Hawkeyes can't pull off upset of No. 5 Indiana


Share
Posted Online: Dec. 31, 2012, 8:49 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa opened the Big Ten with an encouraging effort against fifth-ranked Indiana, which many think might win the league in 2013.

But the Hawkeyes didn't finish the job against the Hoosiers, instead letting a huge opportunity at home to slip away.

Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and fifth-ranked Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off Iowa 69-65 on Monday night.

Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

Oladipo beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put the Hoosiers ahead 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26 seconds to go to make it a two-possession game.

Aaron White had 15 points to lead Iowa (11-3, 0-1), which might have pulled off the upset had it shot better than 3 of 17 from 3-point range and 23.5 percent overall in the first half.

Iowa's Zach McCabe also missed a 3 that would have tied it at 65-all with under a minute left, and Oladipo sealed the win at the line.

"I thought offensively, it was a struggle early on. And that's -- you know, that's a credit to Indiana. They played hard; they fought; they got up into us," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. They played hard; they fought; they got up into us, and they were the reason we shot 24 percent."

The Hawkeyes had all kinds of trouble knocking down shots from everywhere in the first half. But they buried nine of their first 10 after the break to inch within 48-46 of Indiana, keeping the high-powered Hoosiers offense from building an insurmountable cushion.

But even though Indiana later went without a field goal for nearly five minutes, the Hawkeyes couldn't muster enough offense to retake the lead.

Devyn Marble, Iowa's leading scorer, had an awful afternoon from the field. He was just 1 of 14 shooting and bricked a 3 after Oladipo's key putback.

"Not a textbook win, but very few of them are this time of year. And we'll look back at this one and say this really helped us because Iowa's going to have a great season," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Indiana's recent four-game losing streak at Iowa was indicative of its recent struggles, especially since the Hawkeyes hadn't been all that great during that stretch either.

It's been quite a while since Indiana brought a team this deep and this talented to Iowa City.

Still, it took nearly 12 minutes for Zeller, the leading scorer for the nation's best offense, to find the basket. He did so on a dunk — then went through 7-foot-1 Iowa freshman Adam Woodbury to put Indiana up 19-16 on the next possession. That came during a 10-0 Hoosiers run that sent fiery Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery through the roof.

A pair of tough baskets off drives by freshman Yogi Ferrell — who had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists — helped the Hoosiers to a 33-25 halftime lead.

"We did not have a great day shooting the ball. But the bottom line is that we defended, we rebounded, we overcame decision-making," Crean said.

Iowa had three freshman starters make their Big Ten debuts; guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons and Woodbury. All three appear to have bright futures in the league, but their first afternoon in the Big Ten resulted in a loss.

Gesell finished with 13 points and Woodbury had four points and eight rebounds in his first tussle with Zeller.

I thought they handled it extremely well. All of our freshmen — yeah, they made some mistakes. But what they all showed was ability to play through those mistakes. I think that's critical for young players," McCaffery said.



















 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






(More History)