Iowa ranks 29th in rebounds per game (40.0) while IL ranks 97th (37.4). Neither have won a conference game yet, and both have looked less than impressive in their last few games. "You know (Mark) Alstork was throwing up before the MI game and tried to play, so we've had it run through our whole team".
It's Tyler Cook's 5th double-double of his Iowa career. Iowa's issues are more complicated, obviously, but this fact remains true.
The Illini still were clinging to an 82-79 lead following a 3 by Frazier with 5:21 remaining, but Garza took over the game at that point, scoring eight consecutive points to give the Hawkeyes an 87-82 lead. Isaiah Moss was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting. "That spurt was huge for us and him". But that doesn't mean it doesn't do anything well.
Garza said the Hawkeyes were determined not to lose, even after falling behind by as much as 20 points in the first half. The Hawkeyes expected to contend for an upper-division Big Ten finish and return to the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Bohannon also has 12.1 PPG with 5.0 APG, and Luka Garza is in double-digits as well for Iowa on 10.2 PPG and 6.2 RPG.
Illinois: Fran McCaffery pointed out Tuesday in his teleconference that he had "not seen them not be connected defensively".
In the first half, it looked as though that was going to be the Illini.
The buzz-beater didn't faze Iowa, as the team took control by scoring the first nine points of OT. Its forwards have the heft to hold their ground against opposing frontcourts, making it a physical team on defense.
The Illini (10-8, 0-5 Big Ten) already had had four players foul out at that point.
Offensively, the best thing IL has going is the offensive glass, where the Illini rank No. 6 in the nation in offensive rebound percentage at 37.9 percent. Winless. The Hawkeyes' struggles extended out of conference play, too, with losses to Louisiana-Lafayette and South Dakota State in the Cayman Islands. "We've got to put it all together and play a full game of 40 minutes". Iowa lost the rebounding battle 31-28, which isn't a bad margin, but Baer had 11 of those 28 by himself.
The Hawkeyes managed to hold on from there, much to the chagrin of IL coach Brad Underwood, whose team has blown big second-half leads before.
G Maishe Dailey So. Frazier led IL with a career-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each. In a new system and in dealing with losing Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan and Tracy Abrams from the starting lineup, it makes sense that they'd be a little slower on the uptake. IL had a better effective field goal percentage (0.553 vs. 0.454). The biggest comeback was 22 points, also against IL in 1987.