By Patrick Vint on April 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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We finally reach the end of the second round today.  Tomorrow, we'll take a breather, and the Sweet 16 will start Monday. 

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

Reggie Evans def. Jarryd Cole 15-1 (95-5) (This game took the full 24 hours to complete)
Tyler Smith def. Adam Woodbury 15-10 (67-33) 
Tyler Cook def. Anthony Clemmons 15-1 (93-7)

GAME ONE: No. 2 Roy Devyn Marble vs. No. 7 Eric May

Marble owned the 2013 NIT, at least through the first four rounds.  RDM averaged 24 points and 5 assists per game in wins over Indiana State, Stony Brook, Virginia and Maryland.  In the Virginia game, Marble scored 24, handed out 5 assists, grabbed 3 rebounds, and added a block and 3 steals, as Iowa ended the Cavaliers' 19-game home winning streak.  Next up: Maryland in MSG.

Eric May was pretty good in that game, too, scoring 12 on 3/7 shooting, adding 5 assists and 3 steals.  But May was a more prolific scorer as a freshman and sophomore, never more so than in two games against Ohio State, ten days apart in 2010.  May scored 18 on 6/12 from the field in a loss at CHA, then followed it with 16 on 6/10 in Columbus two weeks later.  Of course, it was 2010, so Iowa lost them both.  So went the career of Eric May.

GAME TWO: No. 3 Matt Gatens vs. No. 6 Justin Johnson

Gatens, of course, is the Indiana game and Wisconsin game in February 2012.  We showed it in the first round.  We'll show it again here.

Two games against top 20 opponents: 63 points, 22/36 from the field, 14/20 from three.  Still unbelievable eight years later.

Johnson also had the ability to put up some gaudy numbers.  He scored 16 or more in six of the program's first nine games of 2007-08.  He dropped 29 on Indiana in the Big Ten opener that year.  But let's look at February 2, when Johnson scored 24, all on three-pointers (8/13 from deep), and added 7 boards and 3 assists in a 53-48 win over Ohio State.  Johnson had damn near half of Iowa's points that night, against a team that had beaten them by 31 just a few weeks prior.

GAME THREE:  No. 4 Jordan Bohannon vs. No. 5 Bryce Cartwright

Obviously, Bohannon is remembered first and foremost for that shot to beat Wisconsin in 2017, but he had only 11 points that night.  If you're looking for the full-game Bohannon Experience, it's probably Iowa's win over Illinois at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament. 

Bohannon scored 25 points in 30 minutes, making 5/7 from behind the arc and a perfect 8/8 at the free throw line.  He also had 6 assists and a steal, and Iowa actually won a Big Ten Tournament game under McCaffery for once.

Like Bohannon, Bryce Cartwright is defined by a performance against Wisconsin.  On New Year's Eve 2011, Iowa traveled to Madison to face the No. 11 Badgers.  Cartwright's role on the team had diminished with the emergence of Marble, but the old Cartwright was back that night.  He went 7/12 from the field, 3/3 at the free throw line, with 5 assists and 2 rebounds, as Iowa stunned the Badgers 72-65.

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