When Luka Garza went down with an ankle injury in practice virtually a month in the past, Iowa men’s basketball mentor Fran McCaffery realized his sophomore put up was going to skip prolonged time.
McCaffery reported the sprained ankle junior Tyler Cook dinner sustained in the 2nd 50 percent of final Saturday’s gain about Ohio State is not as extreme as the a single that kept Garza out for a few games.
“I’m far more inspired (about Cook dinner) than Luka’s,” McCaffery reported Tuesday morning. “Luka’s was a terrible a single. This is not a very good a single but it is not like that. You realized Luka was going to be out for a although.”
Nevertheless, it is unsure if the 23rd-rated Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-3) will have their primary scorer and rebounder in the lineup at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they check out Penn State.
Cook dinner did not practice Monday. McCaffery reported the program was for Cook dinner “to do some things (Tuesday) and see how it goes” prior to the group departs for State School, Pennsylvania.
If Cook dinner can not engage in, McCaffery reported in all probability senior Nicholas Baer would go into the starting up lineup.
As Cook dinner drove to the basket late in the video game Saturday, he fell to the court and instantly grabbed his left ankle. Coach Brad Floy and assistant mentor Sherman Dillard aided him off the floor.
Iowa has experienced five players impacted by ankle injuries this year, such as a few starters in Cook dinner, Garza and Joe Wieskamp. Jordan Bohannon skipped time in the preseason with a lessen-system ailment.
It has demanded other people to engage in an expanded function at instances.
“We’ve acquired 14 league games left, and you need all people because from a single video game to the subsequent you really don’t know who is healthier and who is not,” McCaffery reported. “Others have to step up and engage in far more minutes and probably guard a diverse male than they would have.
“You’re looking at fantastic electricity, fantastic cohesiveness as a outcome. We all acknowledge the problem we’re in.”
Just seven days in the past, Iowa went on the road and conquer Northwestern by 10 factors devoid of Cook dinner to snap an eight-video game meeting road losing streak. Cook dinner was nursing a sore knee at that position.
Can his group attract assurance on that if Cook’s 17.1 factors and 8.3 rebounds are not accessible?
“It absolutely doesn’t make it a lot easier devoid of him but other people recognize we’ve acquired two veterans that would come in, either Ryan (Kriener) or Nicholas,” McCaffery reported. “And then Connor (McCaffery) and Maishe (Dailey), Isaiah (Moss) have to step up. They’re all going to get considerably far more minutes and probably engage in a tiny far more at the forward situation and guard a even larger male.
“But I believe it aids that we went on the road and won a video game devoid of (Cook dinner), but hopefully he’ll engage in.”
Penn State (7-10) and Illinois (4-12) are the only Massive 10 groups still winless in meeting engage in. Right after the excursion to Penn State, Illinois will come to Iowa Metropolis for a Sunday afternoon tilt.
It is an prospect for the Hawkeyes to transform a -3 league begin into a five-video game gain streak heading into a tricky extend of games beginning with Michigan State on Jan. 24.
The Nittany Lions conquer the Hawkeyes two times a year in the past, such as an 82-58 trouncing at the Bryce Jordan Centre in early February. Penn State dominated that contest with 50 factors in the paint.
Overconfidence shouldn’t be an difficulty.
“Any of them that had been at the video game final calendar year down there, I shouldn’t have to remind them,” McCaffery reported.
Six-foot-8 Lamar Stevens, who experienced 17 factors in the final assembly, leads Penn State at 18.6 factors and 8 rebounds per video game.
Iowa is in search of back-to-back Massive 10 road wins for the initial time due to the fact the conclude of the 2016-17 year.
“Everybody thinks it is all about a road warrior mentality, which is true,” McCaffery reported, “but there is a good deal far more to it than that.
“You have to recognize the movement of the video game, time and score, what they are accomplishing to us. Often on the road it can snowball if you are brief-capturing the ball. We have experienced, at instances, the inclination to do that. We’re not afraid to brief-shoot the ball. We engage in rapidly, we engage in with independence. But there is a suitable time and wrong time to do that.
“I believe it is finding to the position exactly where you entirely recognize the variance, and that was what I was trying to get them to recognize (after the Purdue video game).”