Remember last summer when Kris Murray was toying with keeping his name in the 2022 NBA draft? That all makes sense these days.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward posted another career high, scoring 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting as No. 24 Iowa easily defeated the Omaha Mavericks, winning 100-64.
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Murray also knocked down 4 of 6 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and had a block and an assist. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native had 25 points at halftime alone.
Patrick and Connor McCaffery also ended up in double digits, losing 16 and 12 points, respectively. Iowa improved to 4-0 as the Hawkeyes shot 55.4% from the floor and 46.2% from 3-point range.
Freshmen Dasonte Bowen and Josh Dix combined for 6 of 11 field goal attempts for 16 points, including Dix’s three 3-point marks.
“I think the most important thing in those first four games was that a lot of guys get minutes because we’re going to play two games in a row and we’re going to need bodies. Most of the time everyone played well. We’ve hooked into the game plan and executed the game plan, and that’s crucial. When we’re going forward and playing really good teams, you have to have a say in the game plan and execute it, and they’ve proven they can do that,” said Fran McCaffery, Iowa men’s head basketball coach.
It’s fantastic to see all the contributions across the board, but again, the game’s biggest story has been Murray’s continued rise. Hawkeye Twitter was blown away by the standout’s last big night.
Kris Murray blocked his first shot. Omaha shouldn’t have done that. He is now 7-of-8 for 17 points.
— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) November 22, 2022
If Kris Murray scores a 50 burger tonight, the Big Ten Boy who’s an Iowa fan will donate $1 to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital for every like this tweet receives.
— The Big Ten Boys (@B1G104Life) November 22, 2022
On November 16, 2021, Keegan Murray led Iowa to a 3-0 start with 27 points and 21 rebounds.
On November 16, 2022, Kris Murray led Iowa to a 3-0 start with 29 points and 11 rebounds.
— Jared Berson (@JaredBerson) November 17, 2022
“Man, Iowa really had Garza and Wieskamp together. It’s a shame they didn’t use Keegan Murray more.”
“Man, Iowa really had Keegan Murray, it’s a shame they didn’t use Kris Murray more.”
“IOWA REALLY HAS GARZA, WIESKAMP AND BOTH MURRAYS ON THE SAME TEAM…”
— Simon Rath (@HawksDraftNerd) November 22, 2022
It’s about time we started the dialogue about Kris Murray being one of the top 5 players in the country
— . (@XAVlERNWANKPA) November 22, 2022
Could Iowa go back to back to have the best player in the country?!
— Iowa Cub (@Iowa_Cub) November 22, 2022
Kris Murray just scored again.
— Irrational Hawkeye (@IrrationalHawk2) November 22, 2022
As an Omaha resident, do I just send my property taxes straight to Kris Murray right now, orrrrrr…?
— Ivan Pepperoni, a parody account of Ivan Bologna (@PV_GIA) November 22, 2022
Kris Murray of Iowa: 30 points, 13/16 shooting (4/6 from depth), along with six boards, two blocks, and zero turnovers. He just set his career high in points, which was 29…last Wednesday. Murray had an exceptional start for the Hawkeyes.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) November 22, 2022
Allllllllll aboard the Kris Murray Wooden Awards train
— Pete Ruden (@PeteyRuden) November 22, 2022
In four games, Kris Murray of Iowa averages 23.8 ppg and shoots 47.8% of 3.
Keegan Murray was averaging 23.5 ppg a year ago, shooting 39.8% from 3.
Kris: “I’m doing my own thing in Iowa and trying to take this team as far as possible.”
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) November 22, 2022
In 4 games this season, Kris Murray is out of @IowaHoops Has:
– Scored 95+ points
– grabbed more than 30 rebounds
– Had 5 or fewer turnovers
– 60% shot from the field
– 100% shot from the line
No other Division I player has managed to do all that over a four-game span in the past 25 years.
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) November 22, 2022