What we learned from Iowa’s 67-62 loss to Northwestern:
-- Jarrod Uthoff is alive and well. The 6-foot-9 sophomore hadn’t done much lately. He hadn’t scored for a couple of games, hadn’t scored in double figures since Jan. 12, hadn’t had more than seven rebounds in a game since Dec. 9. His playing time has slipped. Then, all of a sudden there he was Thursday night throwing in 3-pointers, collecting 17 points and nine rebounds.
-- Almost any Big Ten player is capable of hitting a shot if you leave him wide open. Before Thursday, most of us would have said Dave Sobolewski and Sanjay Lumpkin might be the least gifted offensive players among the 60 starting players in the Big Ten. Lumpkin had never scored more than six points in a conference game and Sobolewski was shooting 25 percent from the field. They lit Iowa up. Lumpkin scored eight points and Sobolewski got 10 points in the last six minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers.
-- Iowa’s problems are a lot deeper than just a lack of defensive energy and execution although that has to be at the top of the list. Northwestern shot less than 40 percent from the field in its two previous losses to Iowa but the Wildcats hit at a 52.3-percent rate Thursday, pretty much keeping pace with what the Hawkeyes’ previous six opponents did.
-- Aaron White absolutely must be more assertive. He scored five points early, hitting his first two shots from the field, then spent the rest of the night passing up scoring opportunities. After hitting an early three, he had several more open looks from behind the arc but passed the ball every time. With Devyn Marble gone next season, White needs to step up and be the marquee guy. There’s such a thing as being too unselfish.
-- Iowa can’t count on undermanned opponents getting worn down over the course of games just because the Hawkeyes throw a bunch of bodies out on the court. Drew Crawford and Tre Demps played all 40 minutes Thursday. Alex Olah played 38. Lumpkin played 34. But the Northwestern wasn't the team that looked out of gas at the finish.