Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa:
How it happened: The Hoosiers raced out to a 36-20 lead on the No. 4 Hawkeyes, but this one wasn’t without its fair share of drama. Iowa, as it has done on multiple occasions this season, raced back from a large deficit and led by as many as four with 9:35 to play. But down the stretch, Indiana made the plays it needed to emerge victorious. The Hoosiers scored a ridiculous 1.32 points per possession on the evening and had a turnover percentage of just 17, which were two keys in the victory. They also overcame a tough shooting night from Yogi Ferrell (2-of-12) on the strength of a strong showing on the offensive glass. IU rebounded 54 percent of its missed shots and scored 26 second chance points. In a contest that was close down the stretch, that was arguably the difference. Indiana now has a signature win on its resume as a road test in East Lansing on Sunday awaits.
Standout performer(s): Indiana’s bench scored 28 points and Iowa didn’t record a single point from its reserves. It was a well rounded effort, too, as Max Bielfeldt had 10, Nick Zeisloft had nine, OG Anunoby had four, Juwan Morgan had three and Harrison Niego finished with two.
Statistic that stands out: Free throws can often be the difference in close games and Thursday was no exception. Indiana hit 18-of-21 from the line and Iowa hit just 13-of-23.
Filed to: Iowa Hawkeyes