What to Know
The Iowa Basketball team needs a win in the worst way. And tomorrow night they'll get that chance. They'll take on the Stetson Hatters in a non-conference game at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Stetson, a member of the Atlantic Sun, is currently ranked 295th in Ken Pomeroy's advanced rankings. They'll be Iowa's second A-Sun opponent of the season. The first was Kennesaw State, who Iowa defeated back on November 12th in the season opener by a final of 91-74.
The Hatters currently sport a 4-5 record and are 0-3 in road contests. Their latest loss came at the hands of the University of Central Florida. They lost that game by a final of 81-45.
By the looks of it, they are a team that likes to play a lot like the Hawkeyes. They average 78 points per game, but allow 80 on the defensive side of the ball. That suggests that they like to play an up and down style game, as does Iowa.
They have four players that average double figures with sophomore forward, Derick Newton, leading the way with 18.6 per game. Newton also leads the team in rebounding, averaging six a game.
Guards, Divine Myles and Angel Rivera, both average double figures as well. Junior forward, Luke Doyle joins the three in that department as well. One thing about coach Corey Williams' team is that they aren't going to go very deep. In the early parts of the game, he'll probably use a rotation of just seven or eight players. Assuming Iowa pulls away, he will likely start to use the rest of his bench.
Williams will start four juniors and a sophomore tomorrow night.
Who to Know
I mentioned that they have four players that average double figures. Newton leads the way, but Myles isn't too far behind him averaging 15.6 points per contest. Myles also averages four rebounds and four assists per game. Myles is joined in the back court by fellow junior, Angel Rivera. Rivera averages 10 points and 6 assists per game as the point guard for the Hatters. And at 5'8" he likes to get up and down the court.
Rivera ranks 8th in all-time assists for the Hatters with a season and a half left in his career.
Doyle is the other Hatter in double figures. He averages 12 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
They're top heavy and won't go very deep, but they do have guys that can score the ball. The Hawkeyes have a few scorers to worry about, but they should be up to the task as they search for a victory after four straight losses.
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Iowa hasn't performed well on the glass recently, but things should turn around tomorrow. Stetson is -8 in rebounding margin for the season and the Hawkeyes talked about being more aggressive on the glass and on defense after their loss to Omaha on Saturday.
They average 9 made three point field goals and may go above that number on Monday considering the Hawkeyes are last in the Big Ten conference letting teams shoot 41% from behind the arc. The Hawkeyes also rank last in field goal percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot 46%.
Fran McCaffery said after the Omaha loss that he hasn't seen his team defend in any of the 10 games (counting exhibition and scrimmages) they've played thus far. We will get a chance to see if Iowa finally does that tomorrow evening.
The Hawkeyes and Hatters tip-off at 6 pm inside Carver Hawkeye Arena tomorrow night. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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