Indiana lost to Iowa by a final score of 83-74 at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Thursday evening.
The Hoosiers led at halftime 48-41 and were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
IU (12-4, 3-3) will next travel to Nebraska for a Monday evening contest in Lincoln.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. The turnovers return. Indiana’s run of several games in a row with low turnover totals came to an abrupt end on the road against an Iowa defense that wasn’t particularly aggressive. The Hoosiers had 23 miscues, including 14 in the second half. Race Thompson had a team high five turnovers, and four players had three or more.
2. Iowa dominates offensive glass. The Hawkeyes had 16 offensive rebounds including 11 in the second half. They led to 16 second chance points. It was all about the Murrays as Keegan Murray had six offensive rebounds and Kris had five. Because of the offensive rebounds and turnovers, Iowa got up 12 more field goal attempts in the second half than Indiana and outscored the Hoosiers 42-26 after the break.
3. Point guards not up to the task. Point guards can make or break you on the road, and Indiana’s Xavier Johnson and Rob Phinisee combined to go 3-of-12 from the field with eight turnovers against seven assists. They were also 0-for-5 from behind the three-point line. The pair never seemed able to make Iowa pay for its pressure defense.
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