Troublesome threesomes are getting to be tiresome for Hawk basketball fans. Last week we had the three blind mice officials that hosed the Hawks every time they could in the final two and a third minutes of the Missouri game. Last night, Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy took Iowa apart as masterfully as the surgeons at University of Iowa hospitals perform their work.
Reports before the season indicated that the Duke trio would all be lottery picks in the next NBA draft. Point guard Jason Williams is probably a lock to be the #1 pick in the draft. Called by some the greatest college point guard of all time, the 6-2 Williams lived up to his lofty press clippings by scoring twenty-five points and directing the dissembling of the Hawkeyes. Carlos Boozer used his 6-9 frame to add a double-double of twenty-two points and fourteen rebounds. He thoroughly outplayed his former all-star touring teammate, Reggie Evans. Meanwhile, Mike Dunleavy, son of the former Portland NBA coach, added 18 points and seven boards.
Iowa kept it close in the first half, trailing by four before a dunk by Williams and a three by sharpshooter Dunleavy before intermission. Duke then jumped out at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run and you knew that the blowout was on.
Iowa stars Luke Recker and Reggie Evans had off nights. However, part of the reason for that was the tremendous Duke defense. Carlos Boozer used great footwork to stay between Reggie Evans and the basket. Reggie finished with a season low 8 points and 9 rebounds. The 6-9, 280 pound Boozer was paid the ultimate compliment by the Hawkeye warrior as Evans said "He was a man in there tonight." The Joker is a master of the understatement and this was no joke.
Luke Recker led Iowa with 15 points on 7 out of 18 shooting performance. However, Luke never seemed to get in sync against the dominating Duke defense, as he was just 1-8 from beyond the arc.
Iowa shot a season low 38.5 per cent while Duke shot 48.3 percent, a season high by an Iowa opponent.
Make no mistake, Iowa is not at the level of Duke. Last night's game should serve notice to the country that all roads to the NCAA Championship game go through Durham, North Carolina. Duke looks like the best basketball team this side of the LA Lakers.
* Photos Courtesty of Associated Press