No. 4 Iowa Upset by Unranked Indiana Despite Luka Garza's 28 Points

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2021

Indiana guard Armaan Franklin drives to the basket past Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

Down goes another Top 10 team. And yet again, it happened in shocking fashion.

Two days after No. 6 Tennessee was absolutely steamrolled by unranked Florida, Indiana pulled off a 81-69 upset over No. 4 Iowa on Thursday evening, led by a strong performance from Trayce Jackson-Davis and a 23-3 second-half run. 

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

🎯 @unkle44artty sinks the corner 3 for @IndianaMBB and they are on a 16-2 run against the No. 4 Hawkeyes!! https://t.co/vGllhwlH1z

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

😤 @JordanGeronimo2 with the one-handed JAM for @IndianaMBB! https://t.co/CiKRKYIyeQ

Whether it was Indiana ratcheting up the defensive pressure or Iowa just going ice cold, the Hawkeyes couldn't buy a bucket down the stretch.

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Iowa, which entered tonight with the No. 1 offense in the country, has not made a single field goal in the last 10 minutes against Indiana. Indiana has outscored Iowa by 20 over that stretch and leads by 11 with just over two minutes remaining.

Tim Brando @TimBrando

The @IndianaMBB Hoosiers are suffocating Luka Garza and his Hawkeyes. No FG’s in almost 8 minutes leading to an 18-2 run but the D has been incredible. They’re a very young team the Hoosiers and FT shooting still an issue. That said, it’s been a helluva performance.

Brad Evans @NoisyHuevos

Iowa points per possession on the season: 1.252 Iowa points per possession tonight on its home floor against Indiana: 1.017 This speaks to the weirdness of this season.

Coming into the night, Indiana (9-6) was 0-4 against ranked opponents, making the upset all the more surprising. The 12-3 Hawkeyes, meanwhile, have now dropped a second Big Ten matchup, also losing to Minnesota. 

Naismith Player of the Year candidate Luka Garza showed out yet again, but his teammates didn't offer much support, as Iowa shot just 21.7 percent from three (5-of-23) and struggled to consistently break down Indiana's defense. 


Key Stats

Trayce Jackson-Davis, IND: 23 points, seven rebounds

Rob Phinisee, IND: 18 points

Armaan Franklin, IND: 11 points, six rebounds

Luka Garza, Iowa: 28 points, 12 rebounds

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa: 16 points, 12 rebounds

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa: Zero points, five rebounds


Jackson-Davis Had Himself a Game

Garza was the bigger name in this matchup, but Jackson-Davis more than held his own. Frankly, had he not gotten into foul trouble, he may have done even more damage. 

Zach Osterman @ZachOsterman

Trayce Jackson-Davis has had a couple of tough whistles go his way tonight, for a player of his reputation and performance. He's got four now. #iubb

Grant Becker @GBeckTV

Trayce Jackson-Davis is one of the few players in college basketball this season who've been anywhere close to as good as Luka Garza. He's showing it tonight.

Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops

Indiana making a huge run at Iowa AFTER Trayce Jackson Davis went out with his fourth. We all saw that coming right? IU up 8.

It shouldn't be a huge surprise—he came into the game averaging 20.4 points per game. But his efficiency, finishing 9-of-14 from the field, was huge. 

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

🔄 @TrayceJackson with the spin and the slam for @IndianaMBB on Luka Garza 😳 https://t.co/sPUIHlbfL2

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

👊 @TrayceJackson left all alone for @IndianaMBB to start the 2nd half! https://t.co/T8E6Vt4Ka8

Jackson-Davis has the makings of being an All-American selection this season. He showed why on Thursday, carrying the Hoosiers until they went on a late run without him to close out the Hawkeyes. 


Garza Couldn't Will Iowa to Victory

It's no surprise that Indiana struggled to contain Garza—he came into Thursday averaging 26.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. The dude is a problem. 

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

Holy relentless @LukaG_55 💪 He gets the tough bucket in the paint for @IowaHoops https://t.co/MYrrzb0MuP

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Luka Garza had his 49th career 20-point game tonight, the most by a Big Ten player over the last 25 seasons. However, Indiana notched its 3rd road win against an AP top-5 opponent in school history. The Hoosiers were 2-35 all-time on the road vs AP top-5 teams entering tonight. https://t.co/TGVbgSQYPS

But when every player not named Garza or Wieskamp combines to score just 25 points, well, that's a different kind of problem. The sort that will make it very tough for Iowa to win games. 

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

🔥 @JWieskamp21 with 5 points in less than 30sec for @IowaHoops! https://t.co/csxVZe3oOs

Scott Dochterman @ScottDochterman

Iowa with 11 turnovers, missed last 10 shots, outscored 36-19 in second half. And there's no perfume in the world that can cover up this stink. Garza can't do it alone.

Iowa came into this game averaging 92.2 points per game, third in the nation, so this game is likely an aberration. Most nights, Bohannon isn't going to go 0-of-8 from three. Most nights, Iowa will sit closer to the 21.4 assists per game they average, tops in the nation, than the 14 they mustered Thursday. 

Sometimes it's not your night, even when you have a superstar like Garza. Give the Hoosiers some credit—they played arguably their best defensive game of the season. But outside of Garza, Iowa was flat-out poor. 


What's Next?

Iowa travels to No. 22 Illinois on Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET, while Indiana will look to build on its big win vs. Rutgers on Sunday at noon ET.