I'm really hoping the DePaul loss was an outlier. The optimist in me says Iowa's roster needed time to gel with so many players who weren't on the floor last season (Pemsl, Nunge, Fredrick, Evelyn, Toussaint, and hopefully Patrick). They'll get better with time and there will be ups and downs. Optimist me says a loss is a loss, no matter what the margin of defeat is, and that the team will learn from that and improve—plenty of better teams than Iowa have lost to worse teams than DePaul already this year. Iowa has some young talent, particularly Fredrick and Toussaint, that has flashed big-time potential and could make a big difference going forward.
Pessimist CSA says we lost to the only good team we've played so far, and the teams we'll face the rest of the way will be more like DePaul (or better) than North Florida. And that loss looked painfully similar to many other Iowa losses in the Fran era, particularly that 2017-18 dumpster fire of a season: we played poorly on defense, allowed a big run early, and looked slower and less athletic than Blue Demons. We are still allowing teams to shoot the lights out from three. And while Garza has been great so far, he can't carry the load by himself, and so far Wieskamp has not played up to his potential as a scorer. Bohannon is not 100% and almost certainly will shut it down in time to take a redshirt, and without his clutch shot-making we stand to lose a few close games this season that we were able to win last year.
We'll find out soon enough what kind of team this really is.