After-thoughts from Iowa’s 83-69 victory over Maryland:
--It seemed as though Jordan Bohannon was looking for shot opportunities more than usual early in Saturday’s game and when you make you first four 3-point attempts, well, why not? He ended up making 8 of 13 field goal attempts, 8 of 10 from 3-point range, and scoring a career-best 24 points. Ordinarily, you don’t want your point guard putting up quite that many shots, though. Bohannon had taken more than 10 shots in a game four times previously this season and the Hawkeyes lost every time.
--Tyler Cook missed two dunk attempts in the first half, but he didn’t do much else wrong in what was clearly his best game as a Hawkeye. Some of us have been critical of him for his lack of rebounding, but he matched his career high with 10 boards, achieved previously in the opening game of the season. He also consistently beat Maryland’s big men down the floor for easy baskets. His 21 points were a career high for Big Ten games and could be a portent of what we're going to see in seasons to come.
--Iowa made 8 of its first 10 3-point attempts and was 16 for 26 in the game, and it wasn’t all Bohannon. Nicholas Baer, who has shot much better recently, was 3 for 6. So was Peter Jok. Brady Ellingson was 2 for 3. Almost everyone was clicking.
--The 16 threes is the second highest total in Iowa history, trailing only the 18 the Hawkeyes had against Savannah State back in November. The 27 total threes between the two teams are the most in a Big Ten game this season.
--In a game in which it shot extremely well and scored 83 points, Iowa really took control at the defensive end of the court. After Kevin Huerter hit a quick three to open the second half, Maryland went eight straight possessions without a field goal. The Hawkeyes outscored them 11-1 over that span to open a 58-44 lead.
--After watching Maryland fold up late in a loss to Minnesota on Wednesday night, some of us thought the Terrapins looked like a tired team. They looked that way again Saturday. They were 20-2 at one point, but are now 22-7. They not only have played themselves out of the Big Ten race, they may struggle to hold onto the coveted double bye teams get for finishing in the top four in the standings. It could come down to a season-ending home game with Michigan State to see who gets the fourth seed.