The Iowa Hawkeyes jumped out to a 42-16 halftime lead and coasted to a 74-46 win over Nebraska Sunday afternoon. Iowa started Sunday's contest on an 18-5 scoring run. A short Nebraska scoring streak closed Iowa's lead to seven points, but the Huskers quickly went back into the deep freeze. Over the last six minutes of the first half, Iowa outscored Nebraska 21-2, and the game was effectively over.
The Hawkeyes were led by 18 points and 11 rebounds from Aaron White, who passed former teammate Roy Devyn Marble into fifth on the all-time Iowa scoring list. Peter Jok keyed Iowa's early offense and ended with 14 points on 6/12 shooting, while Jarrod Uthoff added 11 points. The Hawkeyes shot 50% from the field, 50% from behind the three-point arc, and 85% at the free throw line, averaging 1.23 points per possession in the process. The game got so out of hand that Adam Woodbury dunked.
On the other side of the ball, Nebraska proved unable to make an outside shot or break down Iowa's defense in the lane. The Cornhuskers committed 13 turnovers and made just 2/18 from three. While Terran Petteway scored 16 points, Shavon Shields managed just 3 points, and only one other Cornhusker scored more than 5.
The win moves Iowa to 17-10 on the season and 8-6 in the Big Ten. One more win would guarantee a .500 or better record in the conference for the third consecutive year, while two wins would give the Hawkeyes a winning Big Ten record for the first time since 2007. Iowa should be favored in three of its final four games, and would be solidly in the NCAA field with a 3-1 finish. The Iowa that we saw Sunday is a tough out for almost everyone. It's the Iowa that swept Ohio State and beat North Carolina, a team that moves the ball effectively on offense and guards the rim as well as anyone on defense. But that team hasn't appeared for more than a game or two at a time this year. Iowa's needed consistency all year. In the next couple of weeks, they have a great chance to find it just in time for March.