Once again, here are the one-on-one rules:
- Shoot for first possession
- Alternating possessions
- Play to 15, must win by 2
- 3s are worth 3 points
Jarrod Uthoff def. Doug Thomas 15-0 (97-3)
Isaiah Moss def. Aaron Fuller 15-7 (77-23)
Aaron White def. Cyrus Tate 15-0 (100-0) (SKUNK L'ORANGE)
GAME ONE: No. 2 Peter Jok vs. No. 10 Gabe Olaseni
There are so many Peter Jok Games, but the two that stand out are the game I was at (34 points in a double overtime loss at Nebraska) and the Indiana Game.
The clip doesn't do it justice: Jok went bananas in overtime, scoring 15 points by himself, as Iowa beat the Hoosiers 96-90. He finished the game with 35 points, and made 22/23 at the free throw line to get there. When life hands you fouls, make haterade.
For a guy who played off the bench for most of his career, Olaseni also had a bunch of Olaseni Games. The best was probably his 15-point, 12-rebound double double in a February 2014 win at Illinois. At the time, Iowa was a top 15 team. It didn't end up that way, but it was fun while it lasted.
GAME TWO: No. 4 Dean Oliver vs. No. 5 Joe Wieskamp
Oliver played at a time predating ESPN's game logs, but he also played in the most important Iowa basketball win of the last 25 years.
Oliver scored 17, led the team with 4 assists, and Iowa moved into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament with a 10-point win over Arkansas. And oh lordy, that behind-the-back pass to Jess Settles.
Wieskamp's best games are probably still to come, but he did put up 19 points on 6/8 from the floor (4/6 from three) in Iowa's first-round win over Cincinnati last year. The performance was enough to get the Kenpom MVP that day.
GAME THREE: No. 1 Luka Garza vs. No. 8 Nick Baer
Take your pick on Luka: His entire 2019-20 season could win the prize.
Baer scored 20 points, grabbed 10 boards, and caused one Youtube-worthy jump ball (seriously, how is this the thing that's posted?) in a win over Penn State in March 2017.
The other Baer game worth mentioning: He put up a 11 point/14 rebound/5 assist/5 steal stat line against Drake the following season, which is probably the most Nick Baer stat line ever posted.