By Don Lund
By the time you read this, Iowa will have played Maryland in the NIT semifinals in New York.
Wasn’t it great to see how good Iowa can be when they shoot like they did against a very good Virginia team that they beat 75-64 last week at Virginia?
Virginia had a 19-game winning streak at home and beat Duke, North Carolina and Maryland during that time.
The Hawks hit 52 percent of their shots in the second half and 49 percent for the game against the Cavaliers .
How about 15-15 from the free throw line, including 14 straight in the second half. They also had a 27-17 advantage in bench points and won the rebound battle, 34-26.
You also have to like how Devyn Marble is playing.
Devyn scored 31 against Oregon in his last game last year in an NIT game.
In the first three NIT games this year, he has 24, 28 and 24 points. In the last two years, Devyn has scored 116 points with a 23.2 average in five NIT games.
It’s going to be interesting next year whether Devyn plays mostly the point when Mike Gesell gets healthy.
Anthony Clemmons, who had a great game last week, will be only a sophomore next year and should get better at point.
Anthony played 11 minutes in the second half when Mike couldn’t finish and went 4-4 from the free throw line.
Adam Woodbury also stepped up with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Every time Adam shoots that jump hook I get visions of Greg Stokes and his left-handed jump hook.
Greg was tough to stop down low his junior and senior years.
I think Adam is a little farther along than Greg was when he was a freshman. Adam has a tremendous upside and is a hard worker which is a key to greatness.
Zach McCabe might be playing his best basketball, going 4-6 from the floor including 2-2 from 3-point range. He played only 15 minutes coming off the bench.
Hawkeye women end season
By Don Lund
The Hawkeye women didn’t get the upset I was hoping for last week, losing to Notre Dame 74-57.
I haven’t been a fan of the Fighting Irish since 1966 when they tied Michigan State 10-10 and went on to win the National Championship in football.
The Irish had the ball on their own 30 with 1:10 to go in that game when Ara Parseghian, their head coach, ran the clock out instead of going for the win.
Notre Dame is also in the only college football team that has its own TV network. They are kind of like the NY Yankees... you either love them or hate them (I’m a Yankee fan).
The Hawkeye football team has an 8-13-3 all time record against the Irish actually winning the first three games which started in 1921. The win in ’21 broke Notre Dame’s longest winning streak of 20 games. The coach for the Irish was Knute Rockne.
In 1939, legendary Heisman trophy winner Nile Kinnick punted 16 times (still an Iowa record) for a 46 yard average, scored on a 3 yard run, kicked the extra point and Iowa won, 7-6.
There was the famous tie in 1953, 14-14, when Notre Dame players “had players dropping here and there” to stop the clock before halftime and at the end of the game. They scored both times to get the tie.
The Hawkeyes smoked the Irish 48-8 in 1956 and 42-21 in 1961.
Iowa’s last game against Notre Dame was in 1968 and the Hawks lost 51-28. I remember listening to that game on the radio. Larry Lawrence threw two touchdowns that day, one to halfback Dennis Green.
Back to the women’s basketball team last week against Notre Dame at Carver.
A couple of stats stick out.
One was Iowa’s 0-11 on 3-pointers. If the Hawks make four, which is about their average, it’s a 5 point game.
The last time the Hawks didn’t make a 3-pointer was Dec. 4, 2005.
The second is rebounds– the Irish had 45, Iowa 36.
It looked like the Hawkeyes might have been too jacked up early in the game and the Hawks ended up with 21 turnovers, 11 by point guard Samantha Logic.
I also thought Notre Dame had one of the best passing teams I have seen all season. They are ranked the No. 2 team in the country for a reason.
Iowa’s three seniors Morgan Johnson, Jaime Printy and Trisha Nesbitt played their last game as Hawks.
Morgan and Jaime will go down as two of the best Hawkeyes ever.
Morgan, who wasn’t sure if she could play in the Big Ten, has the most starts (129) ever for any Hawkeye.
Morgan started 34 games as a freshman, 30 as a sophomore, 31 as a junior and 34 as a senior. She is the career blocked shots leader with 293 and fourth in career rebounds with 886.
Morgan has battled through sore knees and sore feet her whole career but hasn’t missed any games. Morgan’s scoring average started at 8.7 points as a freshman, 10.8 as a sophomore, 14.9 as a junior and 14.8 as a senior.
Jaime shot 92.1 percent from the free throw line this year breaking Lindsey Meder’s record of 89.9 percent and tying the Big Ten record.
For her career Jaime shot 89.1 percent. Wendy Ausdemore holds the Iowa and Big Ten record for career free throw percentage at 89.2%.
Jaime averaged 14.7 points her freshman year, 16.8 as a sophomore, 16.9 as a junior before being hurt and 12.9 this year.
Lindsey Meder also holds the record for consecutive free throws made with 33 straight. Jaime made 32 straight as a sophomore.
Jaime is also second to Lindsey Meder in 3-pointers made. Lindsey has 262 career threes, Jaime 252.
Lindsey was one of my favorite players, but if Jaime doesn’t get hurt she gets the career record in 3-pointers made.
Morgan, Jaime and Trisha Nesbitt have led the Hawkeyes to 20 victories their freshman year, 22 as sophomores, 19 their junior year and 21 as seniors. That’s 82 wins and four NCAA tournaments.
Those three were good leaders off the court and on.
I just got back from Las Vegas Saturday night. I went out to see my niece Robyn get married to a really good guy, Richmond. It was a great wedding and I saw a lot of Hawkeye fans that are excited about both Iowa basketball teams just like me. I didn’t win anything but I ate good!