After-thoughts from Iowa’s 94-92 overtime loss to TCU:
--It was Iowa’s third sellout crowd of the season but the atmosphere Sunday went far beyond what the Hawkeyes had in capacity crowds for home games against Illinois and Penn State. In fact, it was among the most vocal and energized Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowds in recent memory.
--Tyler Cook made all seven of his shots from the field to finish the season with 18 consecutive made field goals (including eight dunks), but it wasn’t necessarily one of his better games. There were several instances in which he fumbled the ball away or made errant passes as he accounted for seven of Iowa’s 17 turnovers. That ended up being a major factor in the outcome of the game.
--All doubts about Jordan Bohannon as Iowa’s point guard of the future have been buried once and for all. One fan speculated on Twitter before the game that perhaps it would be best to make Bohannon just a shooting guard in the future. Then the kid went out and recorded his third straight double-double, handing out 13 assist to go with 25 points (both career highs). When Iowa was scrambling back from an 11-point deficit in the second half, Bohannon assisted on five consecutive baskets by five different players. In the last three games of the season, he had 68 points and 34 assists. He had 175 assists and if he just maintains that pace for the rest of his career, he would finish with 700. The school record is 612. Keep him at point guard.
--After a couple of off games, Nicholas Baer was back to being his usual self, knocking down four 3-point field goals and collecting 15 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. The rest of the Iowa team had one steal and one blocked shot.
--Baer’s productivity meant that Isaiah Moss went back to his usual role of being the invisible man. Despite starting, he played only 10 minutes, attempted just one shot and grabbed just one rebound.
--TCU also has a young team although not quite as young as the Hawkeyes. It has four seniors in its rotation but all of them come off the bench. Despite that, the Horned Frogs seemed completely unaffected by a rowdy, hostile crowd. Some TCU players even said they felt the energy generated by the crowd helped them.
--It didn’t look like Dom Uhl did much on the stat sheet — two points, one rebound in 15 minutes — but he actually had some good moments. He was very solid defensively and assisted on two big baskets by Cook in the last two minutes of regulation.
--Peter Jok failed in his quest to break Steve Alford’s Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record as he went 1 for 2 at the foul line Sunday. His final season mark was 91.1 percent, well short of Alford’s 1985 mark of 92.1. After Jok made 22 of 23 free throws in a victory over Indiana, teams seemingly were much smarter about putting him on the foul line so often. He shot only 17 free throws in the six games the Hawkeyes played after that, making 14.