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Hawks crush Badgers

Hawk Talk

For the first time in quite a while, Iowa’s men played solid from tip-off to the buzzer and rolled over Wisconsin, 85-67.
For the first time in quite a while, the Hawks did a great job of rotating on defense and held Wisconsin to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range.
For the first time since Iowa beat Illinois (Jan. 11), the Hawkeyes had five players in double figures.
For the first time since the Hawks beat Illinois, basketball was fun again in Iowa City.
Freshman Luka Garza set the tone with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
In the last three games before Wisconsin, Luka was averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, shooting 59 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the free throw line.
“He’s special,” said coach Fran McCaffery. “He got into foul trouble when he picked up his third. I took him out and was debating to hold him and then I put him back in let him play with three. He did a lot of amazing things with three fouls. He got big rebounds and I couldn’t be more proud of him. The kid’s having fun. You can see it in his face and that’s always a great feeling as a coach.”
How about Jordan Bohannon who had 13 points and 11 assists?
That’s Jordan’s fifth double-double in points and assists.
That ties B.J. Armstrong and Mike Gesell for second-most in program history.
Jordan should have a really good shot at Cal Wulfsberg’s record of six.
Tyler Cook showed once again why he’s one of the top players in the Big Ten with 17 points in 24 minutes.
Tyler could have had more but sprained his ankle early in the second half and didn’t return.
Iowa dominated the stats with a 41-32 advantage in rebounds, 12-6 on second chance points, 10-2 off fast break points and an 18-13 advantage on bench points.
Isaiah Moss chipped in 15 and Cordell Pemsl came off the bench with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Iowa followed that up with a 98-84 loss at Nebraska Saturday night.
Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon each had 24 points, the Hawks had a 42-28 advantage on points in the paint, and an 18-12 advantage on points off turnovers.
Jordan played all 40 minutes with seven assists and no turnovers.
For the season, Jordan has 119 assists and 48 turnovers.
Iowa shot 50 percent from the floor and 9-21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
Those all are winning numbers on offense, but when you give up 92 points, 57 percent shooting from the floor, 58 percent (11-19) shooting from three, you’re not winning many games.
The Hawks also got outrebounded, 37-28.