Luka Garza had 17 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and No. 5 Iowa rolled to a 96-73 success over Northwestern on Sunday.Joe Wieskamp had

Garza ratings 33, No. 5 Iowa beats No. 16 Minnesota 86-71 Garza scores 24 to help No. 5 Iowa coast past Maryland 89-67 Garza scores 24 to assist No. 5 Iowa coast past Maryland 89-67

Luka Garza had 17 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and No. 5 Iowa rolled to a 96-73 success over Northwestern on Sunday.

Joe Wieskamp had 16 points and CJ Fredrick included 13 as the Hawkeyes (12-2, 6-1 in the Big 10) won their fifth straight. Iowa and Michigan are tied for the conference lead.

Garza, who went into averaging 27.6 points, remained the final 12 minutes due to the fact that of the uneven rating. He was 7 for 12 from the field and scored all of his points in the first half.

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” Luka was not rather as dominant as he constantly is,” Wieskamp stated. “But he was getting double-teamed and he was finding open people. Groups need to appreciate Luka in the post. If they double team him, we have a lot of men open.”

Pete Nance had 16 points and Boo Buie added 12 for Northwestern (6-6, 3-5), which dropped its fifth in a row.

” We knew what we were facing. They’re truly among the elite teams,” Wildcats coach Chris Collins stated. “If you’re going to win, you need to play well on both ends and we disappointed that.”

Northwestern left to a solid start and led 29-28 with simply under eight minutes left in the first half on the strength of 4 threes by Buie.

Iowa then took control with 13 straight points, 6 by Jack Nunge. The Hawkeyes led 49-37 at the break and opened the second half with a 13-2 run for a 62-39 benefit.

BROAD VIEW

Iowa: The Hawkeyes were coming off a seven-day layoff because Thursday’s video game versus Michigan State was held off. It didn’t impact their sharpness. The blowout win likewise enabled Garza to acquire some included rest, which might settle later in the season.

Northwestern: This was the Wildcats’ 6th straight video game versus a ranked challenger. They won the very first video game of that stretch versus Ohio State on Dec. 26 however have actually dropped the last 5, all by double digits. The previous longest streak of ranked opponents was four.

SURVEY IMPLICATIONS

With the comfortable win, Iowa ought to stay in the top five when the new survey is launched on Monday. Co-conference leader Michigan beat No. 9 Wisconsin but lost by 18 points at No. 23 Minnesota.

VIEW AT THE TOP

While the Iowa players noted in their postgame remarks that they ‘d moved into a tie atop the Big 10 standings, coach Fran McCaffery never discussed it to the group.

” I really do not pay much attention to the standings,” he said. “We’re about a third of the method through the schedule and we’ve got some actually good opponents turning up. It actually doesn’t matter at this time of year.”

UP NEXT

Iowa: Hosts Indiana Thursday night.

Northwestern: At No. 9 Wisconsin Wednesday night.