Offensive rebounds pace Iowa

For much of this season, Iowa’s offense resembled a black-powder pistol in an old-fashioned duel. The Hawkeyes shot once, then prepared to play defense.

On Saturday in a 56-51 win against Northwestern, Iowa’s guards didn’t turn and run during a 3-point attempt. Iowa’s guards stayed near the basket and rebounded. Iowa tied a season high with 13 offensive rebounds and scored 10 points on second-chance opportunities. It was only the fourth time in Big Ten play Iowa had notched double digits in second-chance scoring.

“I just think we’ve talked about the effort that you have to play with and that you’ve got to pursue some and get some extra possessions,” Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said. “There wasn’t an emphasis at all. I just think that there was opportunity, and our guys seized that opportunity.

Iowa took advantage of Northwestern’s 1-3-1 zone defense by crashing the boards following a miss. Post Jarryd Cole led the way with four offensive rebounds. Seven of Iowa’s eight players in the game notched offensive rebounds.

“I think it had a lot to do with them being in a zone,” Iowa freshman guard Matt Gatens said. “It’s tough for them to rebound in a zone, and plus I think we realized if we keep crashing it and keep getting those extra possessions it’s great for us.”

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