Indiana beat Iowa 95-73 on Thursday, eliminating the Hawkeyes from the Big Ten Tournament — and likely NCAA Tournament contention, as well.
The 10th-seeded Hoosiers (18-14) built an early lead and never looked back against No. 7 seed Iowa (18-14), which entered the tournament on a four-game winning streak and were a dark-horse pick to make a deep run through the bracket.
This is the fourth straight season the Hawkeyes lost their opening Big Ten Tournament game to a double-digit seed. Iowa beat Indiana 96-90 in overtime on Feb. 21, but because it couldn’t get a second win over the Hoosiers it won’t be advancing to face No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET, BTN).
Why it happened
The Hawkeyes couldn’t keep the Hoosiers from putting the ball through the hoop, especially from deep. Indiana connected on 12 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from deep. The Hoosiers found their rhythm early in the first half and the Hawkeyes never slowed them down. Guard James Blackmon Jr. led Indiana with 23 points and 4 of his 5 3-point shots.
What it means for Iowa
The NCAA Tournament hopes for the Hawkeyes most likely ended at the hand of the Hoosiers. Iowa started the day outside of the 68-team field with most bracketologists. The Big Dance is likely out, but the postseason is still in play. Iowa will likely end up in the NIT.
Jordan Bohannon’s shooting stroke traveled to Washington, D.C., as he hit 6 of 11 3-point baskets en route to a game-high 24 points.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 10, 2017
Also, forward Cordell Pemsl scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench.
— Mitch Smith (@MitchS91) March 10, 2017
Indiana didn’t let Iowa guard Peter Jok take over the game as he did in the first meeting when he scored 35 points and hit the Iowa single-game record 22 free throws. On Thursday, Jok finished with 9 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Peter Jok has nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. Has not been able/allowed to find a rhythm for extended stretch in either half. #iubb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) March 10, 2017
Who was there
Bobby Hansen, a guard on the Hawkeyes’ 1980 Final Four team, called the game on the Iowa Radio Network
Who is next
The Hawkeyes will head to the postseason, but has to wait to Sunday to find out which tournament, where it’s playing, and its first opponent.
Indiana beats Iowa 95-73 and likely ends the Hawkeyes NCAA Tournament hopes in the process. pic.twitter.com/VzGgYmmTCL
— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) March 10, 2017