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Iowa Basketball: Five Takeaways From Iowa's Tough Loss to TCU

Five Takeaways from Iowa's tough, season-ending loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.

Bohannon, Again

It's starting just to become a normal thing to see Jordan Bohannon notch double-double's. Sunday afternoon marked his third straight as he led the team in points (25), assists (13), and minutes played (42). He's starting to look more comfortable and has even admitted to being more comfortable on the court as well. If you would've told me four months ago when Fran McCaffery inserted Bohannon into the starting lineup against Notre Dame that he'd notch three straight double doubles to end the season, I probably would've called you crazy. He started to get his shot off quicker as the season progressed and really fell into a nice role as a scorer and a distributor. He'll just be a sophomore next season, and while he's shown improvements as a scorer and a passer, the defense is the last piece to the puzzle. He's already an imposing threat on offense, so if he tightens up his on-ball defense a bit, he is going to be a dandy to watch for the next three seasons. Exceeded my expectations coming into the season.

Early Turnovers Hurt

Twelve first-half turnovers really put Iowa in a hole. They were sloppy with the ball in the first half of play and allowed TCU to tally 21 points off of those 12 turnovers they had. That was one of the big reasons the Hawkeyes found themselves in that big hole. If they weren't shooting 59% from the field at the break then they lead probably would've been in the double digits. They tightened it up in the second half, turning the ball over just twice. But returned to form a bit in the overtime period, turning it over 3 times in 5 minutes. They just looked tired at the end. Bohannon, Jok, and Baer all played big minutes and were giving it everything they had. If not for the early turnovers and sloppy play we might've seen a different game. They definitely hurt the Hawkeyes in the long run. 

Free Throws

The Hawkeyes were just 8-of-19 from the stripe for the game and that was an area that just crushed them. Ahmad Wagner missed four, Tyler Cook missed three, and even Peter Jok missed one. Cook and Wagner have both been up and down throughout the season, but often times you look at that stat as a coach and wonder what might've been if you make just three more in the game. This has definitely been an area where Iowa has struggled at times and it just so happens they picked last night to have a down night. It's pretty simple here, they are going to need to get to the stripe a lot in the off-season and really work at this some more. They can either win or lose you ball games and unfortunately for Iowa, it was a big reason they lost this one.

Tyler Cook's Impressive End

Tyler Cook became the beast we all thought he was going to be at the end of the season. He kicked the season off scoring at a decent clip, but many were left wondering when the defense and rebounding were going to come around. Then he got hurt. That set him back a few weeks, so we still were unable to see the potential that Cook possesses. Well, at least until the last few games of the season here. Over the last 6 games of the season he was scoring 16.5 points per game, grabbing 8 rebounds per game, and shooting 71% from the field. How bout that for a 6-game stretch? He even made his final 18 shots of the season, which dates back to the second half of the Big Ten Tournament loss to Indiana. This was exactly the end that Cook needed to have to his freshman season. Once he starts to incorporate a jump shot into his game, he'll be a 1st team All-Big Ten selection. Rumor has it he was in the gym getting shots up almost immediately after Iowa's season-ending loss to TCU on Sunday afternoon. Talk about dedication.

Peter Jok's Decorated Career

Jok, in my opinion, goes down as the top scorer/pure shooter I've seen at Iowa. But he got so much better at other things like rebounding and facilitating from when he came to campus four years ago until now. We all know about Jok's off the court issues and he's since put that behind him as he turned into an All-Big Ten guard. He could've bailed on the Iowa program a few seasons ago, but he stuck with it and Fran McCaffery never gave up on him. He finished his career up with 22 points and 5 assists against TCU in 41 minutes played and really left it all on the floor. He is one of just 8 Hawkeyes ever to finish their careers by scoring 1,500 points, bringing in 400 rebounds, dishing out 175 assists, and recording 100 steals. He finished up scoring just over 1,500 points for his career and knocked down 216 3-point field goals. The 1,508 points is good for 15th on the Iowa all-time scoring list. As bright of a future as this group has, they'll miss Peter Jok next season.


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