After-thoughts from Iowa’s 91-83 loss to Seton Hall:
--Iowa coach Fran McCaffery used 11 players in the game but only seven of them played more than six minutes. He shortened his bench noticeably after halftime. Players such as Cordell Pemsl and Brady Ellingson, who stood out in the first two games against lesser opponents, seemed overmatched from an athleticism standpoint against a Big East contender. Ellingson played only five minutes and Pemsl six although the freshman forward did collect two points and five rebounds in the little time he played.
--You have to wonder if the Hawkeyes ever are going to get much production from senior Dale Jones. He missed most of last season with a knee injury and did not play in the first two games because of swelling in that surgically repaired knee. He got in for two minutes in the first half Thursday but did not play again. McCaffery said he injured his wrist.
--The first half Thursday was fairly encouraging as Iowa took a 44-42 lead but the second half was very much like what some feared this Iowa team would be: A lot of Peter Jok scoring and not a lot of defense or consistency. Jok ended up playing 36 minutes and collected career highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds. At the end, Seton Hall was triple-teaming him.
--Freshman Tyler Cook also had a big night in the scoring department with 24 points and he got several of Seton Hall’s frontcourt players in foul trouble. But he grabbed only two rebounds, made just 5 of 12 free throw attempts and was fairly awful on help defense. The talent level and potential are immense but he’s a work in progress.
--One of the few other Iowa players who had a good night was Nicholas Baer, who contributed six points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and the only two blocked shots the Hawkeyes had in the game.
--For the third straight game, Iowa had 15 or more turnovers and this time it had more giveaways than assists, 17 to 16. Both point guards, Christian Williams and Jordan Bohannon, had four assists and three turnovers.