After a quick watch on the DVR - real nice road win. Iowa is historically prone to turnovers but we did a good job getting our hands and arms in the passing lanes and taking advantage. We were much better at converting on the break last night, it seemed. Offense looked beautiful at times - still some real room for growth in terms of guys finding which things they should and shouldn’t be doing. For example, Duncan driving to keep people honest or because he has a big advantage on someone sleeping on him having any ability to drive, fine. Duncan initiating a drive just because something needs to happen on an offensive possession, those are very low percentage. MAAR took a couple from the on the move, off the dribble, step back category at 3 and he’s so damn good at the things he does well, that he just needs to stick with those. Teske took the right shots, although I still wish his inclination was to dunk. A guy like Livers is really growing into the things he can do and that we want him to do.
Iowa seemed actually a little thin on just how many matchup nightmares they brought to the table - usually they have a few more of those on the court. Cox was a nightmare - and, really, kind of a more athletic, taller Jaesean Tate, so, not surprising. Would be nice if Livers could neutralize Tate when we see them in AA. He’s learning how to defend better game by game, it seems. Teske struggled defending mobility around the bucket which was a bit concerning - I really think he has it in him to do better there, but if that’s his current best, he’s going to get abused vs. MSU. Teske’s back seal for the Matthews dunk was terrific.
Z was a downright menace. Wagner’s injury concerns me if it is what I mention above.
Overall, every road W is a great road W in the Big Ten, particularly at Carver Hawkeye - this is not a win to grow overconfident off of, but it is a win to build off of. Very pleased by the overall level of effort and intention, and even some of the shakiness closing a game out was not perfect but was better than it might have been a few months ago.
Random stuff - Poole not boxing out the FT shooter and instead just wandering to the middle of the paint wasn’t good, and never leave the other team’s best shooter - Matthews just turned him over to no one at the top of the key and the result was a predictable 3.
But I thought the team played a really solid game.