January 27, 2014

TES Sedge's Iowa Hoops Update, Monday January 27th

Sedge’s Hawkeye Hoops Update - January 27th 2014
Iowa’s Record: 16-4, 5-2 Big Ten

AP: #15
USA Today: #12

Big Ten Standings:
Michigan 7-0
Michigan State 7-1
Iowa, 5-2
Wisconsin 4-3
Minnesota 4-4
Iowa Games This Week:  Times Eastern

Tuesday January 28th,  v. #7 Michigan State 7:00 pm, ESPN
Game Watch - On, Front Bar (Comedy Night in the back)

Saturday February 1st, @ Illinois, 7:30 pm, BTN
Game Watch - On, Back Bar, Carver Clubhouse
Games of Note this week:
Thursday, Purdue @ Michigan, 9:00 pm, ESPN
somebody else has to beat Michigan.  

Saturday, Ohio State @ Wisconsin, 12:00 pm, ESPN
loser probably out of the top 4.
Well, Hawk fans had some solace that the team was just a bit off at Michigan and still had a great chance to win the game.  Just 2 of 10 from three, and on a few different occasions in the second half, careless turnovers when we could have tied the game up.  

The other major factor was the bench, who could only combine for 8 points.  Josh played 15 minutes and only attempted 1 three pointer, it was close, but not in.  Jerrod just 2 points on 1 of 5 shooting,  Zach was just 1-3, and Gabe just 1 for 2 in 7 minutes.  That, combined with slow starts from Whitey and Junior made the difference.  They all play better, we win the game going away.  We shall see you in Carver soon, Michigan.

So then the Hawks went back out onto the road, this time to Chicago, and we have to hand it to the 2nd City Hawkeye fans - they clearly outnumbered the Mildcat fans in the stands.

It was just a 6 point game at the half, but after the break, the Hawks imposed their will, and it ended up 76-50.  Whitey only had 6 points, but we didn’t need him, as Gabe was the star of the game, 17 minutes played, 14 points, and 10 boards.  And this dunk, off a missed Zach shot, forever enshrined in GIFdom:

Later that night, Michigan would go into East Lansing and knock off the Spartans, who are clearly not near 100% at the moment.

In fact, they are down two different starters, but they still have Harris (18 points per game) and Appling, at 15 per game, so it’s little surprise they sit at 7-1 in the conference.

But they have to come to Carver Tuesday night, and there, they won’t be able to play their usual style of Spartan basketball (which was supposed to be outlawed this year, but doesn’t seem to be in East Lansing, at least), and when you factor in their lack of depth with our extreme depth - well, let’s just say after last season, we owe them an ugly loss.

And then, the trip to Illinois, who as of this writing, has lost 6 straight games.  As it has now been 6 years since we met the Illini on the gridiron, we have to summon our hate from the basketball team.  And for those of us old enough to remember the Bruce Pearl incident (umm, the 1st one), well, let’s just say what was always a bitter rivalry turned to hatred because of basketball.  It’s one of those road games we have to win if we are going to win the Big Ten title, and as the Illini have been averaging just 55 points a game in this losing streak, it must be a woodshed kind of game.

We will see you tomorrow night, let’s pack that front bar like it’s a football Saturday!

Go Hawks!!!

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