Tuesday, November 30, 2004
If Erek Hansen had scored one more point in Iowa's four games, all five starters would be averaging at least 10 ppg. As it stands now:
Hansen is off to a blazing start with his blocked shots. He is only averaging 22 mpg (88 total minutes), but already has 16 blocks. He dominated the conference with 6.3 blocks/40 min last year, and has improved that to 7.3 so far this year. His 4.0 bpg leads the conference, with Michigan's Brent Petway second at 2.8.
Iowa has been hot from behind the three-point arc, shooting 42.4%, but they've allowed their opponents to shoot 42.7% from the same distance, which is last in the Big Ten.
Free throws have actually been decent (read: not horrible) so far. Iowa is hitting 71.4% at the line this year, good for third in the Big Ten. Top contributors have been Adam Haluska (20-24, 83%), Greg Brunner (14-17, 82%) and Doug Thomas (11-14, 79%). The black eye on the team is, you guessed it, Pierre Pierce (9-20, 45%). Last year's squad shot 67.2%.