“The bottom line is you’ve just got to make sure you take care of business and move the ball, and that’s what was most impressive to me.”
Iowa did an impressive job of handling the basketball, coming up with 25 assists while only committing five turnovers. Freshman Peter Jok added 15 points for Iowa (4-0) who tied the fourth-largest margin of victory in program history with the 62-point win.
LaDarrien Williams scored 12 points to lead Abilene Christian (0-4), who used the 10 makes out of 25 attempts from 3-point range to hang around at Maryland on Wednesday. Iowa held the Texas school to just 3-23 shooting from beyond the arc on Sunday.
“I think if you look at scores of games like that, OK, why is Abilene Christian up six with 13 minutes to go at Maryland,” McCaffery said. “If you don’t guard them right, they’re going to make 10 threes. You’ve got to chase them off it. You’ve got to close out hard. You’ve got to rotate and play ball screens correctly, because that’s what forces helped recoveries.”
“Take away the three ball, they went with a small lineup to start the game and they’re 3-23 from three. It’s going to be hard to win.”
Marble put on a show in the opening minutes. The senior hit a jumper and swished a pair of 3-pointers for Iowa’s first eight points.
A couple minutes later, Marble hauled in a deep pass from teammate Aaron White, then went behind his back to scoot around a defender for the lay-in.
After another Marble layup, the 6-foot-6 guard attacked the basket with a nifty spin move to lose his defender at the elbow. Then Marble adjusted his shot in midair to absorb a foul on the layup, drawing a big reaction from the crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.