Tom Cruise said "I want the truth" to Jack Nicholsen in the Movie, 'A Few Good Men'. Nicholsen responded "You can't handle the truth" However, we Hawkeye fans should not be perceived with the same disdain that Jack's character had for everyone outside the Marine Corps.
The truth about the Iowa basketball team doesn't revolve around talent. The heartless group playing in Assembly Hall last night has been infected with a deadly disease of ME, ME by the Hawkeye Senior stars. Please sit them down.
Chauncey Leslie said it all when he said "We weren't prepared!" What does that mean?
All the promise of this team at the start of the season was a fraud. The seniors provide zero leadership and will not play hard. As color analyst Bobby Hansen said after the game "they backed down when challenged". This is a season not on the brink but over the brink. The two star system of Luke Recker and Reggie Evans has failed thus far in BigTen season play, is it a time to give others opporunities?
Recker and Evans each had eight points as Iowa had their worst loss in this series since 1995.
Luke Recker's first appearance in Assembly Hall since transfering in 1999, was greeted with boos every time he touched the ball, including pregame warmups.
Defense is what carried Indiana tonight. That and hard play. The Hawks were lacking in both those areas.
Iowa managed just 8 first half baskets.
Indiana led by as much as 49-26 early in the second half. Iowa got only as close as 15 the rest of the way. Indiana pulled away with a 17-3 run late.
Kyle Hornsby set the scoring pace for the Hoosiers, hitting 5 three pointers for 15 points. However, Jared Odle was the key figure with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Jeffries added 13 points and 7 boards.
The Hawks must get ready for the Minnesota Gophers in Iowa City on Saturday night. Can they do it? Last night indicated that this team has packed it in. Steve Alford has a mighty big job this week trying to salvage what looked like a Final Four season to some into limping into the NCAA tournament. Will the cries in Bloomington of NIT, NIT bear fruit?