After-thoughts from Iowa’s 77-66 loss to Michigan State:
--Freshman point guard Jordan Bohannon almost certainly had the worst game of his young career Saturday. He picked up two fouls in the first six minutes, sat out the rest of the first half, and ended up going 0 for 8 from the field, 0 for 6 from 3-point range. It’s the first time he has failed to score in a game and it almost was his second career game without an assist. He finally got one with 3:41 to go when he hit Tyler Cook with an inbounds pass for a layup.
--Iowa coach Fran McCaffery generally rejects the notion that there can be any carryover impact from one game to the next, but even he admitted that maybe his team’s errant shooting Saturday (32.8 percent) may have been at least partially due to lingering fatigue from a rugged double overtime game at Minnesota on Wednesday. The two players who played 40-plus minutes in that game — Bohannon and Peter Jok — were a combined 2 for 19 from the floor and 0 for 11 from 3-point range Saturday. That’s probably not a coincidence.
--With his tired legs, Jok even missed two free throws in the second half, only his ninth and 10th misses in 122 trips to the line this season.
--With Bohannon in foul trouble and struggling, sophomore point guard Christian Williams had some good moments, especially when he first entered the game. He had three steals within the first two minutes, twice picking the pocket of freshman Cassius Winston. Williams’ 22 minutes played were his most since a rout of Delaware State in late December. He had played only 11 minutes in the past two games and played as few as two minutes in a loss to Maryland a few weeks ago.
--Jok continues to take a beating. He hobbled off with 7:39 remaining after bumping knees with Kenny Goins while jostling for a rebound although he returned to the game within a minute after that. Tyler Cook also missed a chunk of the second half after taking an elbow to the eye from teammate Ahmad Wagner while going for a rebound.
--The Hawkeyes got crushed on the boards in the game. Michigan State had a 46-32 rebounding advantage, but it seemed much more lopsided than that at times. Cook, for all his size and athleticism, still doesn’t do a good job of boxing out. He had only three rebounds in 24 minutes of action. He has collected only 18 rebounds in the past six games, which isn’t much for a 6-foot-9, 253-pound guy who can jump out of the gym.
--One positive development: Nicholas Baer came out of his perimeter shooting slump, knocking down three 3-pointers in five attempts. Baer had been just 2 for 14 in the previous four games and was shooting 30.7 percent for the season.
--The Hawkeyes again recorded assists on a very high percentage of their made field goals, registering 17 on 21 baskets. The problem is they made only 21 field goals, their third lowest total of the season.
--Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges is a horse. The 6-7 forward finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, and had a few athletic plays that were pretty darn amazing. The good news is Big Ten opponents aren’t going to need to worry about him for very long. He has the look of a guy who could be headed for the NBA very soon.