After-thoughts from Iowa’s 69-46 victory over Northern Iowa:
--Iowa senior Peter Jok had only his seventh highest scoring total of the season (21 points) but it may have been one of his best games, considering the pace of the game, the difficulty of the shots he hit and the other things he did in terms of defense and rebounding. Very few of his points came easily against UNI’s Jeremy Morgan, one of the best defenders he will face this season. But he also helped make things tough for Morgan at the opposite end.
--Iowa State coach Steve Prohm pretty much said after his team’s loss to Iowa last week that he thought the only ways the Hawkeyes could score were in transition or with Jok scoring in halfcourt situations. Interestingly, the Hawkeyes did not have a single fast-break point in Saturday’s game. Apparently, they can score in other ways.
--Largely overlooked in Saturday’s win was the defensive work of 6-foot-9 junior Dom Uhl. He had the job of guarding Morgan for a sizeable big chunk of the first half and his size advantage really seemed to bother Morgan. Uhl didn’t do much offensively but still played 20 minutes.
--This not only was perhaps the Hawkeyes’ best defensive game of the season but also maybe their best rebounding effort. They had a 43-29 advantage of the boards. Some of that likely is because they played very little zone defense in the game. Like most teams, they tend to rebound much better at the defensive end when they play man-to-man.
--Another stat that tells you how well the Hawkeyes rebounded: UNI had just one second-chance point in the entire game.
--UNI always seems to find a way to contend in the Missouri Valley Conference, but the Panthers aren’t going to do it this season unless they find a way to get more offense out of guys like Bennett Koch and Klint Carlson. The Panthers were outscored in the paint 34-14 and of the 40 points they scored in the first 38 minutes of the game, all but two were by guards. They had virtually no low-post presence at all.