Garza and Hawks Bounce Back with Win At OSU
Luka Garza had a bit to prove on Sunday at Ohio State. The All-American center was held in check in a loss at Michigan. Talk has sprung up that others may lay claim to Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Garza put all that talk on hold and helped lead Iowa to it's biggest road win of the year.
Garza put up a double double against the Buckeyes scoring 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the 73-57 win at #4 Ohio State on Sunday. The win puts Iowa in sole possession of third place in the Big Ten standings with just two games left in the regular season.
It was also Iowa's best defensive effort of the year. The Gazette points out the head coach Fran McCaffery stated that Ohio State only had 2 offensive rebounds, none in the second half, and Iowa was six for six on 50/50 balls. That's called hustle and determination.
It was also another record setting performance for a Hawkeye. Just weeks after Luka Garza set the all-time scoring record at Iowa, Jordan Bohannon set the all time assists record. He had five dimes on Sunday, giving him 615 in his Iowa career, three past Jeff Horner. Iowa had 19 assists to just 5 turnovers on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes have two home games left before the Big Ten Tournament. Finishing in the top tier of the league would mean an automatic bid into the quarterfinals. The Gazette reports that Iowa hosts Nebraska on Thursday at 8 p.m. and then wraps up the regular season in Iowa City on Sunday versus Wisconsin.