The Iowa Men's Basketball team hadn't won their first game in the Big Ten Tournament in each of the last three seasons. To make this year's NCAA Tournament Iowa was going to need to make a run in our nation's capital over the course of the next four days.
They were faced with a team they had defeated in Iowa City last month in overtime, but one that has a bunch of talent. And that was on full display on Thursday night for the Hoosiers.
The Hawkeyes got things started off on the right foot behind hot shooting from Jordan Bohannon, but a lengthy Hoosier run saw Iowa's lead disappear. Indiana went on a 12-0 run midway through the first half to build a 10 point lead at 29-19. Bohannon got the Hawkeyes back in immediately, drilling two 3-pointers over the course of a couple minutes to shrink the IU lead back down to 5.
Indiana would then build a 9 point lead later in the half, but the Hawkeyes responded again, shrinking that lead to just 3 points headed into the break. They were in striking distance when it felt like they should be down 10.
The Hawkeyes quickly snagged the lead out of the locker room, but Indiana wasted no time stealing it right back.
The teams jostled back and forth for position over the next minute or two, but a bucket with just over 16 minutes left - and the game all square at 48 - gave Indiana the lead for good.
From the 16:12 mark to right around 12 minutes, the Hoosiers went on a 19-4 run and had buried the Hawkeyes. Iowa never got it back to within single digits as the Hoosiers coasted to a 95-73 victory.
The Hawkeyes just really look uninterested on defense and that led to Indiana shooting well over 60% from the field for the entire game. They went on several big runs against the Hawkeyes and Iowa couldn't stop the bleeding.
Bohannon was a bright spot, along with Cordell Pemsl, but both Nicholas Baer and Tyler Cook were fairly non-existent. They combined for just 11 points after combining for almost 28 per game during the four game winning streak.
Bohannon lead the Hawkeyes scoring 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Pemsl and Moss were the only other Hawkeyes in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Indiana moves on to face Wisconsin tomorrow while the Hawkeyes probably await their seed in this year's NIT. The loss to Indiana 100% moves the Hawkeyes off the bubble.