Hawkeyes Shut Down Indiana

Iowa ran its win streak to five games Tuesday with a 77-63 victory at Indiana. The Hawkeyes moved to 11-6 in the Big Ten.

Box Score

For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Iowa has won five games in a row in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes latest triumph came Tuesday night at Indiana.

Iowa overwhelmed the Hoosiers, 77-63, in the teams' lone meeting of the regular season. Aaron White (21 points) led four Hawkeyes who reached double figures in scoring.

Iowa (20-10 overall, 11-6 Big Ten) appears safely into its second consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes finish up the regular season on Saturday when they play host to Northwestern on Senior Day.

"All I'm worried about right now is Northwestern," Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery said after Tuesday's game. "I'm not worried about NCAA Tournament bids and the bubble and all that nonsense. I'll let you guys talk about it. We'll just keeping doing what we need to do to be the best team we can be and put ourselves in the best position we can be in."

Iowa will attempt to win its sixth league game in a row for the first time since '86-87. It also will be looking to avenge at overtime loss at Northwestern last month.

Jarrod Uthoff (14), Gabe Olaseni (13) and Anthony Clemmons (10) also scored in double figures against Indiana. Olaseni pulled down eight rebounds while Peter Jok grabbed seven boards to go with eight points. It was another balanced effort.

"I've had a lot of teams over the years and this team is together," McCaffery said. "They're incredibly unselfish. They truly love one another. There's not better feeling as a coach when you have a team like that."

The Hoosiers (19-11, 9-8) entered the game leading the conference in scoring at 78.7 points per game. Their 63 points Tuesday tied for the second fewest they scored this season.

"Yogi (Ferrell) missed numerous opportunities to take open shots, and at times looking to make something there that's not there," Indiana Coach Tom Crean said. "We've got to be creative how we play through that paint and get to the foul line. ... But the second chance points thing, and then to me when I watch film, we're going to realize we had recognition of not -- we moved the ball pretty good and a couple times we tried to take it down the middle."

Ferell was held to 11 points, five below his season average, missing eight of 11 shots from the floor. He had three assists and three turnovers.

"A loss like this is tough when you lose at home with a great crowd and great fans like that," Ferrell said.

The Hoosiers shot a respectable 10 of 25 (40 percent) on three pointers but were a miserable 13 for 35 on two-pointers. They also were outscored, 23-7, from the foul line.

"They want you to play a game as all big teams do, they want you to play a game at the three-point line and in, where they don't have to over help and they can use their length," Crean said. "We've got to play the game outside the three-point line. Doesn't mean we have to shoot threes all the time, but it does mean we have to get the game moving, and we did that at times. We didn't do it at other times."

Iowa shot 25-54 (46.3 percent) from the floor. They Hawkeyes hit three of seven three-point attempts and were 14 of 17 from the line in the second half.

"We didn't navigate their screening as well as we needed to a couple of times, and in our coverages and whether we're man or zone, and we've just got to do a better job of getting over the top of screens and controlling the ball better," Crean said.

After enjoying a 32-28 lead at the intermission, Iowa built an 11-point lead in the first six minutes of the second half. The Hoosiers cut their deficit to five at the 11:20 mark but the visitors responded.

Clemmons drilled a win trey, White canned a pair of free throws and Jok knocked down a pair of threes to keep the Hawkeyes in control. They won for the seventh time on the road in a season for the first time since '86-87.


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