What we learned from Iowa’s 83-75 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday:
-- Mike Gesell is a long way right now from the player we saw early last season. On Sunday, he finished with one point, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers in 14 minutes. He only had three points in Friday’s rout of UNC Wilmington and four points in the exhibition win over Augustana.
Gesell didn’t get off the bench in the last 15 minutes Sunday and head coach Fran McCaffery admitted the sophomore guard has a confidence problem right now. He didn’t even play well defensively as the Hawkeyes got torched by UNO’s smallish guards.
-- There are going to be some games in which Iowa is forced to go with a smaller lineup for extended periods in order to match up with opponents. Centers Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni only played 24 minutes Sunday. The Hawkeyes played much of the second half with 6-foot-7 Melsahn Basabe in the post.
-- Those of us who said Nebraska-Omaha would be the toughest opponent of the five teams Iowa plays at home at the start of this season were spot-on.
The Mavericks were much, much better than the UNC Wilmington squad the Hawkeyes clobbered on Friday night and have a chance to do very well in the Summit League this season. They undoubtedly are better than the next two opponents -- Maryland-Eastern Shore, which won only two games last season, and Abilene Christian, which is playing its first season in Division I.
-- McCaffery may not have been exaggerating too much when he talked about Aaron White being a “superstar.’’ The 6-9 junior was the only Hawkeye who showed up for both halves Sunday and he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.