What we learned from Iowa’s 83-66 victory over Drake in the Big Four Classic:
-- Melsahn Basabe can still be a major factor for the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-7 senior showed more spunk and activity than in any game this season on his way to collecting 15 points and eight rebounds. It’s the first time since Dec. 1 of last season that Basabe has led the team in scoring in a game.
“I would just like to see him be aggressive like he was tonight all the time …’’ Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after the game. “I think at times he forgets he’s one of our top guys. He was a dominant player in the game tonight. I think he can be that every night.’’
-- Freshman Peter Jok is growing in terms of confidence. Playing in his hometown of Des Moines, Jok probably had his best game of the season with 14 points and seven rebounds. As McCaffery noted, the 6-foot-6 guard isn’t shy. He led the team with 12 shot attempts in the game. Through the first 10 games of the season, he is 10th on the team in minutes played but tied for second in field goal attempts.
-- Next Friday’s game between Iowa and Iowa State could be a classic. While the 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes looked good again, the No. 17 Cyclones show an incredible amount of grit and determination in coming back from an 18-point deficit to beat Northern Iowa.