It might not look flashy, but Iowa showcased their depth and toughness with its victory over Northwestern. Despite not having Tyler Cook on the court due to a knee injury, the Hawkeyes were elevated by the production from Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza.
Next up for Iowa is a battle with No. 16 Ohio State, which presents an opportunity to send a message to the rest of the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Rutgers, bringing their total record to 12-3.
While Iowa is trending in the right direction, Ohio State is losing its momentum fast. After all, getting upset by the Scarlet Knights could knock the Buckeyes out of the top 25.
If there is one flaw with Ohio State it has to be its lack of scoring options. Outside of sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson, the Buckeyes don’t have another player averaging double figures.
On the other hand, the Hawkeyes have the aforementioned duo of Wieskamp and Garza to go alongside Jordan Bohannon.
Iowa could also have Cook back in the lineup for tomorrow, as the versatile forward is confident that he’ll play, according to reporter Mark Emmert.
Cook says right knee feels much better today. He’s confident he will play tomorrow.
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) January 11, 2019
Another loss for either team would place them in the bottom half of the conference standings.
Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. ET from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris will call the action on the Big Ten Network.