After-thoughts from Iowa’s 77-64 loss to Indiana:
--Teams continue to play very physical, in-your-face defense against point guard Jordan Bohannon and he again, by his own admission, did not handle it very well Monday. He made only two of eight shots from the field and matched a career high with five turnovers. It actually seemed like more than that as he continually tried to squeeze passes into tight spaces. The Hawkeyes were a minus-31 points when Bohannon was in the game.
--On the plus side, the Hawkeyes may have found a new backup to Bohannon at the point guard position. Sophomore Maishe Dailey played the point for the first time in his college career and triggered a 16-2 scoring run to open the second half. Dailey, who played point guard frequently in high school, and said he is comfortable in that role, finished with only three points on 1-for-7 shooting but he had four assists and no turnovers.
--With Dailey playing the point, that freed Brady Ellingson to go back to his more comfortable role of playing shooting guard and he responded in a big way. Playing the point behind Bohannon, he went nearly four hours of game time (233 minutes, 56 seconds) without scoring before making a free throw with 12:19 to go in the first half. He ended up making six of nine shots from the field — three for four from 3-point range — and led both teams with 16 points. He was much more effective than starter Isaiah Moss, who again looked gun-shy and finished with two points.
--Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has a standard practice of sitting a player for the remainder of the first half once he collects his second foul, but he admitted he thought about putting Tyler Cook back in with two fouls Monday. He resisted the temptation, opting to save Cook for the second half. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes went from a two-point lead to a 15-point deficit in the 8 minutes, 54 seconds that Cook sat on the bench at the end of the first half. As a result, the Hawkeyes’ best player ended up playing only 14 minutes. He finished the game with just three fouls. Maybe it’s time to revise the policy.
--Sophomore center Ryan Kriener did not play in Monday’s game while he goes through concussion protocol after being whacked in the face by Penn State’s Josh Reaves on Saturday. Kriener could have helped, if only to give the Hawkeyes a few more against Indiana center De’Ron Davis. Davis made only three of nine free throws and one of the ones he made banked in. One of his misses was an airball. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is one of those guys who should be fouled every time he gets the ball around the basket.
--The final 13-point deficit was a little deceiving since the Hawkeyes’ two 6-foot-11 freshmen, Luka Garza and Jack Nunge, scored the last nine points of the game against Indiana scrubs. The Hoosiers had a 77-55 lead with three minutes remaining.
--Although Indiana won the game, don’t look for the Hoosiers to be an upper division Big Ten team. They have some quickness and speed but aren’t a great shooting team. The Hawkeyes continually gave them wide open 3-point shots and the Hoosiers made just 8 of 21 from behind the arc.