Now that's the way to bounce back from a loss. The Iowa Hawkeyes cruised to a blowout victory against the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 85-71. The final score is deceiving. It wasn't even that close (not that 14 points is that close). Northwestern did hang around until the midway point of the first half. That was when Iowa took a 21-18 lead on a Peter Jok 3-pointer (part of a 14-0 run), and never looked back. Jok and Jarred Uthoff led the way for the Hawks, combining for 49 points.

Admittedly, Northwestern isn't among the Big Ten elite, but they aren't a horrible team either. The Wildcats entered Sunday afternoon's tilt with a record of 15-7 (3-6 in conference). They are exactly the type of team that Iowa needs to defeat down the stretch of this 2015-16 season. If the Hawks are truly going to be considered an elite team heading into March, they have to take care of business in these types of games. On Sunday, mission accomplished.


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