Iowa's peak vs. Final Four teams

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by 99topdawg, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. 99topdawg

    99topdawg Well-Known Member

    As I was watching the games last night, I was watching how hard the teams play on both ends of the floor, etc. and was remembering how hard/well Iowa played when they were a projected 1 seed and ranked in the top 4 as they went through December and January with one loss in each month (close games at #4 ISU and at #8 Maryland).

    I started to think how that Iowa team would match up with these teams and other teams that nearly made it, such as Kansas. I really think Iowa could have defended and scored with these teams and would have been in games to the end. They really remind me of what Villanova is doing. Iowa came to play every night and won basically every half, with the exception of the game at Purdue. In Iowa's first 10 conference games, they won 9 of them, all by 7 or more points, 8 of which were double-digit wins.

    I think they would have at least been in a game with any of these teams. If only we could have found out...
  2. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    Very good post but looking back I think the one thing I noticed about Iowa this year, even during December and January, was the missing of free throws and not having overly consistent 'good shooters', consistently good jump shooters.

    When Fran can consistently have teams that almost always have 3 to 4 good shooters on the court at any time the hawks will be above avg but not elite.
  3. PCHawk

    PCHawk Well-Known Member

    We could have hung with anyone if Fran would call a timeout.
  4. SheagleHawk

    SheagleHawk Well-Known Member

    The sun, moon and stars aligned perfectly for Iowa for about a month. The team we saw the rest of the year was really who we were. Uthoff, Jok and the entire bench played out of their minds. The guard play and just generall overall speed and athleticism would've run Iowa out of the gym. Nova did just that. And so would other teams like KU, UNC, UVA etc.
  5. Seth53

    Seth53 Well-Known Member


    As NY so perfectly croons, it's better to burn out than to fade away.... oh, wait, never mind....
  6. trj

    trj Well-Known Member

    I think of UNC by today's standards they are an old school team. They play inside out instead of outside in. Just imagine if a team like Purdue had consistent average guard play. I think Iowa could be competitive with UNC just because of style of play. If Iowa and UNC played 10 times UNC probably wins 8 of 10 just based on shear talent, but 7 of the 10 games are competitive.
  7. 1hawkeye1

    1hawkeye1 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing. When Iowa was at its peak, it was Villanova level. When at its low..........Kirkwood. With no disrespect to Kirkwood.
  8. mrolympia

    mrolympia Well-Known Member

    bad Iowa could have given OU a game the way they played
  9. HawkPrdatr40

    HawkPrdatr40 Well-Known Member

    Only way Iowa would beat UNC is if they didn't want to show up. No way in hell Iowa matches up with UNC!!