IOWA CITY, Ia. - Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery was disappointed with his team's effort in last weekend's blowout loss at Purdue. Asked Wednesday night if he felt better about the Hawkeyes' determination in Wednesday's 90-71 setback to Northwestern.
"No," McCaffery said. End of quote.
The Hawkeyes (7-9 overall, 0-4 Big Ten) ran out to a 4-0 lead. Northwestern (11-4, 2-3) responded by hitting seven threes in the next six minutes for a 21-8 lead about midway through the opening half. Iowa would get no closer the rest of the way.
"We came out flat," Iowa Captain Jarryd Cole said. "Our effort wasn't there and that hurt us. It hurt us in the Purdue game. I don't know what it's going to take to get the effort up, but we're definitely going to have to look in the mirror, check ourselves and hold ourselves accountable."
Northwestern shot 53.2 percent from the floor, including 50 percent (14 of 28) from beyond the 3-point arc. Purdue (49.1) was the only Hawkeye Big Ten opponent to shoot under 50 this season against Iowa.