One note, as we open the second and final day of the round of 8: We haven't had an upset since the first round. The top four seeds in each bracket won in the second round. The top two seeds won in the third round. As you'll see below, the top seeds won yesterday.
Methinks that streak ends today.
Adam Haluska def. Peter Jok 15-8 (74-26)
Luka Garza def. Roy Devyn Marble 15-7 (78-22)
GAME ONE: No. 1 Jarrod Uthoff vs. No. 2 Luke Recker
|18.9/6.4||PPG/RPG (best season)||18.1/4.0|
|55.1||eFG% (best season)||55.6|
|13.0||Win Shares (career)||14.8|
Two guys who transferred into the program and quickly became a top scoring option, but Recker and Uthoff took opposite routes to get there. Uthoff was the prodigal son returning; Recker was an Indiana high school legend run off by Bobby Knight. Either way, the high point at Iowa for both was a 7 seed and second-round exit.
GAME TWO: No. 1 Reggie Evans vs. No. 2 Aaron White
|15.4/11.9||PPG/RPG (best season)||16.4/7.3|
|49.6||eFG% (best season)||60.0|
|9.2 (2 yrs.)||Win Shares (career)||20.6|
Evans finally gets a matchup with a guy who can match his size, if not his rebounding numbers. There's no doubt that White is the more complete scorer, the better perimeter threat, and the more complete player. There's also no doubt that Evans is the most dominant rebounder in the last 20 years of Iowa basketball, and a dominant player in the post. White had better make his shots, because he's not going to get many second chances.