HAWKEYE BASKETBALL ALL-CENTURY ONE-ON-ONE EXTRAVAGANZA: DAY 17

By Patrick Vint on April 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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The Sweet 16 is here, and the remaining combatants are all well-known to Iowa fans.  We've discussed the players and their biggest moments.  From here on out, it's tale of the tape.

THURSDAY'S SCORES

Roy Devyn Marble def. Eric May 15-0 (97-3)
Matt Gatens def. Justin Johnson 15-0 (97-3)
Jordan Bohannon def. Bryce Cartwright 15-4 (86-14)

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GAME ONE: No. 3 Tyler Cook vs. No. 2 Luke Recker
COOK
  RECKER
6'9" HEIGHT 6'6"
250 WEIGHT 210
14.1/6.7 PPG/RPG (career) 15.8/3.8
15.3/7.6 PPG/RPG (best season) 18.1/4.0
54.4 eFG% (career) 53.5
56.8 eFG% (best season) 55.6
14.3 3-pt. % 39.4
7.6 Win Shares (career) 14.8

Cook has a size and strength advantage, but those perimeter shooting numbers from Recker can't be ignored.  Can Recker keep Cook from the rim?  Can Cook guard one of the best get-his-own-shot guys in recent memory?  Where are my pants?

GAME TWO: No. 1 Reggie Evans vs. No. 4 Jeff Horner
EVANS
  HORNER
6'8" HEIGHT 6'3"
245 WEIGHT 185
15.3/11.5 PPG/RPG (career) 12.2/4.6
15.4/11.9 PPG/RPG (best season) 14.0/5.3
48.7 eFG% (career) 50.3
49.6 eFG% (best season) 57.4
N/A 3-pt. % 36.7
9.2 (2 yrs.) Win Shares (career) 13.4

The contrast of Cook/Recker is only larger here.  Evans is the ultimate interior player, a guy who lived on second-chance points and simple strength in the post.  He was never a ballhandler, and never attempted a three-point shot.  Horner is essentially the opposite, a pure guard who made his living from the perimeter and off the dribble drive.  Which matters more here: Horner's 1.5 steals per game or Evans' 0.6 blocks per game?

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