One of my favorite reasons for the early online-only Iowa Hawkeye games is getting Mac McCausland on the broadcast. Since he’s only calling the game when the Hawks are playing patsies, he’ll go to his “chips and salsa” line whenever a game gets out of hand.
If he were calling tonight’s game, he might have encouraged us to go to the kitchen at half to bring back a snack for the rest of the game as the #5 Iowa Hawkeyes (19-7, 13-6) closed the frame on a 16-3 run to stretch the lead to 22, en route to a 102-64 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-18, 3-15).
Jordan Bohannon carried Iowa in the frame, going 5/8 from three from increasingly dizzying distances for 15 points in the half with a couple assists. He didn’t let up in his 8 second half minutes as he added another three treys and got up to 26 points. He’s 22 away from the Big Ten record which feels as conceivable as it ever has this season.
In the second half, Patrick McCaffery carried the load for Iowa’s reserves who played the better part of the frame. He scored 15 of his career high 19 points and at one point hit three straight triples while showing some flair in the lane.
As far as usual suspects go, Luka Garza had a cool 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks against the undersized Huskers. Joe Wieskamp finished with 11 and 7 rebounds, though his free throw stroke remains a little lost at sea (1/4 from the stripe). Connor’s 8 assists overshadowed his 1/8 shooting night.
Notably, CJ Fredrick went down in the first half after getting tangled up with under the basket, and tended to his right foot. He did not return and we will monitor the situation given the differential stats based on his availability.
The main takeaway: Iowa did everything you would have wanted to see tonight, short of Fredrick staying healthy. The defense was great, playing a part in 20 Nebraska turnovers which included 12 steals. They scored 25 points off those turnovers. Sure, Nebraska is absolutely gassed, but Iowa took advantage by playing passing lanes as well as they have all season.
The shooting was insane, going 16/43 from deep and leading wire-to-wire save a slow start. The rebounding was awesome. After yielding two offensive rebounds within the first minute, they gave up just six the rest of the way on 43 missed shots.
We even saw everybody except Tony Perkins get in the scoring column, though he did his absolute damndest to get there with a thunderous missed dunk on a foul. Josh Ogundele brought the thunder, though.
Hopefully you brought your chips and salsa.