Iowa Men's Basketball

Unsurprisingly, Tyler Cook's status for Iowa-Penn State is uncertain

Hawkeyes proceed forward in Year of the Ankle

Iowa Hawkeyes forward Tyler Cook (25) attempts a shot under pressure from Ohio State Buckeyes forwards Jaedon LeDee (23) and Ohio State Buckeyes Justin Ahrens (10) during the second half of a men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes forward Tyler Cook (25) attempts a shot under pressure from Ohio State Buckeyes forwards Jaedon LeDee (23) and Ohio State Buckeyes Justin Ahrens (10) during the second half of a men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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No matter if Tyler Cook plays at Penn State Wednesday night, Fran McCaffery’s Tuesday statement about Cook’s sprained ankle was promising.

“I’m more encouraged than Luka’s,” McCaffery said. “Luka’s was a bad one. This is not a good one, but it’s not like that. We knew Luka would be out a while.”

Luka is Luka Garza, the Iowa sophomore post player who had a sprained ankle last month and missed three games. Cook is the junior forward and team’s leading scorer and rebounder who got hurt late in the Hawkeyes’ 72-62 home win over Ohio State last Saturday.

It didn’t look promising at the time. Cook was helped to the dressing room. But every ankle sprain is different, as the Hawkeyes know all too well with at least five players affected by ankle woes of various degrees this season.

“(Cook) is doing pretty good,” McCaffery said. “He didn’t practice yesterday. He’ll try to do some stuff today. We’ll see how it goes.”

If Cook is unavailable, Iowa will play its second-straight road game without him. Last Wednesday, the Hawkeyes got a 73-63 victory at Northwestern with Cook withheld because of a sore knee.

That was the first time Iowa didn’t trail by at least 17 points in their last 12 league road games. Though the Hawkeyes fell behind by seven early in the second half, they didn’t fall out of contention like at Michigan State and Purdue this season.

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“Everybody thinks it’s all about kind of a road warrior mentality, which is true,” McCaffery said. “But there’s a lot more to it than that.

“Sometimes on the road it can snowball if you’re quick-shooting the ball. We have had, at times, the tendency to do that. We’re not afraid to quick-shoot the ball. We play fast, we play with freedom. But there’s a right time and wrong time to do that.

“I think it’s getting to the point where you completely understand the difference, and that was what I was trying to get them to understand.”

Penn State is reeling, at 0-6 in conference play. The Hawkeyes, McCaffery said, won’t be guilty of anything resembling overconfidence.

“I shouldn’t have to remind them,” he said, referring to about their 82-58 loss at Bryce Jordan Center last Feb. 3. The Nittany Lions scored 50 points in the paint that game.

 

It was kind of a footnote in the Ohio State win, but Iowa junior Jordan Bohannon passed the 1,000-point career mark, becoming the 48th Hawkeye to reach that total.

He also became one of a select group of brothers with three 1,000-point scorers. Jason Bohannon, who will be a 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee, had 1,170 points at Wisconsin. Matt Bohannon scored 1,092 points in his Northern Iowa career. In addition, brother Zach Bohannon was a captain of Wisconsin’s 2014 Final Four team.

All four scored over 1,000 points at Linn-Mar High School. The other Lions boys’ basketball players to get to 1,000 are Todd Lumsden (Northern Iowa), Jordan Printy (Indiana State), Marcus Paige (North Carolina) and Trey Hutcheson, who passed that total last Saturday. He will play at Albany next season.

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The Bohannons’ 3,424 total points ranks second to Pella’s Korver brothers for points scored by Iowa brothers in Division I men’s basketball. Kyle Korver had 1,801 points at Creighton. Brothers Klayton, Kirk and Kaleb played at Drake, Missouri-Kansas City and Creighton, respectively. The quartet totaled 3,961 points.

Last week, Jordan Bohannon was asked who came into his mind when he thought of basketball brothers. “The Korvers,” he said. “Especially me being from Iowa as well. Watching Kyle — he’s in the NBA still — he was one player I always watched growing up.

“Not a lot of people can say they had three or four brothers play Division I basketball and make an impact like that family and our family have been able to do.”

Said McCaffery: “I’m sure being the youngest of four boys has done a lot to mold (Jordan’s) competitiveness.

“I think you see that reflected in his game. It’s been good for him, and it’s been good for us.”

Jason, Zach and Jordan Bohannon have combined for 2,200 points on Big Ten teams. The all-time leaders are Jay and Sam Vincent of Michigan State, with 3,760. Twins Dick and Tom Van Arsdale of Indiana combined for 2,492 points in the 1960s when freshmen couldn’t compete on the varsity teams.

The top brother scoring act in D-I men’s ball are helped by having enough players to field a team. Rick Barry, a Hall of Fame player, has five sons (Scooter, Brent, Jon, Drew and Canyon) who totaled 5,555 points.

The top brother duo is Stephen and Seth Curry, who had 4,736 points between them. Tyler and Ben Hansbrough come next, at 4,485 points.

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They are topped by the sister-brother act of Cheryl and Reggie Miller. Cheryl scored 3,018 points at USC, while Reggie had 2,095 at UCLA.

Larry and Eddie Bird combined for 4,405 points at Indiana State. Larry, you surely know. He had 2,850 points in three seasons. But Eddie was no slouch, averaging double-figures in all four of his seasons and totaling 1,555 points.

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