Iowa Upset By Nebraska, Caitlin Clark Goes Cold Late in NCAA Record Chase
Steven Branscombe/Getty Images. Pictured: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes were stunned on Sunday afternoon in a huge 82-79 upset loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Iowa closed at 15.5-point favorites in the game and Nebraska was a +900 underdog on the moneyline. A game that could have been a historic for Iowa ended up being a signature win for Nebraska.
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The Hawkeyes blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter on an afternoon the sellout crowd in Lincoln, Nebraska expected to see Clark break the women's all-time NCAA scoring record. Clark entered the day 38 points shy of tying the record and entered the fourth quarter with 31 points after dominating the first three periods. But she mysteriously wen't ice cold in the final frame — 0-for-6 from the field, including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc — at the same time the Cornhuskers got hot. Nebraska outscored Iowa 27-10 in the fourth quarter to get the upset win.
Clark had +175 odds prior to the matchup to break the all-time scoring record against Nebraska and had a history of dominating the Cornhuskers in her storied college career. Clark entered the game averaging 34.7 points per game in eight matchups against Nebraska. While she still managed to put up impressive numbers today — 31 points and 10 assists — she fell just short of her points prop, which was listed at 34.5 at FanDuel.
Clark will get another chance to make history in the Hawkeyes' next game Thursday at home against Michigan. She sits just eight points away from the record and was -220 to break the record against Michigan ahead of today's game.