Ben Krikke leads Iowa vs. North Florida

Ben Krikke has quickly settled in as one of Iowa’s best players.The graduate transfer will look to make it seven straight double-figure scoring outings to start the season when the Hawkeyes face North Florida on Wednesday night in Iowa City, Iowa.Krikke played four seasons at Valparaiso and has rapidly fit in with Iowa (4-2). He is averaging a team-best 18.3 points per game and shooting 62.2 percent.The 6-foot-9 forward had season highs of 25 points and nine rebounds against Arkansas State and 24 points against then-No. 8 Creighton. On Friday, he scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added a season-high five assists in an 85-72 victory over Seton Hall on a neutral floor in San Diego.”Just picking spots,” Krikke said of his latest solid outing. “Just was kind of reading and reacting and hitting open shots and being aggressive.”Of course, Krikke didn’t arrive in Iowa City as a novice. He was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection last season, when he averaged a league-high 19.4 points per game for Valpo.Payton Sandfort also is performing well for Iowa, averaging 15 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Tony Perkins (11.5 points per game) and Patrick McCaffery (11.3) also have scoring averages in double digits.North Florida (4-3) is playing its second straight road game against a major conference school. The Ospreys lost 75-63 at LSU on Friday.North Florida trailed by 30 with under 14 minutes to play before trimming the margin of defeat.

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