Aaron White had a career high 29 points as the Iowa Hawkeyes claimed a third straight win with a hard fought 68-60 victory over Illinois in Iowa City. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says he wanted to give White a rest, but says he was “on fire” and did not look tired at all. McCaffery felt their 1-2-2 halfcourt trap kept the Illini from getting in rhythm on offense.
He says their understanding of when to pressure and when not to allowed them to play good defense and not give up shots at the rim.
The Hawkeyes improve to 9-6 in the Big Ten and with one win in their final three games will clinch the program’s first winning Big Ten record since 2007.