After-thoughts from Iowa’s 78-64 victory over Iowa State:
--There have been some wild and crazy outcomes in the 70-game Iowa-Iowa State series, but Thursday’s game has to be one of the most unexpected. After the way the Hawkeyes started the season, very few people gave them any sort of chance against the Cyclones.
--It wasn’t very long ago that Isaiah Moss almost seemed like a wasted scholarship for the Hawkeyes. Now we’re finally starting to see what teammates say they’ve seen in practice all along: A very athletic, aggressive, attacking wing man. All it took was a little bit of confidence for it to start coming out in games. Moss made several huge plays taking it to the basket while scoring nine points in the last eight minutes and he was excellent defensively Thursday, too.
--Fran McCaffery summed up Peter Jok’s 23-point, 9-rebound performance pretty well: “From the beginning, he was determined that we were not going to lose this game. He put us on his back early and everybody else followed along.’’
--McCaffery went with just nine players, the fewest he has used in a game this season. He seems to have settled into a rotation with which he is comfortable, but all of that will change once Tyler Cook and Dale Jones return from injuries.
--Nicholas Baer had a nice stat line: 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, but it really felt like the sophomore forward impacted the game with his energy even more than the numbers tell. “There’s just no substitute for all of the things he gets done on the floor,’’ McCaffery said.
--It was a bit of a disappointment that this was the first Iowa-Iowa State game in recent memory that was not a sellout. The announced attendance in 15,400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena was 13,956.
--The Hawkeyes not only ended a three-game losing streak to the Cyclones, they almost certainly terminated another streak. Iowa State, ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Poll, has been ranked 61 consecutive weeks. It’s not likely to make it 62 now.
--Iowa State could continue to struggle down the road if it does not develop more of an inside presence. It basically starts four 6-foot-5 or under guards with a couple of nondescript 6-8 transfers manning the post. It will face many more teams in the Big 12 that are much more powerful upfront than the Hawkeyes.