IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeyes kept rolling on Sunday afternoon as they won their ninth straight game.
No. 9 Iowa (16-3, 7-0) completed the regular season sweep of No. 22 Purdue (17-4, 5-3) by winning 83-71 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes pulled away in the second half to come out on top of another quality opponent and remained unbeaten in conference play.
Iowa is now 7-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1970, when the team went 14-0 en route to the regular season title. It's also their 13th straight regular season Big Ten victory overall dating back to last year.
“It means a little bit now but it’ll mean more later,” Iowa center Adam Woodbury said, when asked about the 7-0 start in the Big Ten. “We’re excited to continue to get to 8-0, 9-0 and further on. Right now, it’s one game at a time for us. We’re not looking too hard at our record.”
Wooden Award candidate Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes to a win once again on Sunday. The star forward finished with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arc.
While Uthoff was the catalyst, the Hawkeyes' deep and versatile roster was also on display with several players contributing, including the team's bench.
“That’s the identity of our team, we have so many guys that can do so many different things,” Uthoff said. “Score the ball, push it, be a distributor, we have a lot of versatile guys on the team."
“I think that’s the beautiful thing about this team and that’s what I said after the game,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. “To see Nicolas Baer, Brady (Ellingson), and Dom Uhl do what their doing. We got great play from Ahmad (Wagner), he didn’t score, but he gave us great minutes especially when (Woodbury) got in foul trouble."
The Hawkeyes will now prepare for another tough test on Thursday as they'll travel to No. 7 Maryland to face the Terrapins.