Scouting Report: Iowa

The Hawkeyes face the Hoosiers for the only time this season on Tuesday, and they bring an attack very similar to IU's successful team last season. As the highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten with plenty of experience and a skill for rebounding, Iowa will be a tough test for the struggling Hoosiers.

Here's a look at Tuesday's Indiana opponent:

Iowa Hawkeyes (19-6, 8-4)

Last time out: W, 82-70 at Penn State Saturday

The Hawkeyes pulled away late in an 82-70 victory against Penn State on the road Saturday, winning the team's third-straight game away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena Melsahn Basabe led the way with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor along with eight rebounds.

Iowa gained an early lead, scoring the game's first six points and leading 11-4 less than three minutes into the contest. The Nittany Lions wouldn't go away easily, though, and with the help of the highest scoring backcourt in the league, D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier, Penn State put together a 12-2 run and led by two at halftime, 33-31.

The game's momentum switched back and forth for the first several minutes of the second half until Iowa used two free throws from Jarrod Uthoff to take a 46-44 edge, a lead his team wouldn't relinquish for the remained of the contest. The Nittany Lions forced Iowa to win the game from the free throw line, where the Hawkeyes made 31-of-40 as a team Saturday, including 14-of-16 in the final 2:48. Newbill led the Nittany Lions with a game-high 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor.

2012-13 season

Record: (25-13, 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference)

The Hawkeyes made it all the way to the NIT Championship game last season, falling handily to Baylor 74-54 at Madison Square Garden. To begin the season, they played a fairly low caliber of teams, beginning the season 5-0 before dropping two-straight, against Wichita State in the Cancun Challenge and to Virginia Tech 95-79 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

They faced the Hoosiers in their first conference game of the season at home and stayed competitive the whole contest before falling late 69-65. Iowa had a tough start to the team's conference schedule, losing to Michigan and Michigan State immediately after the IU loss. Iowa also dropped two straight against Ohio State and Purdue on the road during the end of January as well as road matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin in the beginning of February. In the team's final eight games, though, Iowa managed to turn things around, with the help of a bit softer schedule, wining six of the final eight regular season games.

In the conference tournament, Iowa took down Northwestern 73-59 in the first round before succumbing to Michigan State down the stretch 59-56. In the NIT, the Hawkeyes beat Indiana State and Stony Brook easily at home before playing a lone road game against Virginia, winning 75-64. In the semi-finals Iowa took another double digit victory against Maryland before falling in the finals to Baylor.

What they do well:

The Hawkeyes seem to be a reminder of IU's team last season: a high-scoring, efficient offense skilled at shooting the 3-pointer and rebounding the ball. Iowa leads the Big Ten by a large margin in scoring, putting in 83.6 points per game. Michigan State, the second team, is nearly seven points back. Even while giving up the fourth-most points per game, the Hawkeyes still have the highest scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by more than 16 points each contest. As a team, they shoot 47 percent from the field, and two of the team's most frequent shooters – Aaron White and Basabe – shoot 59.2 and 56.4 percent, respectively, from the field.

Inside, Iowa's big men have propelled them to second in the league in blocked shots, with the help of White, Basabe and center Gabriel Olaseni. The Hawkeyes have also overtaken the Hoosiers as the top rebounding team in the conference, after the Hoosiers were outrebounded by Purdue Saturday, another team at the top of the conference in that category.

Star players:

G Roy Devyn Marble, Sr.

Marble isn't the sharpest shooter on his team by a long shot. From the field, he's the worst of the team's five consistent starters, but he's also taken over 300 shots in 25 games this season, averaging 16.4 points per game to lead the Hawkeyes. His 3-point shooting percentage barely dips, though, from his shots inside, making him nearly an equally as potent shooter no matter where he is on the court.

Because of his lower percentages, Marble has been prone to score anywhere from the single digits to 30 and everything in between. All he needs is the opportunities, and with all of the strong shooters the Hoosiers will have to keep an even sharper eye on, the senior from Southfield, Mich. likely will see his share of chances.

F Aaron White, Jr.

Outside of Ohio State's Amir Williams, who has taken only 139 shots this season, White is the scariest shooter to face in the Big Ten, with Basabe not far behind. He knocks down shots just under 60 percent of the time, although he relies nearly solely on his inside game as a 6-foot-9-inch junior.

Right now, with the Hoosiers so thin in the frontcourt, Vonleh will have his hands full with Adam Woodbury, who stands at 7-foot-1-inch. White will have a height advantage on anyone IU throws at him, with Hanner Mosquera-Perea out indefinitely. If Iowa can get Vonleh in foul trouble just like Purdue did on Saturday, this would only mean a smaller guy to defend White, something the Hoosiers can't afford with his size and experience.


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