HAWKEYE BASKETBALL ALL-CENTURY ONE-ON-ONE EXTRAVAGANZA: THE FINAL FOUR

By Patrick Vint on May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Welp.  We're finally down to it: Four players left to determine who will stand supreme.  Garza.  Uthoff.  White.  Haluska.  One will reign.

TUESDAY'S SCORES

Jarrod Uthoff def. Luke Recker 15-8 (72-28)
Aaron White def. Reggie Evans 15-7 (76-24) 

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GAME ONE: Jarrod Uthoff vs. Luka Garza
UTHOFF
  GARZA
6'9" HEIGHT 6'11"
210 WEIGHT 260
13.0/5.8 PPG/RPG (career) 16.2/6.9
18.9/6.4 PPG/RPG (best season) 23.9/9.8
51.7 eFG% (career) 57.7
55.1 eFG% (best season) 58.8
38.3 3-pt. % 35.8
13.0 Win Shares (career) 12.6

Garza has waltzed relatively easily through the first four games, and with good reason: He's 6'11", he weighs 260, he's unstoppable around the rim, and he has handle and perimeter shooting that no other Iowa big men has ever shown.  But he's also never faced Uthoff, a 6'9" scoring machine with an even better perimeter shot, a veritable cornucopia of moves in the paint, and the reach to block any shot on the court.  I put Marble in my Final Four just to avoid having to decide this game.

GAME TWO: Adam Haluska vs. Aaron White
HALUSKA
  WHITE
6'5" HEIGHT 6'9"
210 WEIGHT 220
14.4/4.2 PPG/RPG (career) 13.3/6.4
20.5/4.7 PPG/RPG (best season) 16.4/7.3
51.4 eFG% (career) 54.3
56.9 eFG% (best season) 60.0
35.9 3-pt. % 32.4
15.9 Win Shares (career) 20.6

Haluska, the last man standing from the first decade of the century, is probably the best pure athlete left in the bracket.  As of last check, he still holds the all-time record in the 100 yard dash at the Iowa State High School Track Championships.  But if Haluska was first, White might well be second, with comparable stats across the board and four inches of additional height.  Can Haluska's speed overcome White's lanky defensive excellence?  Can White get enough space to take a jump shot?

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