With season’s end coming ever so close, you can expect added value to just about every game remaining on the schedule. Tonight’s game will be no different. You have Iowa who could use this single game as their one way ticket into the NCAA tournament. On the other hand you have Indiana, who is looking to convince the committee that they deserve the #1 seed in the Midwest. A loss for the Hawkeyes and their tournament chances pretty much rely on winning the conference tournament. A loss for the Hoosiers and their tournament seeding becomes a question mark once again.
It has been two months since these two teams last met, a 69-65 IU win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, so a lot has changed. The Hawkeyes will be without their freshman point guard, Mike Gesell, for the second consecutive game with a right foot injury. Gesell has had a solid freshman season but the Hawkeyes will need to make up his 9ppg they are losing and more importantly their main ball handler. Although the competition hasn’t been the stiffest, Iowa does come into this game winners in 4 of their last 5 games including a 21-point beat down on the Minnesota team that just upset Indiana on Tuesday.
With that, here is the scouting report for tonight’s game:
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013
TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Jim Jackson & Stephanie White)
Iowa Hawkeyes: 18-10 (7-8) Rank: KenPom 34
#4 Roy Devyn Marble: 6-6 194 Jr. G-F 14.0ppg 3.8rpg 0.2blkpg
-Roy was playing off the ball a lot more until Mike Gesell’s injury. He’s better when he is attacking the rim rather than settling for jump shots. The team’s leading scorer has been playing great as of late, averaging 18.8ppg in his last five games. In the first game against the Hoosiers, Roy shot an abysmal 1-14 from the field but did hit 12-13 from the line to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
#2 Josh Oglesby: 6-5 202 So. G 4.8ppg 1.6rpg 1.1apg
-I would like to say Josh is their best 3-pt shooter but he is only shooting 26.6% (33-124) on the year. He will likely split time with freshman Anthony Clemmons and senior Eric May. Last game against the Hoosiers he did manage to knock down 2 of his 5 three-point attempts.
#1 Melsahn Basabe: 6-7 221 Jr. F 7.0ppg 4.5rpg 0.4apg
-I thought by now Basabe would be a lot better than he is. He is still the team’s best rebounding and shot blocker but not very skilled offensively. During the New Years Eve matchup, Melsahn was a non factor only scoring 2 points in 9 minutes of play.
#30 Aaron White: 6-8 218 So. F 13.6ppg 6.2rpg 1.4apg
-No doubt White is the Hawkeyes’ best player. He has a solid all-around game for a big man and leads the team with his 6.2rpg. The last couple of games he has put up good numbers averaging 16.5ppg and 11rpg. He had a good game last time against Indiana with 15 points and 6 boards.
#34 Adam Woodbury: 7-1 235 Fr. C 4.6ppg 4.9rpg 0.5apg
-Woodbury was decent in the non-conference season but has done very little in conference. He has huge size but doesn’t provide much else at this current time.
Coming off the bench:
#25 Eric May: 6-5 219 Sr. G-F 4.8ppg 3.6rpg 0.2blkpg
–Eric is a sneaky good athlete who boasts the best offensive rating on the team at 116.6. Eric was a non-factor last game against IU but has been playing well as of late.
#15 Zach McCabe: 6-7 235 Jr. F 5.9ppg 3.7rpg 1.1apg
-Zach is a big man who prefers to do his damage from outside as 52% of his shots are from three. He only shot 1-4 from deep against the Hoosiers last game.
#5 Anthony Clemmons: 6-1 192 F. G 4,4ppg 1.7rpg 3.3apg
-Clemmons is the Hawkeyes best passer. Not a great shooter but he is capable of hitting open shots. He is only shooting 38% (29-76) inside the arc and 32% (12-37) from outside. He had a solid game of 6 points and 6 assists last time out against IU.
#0 Gabriel Olaseni: 6-10 229 So. C 2.8ppg 2.8rpg 0.1apg
#24 Patrick Ingram: 6-2 211 Fr. G 1.1ppg 0.8apg 0.6apg
Keys to the game:
- It was in the first meeting between these two teams that Victor Oladipo started to emerge into a star. The Hawkeyes will have a game plan ready to contain Oladipo a lot better but the Hoosiers need a huge performance from their junior leader.
- Both teams are much improved defensively but the Hoosiers have many more offensive weapons. Since Gesell will be out for this game, the Hawkeyes will need extra strong performances from guys like Marble, White, and Balsabe.
- With the Hoosiers being back in Assembly Hall coming off a loss and Iowa being a bad road team so far this season, I expect/hope this game to be close for a while but Indiana creates separation in the second half and cruise to victory.