Iowa basketball players take Twitter break during losing streak


Iowa center Luka Garza explains why the Hawkeyes have given up Twitter as they prepare for the Big Ten Tournament.
Mark Emmert,

IOWA CITY, Iowa — During a four-game losing streak, Iowa’s basketball coaches made one off-court adjustment: They recommended the Hawkeyes back away from Twitter.

Sophomore center Luka Garza said Tuesday that the team took that advice two games ago, and it’s been a good move. A segment of the Hawkeyes’ fan base was growing testy, and he saw no need to feed into that.

“I think that’s a good way, the coaches and all the players thought, to stay locked in. We’re not really worried about what the fans are saying right now,” Garza said.

Iowa will face the winner of the Ilinois-Northwestern game on Thursday night in the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago. The Hawkeyes (21-10) are the No. 6 seed in a 14-team field.

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Iowa players have often discussed social media comments about the team. Junior point guard Jordan Bohannon, with nearly 16,000 Twitter followers, has been particularly active on that platform. He said he’s not sure when he’ll get back on, but it’s unlikely during the rest of this season.

“It’s been present all year,” Garza said of negative Twitter comments, “but I don’t think it was necessary. It was starting to get a little bit more amped up, especially with everything going on. So I think it was just a good, clean decision.”


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