The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes came to Thursday night’s match against Indiana on a five-game winning series and tied for the Big Ten lead.
“I believe we must understand just a bit better what this league is as well as the caliber of the teams which are coming from here and that we are likely to confront the street,” McCaffery said. “I believed up until today we did a very great job of this.”
It was a season low in points for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 6-2), who entered moment in the country in scoring in 92.2 points per match.
“I believed they were more demanding than we were tonight,” McCaffery said. “And that is disappointing. Our implementation was not sharp.”
“The crime was stagnant,” said centre Luka Garza, who led the Hawkeyes with 28 points. “We are much better than that.”
Indiana’s defensive campaign began during a week of exercise following last Thursday’s 81-69 home loss to Purdue.
“We needed to challenge a few men,” Indiana coach Archie Miller stated. “Men had to battle each other”
“I think our defensive strength ramped up in training,” said ahead Trayce Jackson-Davis, that led the Hoosiers with 23 points despite second-half foul trouble. “I believe it moved over to the match. I believe that the week really helped us. It was of a reset”
The Hoosiers (9-6, 4-4) trailed 53-44 with 12 minutes to perform until they went to their conduct. The Hawkeyes did not have a field goal in the stretch, a drought which continued until Joe Toussaint’s layup with 59 seconds left.
Iowa was 9 of 34 in the field in the second half, such as 1 of 10 on 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes, rated second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting 39.5%, were 5 of 23 from behind the arc for the game.
Garza, the country’s top scorer in 26.9 points per game, had 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of this year. However he faced continuous double-teams and without the outside shooting open the street, found himself encompassed in the next half.
“I think, like a great deal of teams, they have been delivering a great deal of warmth toward mepersonally,” Garza said. “I did not do a fantastic enough job addressing the double-team at the second half”
“We did not get out of the way round the rim,” Miller stated. It was not perfect — he obtained 28 and 12. He needed to work for this ”
The remainder of the Hawkeyes were quieted. Joe Wieskamp scored 16 points, but just one in the next half.
“Credit to them, they did a fantastic job in the second half taking away everything from me,” Wieskamp explained.
Jordan Bohannon, that had been averaging 17 points in the previous five matches, went scoreless and missed all nine of his shots.
“They caught up in his head and they chased him around and that he had a few in-and-outs ancient and simply never really got comfortable,” McCaffery said.
Iowa shield CJ Fredrick didn’t perform in the second half due to a lower leg injury. Fredrick, who has started every match this year and came in averaging 9.8 points, missed his shots and didn’t score. “CJ’s certainly a massive loss,” Wieskamp explained. “He brings a massive presence to our crime.” … Indiana shield Trey Galloway didn’t perform due to a sore back.
Indiana, which had dropped two of its final 3 games, made an impressive road win over a top-5 group because of its postseason resume.
Iowa had won 22 of its past 23 home matches, and currently will play with just two of its second three on the street.
Indiana: In home against Rutgers on Sunday.