Iowa 103, Guilford 46: Quaker Routs

By RossWB on November 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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Iowa men's basketball played their lone exhibition game of the slate today, against Guilford College, a Division III school from North Carolina. It went pretty much as you'd expect a game between a Big Ten program and a Division III school to go, frankly -- Iowa jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back. They led by 30 at halftime (52-22) and won by nearly 60 in the end (103-46). A 57-point margin of victory will have to suffice. 

Iowa had a significant size advantage over the Quakers (no one in the Quakers' regular rotation is over 6'6") and they made the most of it, with a 52-22 edge in points in the paint (Iowa made 70% of their 2-point attempts overall) and a 47-30 edge in rebounds. They also dominated in transition (36-0 advantage in fast break points), turning 19 blocks or steals into multiple easy scoring opportunities.

Fran emptied the bench in this one, as everyone played but C.J. Frederick (dealing with a rib injury and expected to redshirt) and Jordan Bohannon (dealing with a bruised hip, per Fran), even the walk-ons: Riley Till, Austin Ash, Nicolas Hobbs, and Michael Baer (the younger brother of Nicholas Baer). Everyone scored in the game except Hobbs and the Baer brothers. 

The star of the show was, unsurprisingly, Tyler Cook, who had 12 points on 5/6 shooting (including 1/2 from 3-point range), nine rebounds, and seven (!) assists. The latter stat was the most surprising, but he was very involved in the offense and did a nice job of facilitating others and setting them up for easy looks. That's not a part of his game that we've seen a lot of in his first two years, but it would be a very welcome wrinkle indeed. He's still pretty good at the more traditional aspects of his game, too -- i.e., dunking: 

The other excitement from this game came from seeing Joe Wieskamp make his Iowa debut and it went well. Wieskamp led the team in scoring with 14 points on 6/8 shooting (2/3 from deep) and added five rebounds and three assists. The only off note for him was the four turnovers he had, but overall he looked very comfortable on the court. Four other players also hit double figures in scoring in this game: Isaiah Moss (13), Maishe Dailey (12), Luka Garza (11), and Cordell Pemsl (10), with Ryan Kriener and Connor McCaffery just missing out with nine points apiece.

Pemsl was 2/2 from the floor, but made 6/7 free throws and had six rebounds; his slimmed-down physique is definitely going to take some getting used to, though. Garza played 25 minutes and made 5/6 shots (1/2 from outside) -- not bad for a guy who had a 9-pound cyst (!) removed not that long ago! McCaffery shot 3/6 from the floor (0/3 from long range) and made 3/5 free throws, while adding three rebounds and an assist against four turnovers. Despite that he led Iowa in +/- at +38, so the team played well when he was on the court. Baer failed to score, but did his usual job of impacting the game in other ways: he had three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal and managed to initiate a few fast break opportunities for Iowa. 

Defensively Iowa limited Guilford to 30% shooting for the game (19/64) and 23% shooting from 3-point range (5/22). They also had 19 steals or blocks and forced 26 total turnovers. If you wanted to quibble, the 11 offensive rebounds they conceded weren't great, but that's about the only demerit for Iowa on the defensive end. That said, playing an athletically overmatched Division III isn't exactly a great test for Iowa's defensive prowess, either; let's wait and see how they look on defense against stronger opposition. 

But as tune-up games go, there was nothing much to complain about with this one. Iowa won comfortably, everyone got to play, everyone looked pretty good, no one got hurt, and there were highlights aplenty. We'll take that. 

NEXT: The season officially gets underway on Thursday with a home game against UMKC (7 PM CT, BTN Plus). 

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