Hello, Joe Wieskamp.
Iowa basketball secured a 72-52 win over Minnesota — the first conference win of the season — thanks to Wieskamp’s hot hand.
The sophomore scored 23 points and hit five 3-pointers, equaling his total makes from downtown in his last three games combined.
Wieskamp paced the Hawkeyes early; he scored 16 of his points in the first half, canning four 3-point attempts, to give Iowa a 37-29 advantage at the break.
Wieskamp made eight of his 15 attempts from the floor (53 percent), which ranks as his best shooting performance of the season.
The game’s best sequence came from Wieskamp on both ends of the floor. On this play, he blocked a shot, taking it coast-to-coast for a two-handed slam.
Wieskamp needed a game like this to regain some rhythm after averaging just more than eight points per game on 32 percent shooting in his last three outings.
Luka Garza continues to do Luka Garza things
How would Luka Garza follow-up his 44-point performance against Michigan? A 21-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Garza continued his dominance inside, countering Wieskamp’s touch from outside. Four of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive end.
Garza added a pair of assists for good measure, too. His best dish came on this dime to CJ Fredrick. Poetry in motion.
Jordan Bohannon put on a distribution clinic
Jordan Bohannon didn’t score a single point against Minnesota. He did, however, dish out a team-high 10 assists. And, no turnovers, too.
This was the sixth 10+ assist game for Bohannon’s Hawkeye career. Ironically, the last time he had 10 or more assists came when Iowa faced Minnesota in Carver on Jan. 30, 2018.
Bohannon took just four shots against Minnesota on Monday, but he was active on the glass, grabbing five rebounds.
Iowa basketball’s defense looked much better vs. Minnesota than it did against Michigan.
Granted, Michigan is one of the top teams in the country. But hey, allowing 51 fewer points is a step in the right direction.
The Gophers shot 37 percent from the floor, hitting just six of their 25 attempts from downtown. The Hawkeyes clamped down on transition points as well, holding the Gophers to just four.
Iowa also caused 15 turnovers while only giving the ball away eight times. Wieskamp blocked two shots and Connor McCaffery and Joe Toussaint each notched a pair of steals.