Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White combined for 1 point in the first half of play in Iowa’s 94-73 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Iowa also trailed by just 2 points. What does that tell you? It’s a very good thing this team is as balanced as they are otherwise it could’ve gotten ugly real quick. So, who was keeping the Hawkeyes in this basketball game?
Oglesby had his struggles last year and a lot of people wondered why he was even seeing minutes. 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from behind the arc in the first half should give you your answer.
He’s streaky, like most shooters, and when he’s hot it spells trouble for the opponent. He had 14 points in the first half and was playing extremely inspired defense. Which a lot of people won’t notice due to his killer shooting day.
“He’s [Oglesby] a talented player, his defense today was nothing short of spectacular. … He’s not a mistake maker, he defends, he has an incredible sense of how to play. - Fran McCaffery
Iowa actually trailed by 10 points with about a minute left in the first half and a Mike Gesell layup and two Oglesby three pointers cut that sucker down to two at the intermission.
Enter Marble and White.
The pair combined for 33 of Iowa’s 53 second half points and were nothing short of tremendous. Marble hit a couple of big three pointers and White got to the free throw line. It instantly sparked themselves and the rest of the team. Aaron White gave a bunch of credit to his teammates.
“Tons of guys stepped up, JO [Oglesby] huge first half, Zach had a big game. It’s a big testament to our guys, Dev and I weren’t there and they picked us up.” – Aaron White
Sometimes you have halves where you maybe aren’t too sharp or you struggle a little bit and when guys can pick you up it makes you feel a lot less pressure when it comes to getting you game going. Iowa got that today.
A 15-0 run over a four minute stretch would put the icing on the cake for the Hawkeyes. It was sparked by Aaron White and the Hawkeyes never looked back.
The Gophers had a lot of guys playing with foul troubles and even had two guys foul out. Elliot Eliason, who was very good for the Gophers when he was on the court, spent most of his day riding the pine, which was big for Iowa because Eliason impacts the game on the glass in a good way for Minnesota.
One thing I found awesome was Iowa had 43 bench points. 17 came from Oglesby and 12 came from Gabriel Olaseni. Marble finished the day with 16 points and White had 18. Mike Gesell also found himself in double figures with 11 points.
This was a big win or Iowa as Minnesota was just coming off beating Ohio State. The new AP Poll will come out tomorrow afternoon, do the Hawkeyes find themselves in the top 10? Maybe, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Iowa will now be road tested for the third time this year. They’ll travel to Michigan to face the Wolverines who are undefeated in conference play and coming off beating Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The game is scheduled for this Wednesday and it’ll tip at 6:00 p.m. CT.