Matt Gatens Continues Hot Shooting

Gatens (6-5, 215) averaged 27.5 points in Iowa's two games last week. He poured in a game and career-high 33 points to help lift the Hawkeyes to a 67-66 upset victory over No. 15/16 Wisconsin Thursday night in Iowa City. He made his first five 3-pointers in that game extending his school record streak of consecutive 3-pointers to 12 spanning the Indiana (Feb. 19) and Wisconsin (Feb. 26) contests. He finished the Wisconsin contest with seven triples (7-of-10, .700). The win was Iowa's fourth victory over a top 25 ranked opponent this season, the most since the 2005-06 campaign. The Iowa City native continued his white-hot shooting at Illinois on Sunday, sinking his first five 3-pointers for the second straight contest. Gatens finished with a game-high 22 points, marking the fourth consecutive game he scored more than 20 points. He finished the game shooting 5-of-6 (.833) from long distance. His five 3-pointers against the Illini moved him past Chris Kingsbury and into second place on Iowa's career 3-point list with 228 career treys. Gatens shot at a 75 percent clip (12-of-16) from 3-point territory in last week's two games. Furthermore, he has made 19 of his last 26 (.731) 3-point attempts the last three games.