Iowa at Rutgers
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Where: Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), Piscataway, New Jersey
Iowa and Rutgers enter their game Wednesday night tied for 10th place in the Big Ten Conference just a game ahead of winless Illinois. But the visiting Hawkeyes enter the game with some positive momentum after rallying from a 20-point deficit to pull out a 104-97 overtime victory over the Fighting Illini on Thursday night.
The Hawkeyes trailed Illinois 49-29 late in the first half before orchestrating the third-largest comeback in program history, topped only by a 23-point comeback in a Nov. 17, 2012 home game against Gardner-Webb when Iowa overcame a 38-15 deficit to win 65-56, and a 22-point comeback on Jan. 14, 1987 when then No. 1-ranked Iowa rallied to beat No. 8 Illinois 91-88 in overtime. Sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points to lead the Hawkeyes who hope to build on the win over the Illini against a Rutgers team they own a perfect 5-0 record against all-time, including a 83-63 win last year in Piscataway, N.J. "We all love this feeling right now, and we want to feel it again," Iowa freshman forward Luka Garza told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. "We can see what we're like when we play at this level and see what our potential is. And we can play better than what we did. We should never get down (20). That's something we can improve on. We're not going to have those kinds of nonchalant performances anymore. ... We had a mindset change. That's what we need to do to get wins."TV:
7 p.m. ET, Big Ten NetworkABOUT IOWA (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten):
The Hawkeyes, who outrebounded Illinois 45-26 have nine players on their roster who stand 6-7 or taller and put that height to good use on the boards where they own a plus-6.5 rebounding margin. Tyler Cook, a 6-9 sophomore forward, leads the team in scoring (15.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.6) and is shooting 58.9 percent from the floor while Bohannon is second in scoring (13.0), leads the team in assists (5.0) and is 52-of-119 from 3-point range (43.7 percent). Sophomore guard Isaiah Moss (12.1 points) and Garza (10.6), a 6-11 freshman forward, also are averaging in double figures with Garza also pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game. ABOUT RUTGERS (11-8, 1-5):
The Scarlet Knights come in off a 68-46 home loss to Ohio State on Sunday night, managing just 15 points in the first half in the process and trailing 48-18 with 13:47 to go. Junior guard Corey Sanders leads the team in scoring (14.2) but has connected on just 15-of-37 shots (24.6 percent) over the last two games and is shooting 25.4 percent from 3 -point range. Senior forward Deshawn Freeman is second in scoring (11.5) and leads the team in rebounding (7.2) and steals (1.5) while freshman point guard Geo Baker is also averaging in double digits (11.4) and leads the team in assists (3.4).TIP-INS
1. Rutgers ranks first in the Big Ten and ninth nationally in scoring defense (62.1 points).
2. Iowa is 75-16 when scoring 80 points or more over the last eight seasons, including 10-1 this season.
3. Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey needs two more wins to hit the 400-victory milestone (398-287).PREDICTION:
Iowa 73, Rutgers 66
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