IOWA CITY — Iowa has had better days shooting from the perimeter this year, and so has almost every other team in the country.
The Hawkeyes missed all 17 3-point attempts on Saturday, tying the national worst in Division I this year for misses without makes. Purdue also missed all 17 3-point attempts in a six-point loss to Xavier on Dec. 1.
“A little surprised,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said of the misses. “I mean, it seemed like we took good shots. We had good shooters. They were in and out. I’m not worried about it.”
Iowa (11-2) entered the game shooting 34.1 percent from 3-point range. In its two previous games, the Hawkeyes hit 23 3-pointers. Three different teams missed all 24 3-point attempts to tie for the record, the latest was South Alabama in 2011. There were 27 teams to miss every 3-point attempt in a game this year. Ten of those teams won their games.
The Hawkeyes also had a season-worst 20 turnovers, yet still won by 30 points. Inside the 3-point arc, Iowa made 72 percent of its shots and out-rebounded Coppin State 54-29.
“Sometimes stats tell the story and sometimes they don’t,” Iowa sophomore Aaron White said. “I’m sure if you looked at a different category it would be surprising, too.
Denver set the NBA record for the worst 3-point shooting display on Thursday, going 0-for-22 in a loss at Portland.
Iowa sophomore guard Josh Oglesby returned to the Iowa lineup Saturday after missing one game with a muscle spasm near his left shoulder.
Oglesby, a 6-foot-5 Cedar Rapids native, played 13 minutes, scored two points and dished two assists.
“It’s kind of on the front and the back,” Oglesby said. “Some muscle soreness. Got hit on a screen in practice the day after the UNI game.
“It’s still bugging me. It’s not bugging me all the time, like when I do quick movements and stuff. It’s like a pinch and stuff.”
Iowa junior forward Melsahn Basabe injured his left ankle in the first half and did not return. Basabe grabbed four rebounds and blocked one shot in four minutes. He nearly didn’t play against Northern Iowa last week after suffering an ankle sprain in practice.
“We made the decision at halftime to ice him down and not play him anymore and get him ready for Indiana,” McCaffery said.