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Hawkeye men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men played two games last week.
They cruised to a 92-64 win over Southern Utah last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Once again, the Hawks used the size and depth to take down the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah is a little bit like Drake as they rely on the 3-pointer. When they are hot, they are tough to defend, but the Hawks held the Thunderbirds to 8-26 from 3-point range (30.8 percent), controlled the boards (48-29) and points in the paint (52-24).
For the second straight game, Luka Garza came off the bench to lead the Hawkeyes with 17 points. I like the way Luka works hard under the basket and he was 7-8 from the free throw line.
Before that game, Luka made 24-49 free throws (49 percent)
Tyler Cook is starting to develop a left-handed jump hook which reminds me of Greg Stokes, who made a living with his.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery will take 25 assists and only 12 turnovers anytime.
The Hawks took down a good Colorado team, 80-73, on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Five Hawkeyes in double figures, a 43-31 advantage on the boards and Iowa’s defense stepped up when it had to.
The Hawks started out in man-to-man defense until Jordan Bohannon picked up his second foul early in the game.
The zone was effective and held the Buffaloes to 6-23 (26 percent) from 3-point range.
“The zone was active and I thought we guarded dribble penetration,” said Coach McCaffery. “I thought we contested and then we were able to run a little bit.”
Maishe Dailey had a breakout game with a career-high 16 points including 2-3 from 3-point range.
“He’s a skilled guy, he’s smart, he’s long and he can make plays,” said the coach. “I just keep encouraging him to keep going in on the dribble, attack, shoot the ball and don’t hesitate.”
Last year Maishe was lost in the numbers game as he only played in 12 games and totaled 27 points.
This year Maishe has played in all 14 games, has scored 81 points (5.8 average) and has 31 rebounds.
Maishe is a good ball handler and at 6-7 is a tough matchup, especially when he’s hitting from the outside. For the season, he’s shooting 40 percent from three and 82 percent from the free throw line.
I like Iowa’s balanced scoring, with Isaiah Moss (16 points), Jordan (14), Tyler (12) and Cordell Pemsl coming off the bench with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Hawks also had five blocked shots.
It was nice to end the year with both basketball teams winning.
I hope by the time you read this, that the football team will have its first bowl win since 2010.