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Don Lund

Hawkeye men play two

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men’s basketball team opened the week playing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last Tuesday against Virginia Tech, losing 79-55.
It was a tale of two halves at the Hawks looked sharp in the first half with the score tied 38 all at halftime. Great ball movement, Jordan Bohannon going 4-4 from 3-point range and Iowa winning the rebound battle, 21-11.
Iowa also had a 20-12 advantage on points in the paint, shot 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.

“The Hawks blow up Nebraska”

The headline comes from the words that Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer, said as time ran out Black Friday in Lincoln.
The Iowa Hawkeyes blew the Huskers out in the second half, breaking a 14-14 halftime tie and scoring 42 unanswered points.
I have been to Lincoln once to see Iowa play Nebraska.
The year was 1980 and one of my homeboys from Moville, Kim Clark, was working in Lincoln and I went over for the weekend to go to the game with him.
The final score… 57-0!

Jackson earns Jack Tatum Award

Hawk Talk

IOWA CITY– University of Iowa junior defensive back Josh Jackson has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jack Tatum Award as the best defensive back in the nation. The award was announced Tuesday by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, and is named for the late Ohio State and NFL legend Jack Tatum.

105-80 win over Northern Illinois

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women opened up the week with a 105-80 win over Northern Illinois.
It was textbook Lisa Bluder basketball.
All five starters were in double figures and Hannah Stewart came off the bench scoring 13 points with two blocked shots.
Alexis Sevillian made her first start with Kathleen Doyle out with an injury.
Alexis looked like she belonged, scoring 15 points in 30 minutes.
Makenzie Meyer and Tania Davis combined for 15 assists and Tania had a career-high 10 rebounds.

Hawks pull through with a win

Hawk Talk

The men had a little tougher time against Grambling State last week at Carver.
The game was tight until the middle of the second half when the Hawks pulled away and won, 85-74.
Iowa had five players in double figures led by Jack Nunge off the bench with 17.
Jack hit three 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds, had two assists and one blocked shot. He is such a tough matchup at 6-11– shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent from the floor.
Tyler Cook and Isaiah Moss each had 15 points.

UNDERWHELMING

Hawk Talk

H2>Wisconsin stifles
Iowa, 38-14

As good as the Hawkeyes looked against Ohio State last week, they looked that bad against Wisconsin Saturday.
Sixty-six total yards (the lowest under Kirk Ferentz) and 0-13 on third down conversions will not win any games.
Was it the Badger defense being that great or the Hawkeye offense being that bad?
I’d lean towards the Badger D is pretty good.
Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense frustrated Iowa all afternoon.

UNBELIEVABLE

Hawk Talk

Iowa upsets No. 3
Ohio State, 55-24

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa’s first game ever against Ohio State was in 1922 and the Hawkeyes won, 12-9.
The Hawks actually won the first three of four and four out of the first eight, but since then only 11 more wins in the last 85 years, including last Saturday’s 55-24 upset.
That’s 15 victories since the series started.
The overall record is now 15-47-3.

Hawkeye men show depth

Hawk Talk

Iowa Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery said at media day this year’s team has the most depth he’s had since he’s been here, especially in the front line.
The first two exhibition games have shown, so far, he is right.
Iowa played 15 players in the opener, including two walk-ons and Christian Williams, who has since transferred.
The emergence of freshman Conner McCaffery had to be one of the main reasons Williams transferred.
McCaffery was running No. 2 at point guard in practice.

Iowa defense shines

Hawk Talk

For the second week in a row, the Hawkeye defense held its opponent to 10 points in regulation.
Last Saturday against Minnesota, the offense came up with 17 points and the pig stays in Iowa City... Iowa defeats Minnesota, 17-10.
That’s the sixth time this season Iowa has held an opponent to under 20 points.
Phil Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, said he thought the Hawkeyes’ front seven was as good as he has seen it since he’s been here.
The defensive backfield was a different story.

Hawkeye women have talent

Hawk Talk

When you start with Megan Gustafson (6-3) at center, you have a great player to build a basketball team around.
Gustafson, who was named First Team All-Big Ten last year, is a preseason first team pick this year.
She led the Hawks, averaging 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds, shooting 65 percent from the floor.
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder said Gustafson works hard on every single possession.
“She is an amazing player,” said the coach.
Iowa lost all-time leading scorer Ally Disterhoft and she won’t be easy to replace, but Iowa has some good talent coming back.

It don’t come easy

Hawk Talk

“Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.”
That’s the opening line to the song by Ringo Starr who, for some of you youngsters, was the drummer for the greatest band ever… The Beatles.
That seems to be the story with the Hawkeyes this season.
They start slow and pay their dues and then in four of the six first games, take over and finish strong with a W.
Iowa sometimes has a tendency of playing up or down to its opponents.
Against Iowa State and Penn State, the Hawks played up.

Not real pretty

Hawk Talk
Iowa falls to Spartans, 17-10

I’ve talked about how I’d rather win and not look good as opposed to losing and looking great, but when you lose and look bad, that’s another story.
The Hawkeye defense gave Iowa a chance, but the offense started slow and kept shooting itself in the foot in a 17-10 road loss to Michigan State Sept. 30 in Lansing.
The Hawk offense could only come up with 11 first downs, 0.8 yards per carry on the ground and 4-14 on third down conversions.