It was all Iowa out of the gate in their second contest of the year at home against Coppin State. They used a 22-2 run to begin the game to pace them the rest of the way en route to a 103-68 win. They dominated in nearly ever facet.
Sophomore Dom Uhl was inserted into the starting lineup in this one, replacing guard Peter Jok who sat out the game with a minor injury to his ankle.
Uhl had been the recipient of some tough love from head coach Fran McCaffery. Uhl was not playing at the level that the Iowa head coach had hoped and only saw two minutes of game action in the final exhibition game of the season against Augustana.
Message received. Uhl has been outstanding since. He brought some instant energy off the bench in the opener against Gardner-Webb and brought the same as a starter in tonight's game. Uhl finished the game with 18 points on 7-10 shooting and also added five rebounds.
Redshirt freshman Brady Ellingson has been used early and often off the bench in this young season. He's known for his sharpshooting capability but he's also getting to the rim consistently as well. He's someone that plays the type of defense that head coach Fran McCaffery encourages. Ellingson lead all scorers with 20 points on 7-8 shooting.
Also in double figures were Jarrod Uthoff who had 13 points and transfer Dale Jones with 16 to go along with 7 rebounds.
Mike Gesell was quite the orchestrator at point guard. The senior recorded 10 assists in just the first half and added two more in the second half to bring the total to 12. He had nine assists in the opener so he's been quite the unselfish player to begin the season.
True freshman Ahmad Wagner fouled off but he brought high energy, physical play, and toughness on the inside that has motivated head coach Fran McCaffery to use him as one of his main bench players so far this season.
The Hawkeyes shot the lights out as a team as they were 40-72 from the field for a 56 percent clip. 31 of the 40 field goals came off an assist showing how well Iowa shared the ball tonight.
Iowa's next game will be Thursday night in Milwaukee as they take on Marquette at 8:00 p.m. CST.