Iowa BB Scrimmage: Hawks Improve 3-PT Shooting

The Hawkeyes had their annual Black and Gold Blowout Instrasquad game after the Illinois game on Saturday, and they are showing continued improvement with their outside shooting. We have compiled a breakdown of the stats from the game as well as a link to the box score.

BOX SCORE

It's next to impossible to gauge what the season will be like from looking at the box score from an intra-squad scrimmage, but here are some thoughts after analyzing the box score from the black and gold blowout and what jumped out.

THREE POINT RENAISANCE?

We all know that last year was not stellar as far as Iowa and three-point shooting is concerned. The Hawkeyes made just .290 of their attempts from beyond the arc. If they would have shot around .350 from three last year, they may have won five to six more ball games in a year where they had just seven recruited scholarship players.

Iowa made 36.5% of its three point attempts this summer on their Australian tour against pro competition, and that was a step in the right direction.

In Saturday's scrimmage, the black and gold teams combined to hit 19 of 38 from downtown, exactly 50%. Brody Boyd was 5 of 7 and Jeff Horner was 3 of 5. When you take away the solid shooting of Adam Haluska, Jack Brownlee, Kurt Spurgeon and Ben Rand, as those four don't figure to garner a lot of minutes this season, Iowa still made 9 of 24 attempts, for a very respectable 37.5-percentage.

If you told Steve Alford right now that he could be assured of his team making .375 from downtown, he would take it in a heartbeat.

RETURN OF THE KING?

OK, ‘The King' is not what we are going to dub Pierre Pierce, but since ‘The Return of the King' is due to hit theaters in December, allow us a little creative leeway.

Pierce scored 31 points in 32 minutes of action, hitting 13 of 28 from the floor and four of five from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals and committed just three turnovers.

Those in attendance felt that Pierce was easily the best player on the floor for Iowa, which should come as no surprise.

He was just one of six from three-point land and teams are likely going to sag off of him this year until he can prove to them that he can hit the long to medium range jump shot.

But getting a player back into the lineup with Pierce's athletic gifts and ability to get the ball to the basket is going to be a big boost for this team, as Iowa lost its one player that could do that from a year ago in Chauncey Leslie.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD(S)

Jared Reiner is the leading returning rebounder in the Big Ten this season and he collected a team high 16 caroms. Greg Brunner hauled down 10 on the day while Sean Sonderleiter collected seven and Erek Hansen snared nine. Sondy chipped in a game-high five steals on the day as well. Hansen blocked seven shots on the day. Yes, that reads seven shots.

Hansen's stat line reads: 4 of 9 from the floor, nine boards, seven blocks one assist and one steal.

TOO BAD HE CAN'T PLAY

Adam Haluska will not be eligible this year, but Iowa fans got their one and only look at Adam on Saturday prior to Prime Time League play in June of 2004.

The Iowa State transfer scored 23 points in 29 minutes, going 9 of 13 from the floor including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. He had six rebound and three steals on the day.

THE X-FACTORS

Nick DeWitz and Glen Worley are this year's X-Factors. Unfortunately, Worley has found himself in this role in each of the past two seasons.

Worley did not play because of an ankle sprain and has missed a lot of practice thus far.

DeWitz had a cold day shooting, making just 2 of 12 of his shots, but he handed out a team high seven assists.

5,201 fans took in the scrimmage.


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