Hoops Preview: Iowa vs Rutgers

Previewing tonight's hoops matchup between Iowa and Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Iowa will look to move to 6-0 in Big Ten play tonight when they take on Rutgers in Piscataway. The Hawkeyes' hoops team is 15-3 overall and unscathed in league play while Rutgers has struggled mightily, currently 0-6 against Big Ten foes with five of the losses being by at least 22 points. They recently lost to Maryland by 50 points. 

On the other end, Iowa has been cruising. They swept Michigan State by notching their first win at the Breslin Center since 1993. They knocked off Purdue in Mackey Arena and handled Michigan relatively easy at home last Sunday. 

A lot of the credit has to go towards having a national player of the year candidate in Jarrod Uthoff, getting quality bench play from guys like Dom Uhl and Nicholas Baer, point guard Mike Gesell being the floor general that he's been, sharp-shooting from Big Ten Player of the Week Peter Jok, and steady, intelligent play and strong defense from Adam Woodbury on the front line. 


Rutgers is not very good. Iowa is. Not much needs to be said beyond that. The challenge for the Hawkeyes will not be dripping down to the level of their opponent in this one, not taking them lightly, and staying engaged for the full 40 mintues. If they can do all that, they should coast to a victory tonight. If not, then it'll most likely be a sloppy game that still results in a win. 

The Scarlet Knights just aren't talented and struggle to play defense. They've given up at least 88 points in their last four games which is a shockingly high number. Iowa is usually never asleep at the wheel on the offensive end so expect a ton more points tonight before the reserves jump in. 


Iowa should score an abundance of points tonight and continue the streak of Rutgers allowing at least 88 points. The Hawkeyes are an offensive-minded team that have shot the lights out many times this season. If they are hitting on all cylinders tonight, this one could get ugly quick. 


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