Rebounding has been key for iowa men’s basketball this season—and it was especially important in last week’s win over michigan
Hawkeye headquarters reporter adam rossow tells us why their tenacity down low has led to success.
Just over a week ago, Michigan State came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena and dominated Iowa in the rebounding category. On Friday night against Michigan, the Hawkeyes flipped the script, out-rebounding the Wolverines by 12 en route to the upset victory over the fifth-ranked team in the country.
“That’s a big difference in the game right there,” Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp said. “We didn’t let them get second-chance opportunities. They’re a pretty good team at that. We were limiting them to one shot and then pushing it against them.”
Success on the boards has led to tallies in the win column for the Hawks.
Iowa is 11-2 when out-rebounding its opponents this season. Ryan Kriener says cleaning up the glass has also helped the Hawkeyes defense.
“The rebound is almost the most important part of the defense and the possession doesn’t stop until you have the ball,” Kriener said.
Kriener’s 15-point, 10-rebound performance was another positive step for the junior.
Fran McCaffery says his spark off the bench is another aspect to Iowa’s rebounding prowess.
“It’s been exciting to watch him just continue to grow with his confidence,” McCaffery said. “And getting a double-double against Michigan says a lot.”
Not only were the Hawks dominant on the glass, they also outscored Michigan 40-20 on points in the paint, led by Luka Garza’s 19.