Iowa played without guard Peter Jok, the league's leading scorer at 21.0 points per game, but still had little trouble defeating the Buckeyes by a final of 85-72,
The absence of Joks seemed to bring out the best in the rest of the Hawkeye roster who hustled and fought the entire game despite being without their offensive leader. I
Iowa had lost their last four in a row, but against OSU played like a team that would not be beat. Iowa led by as many as 18 points in the later stages of the game. A late OSU rally made the score closer than the game really was.
Iowa's Bradley Ellingson scored 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting that included 5 of 7 from behind the three point line. Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures and 10 different Hawkeyes scored in the game.
Iowa did not significantly dominate in any statistical category, but made the most of every opportunity while the Buckeyes didn't. Iowa scored 18 points off 12 OSU turnovers, the Buckeyes just six points off nine Hawkeye give aways. Each team had 12 offensive rebounds, but Iowa scored 17 second-chance points, OSU just six.
In his radio interview following the game on 97.1 The Fan Thad Matta said "We just weren't here. I'm very disappointed in the way we played."