After-thoughts from Iowa’s 95-62 victory over Chicago State:
--It looked as though Ahmad Wagner had gotten into Fran McCaffery’s doghouse in the first minute of the game when Iowa turned the ball over the first two times it had the ball. McCaffery yanked Wagner out of the game just a minute and 23 seconds into the game but after a brief chat on the bench, he put him right back in. Wagner was actually out for only 14 seconds and after going back in, he collected a couple of nice assists. Whatever they told him in those 14 seconds helped.
--Last season it seemed Isaiah Moss was either extremely aggressive almost to the point of being out of control or he was just a total wallflower from an offensive standpoint. He looked much more under control Friday. He was aggressive but not excessively so and collected 14 points in just 13 minutes of action. It’s easy to see why McCaffery is so high on him.
--At least one player mentioned that he thought the Hawkeyes’ defense was pretty good in the first half. Maybe. It’s debatable. Chicago State only scored 27 points in the half and shot 29.7 percent from the field. It was 0 for 14 from 3-point range, but a lot of those shots were uncontested. It seemed more a case of bad offense than good defense. The Cougars made 10 layups in the first half. That’s the only reason they scored as many points as they did.
--One thing that already is apparent about 6-11 freshmen Luka Garza and Jack Nunge: They’re going to help the Hawkeyes as much at the defensive end of the floor as they will on offense. Garza blocked three shots in the game and Nunge had four steals. Some freshmen are completely lost on defense. These two know what they’re doing.
--One number that McCaffery probably didn’t like was the 17 turnovers that the Hawkeyes committed, but it was a bit of a deceptive number. They got pretty sloppy in the second half after the point deferential was more than 30 points and the starters went to the bench. The five starters actually accounted for only three of the 17.
--It was one of those games where it was a little difficult to draw many conclusions, either good or bad, because of the opponent the Hawkeyes were facing. Chicago State is seriously challenged from an offensive standpoint and for much of the game was averaging nearly a foul a minute at the defensive end. The Cougars finished with 33 fouls but you got the feeling the officials eventually just got tired of blowing their whistles after the game got out of hand.