Five games out of 18 does not a statistical profile make.
But at the same time, five games that include Wisconsin, Ohio State and Minnesota as the opposition do tell you things.
One that jumps out in Iowa’s first five Big Ten men’s basketball games this season is this: The Hawkeyes lead the conference in three-point shooting by having made 40.3 percent of their treys.
That’s right. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight is shooting straight.
Last year, the Hawkeyes made a woeful 28.4 percent of their 3-pointers in Big Ten games. More than anything, perhaps, that’s why they didn’t end the season in the NCAA tournament.
In Big Ten games, Devyn Marble made 29 percent of his threes. Josh Oglesby made 23.5 percent.
Through those five Big Ten games this month, Marble is fifth in the league in 3-point shooting with 10 of 18 for 55.6 percent. Right behind him is Oglesby, 8 of 15 for 53.3 percent.
Not coincidentally, Michigan State is second in league play with 40.0 percent, and Michigan is third at 39.3. It so happens the league records are Michigan State 6-0, Michigan 5-0 and Iowa 4-1.
Iowa’s 47.3 percent overall ranks third in conference games, behind Michigan (53.8) and Wisconsin (49.3).
In the equally important department of field goal percentage defense, Michigan State is first at 37.9 percent and Iowa is next at 38.9. Michigan is 10th at 44.7 percent.
Here’s a head-scratcher: Big Ten teams have shot worse from 3-point range against Northwestern than anyone else. Wildcat foes are 28.7 percent from behind the arc. Purdue and Michigan’s opponents are at 30.3 percent, Iowa’s at 31.1.