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Hawkeyes finish fourth

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon dribbles away from the Rutgers defense in this 2017 file photo. Bohannon provided 25 points for the Hawkeyes in a 96-87 win over Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. (photos by Don Lund)

Hawkeye junior forward Megan Gustafson waits for the ball at the free throw line during a 2017 game against Nebraska. Gustafson set a team record with 48 points in a 90-89 loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.Four the second time in four years, the Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t crown a national champion.
Iowa finished fourth in the Big Ten Tournament behind Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.
Brandon Sorensen was the only Hawk in the finals and he lost, 2-0, to defending champion Zane Retherford, whom Brandon has never beaten.
The good news is Iowa advanced nine wrestlers to the NCAA championship in two weeks and only one, Brandon Sorensen, is a senior.
The most important thing in any tournament is to wrestle at your seed or above it.
Brandon was ranked second and finished second.
Spencer Lee was ranked second at 125 and finished third.
Spencer was beaten in the second round 2-1 by Nathan Tomasello, who is a four-time Big Ten champion.
Spencer had a pin, a technical fall, a major decision and was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
That’s the sixth time in program history a Hawkeye has won the award.
Tom Brands, Lincoln McIllravy, Jeff McGinness, Steve Mocco and Matt McDonough also won the award.
That’s some pretty good company as Tom and Lincoln were three-time NCAA champions.
Vince Turk (141) wasn’t seeded but came through with a fifth place finish.
It really hurt the Hawks when top-ranked Michael Kemmerer (157) had to medically forfeit and finished sixth.
Alex Marinelli (165) was seeded No. 2 but lost in the first round and finished seventh.
Joey Gunther was seeded seventh at 174 and finished seventh.
Mitch Bowman was unseeded and finished eighth at 184.
Cash Wilcke (197) was seeded third and also had to medically forfeit and finished sixth.
Sam Stoll was a four seed and finished fourth.
“I think we fell off, obviously,” said head coach Tom Brands. “Our seeds didn’t hold in a lot of places and we need to get there. We have to go forward. We have another tournament.”
The Hawks need to get healthy and hungry.

Big Ten

Iowa’s men opened up the Big Ten Basketball Tournament in New York with a 96-87 win over Illinois.
That’s the first time the Hawks have won their tournament opener since 2013 and the first time Iowa has won two games in a row since the end of December.
Isaiah Moss picked up two quick fouls in the first two minutes and didn’t score in the first half.
Isaiah did come in late in the game and made two free throws with 21 seconds left to ice the game.
Jordan Bohannon also had two fouls in the first half but he played 12 minutes, was 2-2 from the floor, 3-3 from 3-point range and 2-2 from the free throw line.
Jordan finished with 25 points, including 8-8 from the free throw line.
J-Bo has now made 10 straight since missing one against Northwestern.
I thought that was a great tribute by Jordan in honoring Chris Street’s record which Jordan tied with 34 straight.
The Hawks, who were shooting 69 percent from the free throw line, made 34-41 (83 percent) free throws against Illinois.
Back on Jan. 11, when Iowa beat Illinois 104-97, Iowa was 33-40 (83 percent) from the charity stripe. The Hawks also dominated the boards in that game, 45-26.
Last week in the Big Apple, Iowa had a 40-20 advantage on the glass.
Tyler Cook and Luka Garza dominated the post, combining for 39 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hawks did play decent defense and when they are scoring, are fun to watch.
The second game Thursday against Michigan is the reason they shouldn’t play the men’s and women’s tournament the same week.
The Hawk men played at 1:30 p.m. and so did the Iowa women.
I give Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany a little credit admitting that they won’t be playing in New York for the foreseeable future.
The men play in Chicago and Indianapolis for the next six years… one week after the women.

The Hawkeyes’ season is over with a second-round loss to Michigan, 77-71, in overtime.
Iowa led at half, 40-35, came back to tie the game at 67 to sent it into OT but scored only four points in the extra period.
Jack Nunge started but didn’t score, but Ryan Kriener came off the bench with 14 points and five boards.
The Hawks’ last three games are the best they have played since early in the season.
The biggest news out of the tournament was the rumor that Tyler Cook might not be back. Some think he might transfer to Missouri, his home state, while others say he is going to the NBA.
I would be a little surprised if he transferred to Missouri since he would have to sit out the season.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he was NBA bound.
Tyler has the talent to play in the big leagues, although he has work to do to be an NBA star.
Tyler needs to improve his defense and outside shot, but he has the quickness and explosiveness to play big time.
No matter if he comes back or not, the Hawkeyes should have plenty of big men to work with.