Rutgers men’s basketball lost to Iowa for a second time this season by an 11 point margin in suffering a 93-82 defeat on the road on Sunday. The Hawkeyes were 12 of 24 from three-point range (50%) and 29 of 34 from the foul line (85%). While RU shot 51% from the floor and dominated points in the paint, it wasn’t enough to keep up.
Overall, I think Iowa (13-8; 5-5) is one of the few teams that can match Rutgers with their size and versatility. Along with having half a dozen shooters and good ball movement, they’re able to dictate the pace of play against RU in a way most teams cannot. They sped up play and made Rutgers try to win playing Iowa’s tempo.
“I just want to congratulate Iowa. They played great today,” Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell said after the loss. “Also, I am happy to see Patrick McCaffery being able to get back playing. You always want your players to be healthy and happy. They played well. We obviously can’t turn the ball over 18 times against a team like this that can score like that. They really had it going. Coach Fran McCaffrey does a great job and they have a lot of weapons. We didn’t stop Kris Murray. They got to the free throw line. We turned the ball over way too many times. We made it a game with eight minutes left, bringing it to a one-point game. We were fighting the entire game.”
Here are game highlights, postgame press conferences for both teams, my rapid reaction video and the Rutgers box score.
Rutgers Postgame Presser
Iowa Postgame Presser
AB’s Reaction Video
Rutgers Full Box Score
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