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Instant Reaction: Iowa 76, Indiana 70

(Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports)

Iowa (21-6, 10-6) came from behind once again to defeat Indiana (13-14, 4-12), 76-70, in overtime Friday night at a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

  • Jordan Bohannon saved the day again, nailing a three-point bucket with 30 seconds left in regulation tied things up before going off for a trio of treys in overtime to help seal the win. It’s crazy to think about, but the Hawkeyes are two clutch threes and a miracle shot away from being mired in a four-game losing streak at the moment.
  • Indiana came into the game shooting a conference-worst 26.7% from three-point range. The Hawkeyes were counting on that trend to continue, and it did, with the Hoosiers converting just six of 27 (22.2%) three-point attempts. Iowa used a lot of its 2-3 zone throughout the night and got exactly what they wanted.
  • Speaking of the zone, however, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a team rotate so heavily when playing a 2-3. Good basketball teams know the key to unlocking a zone defense is ball movement, and Indiana did as good a job of that as can be expected. They settled for a lot of threes, but the majority of them were A-plus looks due to Iowa players being out of position. Yes, it’s understandable to give up more three-point attempts when playing a 2-3–probably even expected–but shots should still be contested. Too often, there are Hawkeyes stacked on top of one another, two defenders accounting for one opponent. The poor spacing leads to late rotations, which lead to uncontested shots. Again, it’s probably wise to let a poor three-point shooting team like Indiana try until they get hot, but that’s no excuse for poorly executed defense.
  • Iowa, the Big Ten’s second-best three point shooting team, was just seven of 25 (28%) from beyond the arc, proving what had already been pretty obvious all year–if they’re not making threes, they’re hard-pressed to find ways to win games.
  • It took overtime, but the Hawkeyes surpassed the 70-point mark for the 21st time in 27 games. They now hold a 20-1 record when scoring more than 71 or more, while they are just 1-5 when scoring 70 or less.

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