‘We Can Beat Anybody’- Luka Garza Reveals What Will Enable Iowa Hawkeyes’ Success In March Madness

Published 03/15/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) reacts against the Wisconsin Badgers in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Garza is the leader of the Iowa Hawkeyes and is heading into his final March Madness run. Garza will be graduating after this season, so the senior has to make the most of this campaign. He is widely expected to be named National Player of the Year, and he would love to top his final year off with a title.

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Garza commented on the Hawkeyes being seeded against #15 Grand Canyon Antelopes. There have only been eight times in March Madness history that the #15 seed has beaten the #4 seed. However, that may not even be a problem considering what Garza feels the team needs to do to enable their success.

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“I think consistency on the defensive end throughout every single game. I think that’s the biggest. We know out offense is going to come along, at some point of the game we’re going to get hot. But if we’re able to get stops consistently throughout the game, we can beat anybody. We’ve beaten some really good teams and ever done that. So we’re excited for the opportunity and will make sure we make the most of it. We set those goals for a reason and we’re going to try and achieve them.”

Luka Garza: Can he lead Iowa to a national title?

Luka Garza is one of the best players that this generation of college basketball fans have seen. The star did not have his jersey retired by the Hawkeyes for no reason. He is their all-time leading scorer and brought them their best season in ages.

Dec 11, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) shoots the ball over Iowa State Cyclones forward Solomon Young (33) during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

This is the most competitive the Hawkeyes have looked for a long time and Garza is the primary reason. However, secondary players like Jordan Bohannon are crucial to carrying this team to success as well. But the main responsibility will fall on Garza (as it should).

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He has had one of the greatest individual seasons in recent NCAA history. While his Hawkeyes have lost big games multiple times this season, they will hope that their mercurial star can help them pull out wins during the most important run of the season.

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If they keep winning, a title is theirs. However, one loss will end their season and send Garza out of the NCAA on a somber note.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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