4 storylines for IU’s game at Iowa

1. Down to the buzzer.
Iowa’s last three games have gone down to the final seconds. Prior to Tuesday’s loss to Maryland, which secured a 66-65 win on Bruno Fernando’s tip-in with 7.8 seconds left, the Hawkeyes posted back-to-back buzzer beaters for the first time since 2002. Iowa’s wins over Northwestern and Rutgers each came on last-chance 3-pointers, with Joran Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp, respectively, supplying the final daggers. Former Hoosier Luke Recker delivered the game-winning shots the last time Iowa won two in a row at the buzzer. Iowa’s last four games have been decided by a combined nine points. Can Indiana do enough to put the Hawkeyes in yet another close contest?

2. Garza trying to bounce back.
A month ago, Iowa sophomore forward Luka Garza was earning a name as one of the best big men in the Big Ten. During a four-game stretch from Jan. 16 to Jan. 27, Garza averaged 21.7 points while helping the Hawkeyes to a pair of wins. But during his past four games — a stretch that began on Feb. 7 in Bloomington — Garza has managed only 16 total points. “Keep telling him to shoot, and then point out some things maybe he could be doing differently to get shots or to stay out of foul trouble, things like that, that have been hampering him a little bit,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Nobody is more committed to doing what it takes than he is.”

3. Bombs away.
In conference play, only Maryland is shooting better from beyond the arc than Iowa. The Hawkeyes are making 38.1 percent of their 3-point attempts in Big Ten games. Indiana, meanwhile, is allowing league opponents to shoot 34.3 percent from the perimeter, a mark that ranks 11th in the conference. Joe Wieskamp has made 43.6 percent of his 3-point attempts this season, while Jordan Bohannon is making 40 percent of his outside shots. Isaiah Moss is also seeing success from outside. Moss is 20-for-35 (.571) from 3-point range during the last nine games.

4. Lagging support from the supporting cast.
Indiana continues to lack consistent offensive contributions from members of its supporting cast. During the past three games, Justin Smith, Devonte Green and Al Durham have combined to shoot merely 31 percent from the field. “We need those guys to be aggressive,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “They have to have an aggressive mentality, and they have to be willing to try to make plays for us.”