Iowa Dismantles Swiss All-Stars in 125-56 Blowout

By RossWB on August 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Coach em up, Franimal.

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I am beginning to think that the "All-Stars" designation on the teams that the Iowa basketball team is playing in their whirlwind tour of Europe may be somewhat misplaced. Perhaps they are not "All-Stars" in the traditional sense, but rather "All-Stars" because of their intense fandom for that most celebrated hymn from the greatest band in the world, nay, solar system. In any event, after clobbering the German All-Stars by a 99-65 scoreline, Iowa shredded the Swiss All-Stars by an even more lopsided margin, 125-56.

The game against the German All-Stars was at least close for a half (Iowa led by just four at the break); this game was only close for the 25 seconds that the game was tied 0-0. Iowa scored 56 points in the second half; the Swiss team scored 56 points for the entire game. In fact, based on the final score, Iowa didn't even really need to play the second half; Iowa led 69-30 at half, meaning they still would have won by 13 points based on the 26 points that the Swiss managed to score in the second half. But they did play the second half, racking up 56 points on the way to their final 69-point victory margin. (Nice.)

Iowa scored 125 points despite an off night in terms of outside shooting; Iowa went just 11/38 (28.9%) from deep in this game. But the rest of the team operated like a finely-tuned watch. They manhandled the Swiss on the glass, outrebounding them 68-43, including a 26-10 edge in offensive boards that led to a huge 25-5 edge in second chance points.

The flex emoji is perfect for this game: Iowa flexed allll over the Swiss all night long. And while the outside shot wasn't falling, Iowa poked a lot of holes in the Swiss interior defense (Iowa had a 50-26 edge in points in the paint) and on fast breaks (29-8). Oh, and they forced 33 turnovers (including 19 steals) and turned them into 37 points (the Swiss forced 11 and scored just four points). That is just an all-around clobbering.

As expected, Iowa debuted a new starting lineup: Christian Williams, Brady Ellingson, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook, and Jack Nunge. Nunge led the team in minutes (25), but again struggled to get his shot going, scoring just six points on 2/11 shooting (0/4 from deep). But he was effective in other ways, scooping up seven rebounds, five assists, four steals, and two blocks. The long range shooting isn't there, but some of the other parts of this game that engendered Uthoff comparisons are starting to show up. Cook had 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, a block, and an assist; alas, in the absence of video for this game we don't know if he dropped any thunderous dunks on the Swiss (but Iowa won by 69 points, so let's just assume he did). Baer started, but played just 10 minutes, putting up six points on 2/5 shooting and adding three rebounds and a block. Ellingson had eight points on on 3/8 shooting (1/5 from deep), but added five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Williams had a nice bounce-back from his strange one-minute game on Tuesday, playing 21 minutes and scoring 12 points on 4/8 shooting to go with rebounds, two assists, and a steal. It's good to see whatever limited him to one minute on Tuesday doesn't appear to be a big deal. 

Iowa got several dynamite performances off the bench, although again, with the heavy amount of rotation in these games, the usual starter/bench distinctions definitely don't mean as much as they might in the regular season. The biggest head-turner off the bench was Luka Garza, who followed up a 17-point, 10-rebound double double on Tuesday with 24 points (on 8/12 shooting, 7/7 from the free throw line), six rebounds, and three steals... in 11 (!) minutes of work. That is some hyper-efficiency at work. Garza is doing everything we could have hoped for (and then some) so far on this European trip. 

After sitting out Tuesday's game (for planned rest/rotation), Ryan Kriener made his European tour debut in this game, playing 23 minutes and scoring 14 points (6/12 shooting) and hauling in six rebounds. Connor McCaffery had another strong performance (21 minutes, 13 points, five assists, three rebounds), while Isaiah Moss also added double-figure scoring (10 points on 4/7 shooting) to go with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Dom Uhl played 17 minutes but was ice cold from the floor (four points on 1/7 shooting), though he did have eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Ahmad Wagner was the odd man out in terms of minutes (just three minutes played), while Bohannon, Dailey, and Pemsl were again rested for the entire game.

The walk-on brigade of Charlie Rose, Austin Ash, and Riley Till played a total of 20 minutes and they all got buckets, too -- Rose had seven points on 3/4 shooting, Ash had six points on 2/4 shooting, and Till had five points on 2/3 shooting. 

EDIT: There's some video of the game after all! 

Iowa returns to action on Saturday, taking on the Milan All-Stars at 1 PM CT in Vedano, Italy. Forza Hawkeyes! 

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