In their final tune up before their showdown against the Iowa State Cyclones, the Iowa Hawkeyes had absolutely no trouble with Fairleigh Dickinson as they cruised past the Knights by a score of 92-59.
FDU actually jumped out to an early 6-0 lead which shocked the Hawkeye faithful, but not too long after that Iowa would go on a 19-0 run that was sparked by many different players.
That will continue to be a theme as the year progresses because in case you haven’t noticed, Iowa might be the most balanced team in the nation. According to FDU’s Head Coach, Greg Herenda, Iowa might be in another class as well.
“They’re really good obviously. We played Arizona. Iowa is probably in that class.” – Greg Herenda
Iowa was really good in a lot of different aspects of the game on this particular night. Iowa took a 47-26 lead into the locker room and they also took a 30-13 advantage on the glass into the locker room. The team was led by Jarrod Uthoff in the first half, he had 8 points and 7 rebounds, which is no surprise if you’ve seen anything form Uthoff at all this year.
The second half would bring about more of the same for the Hawkeyes. They continued to dominate the glass and get easy looks at the basket.
Three Hawkeye players finished with double doubles on the evening. Melsahn Basabe ended the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Gabe Olaseni led Iowa with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrod Uthoff had 10 points and 10 boards off the bench.
“When he’s [Basabe] playing with energy like that, it makes a difference in our team.” – Fran McCaffery
I don’t want to call this a good prep game for the Iowa State game on Friday, but one thing that it was, was a confidence booster for the Hawkeyes. Hilton Coliseum is a very tough place to play so, Iowa’s confidence must be through the roof. There is no doubt in my mind that Friday’s game will be a shootout. Coach McCaffery had this to say on Friday’s game.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere, a great environment, and we’ll be ready.” – Fran McCaffery
Tip-off for the game against the Cyclones is set for 8:30 p.m. CT on Friday evening.