It wasn't much of a game in Evanston, Illinois on Sunday night. And it started right from the opening tip.
The Wildcats leaped out to a 12-6 lead at the first media timeout and were just out-playing Iowa. That continued to be the theme for the rest of the night. Iowa kept it within single digits for a majority of the first half, but the Wildcats were getting to all the 50/50 balls and the Hawkeyes were allowing easy shots in the paint and wide open three point shots.
The Wildcats had built a 39-23 lead late in the first half and Fran McCaffery had to take a timeout. His team was able to close on a 9-5 run to head to the locker room down by 12. The Wildcats shot over 54% from the field and were +8 on the glass in the first half.
The second half started and it was more of the same. The Wildcats went on an 8-2 run out of the break and looked like they were running away with it. McCaffery yanked most of his starters and Iowa's bench mob took over. With 13:09 left in the game, a Nicholas Baer three cut the Wildcat lead to 9 and it looked like something might be stirring.
That quickly faded.
The Wildcats went on a 33-7 run to end the game and ousted the Hawkeyes by a final of 89-54. That was probably the most complete game the Wildcats played all season long. On the flip side, it was probably the worst game Iowa has played all year.
Northwestern shot 60% from the field and 47% from three point land while the Hawkeyes shot 35% and 24% in those categories, respectively. The Hawkeyes just looked overwhelmed. Peter Jok wasn't able to get going early on and that led to a game long struggle for him. He had a tough assignment with Vic Law guarding him, but it was not Peter's best game.
Tyler Cook and Ryan Kriener led the team with 14 points a piece, but Iowa's leading scorer, Peter Jok, had just 4 points on 2-9 shooting. It was the first time in the last 22 games that Peter Jok failed to score in double figures.
The Hawkeyes were outplayed in nearly every aspect of the game on Sunday night.
However, they have a good opportunity again on Thursday when Maryland, who will likely be ranked, comes to town. Remember, the Hawkeyes are 4-1 in their last five games against ranked opponents in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes and Terrapins will tip things off at 6 p.m. CT inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.