Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Thursday night for the biggest game of the season to date. The Hoosiers host No. 5 Iowa on Thursday night, a showdown between teams at the top of the Big Ten standings. The game begins at 9 p.m. on ESPN, and it figures to be an electric atmosphere in Bloomington. Here's a look at the key numbers for both teams, courtesy of KenPom.com.
|Adj. Efficiency||114.0 22||96.3 48||103.3|
|Adj. Tempo||70.6 102||69.3|
|Avg. Poss. Length||16.2 66||17.9 304||17.2|
|Effective FG%:||59.6 2||48.3 108||49.7|
|Turnover %:||20.6 302||19.4 105||18.4|
|Off. Reb. %:||38.0 11||28.3 100||29.9|
|FTA/FGA:||34.3 234||30.4 47||36.8|
WHAT STANDS OUT: Indiana remains second nationally in effective FG% despite a season-worst performance at Penn State. The Hoosiers still have a top 50 defense, but their turnover rate of 20.6 continues to be a huge issue. As you can see by comparing IU's turnover rate to Iowa's, that is perhaps the biggest difference between these two teams.
|Adj. Efficiency||118.1 7||92.3 11||103.3|
|Adj. Tempo||70.3 119||69.3|
|Avg. Poss. Length||16.2 63||17.7 282||17.2|
|Effective FG%:||53.5 36||46.1 43||49.7|
|Turnover %:||14.2 4||19.1 135||18.4|
|Off. Reb. %:||31.0 136||31.0 228||29.9|
|FTA/FGA:||31.7 296||24.5 4||36.8|
WHAT STANDS OUT: There aren't a whole lot of areas where Iowa isn't elite. The Hawkeyes boast the 7th-ranked offense and 11th-ranked defense, and their turnover rate of 14.2 ranks 4th nationally. Indiana turns it over on 6.4% more of its possessions than does Iowa. The Hawkeyes have always been able to score, but their defense is the biggest difference this year.
*Iowa star Jarrod Uthoff has had an incredible season in many ways, but perhaps the most impressive is that he has a turnover rate of just 7.2 percent, the 13th-lowest mark in the nation. That's impressive considering Uthoff uses 25.5 percent of Iowa's offensive possessions. Also impressive: Uthoff's block rate of 9.8 percent ranks 31st nationally.
*Iowa point guard Mike Gesell hasn't played quite as large of a role as he has in the past, but he's very important to the Hawkeyes success. Gesell's assist rate of 33.1 ranks in the top 50 nationally.
*It may be kind of surprising, but Troy Williams actually uses more of Indiana's offensive possessions than Yogi Ferrell does. Williams uses 26.2 percent of IU's possessions with a turnover rate of 24.0. Ferrell uses 25 percent of IU's possessions with a turnover rate of 18.4.
*Nick Zeisloft's offensive rating of 129.3 ranks 13th nationally.