Just hours before the Iowa Hawkeyes opened the season with a dominant, 82-39 victory over an overmatched opponent in UNC Wilmington, Fran McCaffery and the program received some unfortunate news.
Iowa’s Josh Oglesby broke his right foot, out approximately six weeks. Tough blow, but Hawkeyes are deep this year. Can sustain it.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 8, 2013
The school announced that sophomore shooting guard Josh Oglesby will miss at least a month on account of a broken right foot sustained during practice on Wednesday. This is a difficult pill to swallow for both the player and the team, as Oglesby was set to be counting on as the main sharpshooter for this year’s version of the Hawkeyes.
In 2012-2013, Oglesby played only 16.2 minutes per game, but he was expected to see a significant bump in that playing time in year two, and his propensity as a shooter has been well-documented. Fortunately (as ESPN’s Jeff Goodman surmises), this is an Iowa team that is blessed with great depth, as the top 4 scorers from the 2012-13 team are back for this season, and several more rotation players are still on campus.
Fortunately, Iowa faces only one team that is ranked in the preseason top-25 (Notre Dame) before the calendar turns to 2014, and that should help to mitigate the loss of Oglesby. It’ll be interesting to monitor the progress of the rotation without him, but by the time the Big 10 schedule heats up, Iowa will be at full strength.