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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery explains how you go about stopping Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson. It is a long listing. Pay attention in:
Mark Emmert, memmert@gannett.com

 

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The Iowa men’s basketball group had a robust recreation plan for guarding Ohio State star middle Kaleb Wesson on Saturday.

But even Hawkeye sophomore Luka Garza didn’t assume he’d be taking a look at a field score that confirmed Wesson with a measly two factors. He’d scored at the least eight points in every recreation this season and was averaging 17.

“We knew the easiest way to guard him was to try to get him off the floor, get him early fouls. So we tried to assault him,” Garza stated after the No. 25 Hawkeyes clamped down on the No. 17 Buckeyes and earned a seventy two-62 victory before an introduced crowd of 14,528 at Carver-Hawkeye Area.

“No workforce has guarded him that properly. Once we watched him on film, he’s been killing groups.”

Wesson sat for 10 minutes in the first half after getting two early fouls. He performed simply 23 minutes in all. He turned the ball over five occasions.

Iowa (14-three, 3-3 Huge Ten Conference) has gained three video games in a row. And this one was clearly about protection. Sure, defense.

The Buckeyes (12-4, 2-three) shot just 37 % and dedicated 21 turnovers towards a punishing Hawkeye defense. They’ve lost three in a row.

“You’ve acquired to make him defend. You’ve obtained to run. Make him run and make him work. You’ve acquired to play him earlier than he gets (the basketball). Should you let him bury you deep and let him catch it, he’s nearly unstoppable,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stated of the plan of assault towards the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Wesson.

“I wasn’t expecting him to get two (points), but I didn’t need him to get 20.”

Iowa outscored Ohio State 36-18 within the paint. Garza had 16 points. Power forward Tyler Prepare dinner had 15 before exiting late with an apparent ankle damage. Ryan Kriener got here off the bench so as to add eleven.

Nevertheless it was the defensive effort that was most noteworthy, one season after the Buckeyes swept the Hawkeyes and made fifty two % of their photographs in doing so.

The defense was so good that, although the Hawkeyes might get nothing happening offense within the first half, they entered intermission trailing solely 26-24.

Final season, an opponent would have had 40 points by halftime and the game would have been primarily over.

“When the offense began clicking, to maintain that (defensive) mindset and to get a lead and rise up by 12 and end up closing the sport, that’s big for us,” Garza stated. “That’s an enormous step because last yr at occasions when our defense was its worst is when our offense wasn’t clicking.”

The most important concern for Iowa after the sport was the health of Prepare dinner. The junior is the staff’s main scorer and rebounder. He was not obtainable for…