Iowa vs. Indiana: The Key Numbers

No. 5 Iowa visits Bloomington on Thursday night for a huge Big Ten showdown. Here are the key numbers for both teams that will likely determine how the game plays out.

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


CategoryOffenseDefenseD-I Avg
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
Four Factors
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.


CategoryOffenseDefenseD-I Avg
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
Four Factors
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. Top Stories