Heading into the season, there has only been one major question mark for the #8 Iowa Hawkeyes, adn that has been who will replace Dean Oliver? Freshman Pierre Pierce and Junior Chauncey Leslie both turned in great performance last night, giving Hawk fans hope that this play will continue as we head into the regular season.
Pierce ended the game with 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and most importantly, only one turnover. While you'll have to expect to see some rough play from the freshman at some point of the season, if he can play consistently without turning the ball over too often, the Hawks fate should fare very well. Leslie capped off the night with 13 points on 4 for 5 shooting.
Luke Recker came back in good ole' fashion, netting 21 points. He also brought the crowd to its feet with the most arguably exciting play of the game with an alley-oop pass to Pierre Pierce on a break.
All in all, it was another great day for Steve Alford and his Iowa Hawkeyes. Now they head into next week with a very popular exhibition contest against the Harlem Globetrotters. Brody Body could possibly see some action against the Globetrotters, and that should give Hawks an even better feel on how this PG situation will turn out this season.
(Notes from 0044: Steve Alford was worried about about the center position before the game last night. Although Sean Sonderleiter and Jared Reiner each played twenty minutes, neither established himself as the 'MAN' in the middle yet. However, in this game strength in the middle was not necessary to defeat the Chicago All Stars. Jared Reiner appeared to me to be more the "Horse" the Hawks need to help keep people off Reggie Evans back. Reiner had 10 rebounds and six points in his half game, while Sonderleiter collected one board and 8 points in his half. Sonderleiter is the better shooter and has gained 20 pounds in the offseason. Reiner, however, at 6-11 and 270 pounds or so looks more like the bodyguard and boardman that we need to help Reggie Evans with the Windex. B&B is the title of the Iowa center this year as scorers abound on Steve Alford's third edition in Black & Gold)
All Photos are Courtesy of Charlie Niebergall of Associated Press