Total Team Effort
Iowa had 10 guys play double digit minutes on Tuesday night and probably would've had 11 if Ryan Kriener hadn't been in foul trouble for a majority of the evening. Nobody played more than 26 minutes and with the exception of Jordan Bohannon's 29 minutes against Ohio State, Iowa didn't have anyone play over 26 in that one either. This is now two wins in as many games for the Hawkeyes without All-Big Ten guard, Peter Jok, and they're killing teams with their balance. They again had four guys in double figures with Ahmad Wagner close by. He added 9 points. They were knocking down open looks, moving the ball, and just playing extremely unselfish basketball. It was probably the most impressive game the Hawkeyes have had in terms for sharing the ball considering they had 24 assists on 30 made baskets. I thought Kriener was the only one that really struggled, but he's been so good lately. He was just unable to get into a flow due to foul trouble. It was a complete game from everyone.
Three Point Shooting
Usually you look at Iowa and you think that you've got to defend Bohannon and Jok out on the edges. Which is true. But with Jok out, I did not see the Hawkeyes burying 11 of 18 three point attempts, including 4 of 5 in the second half. Bohannon led the charge with 5 makes on 7 tries and the three is really what got the Hawkeyes out to such a hot start. Moss, who has been really good in the last 3 halves of basketball, buried 2 of his 3 attempts and so did the red hot Brady Ellingson. Forwards, Nicholas Baer and Dom Uhl also saw one fall in the game. The Hawkeyes sort of gave Rutgers the treatment Purdue gave Iowa in the Big Ten opener. They were just unconscious from three and were able to work the ball to get nice open looks for their shooters. Couple that with Bohannon being about as on as I've ever seen him and you're in trouble if you're Rutgers. Especially when you consider Rutgers is one of the worst three point shooting teams in the nation. Don't expect 11-18 every night out, but it's nice to get on the road.
He got lifted from the starting lineup after a blowout loss to Illinois, but has responded well over the last couple of games as he assumes a bench role. He was especially good on Tuesday night in his 19 minutes on the floor. He had 15 points on 6-10 shooting and led the team with 7 rebounds. A move to the bench could've been just what Pemsl needed to regain some confidence and some swagger. He had a nifty move on the baseline when he went up and under for the bucket. When he's on, he's probably Iowa's second best post presence and the Hawkeyes are indeed better when Pemsl is on top of his game. He's so creative around the basket that he's really hard to guard for opposing big men. He hasn't played big time minutes recently, but if he keeps playing like he did on Tuesday, McCaffery might be forced to feed Pemsl more minutes.
I don't care who they're against, road wins in the Big Ten are hard to come by. The Hawkeyes finally nabbed one and that'll go a long way for confidence in future road games. They got a taste of what it's like to win on the road and now know what it takes to actually win on the road and not leave the gym in defeat. Not only did they win the game, but they did it without their best player, which is big. This win definitely helps for future road games and Iowa is going to have their work cut out for him on the road the rest of the year. They have games at Minnesota, at Michigan State, at Maryland, and at Wisconsin to wrap up the year. So, nothing is going to come easy on the road for the Hawkeyes the rest of the year away from Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Energy on the Glass
Rutgers is the best rebounding team in the conference for a couple of reason. They are extremely athletic and they are relentless. They just have trouble scoring the ball. They had 7 or 8 offensive rebounds on one possession, but simply could not put the ball in the basket. For Iowa, they've got to be a little better on the glass. Rutgers was plus 10 on Tuesday night, and while a lot of those came on the one possession, the Hawkeyes have to nip that in the butt because good teams will score and take advantage of second chances. They weren't terrible, but there were points where I thought they could've given more effort. I look for that to better on Sunday when Nebraska comes to Iowa City.