Iowa took advantage of a hot shooting night from distance and a slew of offensive rebounds to run Maryland out of their own gym.
Four Factors in Review
|Iowa 1st half||Um 1st half||iowa 2nd half||UM 2nd half||Iowa Game||UM Game|
|Points Per Possession||1.36||1.16||1.20||0.96||1.28||1.07|
(Shot chart courtesy of ESPN. Makes are filled in.)
|Iowa||2pt Near Rim||2pt Jumper||3pt FG||FT|
|Maryland||2pt Near Rim||2pt Jumper||3pt FG||FT|
Three-pointers were key for Iowa when it came to the shooting factor. Despite Tyler Cook beasting inside all night long, Iowa still only made a little over half of their attempts near the rim and didn't hit a single mid-range jumper. (Though, they didn't shoot many.) Instead, it was a career night from Jordan Bohannon, who scored all 24 of his points by going an insane eight of 10 from downtown, that helped carry Iowa to victory.
But it just wasn't Bohannon who was feeling it from long range, Iowa player's not named "Jordan Bohannon" also shot a combined 8-16 from deep. Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer both shot 3-6, while Brady Ellingson went 2-3. (Isaiah Moss was the only Hawkeye to not make a three who attempted one.) In total, Iowa's 62% from downtown was their best three-point shooting performance in a game this season. Their previous high was 61% in the blowout at Rutgers. Making this performance even more impressive, was the fact that the game against the Scarlet Knights also saw them attempt eight fewer threes.
And, yes, on the inside, Tyler Cook did absolute work. 16 of his 21 points came in the paint, while the remaining five came from drawing fouls that were the result of his aforementioned beasting.
Maryland, meanwhile, actually shot the ball pretty well in this one. Despite the barrage of threes Iowa was dropping on them in the first half, the Terps only found themselves down by seven at the break because they shot 60% (eFG%) from the floor, including seven made threes.
Iowa's defense was pretty awful for the first 20 minutes of the game. Not only did Iowa play zone defense the entire first half, but they also used their 1-2-2 three quarter-court press to try and pressure Maryland into turning the ball over. However, like we mostly saw against Illinois the previous weekend, Maryland broke the press pretty easily and often found themselves with wide open threes off of it. Iowa's zone defense wasn't much better, either, to be honest with you. Maryland moved the ball from side-to-side and got quite a bit of penetration, and that also led to a lot of wide open threes. Fortunately, the Terps also missed quite a few of those wide open attempts.
In the second half, Iowa continued to use strictly zone, but they did drop the 1-2-2 press and that seemed to make a huge difference. Maryland still had a decent amount of open threes that didn't fall against Iowa's zone, but they had to work a lot harder to get those open threes since Iowa was no longer pressing and giving them good looks five seconds into the shot clock. Maryland still shot an averagish 48% in the second half, but McCaffery laying off the press slowed the game down and made Mark Turgeon's team have to run good offense to create anything. And they couldn't.
|Turnovers||Turnover%||Steals||%of Turnovers Forced by Steals||Points Off Turnovers||Pts Off Turnovers Per Turnover Forced|
Turnovers were also a part of why Maryland was only trailing by seven at the break. Iowa had 11 of them in the first half, and while the Terps didn't always take advantage of those miscues (they had just eight first half points off turnovers), they were empty possessions that kept Iowa's lead from growing more than it did.
Yet, it was Maryland's turnovers that proved to be the most costly. Iowa's defense in the first half was pretty pathetic for large chunks of time, but there was a span of six minutes where Maryland turned the ball over on six of 11 possessions just before halftime. That allowed Iowa to go from being down by a point, to being ahead by six.
In the second half, Iowa's zone defense forced six steals on eight Maryland turnovers. (That may sound small, but the second half only had 30 possessions.) For the game, the Hawkeyes scored 22 points off of 14 turnovers.
Overall, Maryland's giveaways made a huge difference in this game. Iowa's three-pointers and offensive rebounds won it for them, but it was the turnovers that made this an absolute blow out.
|Off. Rebounds||Available Off. Rebounds||Off. Rebound%||2nd Chance Points||2nd Chance pts/Off. Rebound|
Despite shooting 62% from beyond the three-point arc, Iowa shot just 39% from inside the same line. Fortunately, offensive rebounding helped make up for those misses.
Iowa not only won the quantity portion of this category, but they also won the quality portion, thanks to an astounding six (yes, six) three-pointers that were set up thanks to offensive rebounds.
Because of those second chance three-pointers, Iowa set two single game records for the season. First, their 30 second chance points beat their previous high of 27 in the double overtime loss at Nebraska. Second, their average of two second chance points per offensive rebound, broke their record of 1.8 they set in the routing of Rutgers.
As for Maryland, their offensive rebounding was better in the second half, but they never could capitalize on those extra opportunities. They managed just six second chance points the whole game off of 11 offensive rebounds. And that wasn't nearly enough to match Iowa's incredible output.
Free Throw Rate
|FT Made||FT Attempted||FT%||FT Rate (FTA/FGA)|
Sure enough, after the rare game in which free throws were the most important factor, they were the least important one in this game. With the way Maryland's big men constantly foul, Iowa's bigs had the chance to live at the free throw line. But with the exception of Tyler Cook on Saturday, that just wasn't necessary because Iowa was lit from three-point land.
They did still win this category, though.
Overall: Iowa Won All 4 Factors
Jordan Bohannon was no doubt the player of the game, scoring a game and career high of 24 points on 8-10 shooting from downtown.
And while we should all watch his three-pointers on loop for a long while, we should also give him credit for making plays for his teammates. I mean, a good chunk of the baskets that Tyler Cook scored on came via assists from the youngest Bohannon.
He was credited with five assists, but (by my count) he should have had six because Peter Jok was given credit for the assist on the video above. So unless we are giving out hockey-style assists now, let's give Bohannon his due because he was great in this one.
As for Cook, he was also great. Many of the numerous videos I have sprinkled into this post have included him scoring in the paint, crashing the boards, playing defense and running the floor. While the 21 points may not have matched his career high of 24 he had against Seton Hall back in November, his 10 rebounds did give him the first double-double of his career.
Sadly, he did not have a dunk against the Terps. He certainly had opportunities, but he missed two dunks and the one he made was waved off when he was fouled before the shot.
|Tyler Cook Dunk-o-meter||Games||dunks||Dunks Per Game||made field goals||dunk rate||projected season total|
|Tyler Cook||22||37||1.7||100||37.0%||42 (25 Games)|
|Sophomore Year Aaron White||22||40||1.8||95||42.1%||56 (38 Games)|
Even though he fell behind sophomore year Aaron White's dunk pace, it was still an outstanding game from the true freshman.
Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer were Iowa's third leading scorers with 11. Baer was the more efficient of the two shooters, making four of his seven field goal attempts. However, both were 3-6 from three-point land.
Jok's outside shooting was good to see, since his mid-range game was absent on Saturday night. Yet, aside from his shooting, he should get his due for his four rebounds and three (technically, two) assists. He also played a nice decoy for guys like Nicholas Baer.
As for Mr. Baer, he had two offensive rebounds and two steals to go with his 11 points. That may sound a little pedestrian for him, but he still made his usual hustle plays like this.
So yeah, that was a fun game. Iowa certainly played on another level that we almost certainly won't see again this year, but that just makes this game all the more memorable. Even if this type of torrid pace isn't sustainable for more than a single game, it was still enjoyable, nonetheless.
If you would have told me before this game that Peter Jok would be held to 11 points on 3-10 shooting on the road, I would have predicted a double-digit loss. The fact that Iowa has multiple true freshmen who can go off for 20+ in a hostile road environment is just further confirmation that this group of players is going to be very good over the next few years. This season has certainly had its ups and downs, but at least there has never been any doubt that the kids will be alright.