BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Iowa men’s basketball team gave up a run of 14-0 in the first half, a run of 18-0 in the second half, had 18 turnovers, shot just nine free throws and dropped to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play, falling to Indiana, 77-64, in a meek contest at Assembly Hall on Monday night.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. Second half start was fool’s gold
The Hawkeyes entered halftime down 41-26, and head coach Fran McCaffery sent a message to a couple of his starters by beginning the second frame with Maishe Dailey, Brady Ellingson, Nicholas Baer, Jack Nunge and Tyler Cook.
In that time, Iowa pulled to within one point at 43-42, on the strength of eight points from Ellingson and four assists from Dailey – with no turnovers. An 11-0 Iowa run was followed a few minutes later by that 18-0 run from Indiana and whatever good the Hawkeyes could’ve made from the trip to Bloomington was lost.
The fool’s gold that was evaporated when the offense went from a consistent flow back to stagnant isolation, and when the defense went from improved closeouts and rotations back to losing track of perimeter shooters.
2. Nothing at the line
The Hawkeyes had done a solid job most of this season finding a way to the free throw line, even if not always cashing in, but Monday night was a different story entirely.
Iowa couldn’t get the ball inside – whether by dribble penetration or entry passes – and as a result, only shot nine free throws, going 4 of 9 from the line. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over at a high rate in the first half – 13 – and more than a few were on illegal screens.
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Iowa not being able to get its opponent in any kind of foul trouble played into Indiana’s hands well.
3. Dailey for point guard?
Dailey was a key part of the early second half run, finding Ellingson more than once and leading the offense with efficiency through the first six minutes of the half. His individual defense was pretty good as well.
If McCaffery wants it to be, there could be a more permanent role there for him going forward, in an effort to get Jordan Bohannon the ball more on the wing and free of aggressive defense.
— On Iowa (@GazetteOnIowa) December 5, 2017