Hawks by a Million

Hers is a season summary of the Iowa Hawkeye Basketball season

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Jake Olson, Staff Writer

After a long season of ups and downs, including delayed games, injuries, and losing streaks, the Iowa Hawkeyes finished their regular season with a bang and with another top 25 win against a hard-nosed Wisconsin Badger team led by D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davidson. The Hawks have won seven of their last eight games and look to keep this momentum up going into the Big Ten Tournament. 

 

The season has been a very good one so far, to say the least. The Hawks started the season hot winning against some bad non-conference teams early. They torched North Carolina and decimated the awful Cyclones. Then, they showed how good Gonzaga was after getting beaten 98-88, where the score did not show how badly they got beaten. They ended the non-conference 6-1. 

 

They started off the gauntlet of a Big Ten schedule against a really solid Purdue squad. Then, we suffered our first conference loss against a, at the time, hot Golden Gopher team in a OT thriller, which we should have won. The Hawks then rattled off five straight wins against teams like Rutgers, Minnesota, and Maryland. 

 

Injuries started to creep in for the Hawks as one of our best shooters and playmakers, CJ Fredrick, suffered a lower leg injury in a tough loss to the Indiana Hoosiers. After he went out, you could tell the Hawks were a different team. They lost a lot of spacing, which allowed teams to crash Garza down low when he got a paint touch. During this time, the Hawks lost four out of the next five games, a couple being really close losses to teams like Illinois and Ohio State. 

 

The Hawks were in must-win mode going into the game against a really gritty Rutgers team that harped on defense and created turnovers. The Hawks grinded out a win against Rutgers to propel them to win the next seven of eight games against some really good teams, including Wisconsin and Ohio State. 

 

This season has shown me, a Hawks fan, a couple of things. One, is that Luka Garza is the best player in college basketball. Two, is that Joe Wieskamp is the best SG in the country. And three, is that at full strength, I do not see a lot of teams beating us, especially if we are hot from three. As always… Go Hawks!