IOWA CITY, Iowa – Hello and welcome INSIDE Carver-Hawkeye Arena as the Indiana Hoosiers take on the No. 4-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in an important Big Ten game for both teams.
It's the first game in a week for the Hoosiers, who lost last Thursday at home to Purdue and then had Sunday's game at Michigan State postponed because of COVID-19 issues inside the Spartans' program. Iowa has won five in a row and are tied for first in the big Ten.
Follow along all night as I provide you news and opinion on the game in real time. There's huge news. Starting forward Trey Galloway, the freshman from Culver, Ind., is in street clothes while the Hoosiers warm up and he will not play tonight.
He is out with a sore back that's been bothering him since the Purdue game. He's tried to give it a go in practice the past few days, but was in too much pain. The timetable for him being outside is unknown at this time, but we'll update you after the game after I get a chance to take to Indiana coach Archie Miller.
Well, here we go:
AND IT'S A FINAL: Thanks to a tremendous second-half defensive effort against the second-highest scoring team in America, Indiana stunned No. 4-ranked Iowa 81-69 on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 23 points. Al Durham finished with 14 points and made 9-of-10 free throws. Without question, the biggest win in Archie Miller's career at Indiana.
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10:05: – Indiana turns it over against the press and Iowa scores to make it 73-65. Al Durham is fouled and makes them BOTH. Indiana by 10.
9:55 p.m. – Iowa gets two free throws, and now pressing ful court. It's going to come down, dare I say, to free throws. Rob Phinisee goes to the line with 1:59 left and makes them BOTH. Indiana leads 69-58. And then Al Durham hits the BOTH to put Indiana up 71-59.
9:50 – And Rob Phinisee nails a three-pointer from the corner to make it 67-56.
9:45 – Jordan Geronimo bottles up Garza on one end and then dunks on the other to give Indiana a 62-55 lead with 4:40 to go. After a Garza free throw, Race Thompson throws a perfect interior pass to Jerome Hunter and he scores and is fouled. Misses the free throw, though. Rinse, repeat.
9:40 – Armaan Franklin hits a contested three-pointer from the corner and Indiana is suddenly up five at 60-55. A livid Fran McCaffrey calls timeout, and he's just shaking his head in the huddle. Iowa hasn't made a field goal in more than six minutes. Iowa was a a 10.5-point favorite coming in,
9:30 – Anthony Leal hits a three-pointer and the game is tied at 53-53 with 8:38 to go. Luka Garza reaches right over the back of Trayce Jackson-Davis to get a rebound and was fouled. He makes two free thrown, but then Jordan Geronimo gets free inside and scores to tie it again at 55. Media timeout at 7:55, and after, Geromino misses the free throw. Now 9-for-19 for the game. Geronimo is now 1-for-6 from the free throw line this season. Joe Wieskamp misses the front end of a one-and-one for Iowa though, too.
9:15. Race Thompson gets his fourth in a fight for position with Garza. He goes to the bench. Iowa up 48-41. You almost never see this, but Jackson-Davis and Thompson are both on the bench at the same time. Iowa gets three straight offensive rebounds and scores. Such a huge size disadvantage. Hawkeyes lead 52-44.
9:10 – First media timeout. Still down six, and holding their own. Foul concerns will tell the story going forward. Iowa leads 44-38. Trayce Jackson-Davis has all three of Indiana's baskets. Out of the timeout he misses two free throws, though. Indiana now 6-for-14 for the game. This is just getting ridiculous from the line with this team.
9:05 – Trayce Jackson-Davis picks up his third foul in the first minute of the half, so that's going to take some maneuvering again by Archie Miller with his minutes. Horrible call, too. And now Race Thompson gets his third at 17:11. Jordan Geronimo in for Thompson. He had a good first half, will need more.
8:55 p.m. – I know it's so cliche, but these first four minutes are going to be huge for Indiana. Need to keep this thing in single digits, and make a run at one point. Iowa will be shorthanded for the second half. C.J. Fredrick is out with a lower leg injury and will not return.
HALFTIME – We're at the turn, and Iowa leads 37-31. Half ends with Al Durham making 1-of-2 free throws. Once again, that's an issue for the Hoosiers, who are just 5-for-10 from the free throw line. (Iowa is 3-for-3.) Our three-point key to the game? Both teams have made four. Iowa is 4-for-13, and Indiana is 4-for-11. Luka Garza has 15 points and Trayce Jackson-Davis has eight for the Hoosiers.
8:35 p.m. – Indiana is actually running good offense tonight, and they are getting good looks. But they've missed five easy shots at or near the basket, and that's really the difference so far.
8:30 p.m. ET – Final media timeout of the half and Iowa leads 35-28. Joe Wieskamp (15) and Luka Garza (13) have 28 of the Hawkeyes' 25 points. The rest of the team is shooting just 3-for-11. Freshman Jordan Geronimo, who's only 6-foot-6, is trying to guard Garza right now, giving up five inches. It's not pretty.
8:20 p.m. – Trayce Jackson-Davis picks up his second foul setting a poor screen. That just can't happen. He heads to the bench and Jerome Hunter comes in. We're at the under-8 timeout now and Iowa leads 27-23. Stats are pretty even both ways, but Iowa doesn't have a single turnover.
8:15 p.m. – Indiana ties it at 18-18 on a nice spin move and finish with his RIGHT hand by Trayce Jackson-Davis. But Iowa answers with three straight baskets in less than a minute, and Archie Miller is forced to call a timeout. Iowa leads 25-18.
8:10 – We're at the first media timeout and it's no surprise that there's been a lot of points scored. Iowa leads 13-10. Luka Garza already has seven points, and for Indiana, Race Thompson already has two fouls, and Trayce Jackson-Davis has one.
8:05 p.m. – One of my keys to the game earlier today was that the Hoosiers had to match Iowa three for three. Joe Wieskamp made Iowa's first long-ball, but then Rob Phinisee answered on the next possession for Indiana. That needs to continue.
8:01 – We're set for tip. Indiana is the usual road reds. Iowa going with the gold unis today, with black trim. Indiana wins the tip, but has a turnover on the first possession on a bad pass into the post for Race Thompson from Rob Phinisee. Luka Garza scores on the other end, and here we go.
8 p.m. – Much to my surprise, the closing line on this game on the DraftKings site is still 10.5 in favor of the Hawkeyes. I thought for sure it would have gone up – a lot. That should tell you a little about my gut instinct tonight.
7:50 p.m. – No surprise with the starting five for Indiana. Armaan Franklin slides into Trey Galloway's spot. He'll join Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Rob Phinisee and Al Durham.
7:45 p.m. – How good is Iowa in this building, even without fans? They're 22-1 in their last 23 games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
7:35 p.m. – Archie Miller just said that Armaan Franklin is a full-go tonight, back to 100 percent – or close – after that ankle injury sidelined him for two-plus games. He was back for Purdue, but struggled to find his stroke from outside, going 0-for-5 from three. Hoosiers need him in a big way tonight.
7:30 p.m. – This is a tough spot for Indiana against fourth-ranked Iowa team that's really playing well. Archie Miller is just 1-8 facing top-25 Big Ten teams on the road. The one win was at Michigan State in 2019. Miller is 8-24 in Big Ten road games in four years at Indiana.
7:15 p.m. – The guys in the striped shirts tonight are Paul Szelc, Courtney Green and Brooks Wells.
7 p.m. – It's nice to see Joey Brunk back with the Hoosiers. This is his first game back since back surgery on Dec. 30. There is no timetable for his return either, even though Indiana coach Archie Miller said during his radio show Monday night that he hasn't ruled out Brunk playing later this year. Here's that story. CLICK HERE