IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State beat Iowa 82-58 on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.
It was the seventh time in nine games the Hawkeyes (12-13, 3-9 Big Ten) allowed at least 80 points. It’s the third 20-point loss for Iowa this season.
The Nittany Lions (16-9, 6-6) swept the season series. They also beat Iowa 77-73 in December.
Penn State is clowning Iowa.
— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) February 4, 2018
WHY: Defense was yet again a problem. The Nittany Lions hit 8 of their first 11 shots and never slowed down, building a 47-28 lead by halftime. They shoot 54.7 percent and had four players score in double figures. The game was effectively over in the first half because of Iowa’s defensive issues. Penn State spent a good chunk of the second half just throwing down dunks.
"He had bad intentions."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 3, 2018
WHO STARRED: It was as tough of an offensive night as defensive one. Iowa shot 10.0 percent from the 3-point lead. Tyler Cook led the Hawkeyes with 19 points.
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) February 4, 2018
WHAT’S NEXT: Iowa hosts No. 5 Michigan State (21-3, 9-2) on Tuesday. The team’s play at 8 p.m., CT, and the game will air on ESPN.
Iowa-Penn State game updates
4:20 (2H) — Penn State is just toying with Iowa right now. The Nittany Lions had dunks on their last two possessions.
7:09 (2H) — Josh Reaves just threw down a monster dunk for Penn State. It’s the third or fourth big slam for the Nittany Lions in the game.
7:34 (2H) — Penn State is up 65-47. The Hawkeyes entered the bonus with nine minutes left in the contest. They’ll be going to the line with every foul the rest of the way.
11:56 (2H) — Iowa trails 59-39. The game is best summed up in these two stats. Penn State is shooting 55.6 percent. Iowa is shooting 32.6 percent.
15:38 (2H) — Des Moines Register columnist Chad Leistikow just made a great point on Twitter. The Hawkeyes haven’t hit a 3-point shot since the start of the first half. Iowa is shooting 14.3 percent from deep.
Iowa is shooting 32% overall & hasn't made a 3-pointer since the first minute of the game. We're at the under-16 of the 2nd half and Penn State leads, 51-35.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 4, 2018
15:38 (2H) — The Hawkeyes really need a quick start to the second half to get back into things. It didn’t happen. Penn State leads 51-35.
Halftime — The first half was all Penn State. The Nittany Lions lead 47-28. Iowa kept allowing open, good looks and Penn State kept hitting them. The Nittany Lions shot 58.8 percent in the opening half.
4:44 (1H) — Want to know how you can tell McCaffery is concerned about this game getting away from Iowa? Both Cook and Garza are in playing with two fouls.
5:14 (1H) — Penn State has hit 7 of its last 9 shots and leads 39-24. Defense issues again costing Iowa.
5:55 (1H) — And here comes Cook and Bohannon.
7:30 (1H) — Not the best lineup for Iowa coming out of the media timeout. It’s Dailey, Moss, Baer, Pemsl and Nunge. Bohannon, Cook and Garza are on the bench. Cook and Garza are out with two fouls.
7:47 (1H) — Cordel Pemsl is putting together a good first half. He has 5 points, 1 rebound and is active on the court. Iowa trails 27-20.
10:22 (1H) — Penn State leads 23-14. The Nittany Lions continue to hit shots and the Hawkeyes are missing some early looks. It’s a bad combination for Iowa.
11:53 (1H) — The Iowa defense is still lacking and is why Penn State is up 18-14. The Nittany Lions are shooting 71 percent.
11:54 (1H) — The foul trouble for Cook is a big problem. He had the biggest matchup advantage that favored Iowa. The Hawkeyes looked to get him the ball early in this contest. Cook has 6 of Iowa’s 14 points.
12:15 (1H) — Tyler Cook just picked up his second foul. Coach Fran McCaffery doesn’t like playing players with two fouls in the first half, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he throws Cook back into the lineup later in the half.
15:39 (1H) — Penn State leads 11-7 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes have to like the pace, but are giving up too many good looks on defense. The Nittany Lions have hit 5 of their first 7 shots.
17:17 (1H) — Penn State’s Lamar Stevens used a nifty move to get around Cook and threw down a monster dunk. Penn State leads 6-5.
19:19 (1H) — It didn’t take Bohannon long to hit a 3-point shot. He’s hit at least 5 3-point shots in his last 5 road games. Iowa leads 3-0.
Iowa-Penn State pregame updates
4:55 p.m. — The Iowa starters are Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook, Luka Garza and Bohannon.
4:22 p.m. — Keep an eye on guard Jordan Bohannon tonight. He has made 30 straight free throws. He is four shy of tying the school record set by Chris Street in 1993.
4:00 p.m. CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 live blog for the Iowa vs. Penn State men’s basketball game.
Iowa-Penn State basketball game time, details
- Time: 5:07 p.m. CT tipoff
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 3
- Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa.
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Penn State?
BTN will air the Iowa-Penn State game. Wayne Randazzo will call the action while Jon Crispin provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Penn State online?
BTN2Go will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Penn State 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.
Iowa-Penn State preview
For the second time in two weeks, Iowa is trying to see if it can build on one of its best performances of the season. The Hawkeyes couldn’t follow up an 85-67 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 23 with another victory. They lost 98-84 to Nebraska on Jan. 27.
Now, Iowa will see if it has better luck following its midweek win over Minnesota. The team has established its blueprint for success. An uptempo contest with an efficient offensive performance that includes limited turnovers, combined with a defensive effort that masks the problems of defending the 3-point shot and dribble penetration.
Don’t be surprised if point guard Jordan Bohannon has a big game. He has hit at least 5 3-pointers in his last five road contests.
Penn State poses two big problems for Iowa. First, defense is its strength. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 34 nationally in the KenPom adjusted defensive metric and can slow down an Iowa team that needs a strong offensive night to win.
Secondly, Penn State guards Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens are capable of single-handedly winning games. Iowa can’t let them get into a shooting rhythm. The Hawkeyes may want to follow the blueprint the Spartans used earlier this week. Carr and Stevens are volume shooters and Michigan State made them earn their points. The duo scored 46 points, but needed 43 shots, while shooting 37.2 percent, to do so.