If you spent the entire week listening to the pundits, you might have thought it was No. 10 Davidson, and not No. 7 Iowa, favored in their Round of 64 matchup on Saturday. The Hawkeyes played like a team that might have heard some of those predictions, putting together one of the most dominant performances of the opening round in their 83-52 win.
Aaron White led all scorers with 26 points, converting 11 of his 14 field goal attempts. Simply put, the Wildcats had no answer for the 6’9” senior. White had nine points in the first half, but it was after halftime when he and the Hawkeyes took over.
Tyler Kalinoski picked up his third foul with about eight minutes left in the first half, but Davidson was able to keep it relatively close, going into the locker room trailing by nine. Iowa opened up the half on a 22-12 run, with White scoring the final 11 points of the spurt. He mixed it up, knocking down a pair of jumpers, getting a dunk and a layup, and then capping it off with a three. At that point, the Hawkeyes led by 19 points. The Wildcats didn't get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
With Kalinoski in foul trouble for most of the game, Davidson just couldn’t get its seventh-ranked offense cranked up. Kalinoski finished just 2 for 9 from the field, while running mate Jack Gibbs went 5 for 14, finishing with 14 points. Davidson, which entered the game shooting 47.1% on the season, made just one-third of its field goal attempts against Iowa. The Wildcats famously live and die by the three, and on Friday night their season went up in flames. They made just six of their 28 attempts from behind the arc, with Kalinoski and Gibbs combining to go 2 for 13.