Inside the Numbers: Iowa Hawkeye Basketball
Senior combo guard Chauncey Leslie is leading the team in scoring with a 19.3 average. Leslie has scored a career high 20 points in each of Iowa's three wins this season.
The "dynamic duo" freshmen combo forward Greg Brunner and point guard Jeff Horner are both averaging double figures in scoring as well. Brunner is currently averaging 12.3 points per contest, while Horner is at 10.8 points per game.
Junior center Jared Reiner has been a pleasant surprise on the glass, as he is averaging an astounding 12.0 rebounds per game. He has matched his career high of 14 rebounds twice this season in victories over Florida Atlantic and Tennessee State. Reiner is also shooting very well from the free throw line going 15-16 (93.8%) in the first four games.
Juniors Glen Worley and Brody Boyd are giving solid support in the scoring aspect. Worley is averaging 8.8 points and Boyd is just behind him at 8.7 points per game. Boyd has helped Iowa open up its inside game as well with his three point shooting, as he's gone 5-14 (35.7) in the three games he's played in this season.
Those first four players, Leslie, Brunner, Horner, and Reiner are all averaging over 31 minutes a game, while Worley and Boyd are right around the 25 minute mark.
As far as the team goes, the Hawkeyes are shooting 100-220 (45.5%) from two point land, and 20-62 (32.3%) from beyond the arc on the young season. From the free throw line, Iowa is a respectable 60-81 (74.1%).
Iowa has scored 280 through the first four games of the season for an average of 70 points per game. While the Hawkeyes have held their opponents to 232 points on the season, an average of 58 points per contest.
Through the first four games, the Hawkeyes have had three different leading scorers. Leslie led all scorers with 20 points in victories over Florida Atlantic and Drake. Leslie and Worley both finished the Tennessee State game with 20 points. Brunner was the leading scorer with 18 points in the loss at Florida State. A balanced scoring attack is what Iowa will hit you with, and that's visible as they've had four players in double figure scoring in three of Iowa's first four games this season.
Two aspects of Iowa's game that is thriving right now are rebounding and shot blocking. The Hawkeyes are averaging 40.5 rebounds per game, and are out rebounding their opponents by a margin of 8.5 (40.5 to 32) rebounds per game. This is due to their intense scrappy man-to-man defense, which is forcing their opponents into taking bad shots, as well as a conservative team effort on the boards by all five players on the court. As far as shot blocking goes, the Hawkeyes are averaging almost five block shots per game as a team, with Reiner averaging 2.25 per game.
As evident in their only loss to date, Iowa can not afford to make costly mistakes with the basketball. On the season, Iowa has committed a total of 73 turnovers, 18.3 per game.
Iowa will continue to improve on these statistics as they head into the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge this weekend, as they host Montana State on Friday night, and then will play again on Saturday night depending on the outcome of Friday night's game.