Jan 5, 2017; Lincoln, NE, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Tyler Cook (5) reacts after a foul against Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska won 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

IUBB: Previewing Iowa

Indiana is on a short turnaround after an uninspiring 69-55 loss at Michigan on Saturday, as the unusual B1G in December schedule continues.  The Hoosiers return home to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to host the Iowa Hawkeyes for an 8:00 PM Monday night tipoff on BTN.  The Hawkeyes (4-4, 0-1) lost their B1G opener at home against Penn State and have lost 4 out of their last 5 overall.  The latest line has Indiana as a 4.5 point favorite.

THE SERIES

The Hoosiers own a commanding 101-76 lead in the series which dates back to 1909.  Last year Iowa won 96-90 in overtime in Iowa City.  The teams did not meet in Bloomington last season.  In the B1G Tournament the Hoosiers beat Iowa 95-73.

THE HEAD COACH

Iowa is led by head coach Fran McCaffery who is in his 8th year as the Hawkeyes’ head coach.  He has a career record of 392-282, and is 141-104 at Iowa.

NOTEWORTHY WINS AND LOSSES

The Hawkeyes (ranked 74th in KenPom) have played five teams thus far in the KenPom top 150:

  • A 95-85 WIN vs. UAB (133) at a neutral site
  • A 71-80 LOSS vs. Louisiana Lafayette (109) at a neutral site
  • A 72-80 LOSS vs. South Dakota State (120) at a neutral site
  • A 55-79 LOSS at Virginia Tech (35)
  • A 73-77 LOSS vs. Penn State (33) at Iowa

KEY PLAYER DEPARTURES FROM 2016-17

  • Peter Jok
  • Christian Williams

STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Leading Scorers
    • Tyler Cook, 6-9 sophomore forward, 15.3 ppg
    • Isaiah Moss, 6-5 sophomore guard, 13.8 ppg
    • Jordan Bohannon, 6-0 sophomore guard, 13.4 ppg
  • Leading Rebounders
    • Cook, 7.3 rpg
    • Luke Garza, 6-11 freshman forward, 7.0 rpg
    • Cordell Pemsl, 6-8 sophomore forward, 5.9 rpg
  • Assist Leaders
    • Bohannon – 4.8 apg

TEAM STATISTICS (RANKINGS) – OUTLIERS IN BOLD
Scoring offense 79.8 (103)
Scoring defense 74.4 (226)
Scoring margin 5.4 (150)
Rebounding margin 4.9 (89)
Assists per game 17.4 (42)
Blocked shots per game 4.9 (54)
Steals per game 6.0 (217)
Turnover margin -.9 (239)
Assist turnover ratio 1.24 (74)
Field goal percentage 48.2 (71)
Field goal percentage defense 42.9 (165)
Three point field goals per game 7.8 (163)
Three point field goal percentage 39.7 (50)
Free throw percentage 66.4 (275)

Photo credit – Bruce Thorson, USA Today Sports

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