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FanPulse Week 4: Confidence in Iowa basketball rises after Texas Tech win

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After a down week, confidence picks back up for Hawkeye hoops — and rightfully so.

NCAA Basketball: Oral Roberts at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Confidence for Iowa basketball is on the rise, and for good reason.

Iowa beat Cal Poly 85-59, and then follow that win up with another against No. 12 Texas Tech.

The 72-61 Hawkeye victory over the Red Raiders was an outstanding outing for Iowa. Jordan Bohannon dropped 20 points, Luke Garza scored 17, Joe Wieskamp added 16, and C.J. Fredrick netted 10.

Speaking of Fredrick, he’s had a stellar past three games, averaging 15.7 points per game over that stretch. He’s a perfect shooter for Iowa, someone head coach Fran McCaffery can pair with Bohannon in the back court. It’s a shooter’s dream.

Overall, that embarrassing loss to DePaul seems like a distant memory. Since then, both DePaul and Iowa have looked sharp — that loss looks better as DePaul keeps on taking down Power Five programs.

Iowa’s next few games, though, are a gauntlet: Syracuse on Dec. 3, Michigan on Dec. 6, Minnesota on Dec. 9, Iowa State on Dec. 12, and Cincinnati on Dec. 21.