Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says Sunday’s victory over Indiana was proof of just how well the Hawkeyes can execute on the defensive end. After giving up 103 points in a lost in Bloomington the Hawkeyes limited to Hoosiers to 66 in a 12 point victory in Iowa City.
“We played ball screens better, we rotated better and then we put bodies on people and limited them in terms of their offensive rebounding,” McCaffery says. He says in the first meeting when Indiana missed a shot, they just got it back on a rebound, and that makes it tough to come back.
Another big factor on Sunday was the play of sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe, who had five blocked shots against the Hoosiers. He says Basabe erased five layups against Indiana with blocks and he says there are so many good things that happen when you block and contest shots.
Iowa is 6-8 in the Big Ten and 14-13 overall. The Hawkeyes return to action Thursday night at home against Wisconsin.