Gonzaga vs Iowa Round One
In an anticipation of last Saturday’s matchup between Gonzaga and Iowa, it looked like taking the points were the way to bet. Iowa was blowing everybody out averaging over 100 points per game and looking like the 1990 UNLV Runnin Rebels. To solidify this notion, because of Covid, the Zags we’re entering the arena with multiple days off due to postponements. No. 1 Gonzaga took control midway through the first half at the Sanford Pentagon and held off a late flurry by the No. 3 Hawkeyes to win a marquee December hoops matchup 99-88. That was a shocking score as it really was worst during the final 10 minutes. Iowa center Luka Garza gave it everything he had to finish with 30 points, relishing his chance to tangle with perhaps the most talented team he’ll face all season. Joe Wieskamp added 20 points. The Zags (4-0), coming off a two-week break due to COVID-19 issues, were a step ahead of the Hawkeyes (6-1) throughout the game. Gonzaga got 27 points from point guard Jalen Suggs and 13 from senior wing Corey Kispert, a preseason all-American like Garza. Kispert fouled out of the game. Joe Toussaint is the quickest Iowa player, and that was vital in a game like this, with Gonzaga applying pressure and trying to get transition baskets. Incredible guard play is necessary for any team to make a respectable outcome against Gonzaga. Gonzaga had 11 fast-break points in the first half, which is the same rate it had in its first three games. Joining in as other teams to watch early this year in addition to Gonzaga and Iowa, Baylor and Villanova will not disappoint college basketball aficionados.