Three more second-round games today, including the Two Tylers. 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
Peter Jok def. Gabe Olaseni 15-0 (97-3)
Dean Oliver def. Joe Wieskamp 15-12 (61-39)
Luka Garza def. Nick Baer 15-1 (95-5)
GAME ONE: No. 1 Reggie Evans vs. No. 8 Jarryd Cole
Reggie led the nation in double-doubles and won Big Ten Tournament MVP in his junior year; really, just about every game from that tournament run could be included here. But this is Go Iowa Awesome, so we prefer the time in the pros where he got ejected for spanking Grant Hill.
It's not often that someone gets their crowning moment on Senior Day, but Jarryd Cole pulled it off: In the midst of a six-game losing streak at the end of 2011, Iowa faced No. 6 Purdue. Cole went 7/12 from the field, scored 16, pulled in 10 rebounds, and led the Hawkeyes to a two-point win over Our Most Hated Rival.
It was the win that effectively launched the McCaffery Era, the first court rush in a long time at CHA, and a fitting end for a guy who played his heart out every night during a program low point.
GAME TWO: No. 3 Tyler Smith vs. No. 6 Adam Woodbury
Smith only had the one season at Iowa to make his mark, but his best game probably came in a late January trip to Ann Arbor. Iowa was barely over .500, while Michigan was 16-6 and a potential Big Ten title contender. Iowa struggled early, falling behind by 11 at the half, but Smith keyed a second-half comeback. The freshman played 39 minutes, and scored a team-high 22 points, with 18 in the second half. He added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, and Iowa stormed back to beat the Wolverines 69-62. It was the most points that Smith scored against a Big Ten opponent.
Woodbury's best game was probably Iowa's 2015 win over Maryland. The big guy scored 16, added 5 rebounds, put Terps center Damonte Dodd in foul trouble, and even added a pair of assists, as Iowa reversed a two-game skid and beat Maryland by 16.
GAME THREE: No. 3 Tyler Cook vs. No. 11 Anthony Clemmons
Cook's run of games at the beginning of 2019 were as good as we've seen at Iowa in the last two decades. In the first 13 games of the year, Cook was Kenpom MVP six times, scored in double digits 11 times, and averaged 8 rebounds per contest. The peak: Iowa State.
Cook scored 26 points on 12/16 from the floor, hauled in 11 rebounds, and dunked on those fools all night. And then he got in that yokel Steve Prohm's face at the end.
Clemmons was never a great scorer, but his most complete performance was during Iowa's 2016 heyday. Iowa went to Rutgers ranked in the top 10 and undefeated in the Big Ten, and Clemmons played a key part in maintaining both of those.
AC posted a career-high 20 points, dished out 5 assists, and even grabbed 3 rebounds, helping the Hawkeyes to a 14-point road win.