Cook's Assertiveness Continues
I made mention in the win over Indiana that I thought Tyler Cook was much more assertive and aggressive, especially in the second half. That continued from the tip against Maryland. The Terrapins' Damonte Dodd got into foul trouble early and the Terps did not have an answer for the 6'9" freshman from St. Louis. He got great position early and often and his teammates did a great job of finding him. He was able to record his first double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was efficient from the floor, shooting 8-of-13 and managed 5-of-8 from the free throw line. For lack of a better word, Cook was just an absolute beast on Saturday night. That's the Cook Iowa needs every night out. And if they get that from him, watch out, because he was first team All-Big Ten good last night.
Bohannon's Streaky Shooting
All it takes for a shooter like Bohannon is for the first couple three pointers to go down. At one point he was 3-of-3 from distance and I knew that Maryland was in trouble. It was so tough to stop him because he was pulling it from everywhere. The corner, up top, from 6 feet behind the arc, you name it and he probably shot it from there on Saturday night. He finished 8-of-10 from three point land and paced Iowa with 24 points. Obviously, 80% from three point land isn't something you can expect from him every single night, that just isn't how it works. But when he's giving that to you, you take it all day. He continues to be one of my favorite players to watch this season. He added five assists and three rebounds in 31 minutes last night.
The bench minutes were great for Iowa against Maryland. Baer was good again, playing 22 minutes for the Hawkeyes. He, Cordell Pemsl, and Brady Ellingson provided all the bench scoring aside from two points from Christian Williams. The trio finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds and shot 8-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-9 from three point land. As good as Iowa's starters were it pays to have a good bench group and that is something that Iowa does have. It's tough on opposing teams when you can bring in hustle guys off the bench and have them execute at a really high level. Iowa's bench play will be key in their final two games and into the Big Ten tournament if Iowa has plans of getting into the big dance.
Hustle on the Glass
A big takeaway from the win is the second chance points. The Hawkeyes killed the Terrapins in that area finishing with 30 points to Maryland's six. It wasn't necessarily the offensive rebounds that got out of hand for Maryland considering they finished with just four less than Iowa, but it was Iowa taking advantage of their opportunities while Maryland did not on Saturday night. For Iowa to outscore a ranked opponent in that category on the road is just insane, especially given the margin. Getting offensive rebounds and cashing in on those opportunities is always something you can do to defeat anybody, home or away. We need to see the same hustle on the glass on Thursday night against Wisconsin.
Wide Open Three's
While most of what happened on Saturday night was good, there was some bad. Iowa gave up a lot of open three point looks to the Terrapins in their zone. Maryland just wasn't knocking that many down. They made 11-of-34 three point attempts and shot just 28% from three in the second half, which was a big reason why the Hawkeyes were able to pull away. The Terrapins did a good job executing their offense against Iowa's zone, much like they did in the first matchup, but their shots just weren't falling like they were in Iowa City. Couple that with Iowa knocking down just about everything from three and they were doomed. D'Mitrik Trice and Bronson Koenig will be two guys that Iowa can't let get going on Thursday for the Badgers. Both of those guys shoot the three at a very good clip.