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.
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)
GAME ONE: No. 3 Tyler Cook vs. No. 2 Luke Recker
|15.3/7.6||PPG/RPG (best season)||18.1/4.0|
|56.8||eFG% (best season)||55.6|
|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
|15.4/11.9||PPG/RPG (best season)||14.0/5.3|
|49.6||eFG% (best season)||57.4|
|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?