The Takeaways: So Much Garza, But What Comes Next?

Iowa's Joe Wieskamp (10) and Connor McCaffery (30) eye a missed shot in the first half of Thursday's game. (USA Today Sports)

John Bohnenkamp

It was Luka Garza's show again.

But Iowa's 89-77 loss at Indiana on Thursday night may have a pain that lingers.

Guard CJ Fredrick's ankle injury could be a serious issue for the Hawkeyes if his absence is long.

Garza was dominating, making another statement to be Big Ten player of the year, and maybe national player of the year. He finished with 38 points in 39 minutes, making 14-of-22 shots.

It was Garza's 10th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play.  It was his second highest point total of the season.

But he didn't get much help, and that got worse when Fredrick was hurt.

Iowa's depth was already thin — forward Cordell Pemsl was suspended for the game — when Fredrick went down late in the first half. That left the Hawkeyes with just seven scholarship players available for the rest of the game.

Fredrick, the team's leader in 3-point percentage, gives Iowa that third scorer to go with Garza and Joe Wieskamp. And when he went out, that gave Indiana's defense one less option to worry about.

Iowa was 4-of-14 in 3-pointers, and Garza had three of those.

The Hoosiers had already planned on focusing their defense on Wieskamp — he would finish with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, and he made just one 3-pointer. Indiana coach Archie Miller said after the game that it was going to be hard to slow Garza, so the Hoosiers were going after Wieskamp.

With Fredrick out, that limited Iowa's scoring options even more.

No other Hawkeye scored in double figures — guard Bakari Evelyn finished with nine. 

Iowa's depth was so tested, walk-on Austin Ash got five minutes of playing time. The Hawkeyes had just 16 bench points — Indiana had 45.

The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent from the field, but they allowed 11 3-pointers, more than double what the Hoosiers had been averaging this season. 

Such defensive woes have hurt Iowa on the road this season, and with two of their next three games at Minnesota and Michigan State, the Hawkeyes will have to get better at that.

But Fredrick's injury is the biggest concern right now.

If there is one good thing, it is the schedule is in Iowa's favor. The Hawkeyes will play just three games in the next 12 days, so there is time for Fredrick to heal.

They can't afford to be without him for too long.

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We could use four guys on the floor who will score. Not shoot and miss wide open shots cuz they ain’t used to shooting in the game. Cordell gave good. Keep going up! Joe gots to find shots other than catch and shoot. Just try it. Other wise you are no threat. Joenado get some jump shots. All the running around is just in order to make open shots. Everybody gots ya be like luka. Hard charging under control. Connor is golden. Every was clutch. Nice pass to kreiner. Speaking of who, shoot brother you have great technique but looks like you get nervous. Play like this is your final season as a hawk! Nice game though. Keep going. Coach Fran good job. Looks like they are starting to believe. One last thing. Can we hire Lukas dad to condition the players. Look at the results. Great win.

Jim L
Jim L

Does anyone know what severity of Injury it is, or a timetable for his return ?
Cordells actions were extremely selfish, but I can't say that any of our bench; aside from Kriener and Evelyn provide many points, or decided game changing plays.
I've noticed that we're constantly outscored in bench points, and that truly needs to be addressed.
Luka can't quite do it all, but if 1 person in the nation "Could" all of my 💰 would be on The Big Man 💯 No one can stop him, and even throwing wave after wave of player's at him won't work !! Our ONLY problem seems to be away game's, but the close proximity to the other B1G 10 team's show's it's not just us 🙌
We've a team MUCH better than Gesell/Woodbury ever had, and Luka is a much more durable, and unstoppable player than Jok ever was 💯 Just this year he's dropped 44, and several 30's, and the rest (I don't think he's been held to single digits yet), so with just a few games consistency from Joe and we're B1G Championship bound. Followed by what I "believe" will be a DEEP March Madness run ♥💛🔥☝💯👀 Then "if" Joe, and C.J can just help Luka, and control the ball (some t.o.'s vs Ind were just lazy, lax, and unacceptable) and those plays fall on Fran !! He needs to FOCUS Our Hawks to head into each game like they are: 300 😠😠😠 Push !!


Wieskamp needs to have better starts on the road.