How Iowa’s Peter Jok can break Big Ten free-throw mark, Ally Disterhoft sets scoring record, and more
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Shooting down a Big Ten record
The free throw seemed inconsequential. Only 52 seconds remained, and Iowa led South Dakota by 14 points.
But when Peter Jok’s free throw clanked off the rim, it was anything but trivial for a player chasing Steve Alford’s single-season Big Ten free-throw percentage record.
Because Jok made only 3 of 4 in the NIT opener on Wednesday, the only thing that can give him a chance at the record is deep Iowa postseason run.
Let’s recap: Alford made 116 of 126 free throws at Indiana in 1984-85. That’s a .9206 percentage. Jok is currently 153 of 167 — .9161.
For Jok to pass Alford, he needs to make his next 10 free throws (improving to .9209). Jok averages 5.1 free throws per game. So unless he has another record-setting day — like his 22-for-23 performance against Indiana in February — he’ll need two or three games to have a realistic shot at getting 10 attempts.
Iowa could head to Madison Square Garden and the NIT final four if it wins two more games. Jok likely needs the Hawkeyes to play in the World’s Most Famous Arena to have a shot at taking down one of the league’s most impressive records.
Iowa-TCU basketball preview
Jok’s first shot at getting to the free-throw line will come against TCU on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The second-round NIT matchup between the top-seeded Hawkeyes and fourth-seeded Horned Frogs feels like the de-facto third-round game in the bracket (winner plays Richmond or Oakland).
This isn’t your father’s TCU (or even the squad last season). The Horned Frogs are frisky under first-year coach Jamie Dixon. They knocked off Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament and defeated NCAA Tournament teams Iowa State and Kansas State during league play.
The Horned Frogs attack the glass, with a 33.6 offensive rebounding percentage, 49th nationally according to KenPom.com. Forward Vladimir Brodziansky (13.5 points, 5.6 rebounds) and guard Kenrich Williams (10.8 points, 9.4 rebounds) could be tough matchups for an Iowa team that had rebounding issues this season.
TCU could be susceptible to Iowa’s press. The Horned Frogs’ turnover rate is 19.2 percent, 228th nationally, according to KenPom.com. TCU is one of the slower teams in the country. Pressing and trapping could be the key to the Hawkeyes turning this into the up-and-down game they prefer. If this becomes a track meet, even for only a few minutes in, say, an 11-2 run, it could be what the Hawkeyes need to pull out the victory.
|Team||KenPom Ranking||Adjusted O||Adjusted D|
|TCU (20-15)||41||112.6 (47th)||97.5 (52nd)|
|Iowa (19-14)||70||112.7 (46th)||102.1 (113th)|
New scoring champ
With an acrobatic fourth-quarter layup, Ally Disterhoft became Iowa’s all-time leading women’s basketball scorer on Thursday. Disterhoft scored 21 points to lead Iowa to a 95-74 win over Missouri State in a first-round NIT contest.
— Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) March 17, 2017
Disterhoft has 2,061 career points. She passed Cindy Haugejorde (2,059). Disterhoft will try to add to her point total when the Hawkeyes face South Dakota in the second round of the NIT.
Bad baseball news
The Iowa baseball team lost pitcher C.J. Eldred for the season after he underwent surgery to repair a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. The Hawkeyes announced the injury on Thursday.
Eldred is one of the players Iowa could least afford to lose. He was slated to be one of the top starters for the Hawkeyes this season. He made 1 start in 2017, allowing 1 run and 3 hits in 6 innings against South Florida in February.
Greatest Iowa Basketball Player update
Land of 10 is trying to determine the best Iowa basketball player. Readers are voting each day in the latest bracket matchup. The first round consists of four players, with two advancing to the second round.
Day 16 saw Bill Logan, Peter Jok, Luke Recker and Mike Gesell square off. Logan and Jok are in position to move on.