HAWKEYE BASKETBALL ALL-CENTURY ONE-ON-ONE EXTRAVAGANZA: THE SWEET 16 IS SET

By RossWB on April 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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After several weeks of voting, the Go Iowa Awesome Hawkeye Basketball All-Centry One-on-One Extravaganza has gone from 64 competitors down to just 16 ballers. We're getting into the good stuff now -- or the brutally difficult stuff, depending on your perspective. Here's an updated bracket:  

hoops!

Marble, Gatens, and Bohannon prevailed in the Day 16 match-ups (Pat will provide the exact scores tomorrow). 

Your Sweet 16 match-ups are set and they're... very, very chalk. That shouldn't be surprising with an exercise like this, though, especially in the early rounds; if it wasn't very chalk-y, it probably means we screwed up the seeds pretty badly. But the margins between competitors are much thinner now, so things may not remain as chalk-y the rest of the way. 

Here are the match-ups: 

GARZA REGION

#1 Luka Garza vs #4 Isaiah Moss

Former teammates collide! Can Moss slow down the Garza juggernaut? 

#2 Roy Devyn Marble vs #3 Greg Brunner

One of the standouts of the early Fran Era faces one of the last great players of the [REDACTED] Era. 

UTHOFF REGION

#1 Jarrod Uthoff vs #4 Dean Oliver

Two very different players, with very different games, and from very different eras (the [for now] peak of the Fran Era and the early [REDACTED] years). This one should be interesting. 

#2 Luke Recker vs #3 Tyler Cook

Another Fran Era vs [REDACTED] Era showdown, with a deadly gunner taking on a low-post behemoth. 

EVANS REGION

#1 Reggie Evans vs #4 Jeff Horner

Another marksman vs monster match-up, this time featuring two of the standouts from the early 00s. 

#2 Aaron White vs #3 Matt Gatens

Two of the most beloved players from the last decade of Hawkeye hoops. I'm not going to lie: this match-up is going to tear me apart. 

HALUSKA REGION

#1 Adam Haluska vs #4 Jordan Bohannon

Gunner vs gunner! Whose cannon shall prevail? 

#2 Peter Jok vs #3 Tyler Smith 

Here's another intriguing showdown: maybe the best pure scorer of the last 20 years of Iowa hoops against arguably the most talented player of the last 20 years of Iowa hoops. 

Here's the breakdown of the final 16 by coach/era: 

  • Fran (8.5): Garza, Moss, Marble, Uthoff, Cook, White, Bohannon, Jok, Gatens
  • [REDATED] (7): Brunner, Oliver, Recker, Evans, Horner, Haluska, Smith
  • Lickliter (0.5): Gatens

That seems about right, really. 

Sweet 16 showdowns will start up tomorrow (Monday, April 27) at noon central. Who's gonna prevail? 

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