After-thoughts from Iowa’s 95-68 victory over Stetson:
--A few games ago, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery somewhat laughingly said he didn’t think Cordell Pemsl would continue making 74 percent of his field goals all season. He was right. Pemsl is up to 77.6 percent after making 9 of his 11 attempts against Stetson. He is now 23 for 27 is the last three games and is averaging 19 points per game since becoming a starter. Pemsl has a great feel for what he is and is not capable of doing and as a result, he never takes a bad shot.
--Isaiah Moss, like Pemsl, scored a career-high 21 points Monday but some of us remain unconvinced that he is going to be a big scorer on a consistent basis. He has scored 58 points this season, but almost all have come against the weakest teams on the schedule. He did not score against either Virginia or Seton Hall and had just two points against Memphis and five against Notre Dame and Omaha.
--When Ahmad Wagner landed awkwardly after grabbing an offensive rebound with 18 minutes, 11 seconds to go in the game, it really looked bad. Almost everyone thought Wagner had suffered some sort of long-term injury to his right knee as he was helped off the court. But he actually returned to the bench later in the half and although he didn’t play again, he was told by doctors that he should be able to play Thursday against Iowa State. Although Wagner’s season statistics don’t look great, he is probably the best rebounder and one of the best defenders on the team. He would be a big loss.
--Nicholas Baer made one of the most dynamic plays of the game with 12:09 remaining when he drove hard across the lane, turned and rammed the ball through the hoop. It’s not the sort of play you see former walk-ons make.
--Stetson’s starting center, Larry Dennis, played just six minutes, committed four fouls and did not have a point or a rebound during his brief time on the court, but he did have a break-through of sorts. He had an assist on the Hatters’ first basket, his first assist in 10 games this season.