Getting Josh Oglesby back from an injury in late December probably was viewed by Iowa basketball fans with mixed opinions. It was good to have one more experienced player to put on the court. But Oglesby was widely viewed as a player who had underachieved in the past. It wasn’t necessarily regarded as something that would make a big difference in any games. It’s apparent now that Oglesby may play a major role in almost every game. It certainly was that way Sunday as the Hawkeyes pushed their record to 15-3, 4-1 in the Big Ten, with a 94-73 victory over Minnesota. With the Hawkeyes’ big guns misfiring in the first half, Oglesby tossed in 14 points, including four three-point field goals, to keep Iowa in the game until Devyn Marble and Aaron White resumed their normal production in the second half. Oglesby also made several big plays in a road victory at Ohio State the previous Sunday. “Whatever it takes to win, I’ll do. Whatever coach tells me to do, I’ll do,’’ Oglesby said after the Minnesota victory. “Today I was hitting my threes and it helped our team win.’’ In six games since returning from a broken foot that prompted him to miss the first dozen games of the season, Oglesby is shooting 50 percent (15 of 30) from the field and 60 percent (12 of 20) from 3-point range. He is averaging 16.7 minutes and 7.2 points per game and said he is playing with more confidence than at any other time in his career. It wasn’t always this way. As he was being maligned by fans and media last season, the 6-foot-6 junior admitted that his confidence sagged.
Oglesby now key contributor for Hawkeyes
Quad City Times | Jan 21