attack the rim and battle for rebounds. He finished with five points, a team-high seven rebounds, and three assists - one of which came on this nice feed to Patrick McCaffery:

McCaffery finished with a 12-point outing on 50-percent shooting. He assisted on a pair of buckets, including an ally-oop to Jack Nunge.

Connor McCaffery stuffed the stat sheet

Connor McCaffery isn’t a go-to scorer, but it’s his work as a facilitator that makes him a weapon for this team. Filling in Bohannon’s usual starting spot at point, McCaffery scored three points, dished 11 assists, grabbed five rebounds, and notched three steals.

McCaffery finished with a team-high +34 on the stat sheet, and rightfully so.

Still plenty of room for improvement...

  • Iowa gave up 12 offensive rebounds

Lindsey Wilson got what it wanted on the offensive glass in the first half, grabbing eight offensive rebounds. In total, the Blue Raiders finished with 12 offensive rebounds – five more than the Hawkeyes. That’s a concern, considering Iowa’s size advantage in the post.

  • Free-throws, free throws, free throws

Iowa missed seven of its 23 attempts from the free throw line. Last season, the Hawkeyes hit free throws at a 73.9-percent clip, ranking 71st in the country.