“I don’t actually pay a lot consideration to the standings,’’ Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stated. “We’re a couple of third of the best way by means of and we now have too many good groups arising. We all know there’s going to be some juggling of the schedule arising.
“On the finish of the day, does it actually matter who’s in first place in the midst of January? I don’t assume it does.’’
The Hawkeyes wanted solely 10 or 12 minutes to show a detailed, hard-fought sport into a complete rout.
They led by 10 factors early earlier than Northwestern’s Boo Buie turned across the sport. Buie, who had made solely one among his earlier 14 3-point discipline purpose makes an attempt, drilled 4 3s early within the sport, together with three in a row.
That allowed Northwestern (6-6, 3-5 Huge Ten) to edge into a quick 29-28 lead earlier than Iowa tightened up its protection.
“We felt they have been enjoying a bit of bit harder than us in that stretch and that’s not the way it’s presupposed to be,’’ Fredrick stated.
The protection acquired noticeably higher following a timeout by which McCaffery reminded his gamers of what they have been presupposed to be doing.
The Wildcats missed eight straight pictures and Nunge scored seven factors in a 13-0 scoring run that put the Hawkeyes in management. Keegan Murray, who completed with 8 factors and seven rebounds, acquired a steal and went in for a dunk within the last seconds of the half to make it 49-37.