Three Iowa Hawkeyes players recorded double-doubles in their 92-59 rout of Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday night in Iowa City. Coach Fran McCaffery has a lot to be proud about, on both sides of the ball, as his No. 23 Hawkeyes move to 10-1 and a perfect 7-0 at home.
Iowa got off to a hot start, as the 47-26 half time lead indicates. At that point, they held a 30-to-13 rebounding advantage, including 11 offensive rebounds. Going 17-of-35 from the field, shooting 48.6 percent on 11 assists, the Hawkeyes made all of the plays offensively and defensively to put themselves in position to continue their dominance in the second half. They did just that.
The team shot 34-of-70 from the field on the game, which equals the same percentage of their first half, at 48.6 percent. They dominated the boards, bringing down 54 rebounds to Fairleigh Dickinson’s 31.
Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures and three posted double-doubles. Those who posted double-doubles were Melsahn Basabe, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Gabriel Olaseni, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Eight Iowa players scored over seven points in a very balanced offensive attack.
Defensively, the Hawkeyes held Dickinson to 32.3 percent shooting overall from the field, including 31.8 percent from three-point range.
The team’s offensive focus on ball movement and scoring in transition and their defensive focus on rebounding will make them a force to be reckoned with this season. Their only loss came to undefeated Villanova.
The Hawkeyes face their largest test of the season on Friday, when they take on in-state rivals No. 17 Iowa State. Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET.