After-thoughts from Iowa’s 101-89 double-overtime loss to Minnesota:
--The game was eerily similar to Iowa’s double-overtime loss at Nebraska on Jan. 5. In that game, Isaiah Moss almost singlehandedly kept the Hawkeyes in the game in the first half, then pretty much disappeared after that. Same thing happened Wednesday. Peter Jok had just four points in the first half of that Nebraska game, then finished with 34 but really didn’t do much in overtime. Same thing at Minnesota.
--Jok looked very bad in the first half Wednesday and appeared as though he might have hurt his leg early in the game. He had only two points at halftime but then found himself and finished with 28. He had 10 points in a 14-0 scoring run and netted 19 of 26 points for the Hawkeyes in one stretch. Minnesota then did a good job of denying him the ball in overtime. Jok had just two free throws in the first OT and nothing in the second.
--Iowa is now 2-7 when Jok scores 28 or more points, 1-5 this season.
--Moss is really a puzzle at times. He looked fantastic in scoring 18 points in the first 26 minutes, then sort of disappeared. It’s apparent that Fran McCaffery does not trust him in tight late-game situations. He’s much more inclined to use Nicholas Baer and/or Brady Ellingson in those spots.
--Iowa’s young big men were thoroughly outplayed inside. Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy and Reggie Lynch combined for 31 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and Murphy also scored 25 points, most of them on putbacks. On the other hand, the quartet of Tyler Cook, Ahmad Wagner, Cordell Pemsl and Ryan Kriener combined for 19 points, 14 rebounds and one block. The Gophers had 50 points in the paint to 32 for the Hawkeyes.
--Minnesota set a school record with 14 blocked shots and eight different Iowa players got swatted at least once in the game. Jok was victimized four times, Cook three, Wagner two and Moss, Kriener, Baer, Dom Uhl and Christian Williams once each.
--Freshman point guard Jordan Bohannon made some very big plays and finished with 12 points and eight assists with only one turnover. The one was costly, though. Bohannon collided with Cook and lost the ball with three minutes to go in regulation and the Hawkeyes leading 70-69. It resulted in a go-ahead dunk for Amir Coffey.
--Brady Ellingson had not committed a turnover since that double-overtime loss to Nebraska, but he had two Wednesday and one of his was pretty costly, too, leading to another Coffey dunk in the second OT.
--Ellingson’s other turnover was the result of a bad call by the officials and it very likely cost Iowa the game. The Hawkeyes had a 77-75 lead with 20 seconds left in regulation when Ellingson was trapped in the corner. He clearly was asking the officials for a timeout but they did not give it to him. Everyone seemingly heard him except the officials. Fran McCaffery had even alerted them that his team would take a timeout if it got the ball back. In the meantime, Murphy tied up Ellingson for a jump ball, giving the ball back to Minnesota. Replays also showed that Murphy’s left foot was out of bounds at the time, which meant Iowa should have retained possession.