After-thoughts from Iowa’s 67-58 loss to Penn State:
-- While another loss to another double-digit seed in their first game of the Big Ten tournament isn’t exactly what the Hawkeyes had in mind, it’s not exactly the end of the world either. It isn’t likely to affect their seed in the NCAA tournament much (maybe not at all) and the Hawkeyes seem to have bounced back from disappointing efforts fairly well this season. This doesn’t preclude them from making a decent run in the Big Dance.
-- The loss did nothing to diminish the growing reputation of Aaron White. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and in the last seven games, since that 1-for-12 shooting effort against Northwestern, he has been fairly amazing. He has averaged 21 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in those seven contests and has committed exactly one turnover. That’s right, one.
-- Players who didn’t have good games Thursday? You can start the list with the center combo of Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni. They combined to go 2 for 9 from the field with eight points, nine rebounds and eight fouls against a team that doesn’t really have a Big Ten quality big man. Olaseni did match his season high with five blocked shots.
-- Backup guard Anthony Clemmons, who has been an unsung hero in recent weeks, also had one of his worst games -- 0 points, 1 assist, 5 turnovers. Penn State’s aggressive, in-your-face defense didn’t agree with him.
-- Coach Fran McCaffery didn’t want to discuss the technical foul he got with 7:46 to go and Penn State star D.J. Newbill said he didn’t think it had any effect on the game, but it certainly seemed to spur the Nittany Lions a bit. Newbill made the two free throws, then tossed in a shot from just inside the 3-point line to give Penn State a 46-40 lead. He nailed a three the next time down and suddenly it was a 9-point game.
-- One positive: Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff combined to block eight shots and for the first time ever, Iowa has two players with 50 or more blocks in a season. Uthoff now has the ninth best shot-swatting season in Iowa history with 54 and Olaseni is just outside the top 10 with 50.