After a failed comeback attempt vs Maryland, the Iowa basketball team looks to rebound at home against a hapless Indiana Hoosiers basketball team.
It has been a wild ride since the Iowa basketball team took on the Indiana Hoosiers just two weeks prior at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. After that 77-72 victory by the Hawkeyes, they have three straight games that have come down to the absolute last second. Two of which bounced in Iowa’s favor and the other one (Tuesday night against Maryland) bounced in the opposing team’s favor.
With the loss to Maryland, Iowa squandered away a four-game winning streak and a prime opportunity to take the 4th place spot in the Big Ten. Tomorrow evening, the Hawks will look to get back on the winning track as the Indiana Hoosier come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
About the only thing that has changed since the last time these two teams faced is the wins and losses of each team. Iowa reeled off 3 straight wins after beating Indiana to go 3-1 in their four-game stretch whereas the Hoosiers still have yet to win a game since beating Michigan State in East Lansing a few weeks ago.
Indiana’s Romeo Langford is still really good. He’s leading the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game on 46% shooting and his running mate Juwan Morgan is still leading the team in rebounding with 8.2 boards per game while tossing in 15.1 points per game of his own.
What will be interesting in this matchup is whether or not the Iowa basketball team has figured out an answer for this duo and whether or not Luka Garza can break out of his four-game slump that started with the first Indiana game.
In the initial game, Langford and Morgan combined to go 14 of 21 for 39 points. Garza, meanwhile, has only 16 points and 16 rebounds in his last four games after going on a tear during the middle part of the season.
The Iowa basketball team needs to watch out though. The last three games, they have started off slow, and unlike Northwestern and Rutgers, Indiana is a better team that will be hungry to steal a win in Carver much like the Hawks did at Assembly Hall.
It’ll be crucial that Fran McCaffery’s squad can get off to a strong start and the ice-cold shooting of the Iowa basketball team warms up again. With just five games left in the season, the Hawks have a favorable schedule that provides them an opportunity to finish very strong.
Tip-off for this game is scheduled 8 PM Central Standard Time, and it will be aired on Fox Sports 1.