Iowa won back-to-back games in the Big Ten for the first time in four years with their 64-63 victory at Indiana on Saturday. Coach Fran McCaffrey says the play of their floor leader has made the difference.
McCaffrey says as well as some of the other guys have been playing, the key is the point guard play of Bryce Cartwright in making sure that everyone gets involved. He says Cartwright is getting the ball to everyone and running the offense in a very efficient way.
McCaffrey says Cartwright has improved his overall game. He says Cartwright has always had the ability to make plays for himself and score, as he has hit four baskets at the end of the half. McCaffrey says Cartwright has been a fearless scoring point guard, but he’s had a tendency to leave his feet to make passes and overcomit in penetrating into the defense. While he says Cartwright wasn’t playing terrible, but some of the bad things he was doing hurt his game.
McCaffrey says in order for him to play as good as he is now, Cartwright had to make some better decisions, and that is what he has done. He says the stats show Cartwright is hitting shots, while also not committing a lot of turnovers. Iowa faces Wisconsin on Wednesday.
The Hawkeyes are 3-8 in the Big Ten and 10-13 overall.