What we learned from Iowa’s 109-63 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore:
Aaron White just might be headed for a monster season. Just a few days after collecting 20 points and 15 rebounds against Nebraska-Omaha, he tossed in 22 points in just 17 minutes against Maryland-Eastern Shore. In one first-half stretch, he scored 11 straight points and he didn’t play in the last 15:45. Admittedly, these haven’t been Big Ten quality opponents, but it’s clear White really has worked on his game.
Mike Gesell still has a ways to go. After scoring just four points in the first two games of the season, he busted out for eight points in the first five minutes Thursday. Then he went back to blending in with the scenery. He did end up with seven assists but Fran McCaffery still has some work to do in bolstering the sophomore’s confidence level.
Maryland-Eastern Shore may be the worst team Iowa plays this season. As Iowa’s lead grew, the Hawkeyes began to do a little showboating and some of us even likened it the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals. In truth, the Generals might have played better defense than the UMES Hawks. They had some athletes but they didn’t play together and they didn’t play with much discipline.
The 6 p.m. game times, dictated by the Big Ten Network, are great for reporters’ deadlines but not very conducive to attracting crowds. The announced attendance Thursday was 13,374, but there appeared to be many fewer people than that in Carver-Hawkeye-Arena. There just isn’t enough time for many people to get there on a weeknight after getting off work.