UNC-Wilmington is not a good basketball team. We think Iowa is going to be a good basketball team. Good basketball teams blast bad basketball teams. On Friday night in Iowa City, in front of an announced crowd of over 15,000, the Iowa Hawkeyes blasted UNC-W 82-39.
It was a solid season opener for Iowa, who has lofty goals for Fran McCaffery’s 4th season at the helm.
Iowa was led by Jarrod Uthoff’s 14 points and seven rebounds, both team highs. He did that in just 19 minutes of action. He scored a number of ways, including a few dribble drive moves and a three-point shot. He also added four blocks to his total. Peter Jok (11) and Aaron White (10) scored in double fitures but this was a game where nearly everyone contributed as it was over early.
Iowa held UNCW to 39 points — the second fewest points allowed under McCaffery. Iowa held Howard to 36 points in 2012. Iowa recorded 12 blocks. Gabriel Olaseni led the team with five, while Uthoff recorded four. The team record is 13, set by Iowa last year against Illinois. The attendance was 15,293 which was the largest opening night attendance since 2001 (15,500 v. Md-Eastern Shore)
Here’s The Rundown
Jarrod Uthoff: The star of this game. He looked comfortable out there, much more so than he did in the exhibition game. His stat line was stuffed for just 19 minute and he didn’t force the action. He probably has a better half court game than does Aaron White, from an All Around perspective. He’s not the energizer bunny that White is, but White doesn’t have the floor game Uthoff has, either. At least, not yet.
Peter Jok: He is not afraid to shoot it, as he had a team high 13 shots. Some were good, some werent. That included 1-5 from beyond the arc and his first basket as a Hawkeye came on a made three. He showed a few nice head fake, one bounce 17-footers as well as a few dribble drives. He’ll keep getting better but he is not shy.
Aaron White: 19 minutes, 10 points and six rebounds for White, who didn’t have to do too much in this game. That’s a great thing, as he’ll be relied upon plenty later this month.
Melsahb Basabe: He started the game and brought a lot of energy. He played 14 minutes and scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds and a block. He is going to provide a lot of ‘need you here’ minutes this year. Some nights he might not be as required where he’ll have a heavy load in others.
Gabe Olaseni: He was 1-8 from the floor, but he had a lot of great looks that will fall. He ahd eight points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots in 17 minutes. He is going to be a force on the glass this year and I think will lead the Big Ten in blocked shots. He will also log some good minutes because of Adam Woodbury’s penchant for picking up two fouls before the first five minutes of the game has been played.
Adam Woodbury: Not much action in the first half but was active and aggresive in the second half. He will have some monster games this year and then disappear the next night. Consistency will be the last thing to come for him and might not happen until next year…he’s on a very deep and talented team so he’ll get to keep progressing without intense pressure.
Devyn Marble: 20 minutes, eight points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds. He looked just as happy to be dishing out assists as he did on his steal and runout dunk that he soared on.
Anthony Clemmons: 20 minutes, six points, five assists and three rebounds. Not a bad nice for Sapp.
Mike Gesell: 15 minutes, three points, three assits and two steals. It may take Gesell a bit to find his role on this team. With Josh Oglesby out for six weeks with a broken foot, it may be as a three-point shooter. He has one of the best looking shots on the team.
Zach McCabe: He was a facilitator on the night and giving good effort. He played 19 minutes and scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds. He hit Iowa’s first trey of the year and was 2-5 on the night from long range.
The game was played at a decent pace and the fouling was not out of the norm..Iowa shot 24 free throws and committed just ten fouls. UNC-W committed 20 fouls, but that’s hardly a call for alarm. The game seemed to be officiated within the bounds of what the sport is looking for.
Iowa will host Nebraska-Omaha at 3:30 on Sunday. UNO beat Northern Illinois on Friday night to being their season. Iowa hosts Maryland Eastern Shore next Thursday (14th) and Abiline Christian on Sunday the 17th, then Penn on the 22nd.
Iowa should begin the season 5-0 and then things get tougher when they head to the Battle 4 Atlantis and a game against Xavier right out of the chute.