IOWA CITY, Iowa — Indiana beat Iowa 84-82 on Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was a wild, back-and-forth affair. Each team led by as many as 13 points and did nothing but hit shots for long stretches. Iowa shot 70.8 percent in the first half. Indiana made six of its first seven 3-point shots.
Iowa (12-17, 3-13 Big Ten) has lost five straight games.
Indiana (16-12, 9-7) was led by guard Robert Johnson. He scored 29 points. The Hoosiers have won four straight.
WHY: In a game dominated by offense, Indiana made the key bucket late and Iowa didn’t. Indiana forward Freddie McSwain Jr. hit a layup with 49 seconds left to put the Hoosiers up 84-82. Over two possessions, Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon missed one shot and forward Tyler Cook missed two.
Iowa ended up missing 6 of its final 7 shots.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 17, 2018
WHO STARRED: Forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza each had a monster day. Cook scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Garza had 17 points and 3 rebounds.
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) February 17, 2018
WHAT’S NEXT: Iowa travels to Minnesota (14-14, 3-12) on Wednesday. The game will start at 8:05 p.m. CT and will air on the Big Ten Network.
Iowa-Indiana Game Updates
3:43 (2H) — Bohannon just hit a pair of free throws. He has made 32 straight from the foul line.
3:43 (2H) — The final minutes here should be wild. The teams are essentially trading baskets back and forth. Indiana leads 79-75. The winning team will either get a few defensive stops. or just hit all of its shots. With the way this one is going that second option is certainly in play.
7:45 (2H) — The crowd is getting into it for the first time all day after a Bohannon 3-point shot. Indiana responds with a bucket and Bohannon hits another 3-point shot and Iowa adds another layup. It’s a game again. Iowa trails 74-69.
10:22 (2H) — The Hoosiers are doing what the Hawkeyes did in the first half. They are hitting everything they take. Indiana is shooting 66.7 percent in the second half. The Hoosiers hit six of their first seven 3-point shots after intermission. Saying the defense is a problem right now for Iowa is an understatement.
12:41 (2H) — Indiana on a 15-3 run and leads 69-59. Iowa forced to call a timeout.
16:35 (2H) — Indiana with a strong start to the second half and it’s tied at 52. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery laid into his team during a timeout. He screamed and slammed a clipboard during the timeout.
Halftime — Indiana hit its final five shots of the first half. The Iowa lead is down to 45-42. It’s a one-possession game with Iowa shooting 70.8 percent. That’s not a good sign. The Hawkeyes have to cut down on the turnovers. They committed 11 in the first half.
3:55 (1H) — It’s been a strong offensive half for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are shooting 71.4 percent and it’s happening with Cook and Garza leading the way inside. Iowa leads 37-30.
Luka Garza (11) and Tyler Cook (10) with 21 of Iowa's 37 first-half points. #Hawkeyes
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) February 17, 2018
5:41 (1H) — Maishe Dailey giving Iowa exactly what it needs off the bench. He’s played six minutes and is an offensive spark with six points and a pair of 3-point field goals.
6:46 (1H) — Good news for Iowa. Indiana’s leading scorer Juwan Morgan has picked up his second foul. Iowa leads 32-23.
8:00 (1H) — The Hawkeyes are doing a lot right. It’s why the team leads 30-21. The team needs to watch out for turnovers. Iowa has already committed six and it’s one way for the Hoosiers to creep back into the game.
11:47 (1H) — Iowa leads 25-15 and Bohannon is showing the kind of impact a point guard can have on a game without scoring. He has six points and is yet to score. He is finding open teammates for shots. Iowa is shooting 84.6 percent.
13:17 (1H) — Bohannon just missed a 3-point shot. It’s the first miss of the day for the Hawkeyes. They hit their first 10 field goals.
13:39 (1H) — Iowa really rolling, controlling action on both ends of the court. It’s 23-10 after a dunk by Cook and a bucket by Moss. Indiana just called timeout. Also, there is this stat.
We've played six minutes and Indiana does not have a rebound.
— John Bohnenkamp (@johnbohnenkamp) February 17, 2018
15:11 (1H) — The Hawkeyes are perfect, yes, perfect, from the field. Iowa has hit all seven of its field goals and leads 17-10 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes have good ball movement and are doing whatever they want offensively right now.
17:12 (1H) — We have a delay in the game as the PA system is having a very bad first few minutes of the game. It took a minute to get audio for the player introductions and twice the horn has randomly gone of during play.
17:20 (1H) — Quick start for Iowa on the offensive end. Hawkeyes lead 10-3 and already have hit a pair of 3-point shots.
Iowa-Indiana PreGame Updates
12:50 p.m. — The Iowa starters are Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Jack Nunge, Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.
12:42 p.m. — The officials for the game are Larry Scirotto, Paul Szelc and Bill Ek.
12:08 p.m. — Don’t be surprised if it’s a late arriving crowd. The area is getting hit with a snowstorm right now and reports are that the roads are bad and the highways are backed up.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 Iowa live blog for the Indiana game. The Hawkeyes are looking to even up the season series with the Hoosiers this afternoon. The game starts in an hour.
Iowa-Indiana basketball game time, details
- Time: 1:05 p.m. CT tipoff
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Indiana?
WatchESPN will air the Iowa-Indiana game. Jason Benetti will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Indiana online?
ESPN will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Indiana on the radio?
In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
When the teams met in December, Indiana picked up an easy 77-64 win. The Hoosiers led by as many as 22 points.
The good news for Iowa is this isn’t on the road, where the Hawkeyes have yet to win a Big Ten game. Turnovers and an inability to generate defensive stops were major issues in the first contest. Iowa committed 17 turnovers and allowed an easy path to the basket, allowing 36 points in the paint.
Guard Jordan Bohannon and forward Tyler Cook combined for only 16 points. It’s hard for Iowa to win when its top two scorers combine to shoot 37.5 percent.
Indiana is a sneaky defensive team. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 10 in the Big Ten in points allowed (69.4), but are ranked No. 51 nationally in the KenPom.com adjusted defensive metric (98.4). They aren’t the best defensive team in the league and Iowa has the chance to score on them, but they’re not as bad as their traditional stats may indicate.
The Hoosiers beat the Hawkeyes in December by spreading around the scoring. Four players scored in double figures. Only two, forward Juwan Morgan and guard Robert Johnson, average double figures in points. Morgan is the team’s best player, averaging 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.
This one could be entertaining to watch. Indiana isn’t afraid to get up and down the floor. Iowa thrives in that kind of game. The question is if the Hawkeyes can do enough to reverse the outcome.