Winning at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since 2003? Good.
Losing a star guard to season-ending surgery? Not ideal.
Here’s who’s trending for Iowa basketball after it’s win over Iowa State.
Stock up: Luka Garza
Another game, another double-double for Luka Garza, who’s been on a tear this season.
Fans don’t need any convincing on Garza’s game, but here’s just how good he’s been this season:
Luka Garza national rankings...— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) December 16, 2019
1️⃣ total field goals made (97)
5️⃣ total points (246)
7️⃣ points per game (22.4)
9️⃣ total double-doubles (6)
1️⃣2️⃣ offensive rebs/game (3.9)
1️⃣4️⃣ total field goal attempts (176)
2️⃣1️⃣ total rebounds (109)
3️⃣2️⃣ rebounds per game (9.9)#Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/ScJW9sHraG
Top 10 in field goals, points, points per game, and double-doubles? Yeah, that’s pretty good.
Against the Cyclones, Garza scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished three assists.
He was a main reason Iowa outscored Iowa State in second chance points, too. Six of Garza’s 11 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Garza also drew a team-best six fouls against the Cyclones. Essentially, Iowa State had no answers for him.
Stock up: Joe Wieskamp
Wieskamp dropped a season-high 23 points against Minnesota on Dec. 9, and his shooting streak continued in Ames. Wieskamp scored 13 points and his five of his 10 shots from the floor.
For the first time this season, Wieskamp had back-to-back games of shooting 50 percent or better. It was his second-best scoring total over a two-game stretch as a Hawkeye, too.
Iowa needs performances like this from Wieskamp now more than ever since Jordan Bohannon is out for the rest of the season.
Stock down: Backcourt experience
Through 10 games, Jordan Bohannon’s shooting was down by nearly 10 percent from last season, while his 3-point percentage dropped by 15.8
That being said, even with Bohannon’s injuries, Iowa will miss his play in a big way.
Out of Iowa’s primary ball handlers, Connor McCaffery has the most experience. CJ Fredrick and Joe Toussaint are in their first seasons of live action with the Hawkeye program. Bakari Evelyn has played four years before this, but he hasn’t done much to prove worthy of eating up minutes left by Bohannon. Maybe that’ll change, but Iowa’s looking at a fairly young core in charge of facilitating.
Stock up: CJ Fredrick
CJ Fredrick put together another quality shooting performance against Iowa State. The Redshirt freshman made four of his eight shots, including three of his six attempts from downtown. His three 3-point makes against the Cyclones ranked as the second-most in his career.
Fredrick has now shot better than 50 percent in his last six games. Hands down, he’s been Iowa’s most consistent shooter this season.