Luka Garza 'feels bad' for coming up short in tournament, says future at Iowa is bright
If there’s anyone that shouldn’t feel guilty about his performance in the NCAA Tournament this year, it’s Luka Garza. Although Iowa fell short in the second round, the star gave the Hawkeyes everything he had in Monday’s loss to Oregon.
Garza scored 36 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa fell 95-80 to Oregon in the Round of 32 on Monday afternoon in Indianapolis. It was Garza’s final game in a Hawkeye uniform, ending well short of what he had hoped.
After the game, Garza told reporters that he felt about about Iowa’s performance in the second round.
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“I feel bad that I wasn’t able to lead this team to where it needs to go,” Garza said, per Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register.
Even though Iowa came up short, Garza leaves as an Iowa legend. He’s the all-time leading scorer in program history, a two-time B1G Player of the Year and is a candidate to win National Player of the Year honors. At the end of the regular season, Iowa announced that Garza’s No. 55 will be retired at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The past four seasons were special for Garza at Iowa, but he thinks the program has the potential to do big things under Fran McCaffery and the group that’s still in Iowa City.
“I couldn’t do it, but they can,” Garza said. “They’re a bunch of hard workers, and they’ll be able to do it.”
Iowa’s season ended with a 22-9 record, finishing third in the B1G and earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.