IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa couldn’t build off of its win at Illinois last week, falling 80-64 to Rutgers on Wednesday at The RAC in Piscataway, N.J.
The Scarlet Knights (12-8, 2-5 Big Ten) made this a one-sided contest early, using a 12-0 first-half run to build a double-digit lead and hold a 38-24 advantage at the half.
The Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6) trailed by as many as 23 points.
HALF: Rutgers 38, Iowa 24. Save for Jordan Bohannon's 9-0 run of 3s, that half was a mess offensively. One really bad run of defense, but this deficit is more on very poor ball control and movement. #Hawkeyes
— Jeremiah Davis (@jeremiahdavis10) January 18, 2018
WHY: Iowa couldn’t slow down the Rutgers offense, especially in the first half. The Scarlet Knights shot 50 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the 3-point line before intermission. The offensive explosion propelled Rutgers to a first-half lead that was too much to overcome. The ease at which Rutgers scored early should be a major concern for Iowa because the Scarlet Knights are considered one of the league’s worst offensive teams.
Rutgers having its way with Hawkeyes in 12-0 run to take 23-13 lead. McCaffery calls timeout with 7:51 left 1H. Didn't want to wait for media stoppage. Iowa not handling the physicality of this game well
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) January 18, 2018
WHO STARRED: It wasn’t the best day for the Hawkeyes, but Jordan Bohannon led the team with 23 points.
Rutgers moves out of a tie for 13th in #B1G, dominates #Hawkeyes 80-64 in New Jersey. Iowa all alone in 13th, ahead of only Illinois. Iowa season has gone completely South – like Antarctica South. The final stats: pic.twitter.com/mfJn4BXBt1
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) January 18, 2018
WHAT’S NEXT: Iowa hosts No. 3 Purdue (18-2, 7-0) on Saturday. The team’s play at 12 p.m., ET, and will air on ESPN.
Iowa-Rutgers games updates
3:54 (2H) — The Rutgers lead was as much as 23 points. The Hawkeyes have cut the deficit to 62-49, but doesn’t have any wiggle room if it wants to entertain the idea of a comeback. Time isn’t on their side.
9:26 (2H) — Lewis Garrison, one of the refs, is down on the court. Ryan Kriener accidentally ran into him. Medical staff looked at the Garrison and he seems fine. Kriener came out and gave the ref a hug before play started again.
11:58 (2H) — The lack of movement by the Iowa offense really stands out. The TV announcers keep mentioning it. It’s a big reason why Iowa has only 31 points in the first 28 minutes of action. Rutgers leads 52-31.
15:45 (2H) —Rutgers leads 47-28. The first few minutes of the second half were a lot like the first half. There isn’t the same kind of comeback vibe in this game yet that was apparent at the start of the second half with Illinois.
19:42 (2H) — A very bad turnover from Bohannon to start the second half. That is the last thing Iowa needed.
Halftime — Rutgers leads 38-24 going into the break. There are two damning stats for the Hawkeyes. The first is 9 turnovers. It’s too many and the turnovers served as a catalyst for Rutgers to pull away in the half. The second is Rutgers shooting 60 percent from the 3-point line. The Scarlet Knights are a below average offensive team and their 3-point shooting, typically, isn’t a threat. Yet, Rutgers is picking apart Iowa’s defense and is consistently getting shots in the paint and open looks from the 3-point line.
3:49 (1H) — This has turned into the first half at Illinois all over again. The Hawkeyes can’t stop the Scarlet Knights from putting the ball in the basket. Rutgers leads 36-19.
8:01 (1H) — Rutgers on the verge of running away with it early. The Scarlet Knights are on a 12-0 run and up 23-13, forcing Iowa to call a timeout.
9:52 (1H) — After a rough start, Iowa shored up its defense by switching to a 2-3 zone, but had turnovers on consecutive possessions and it led to five Rutgers points. It’s no co-incidence the turnovers came with Bohannon on the bench.
11:49 (1H) — Bohannon with the last 9 Iowa points and the Hawkeyes lead 13-11 at the second media timeout.
12:42 (1H) — I guess Iowa needed the timeout. Bohannon with 6 straight and the deficit is down to 11-10.
13:53 (1H) — Rutgers leads 11-4 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes can’t get anything to fall. They are getting some good looks, but are only shooting 2-of-11 so far.
18:40 (1H) — The teams trade quick baskets. Tyler Cook with a tip-in for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa-Rutgers pregame updates
5:48 pm — Iowa starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.
5:36 pm — The officials for the game are Terry Oglesby, Tom Eades, and Lewis Garrison.
5:00 pm, CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 live blog for the Iowa-Rutgers men’s basketball game.
Iowa-Rutgers basketball game time, details
- Time: 6 p.m. CT tipoff
- Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17
- Location: The RAC, Piscataway, N.J.
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Rutgers?
BTN will air the Iowa-Rutgers game. Kevin Kugler will call the action while Shon Morris provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Rutgers online?
BTN2Go will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Rutgers 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.
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Both Iowa and Rutgers are searching for their second league win. The Hawkeyes will look to replicate their second-half performance against Illinois, which fueled their win on Jan. 11. Iowa shot 53.3 percent and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half while making it a point to get the ball inside.
Forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza combined for 40 points. Expect the Hawkeyes to try to establish them against the Scarlet Knights.
“You have to be able to score in a variety of ways,” coach Fran McCaffery said, “but for us, we have to establish the low post.”
It won’t be easy. Rutgers is stout defensively, ranked No. 27th nationally in the KenPom adjusted defensive metric. The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to 29.6 percent shooting from the 3-point line.
Opponents with success at dribble penetration and scoring near the basket pose problems for the Hawkeyes. It’s why Rutgers’ guard Corey Sanders is a potential problem. Sanders leads the Scarlet Knights with 14.2 points per game and scored at least 22 points in two of his last three contests.
“He is really fast, and he’s a tremendous finisher,” McCaffery said. “He has a phenomenal pull-up game. Obviously, capable from three, but better attacking you. He is good with ball screens, and he is also a guy when he gets going, then he becomes almost unstoppable. You got to really focus on him.”