The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4) dropped their second straight game, this time to the in-state rival Iowa State Cyclones (7-2), with a final scoreline of 90-65. They trailed for nearly 39 minutes of the game in essentially a wire-to-wire affair.
The Hawks couldn’t capitalize on ISU’s propensity to foul and looked overwhelmed on both sides of the court. The Cyclones rebounded 30.3% of their misses to finish with 17 second chance points and 46 in the paint. They also turned 19 Hawkeye turnovers into 25 points.
Iowa would be a pretty bad Big 12 team
Five shots at Big 12 teams and Iowa has looked outclassed in four of them. Oklahoma, TCU, and Iowa State in their last two at Hilton each had their way with their combination of physicality and athleticism. Iowa had at least 75 turnovers in the 5 games with Iowa coming away with the victory in only their home game against ISU this time last year. That’s not the way Fran McCaffery wants Iowa to play basketball.
That being said, this did feel especially bad with the biggest deficit in the rivalry on record and Iowa’s three senior starters combining for 14 points on 6/18 shooting. Fran’s bet with Josh Dix in the starting lineup was a tough experience for the sophomore guard. He was welcomed with two fouls and two backcourt turnovers in his four first half minutes.
But man...hard to take much from either of the past two games
The only time Iowa has beaten the Cyclones in Hilton in the last 21 seasons? The worst Iowa State team to host the Hawks, at 12-20, in the 2019-20 season. The only game Iowa won at Purdue since 2006 was an the 2015-16 team playing at the absolute height of their power against a very good Purdue team.
Good Iowa teams have gone into both places and looked completely lost. Hell, two years ago Keegan Murray (coming off an ankle injury) looked like a deer in headlights and Connor McCaffery played 8 scoreless minutes.
There are a lot of games left for Iowa to make their mark but I won’t stop you from overreacting.
Bright spots? Sure
I thought Dasonte Bowen played very well in the second half with 13 points. Payton Sandfort did what he could to keep Iowa’s offense afloat for the opening stretch of the game and finished with 14 (all in the first). Owen Freeman continues to be a DUDE and really used his length well on defense.
Next up: 12/10 vs Michigan Wolverines (4-5) at 3:30p CST on Big Ten Network