Luke Recker couldn't have asked for a better finish for his career than the last two games in Indianapolis. After scoring only four points in the first half, Recker took over in the second half. Displaying a focused demeanor, Cool Hand Luke, was unstoppable as he canned 24 points. The game winner, a sweet 15 foot jumper, propels the Hawkeyes into the semifinal game today against the Indiana Hoosiers. Could Luke have asked for more? He now will face his former team and will have the opportunity to redeem himself and his Hawkeyes for two horrendous losses to the Hoosiers this season.
Luke brought the ofense on Friday and Duez Henderson brought the defense as he patrolled Kirk Penny in the second half, allowing him only one trey. After covering Penny like a cheap suit, Duez got an unexpected chance to seal and steal. First, he was wide open as he grabbed Reggie's miss and layed it in. Fouled in the process, he cooly stepped to the line and swished the free throw that tied the game. Seconds later, he stole a pass that setup the last second heroics by Recker.
"It's just a matter of being unselfish and wanting to help the team. To have a quality basketball team, you have to have a lot of ingredients" said Henderson.
The Iowa team that has played the last two days is playing like they did in December when the crushed Missouri in Columbia and annihilated the Clones in Ames.
Today at 45 minutes past noon, the Hawks that have been dissed by fans and writers alike (myself included) will have a chance to not only redeem themselves for two losses against Indiana, but an NCAA tournament bid is only two wins away. As improbable as that seemes before the tourney, The Hawks are now the team nobody wants to play. Can it be done? As the old song went "Keep your motor running!" Please play that for Luke Recker and his fellow Hawks before the tip.
Do you believe in MIRACLES?