One finished his playing career with a Big Ten scoring title 13 years ago. The other won the Big Ten scoring title last month. Their styles could not be more different. Their dominance could not be more evident. It's Garza and Haluska for the title.
Luka Garza def. Jarrod Uthoff 16-14 (54-46)
Adam Haluska def. Aaron White 21-19 (52-48)
THE FINAL: Adam Haluska vs. Luka Garza
|20.5/4.7||PPG/RPG (best season)||23.9/9.8|
|56.9||eFG% (best season)||58.8|
|15.9||Win Shares (career)||12.6|
It's somewhat fitting that these two guys ended up in the final. They are the authors of the last two seasons in which a Hawkeye averaged 20 points per game. Each represents one of the two long-lasting coaching regimes of this century. One was blessed with speed and quickness, and the sort of mental toughness that comes with transferring between rivals. The other has piled skill upon skill onto an enormous frame, making up for minor deficiencies in such speed and quickness with technical acumen not normally seen at the college level. One flashed a killer jump shot that could be unleashed from anywhere, against anyone. The other, a dizzying array of post moves that bring to mind Kevin McHale.
It's a clash of generations and a contrast in styles, as we always thought it should be. Haluska and Garza. Let's get it on.