Alex Olah, Gabriel Olaseni

Iowa center Gabriel Olaseni, right, pressures Northwestern center Alex Olah under the basket during Iowa's 76-50 victory Saturday.


What we learned from Iowa’s 76-50 victory over Northwestern:

-- Two centers are better than one, especially when the one is Alex Olah. The Northwestern big man did block four shots in Saturday’s game but the only other thing he had to show for 35 minutes of playing time was eight points and four rebounds. Meanwhile, Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni and Adam Woodbury combined for 20 points and 16 rebounds in 39 minutes.

-- Iowa point guard Mike Gesell continues to develop into a solid floor leader even though he is not piling up huge numbers. He scored only 11 points Saturday (that’s actually a season high) but all of them seemed to come at important points in the game. His only 3-point field goal early in the second kicked off an extended scoring run that turned the game into a rout. Gesell already led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio and that won’t change with six assists and one turnover Saturday.

-- Iowa doesn’t need transition opportunities to score a lot of points. Northwestern did an exceptional job of getting back on defense, holding the Hawkeyes to just two fast-break points. But Iowa still scored 46 points in the second half against a team that had given up 51 points per game over the past couple of weeks.