After-thoughts from Iowa’s 68-62 victory over Rutgers:
--After playing just 30 minutes in the first three games, Dom Uhl had arguably the best game of his college career. He’s had a few games in past years with more than 10 points and one game with more than the eight rebounds that he had Sunday, but those previous games came against opponents such as Coppin State and UMKC. The 10 and 8 matched his Big Ten career highs and when you add in five blocked shots it almost certainly was his best game. If he can continue to play this way, it’s really going to provide a boost for the Hawkeyes.
--It was not a great day for Tyler Cook. It was the freshman’s worst game from a statistical standpoint — four points, two rebounds — and he was on the bench when the game was on the line down the stretch, in part because Uhl was playing so well.
--Cordell Pemsl continues to impress with his offensive play around the basket. He’s only a freshman and he’s not much of a leaper but he consistently found ways to get off quality shots against C.J. Gettys, a senior center who is four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. He even blocked three shots Sunday but a post player needs to grab more than two rebounds in a game in which he logs 31 minutes.
--After seemingly having overcome their turnover issues in December, the Hawkeyes had a problem in that area again Sunday. They committed 18 turnovers, one short of the career high they set Thursday at Nebraska, and many of them were unforced. Point guard Jordan Bohannon matched his career high with four.
--The Hawkeyes also matched a season low by committing only 12 fouls. Rutgers did not shoot a free throw in the first half and shot only four in the entire game.
--Rutgers failed to get its first-ever Big Ten road victory Sunday, but it’s fairly obvious that new coach Steve Pikiell is building something in Piscataway. The Scarlet Knights are a much better defensive team than they ever were under Eddie Jordan and are stockpiling long, lean big men who have a chance to develop into very good players. Gettys, who doesn’t really fit the Knights’ scheme very well anyway, is the only senior who plays.