Before the season started, everyone close to Iowa basketball said the one key player the Hawks had to have healthy was point guard Bryce Cartwright.
Bryce was held out of the University of Northern Iowa game because of a leg injury and Devyn Marble started his first game of the season at point.
I’ll tell you what, if you can have your point guard play 37 minutes, score 14 points, have four assists, four rebounds and only two turnovers you would take it in a heartbeat. That’s what Devyn did, but the Hawks were outscored at the free throw line 29-3 and got smoked at UNI, 80-60.
The difference in the free throw shooting is probably the main reason Fran McCaffery got two technical fouls and was ejected in the second half.
I have mixed feeling about getting T’d up. Your players like to know the coach has their back, but then when Zach McCabe gets a tech just by knocking the ball out of bounds after he was called for a foul, can you jump on Zach for losing his cool?
In my opinion, there was a lot of home cooking. UNI plays in-your-face defense and did some flopping, but Iowa kept picking up the fouls.
As a player, you are taught to play through the calls, but when the Hawks hit only 1-12 from three-point land and the Panthers go 11-21 it’s not going to come out pretty.
UNI had five players in double-figures… Iowa two with Devyn’s 14 and Eric May scoring 10 points.
Would Bryce have made the difference?
Bryce did play six minutes in Iowa’s loss at Iowa State Friday. It didn’t matter as the ‘Clones won 86-76 as the Hawks had no answer to Iowa State’s balanced scoring with five in double-figures.
Once again, Devyn Marble played well at the point.
His line included 37 minutes, 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Devyn only turned the ball over twice.
For the season, Devyn has 32 assists and only eight turnovers. Bryce has 36 assists and 16 turnovers.
Melsahn Basabe had a decent game with 18 points and nine rebounds, but the Hawkeyes gave up 8-19 shooting from three-point range and their record is now 5-5 going into finals break.
The Hawk women had a road trip to Iowa State and a home game against Western Illinois last week.
Iowa has struggled at Ames, as a lot of road teams do, and lost to the ‘Clones 62-54 last Wednesday.
The Hawks led by one at half, but couldn’t hang on. Turnovers (22) and poor shooting (29 percent) aren’t going to help. Plus Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson fouled out…
I know I’m going to sound like I’m biased for the Hawkeyes because I am, but some of the fouls called on the Hawks were unreal, especially in the second half when the calls got tighter.
Then you have the pleasure of watching Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly’s going berserk, getting a technical and yelling at the referees as well as his players… I’ve always wondered if there is a chance Fennelly is somehow related to former Arizona Wildcat football coach Mike Stoops, who did the same thing before getting fired last fall.
Morgan Johnson led Iowa with 16 before fouling out and Melissa Dixon gave Iowa a spark off the bench with 11.
Kalli Hansen also came off the bench and led the Hawks with 11 rebounds.
The Hawks bounced back last Friday at Carver Hawkeye Arena, blowing out Western Illinois, 95-45.
This is just what Iowa needed after losing two straight as everyone played and everyone contributed.
Stats that stick out include a 57-40 rebound advantage to Iowa, plus the Hawks had 27 assists to 17 turnovers.
It was good to see Virginia Johnson gets some good minutes.
The former City High prep played a season-high 18 minutes, had nine rebounds, eight points, four blocks, two assists and one steal.
Virginia has been playing the center position and will be needed when the Big Ten season starts.
Melissa Dixon had another great game off the bench, scoring 15 points in 18 minutes. She is not only scoring (4-10 from three-point range) but brings intensity on defense.
Jaime Printy led the way with 25 points.
The men’s basketball team had a tough time against UNI but the wrestlers sure didn’t.
The Hawks hosted the Panthers last Thursday at Carver, lost the first match at 184 and then won nine straight, cruising to a 38-4 win.
“We saw some situations where the other guy is not really trying to score,” said Head Coach Tom Brands. “We can’t allow that. We’re going to have to work harder and push through that.”
The Hawks did push through that with four major decisions at 125 (Matt McDonough), 133 (Tony Ramos), 149 (Josh Dziewa) and heavyweight (Bobby Telford).
Iowa also got a pin by Mike Evans at 165.
That was Josh Dziewa, a redshirt freshman, first time out and the Hawkeyes need a boost at 149.
Heavyweight Bobby Telford remains undefeated with a big win last week.
Bobby, a redshirt freshman, had to beat out senior Blake Rasing. All Blake did was win the Big Ten title and go to the NCAA championship last year.
Bobby beat Blake 2-0 in a wrestle off earlier so there has got to be some great competition in the wrestling room.
That’s what makes the Hawkeyes so great and why they haven’t been beaten in 83 duals.