Iowa level guard Jordan Bohannon additionally scored his 1,000th career level within the Hawkeyes’ seventy two-sixty two win towards Ohio State.
Chad Leistikow, Hawk Central
IOWA CITY, Ia. — We still don’t know the place this Iowa basketball season is going. There are 14 more convention video games forward, plus the Huge Ten Event. Choice Sunday for the NCAA Event continues to be more than two months away.
But we will safely conclude that this Hawkeye workforce appears so much totally different than it did a yr ago — because, nicely, it seems to be totally different.
Luka Garza jumps for considered one of his four rebounds in Iowa’s 72-62 win towards Ohio State. The sophomore middle led the Hawkeyes with 16 points in comparison with Ohio State massive man Kaleb Wesson’s two. (Photograph: Matthew Putney, AP)
“Everyone that has watched us last year and this year can see there’s a big visible difference with how we look. We look a lot bigger, we look a lot stronger,” said 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Kriener, who scored 11 points in 13 key bench minutes Saturday. “And I think it’s paying off in the more physical play of the Big Ten.”
It’s sure paid off this week.
Once 0-3 in conference play, Iowa is now 3-3 after a flurry of three wins in seven days.
Suddenly, people are excited and hopeful about Hawkeye basketball again.
Especially the players.
As they should be. They’ll probably be a top-20 team when the polls come out Monday.
“What a story,” junior point guard Jordan Bohannon beamed upon realizing the Hawkeyes have already matched last season’s win total (at 14-3) in 16 fewer games. Iowa’s 14-19 campaign of 2017-18 became a drag, a constant reminder of the lack of defensive toughness that everyone knew needed to change.
“It’s cool, just because of the work we’ve put in and how hard we worked to get to this point,” Bohannon continued. “It’s just a drastic change when you look at where we were at this point last year. It sucked. It wasn’t fun at all. We still showed up to work, but we knew we had dug ourselves a huge hole.”
Iowa center Ryan Kriener details his first-half scoring outburst against Ohio State. And where did that 3-point shot come from? Hear what he says:
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In the aftermath of Saturday’s win, in which Iowa doubled up Ohio State in the key “points in the paint” statistic (36-18), Bohannon and Kriener pointed to the offseason commitment in the weight room that has them feeling more like a physical Big Ten team.
“It’s paying off when you see our guards being able to switch down to the big (men),” Kriener said, “and really fight those guys down low for a decent amount of time before we can switch back.”
The Hawkeyes’ offseason program focused on powerlifting, with an emphasis on adding bulk. Kriener, as an example, increased his frame from 240 to…