Iowa lost to TCU 94-92 in Overtime.
DEFENSE: Iowa was 16 of 30 from three point range. That is a staggering number for any game and even more mind blowing in a game where you lose.
Iowa fell to 0-7 in games this year when it made 9 or more threes but surrendered 86 or more points. Iowa was 11-0 in games where they made nine or more threes and held them opponents under 86.
Iowa’s big men ran high hedges at TCU all night, as they have done for much of the Fran McCaffery era…and TCU scouted that extremely well, leading to a 52-30 advantage in the paint.
FREE THROWS: How do you lose an overtime game when you make 16 three-pointers? You shoot 8 of 19 from the free throw line in regulation. Free throws matter. This is a huge area for improvement for Iowa this offseason. Iowa was 510 of 741 from the line this year, for a disappointing 68.8%. Take away Peter Jok’s near Big Ten record setting free throw numbers, the rest of the team was 356 of 570, or 62.4%.
TURNOVERS: Another way to lose when you make 16 treys is to turn the ball over a lot. Iowa committed 17 turnovers that led to 28 TCU points.
TCU GAME NOTES: From Iowa Sports Info:
·Today was Iowa’s fifth overtime game of the season and first-ever NIT overtime contest.
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·Jordan Bohannon netted a career-high 25 points, making 7-of-12 from 3-point territory. The Hawkeye point guard tallied double figures 17 times this season, including the last six contests of the year. Bohannon was also credited with a personal-best 13 assists. The 13 helpers are the most by a Hawkeye in a postseason game. The Hawkeye freshman with three straight double-doubles (all three points and assists) to end the season.
·Nicholas Baer totaled 15 points, bolstered by 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Baer reached double digits 10 times this season, including five of the last seven games. Baer also grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Baer had double-doubles in two of Iowa’s last four games.
·Peter Jok scored a game-best 22 points, sparked by five 3-pointers made. The 22 points helped the Hawkeye senior surpass 1,500 career points. Jok surpassed Adam Haluska and Kent McCausland for fourth in career triples made at Iowa with 216.
·Tyler Cook made all seven field goals today, extending his consecutive field goal streak to 18, dating back to the second half of the Indiana game (March 9). Cook with 16 points today, scoring 10 points or more for the 19th time this season.
THE END: We have come to the end of the line for this rebuilding year of Iowa basketball. The Hawkeyes finished 19-15 and could have hosted another NIT game had they beaten TCU. The game was a sellout and the crowd was simply sensational.
@hawkeyenation 14 year season ticket holder & that was the loudest I have heard CHA.
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April 11, 2018 — Hawkeye Guard Connor McCaffery Receives Scholarship
Coach Fran McCaffery puts son on scholarship.
— Tim Kluender (@TimKluender) March 19, 2017
It’s also the end for Peter Jok, who had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in Iowa history. Jok finished with 636 points this year, 7th best in a season for Iowa all time and best since Haluska’s 637 in 2007.
This team was a pure joy to watch and write about. I wish we could start the next college basketball season tomorrow, but in the mean time, I will be writing and talking quite a bit about this very bright Iowa men’s basketball future in the coming weeks. Thanks for being along for the ride.