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Iowa vs. Davidson: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2015

Published by Bleacher Report on Sat, 21 Mar 2015

Aaron White, your table is ready.White led his Iowa Hawkeyes to an overpowering 83-52 victory over Davidson Friday in the South Regional of the NCAA tournament.White finished with 26 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block and was clearly the best player on the floor. He turned it on in the second half when the game was still somewhat in doubt and buried the Wildcats with a combination of his size and overall skill set.Peyton Aldridge and Jack Gibbs spearheaded the Davidson attack with 14 points apiece, but it was ultimately in vain.Davidson may have been seen as a dangerous underdog as a No. 10 seed, but it was Iowa that controlled the early going. The Hawkeyes seized a commanding 34-19 lead with less than four minutes before halftime and appeared to be in control.SI College Hoops noted one particular problem for the Wildcats:Even with Tyler Kalinoski in foul trouble, Davidson went on a run to end the half and closed the gap to 38-29. The Student Section painted an encouraging picture for the Wildcats:That momentum did not carry over out of the locker room, though, as Iowa went on a run of its own and extended the lead to 53-40 with 13 minutes remaining.ESPN's Myron Medcalf noted that White's ability was a major reason why the Hawkeyes were controlling the contest:Davidson coach Bob McKillop probably wasn't surprised Iowa was playing so well given his pregame comments, via Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com:"Ball movement, IQ, taking advantage of matchups, versatility, inside-out attack, half-court, full-court attack, mixing up defenses. They have tremendous size."White's hustle started to turn into points in the middle of the second half, and he took the game into his own hands. Scott Dochterman ofThe Gazette in Cedar Rapids described the action, while Adam Jacobi of BlackHeartGoldPants.com put it in simpler terms:Iowa continued to pour it on and opened up a 68-48 lead behind White's brilliance. The Student Section put things in perspective for fans of the Atlantic 10 and Big Ten:It was easy to point to the offense from White and the efficient shooting from the Hawkeyes as a whole as the reason for victory, but Iowa's defense played a major role as well. Medcalf passed along the numbers:The game was never in doubt after halftime, but it was easy to be even more discouraged as a Davidson fan when the Hawkeyes built their lead to 77-50.Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports noted that the physicality between the two teams was just too much for Davidson to overcome:SportsCenterpointed out that Iowa's win continued a pattern from Friday's contests:Between the size advantage, White's dominance and Iowa's suffocating perimeter defense, Davidson was completely outplayed. Plenty of March Madness contests come down to the final seconds (hence, the "Madness"), but this one did not fall under the thrilling category.Unless you were an Iowa fan.What's Next'Iowa will square off with the winner of the Gonzaga and North Dakota State showdown in the round of 32. One would assume it will be the Bulldogs, considering they are the No. 2 seed in the South Region and are playing close to home in Seattle.There will be plenty of Gonzaga fans in attendance, which could be a problem for the Hawkeyes Sunday. After all, the Bulldogs were one of the best teams in the country all season and could have arguably received one of the No. 1 seeds.ESPN's Dan Dakich gave some reason for hope for the Hawkeyes faithful, though:It will certainly be a major test for Iowa, and it will need White to turn in another vintage performance.
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