Opening Statement: Openers are always scary, and our guys handled it in every phase. Other than under out-of-bounds defense, it was hard to find something we weren't pretty efficient with. We moved the ball maybe as well as I've had a team move the ball here, especially in the first 20 minutes. Even the shots we missed , we got a lot of good looks because of the way that we moved the ball. We rebounded the ball much better tonight. We took high percentage shots. It was another night of really good, intense defense. That's' shows up in their shooting percentage and the things we were able to do to them. Openers are scary. We're very, very pleased to play this well in an opener.
Can you talk about what Adam was able to do?
Not only did he (score 29, he did some other things that I like. He had six assists, five rebounds. Other than a couple of breakdowns, he did a really nice job defensively. He got to the line seven times and he‘s an outstanding foul shooter. He did a lot of good things. He mixed up the catch and shoot to the catch and drive to distribute the basketball and our guys did a good job of finding him. Tony probably passed up three or four shots for himself to get the ball to Adam. That‘s a very unselfish play on his part.
What did you think of Tyler Smith? What was is trouble based on?
Well, of all of our guys, Tyler and Josh Crawford have missed a lot of practice just because of class schedules with the early practice. He hasn‘t had a lot of practice, and to sit a game and watch his teammates play, he was very anxious. I like what he did in the second half. He kind of got in the wrong place in the wrong time with fouls. He‘s just got to get in the flow of things because he‘s definitely got to be somebody that gets more than two shots. But he‘s a very unselfish player that can really pass the ball. He showed some of that tonight, just foul trouble can do that. It wasn‘t because of a lack of trying. The thing that I like is I know he cares. He was at least anxious enough to try hard.
Will the two weeks away benefit this team?
Well, we leave Wednesday morning. It‘s a 12-day trip. It‘s four games and we‘ll get a lot of practices on the road together. That first game doesn‘t always go smooth. You get that under your belt…that‘s why we were concerned as a staff.
Can you talk abut he way Looby played tonight?
We‘ve been saying it a long time. Other than foul shooting, boy, that kid is doing a lot of good things. His foul shooting will come. Nobody works any harder on his foul shooting than what Kurt does. Boy, he‘s rebounding. He goes after every loose ball. You get 13 defensive rebounds, you‘re being awfully active. That‘s going to help us when we lose the rebounders we lost last year. He got three blocks, and I really like the job he did (defensively).
Was this a game where Tony really showed a little bit more point guard development?
He was very under control. He was poised. He might have taken one bad shot, but the rest were really good shots. He does what a point guard has got to do. He gets everybody involved. And he‘s really guarding again. He got a little loose in the second half when the game was pretty much in control and they got a couple of threes because of his breakdowns, but he starts our defense. He‘s a very good on-the-ball defender.
COLD SHOULDER: Justin Johnson decided not to shake the hand of fellow John Tyler (Texas) High School alum, J'Mel Everhart during the pre-game introductions. Johnson was smiling as he looked at Everhart and was being prodded by Iowa teammates to go greet his former teammate but it never happened.
ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL: Highly publicized recruit Tyler Smith made his Hawkeye debut at the 16:03 mark of the first half, replacing starting center Seth Gorney. Smith missed his first shot, a short leaner in the lane and picked up two fouls in less than three minutes, which sent him to the bench at the 13:17 mark.
Smith returned at 9:20 with his two fouls and picked up his third at the 8:34 mark. He went to the bench for the rest of the first half. He wound up playing four minutes before the break.
Smith came back at the 14:42 mark of the second half. He picked up his first assist at the 12:35 mark with a nice feed to Tate. His first basket came on an ally-oop lay-in from Freeman at 11:17. He fouled at two minutes later.
Citadel Head Coach Ed Conroy was an assistant at Tennessee when Smith committed to the Vols. Smith backed out of his commitment when Conroy and head coach Buzz Peterson were let go by the school. Conroy and Peterson went to Coastal Carolina last year before Conroy landed the Citadel gig.
ROTATION REPORT: Alford inserted Smith as his sixth man and sent Cyrus Tate in for Johnson at the 14:08 mark. Bret Wessels came in for Freeman at around the 10-minute mark. Iowa showed its versatility with Smith (a SF) replacing Gorney and Tate ( a PF) stepping in for Johnson (a SG).
At one point late in the first half, Iowa had Gorney and Looby, two centers, in the game with a pair of point guard. Wessels and Freeman. They went into a 1-2-2 zone and created a shot clock violation.
Third-year sophomore J.R. Angle, who red shirted last year, came in at 1:21 of the first half.
TIP-INS: Iowa started the game with a 10-0 run only to have the Bulldogs respond with an 11-0 spurt. Iowa bounced back with the game's next five points and the visitors following with six in a row before the Hawkeyes notched the next six en route to a 22-2 run to seize control of the game….Tate twice excited the crowd with vicious two-handed slams, one in each half…The Citadel lost, 73-41, at Michigan State the night before coming to Iowa City…Adam Haluska scored 18 of Iowa's 42 first-half points, including 5 of 9 from the floor with 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc. He finished by tying his career high with 29…Gorney played a career-high in minutes in the first half alone with 14. He finished with 25. His previous high was 12 against Penn State in ‘05...the Bulldogs were held scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half.