Know Thy Opponent: Iowa Hawkeyes

  • 01/22/2011 12:26 pm in

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery shows a steer at the Iowa Governor’s Charity Auction. Photo via Flickr.

If Indiana was going to get an advantageous road matchup after back-to-back strong performances in games against Michigan and Wisconsin, a trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday to take on Iowa is just it — at least on paper.

Iowa is the only remaining Big Ten team without a conference victory (0-6 so far). Iowa’s offense, at .94 points per possession, ranks last in the conference. The Hawkeyes also rank last in the conference in free-throw percentage (67.1 percent), which could help out the often foul-happy Hoosiers, while also ranking last in turnover percentage (23.4 percent). Iowa (9th at 47.2 percent) also barely outranks Minnesota (11th at 46.8 percent) and Michigan State (10th at 47.2 percent) in the effective-field goal department.

And while Indiana’s defense (10th at 1.21 points per possession) is still a work in progress, Iowa’s D is only marginally better (ninth at 1.17 points per possession). Though, it’s worth noting that Iowa is second in the league in steal percentage (9.5 percent) and is fifth in block percentage (seven percent).

But simply put: Iowa is not particularly strong on either side of the ball.

The Hawkeyes have shown prowess in offensive rebounding (fourth with an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 percent), so they may be able to take advantage of  some second-chance opportunities. Yet, Iowa’s defensive rebounding percentage (61.4 percent) ranks last in the conference, meaning the Hoosiers could have plenty of second-chance opportunities of their own.

All stats from statsheet.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Not that IU has remotely reached the level where they should overlook anyone, but hopefully last years Cornfield County Fiasco will be fresh enough in their minds to ensure a good effort. You can’t shoot the way we did at Wisconsin every game, but that level of effort gets a “W” against Iowa.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I’m sure Hawkeye fans are licking their chops thinking about the possibility of getting their first big 10 win too. I wonder if they still regret canning Alford?

  • cooper

    this will be an interesting game. IU has shown progress with how they played against Michigan and the first half against UW which was probably the best they’ve played in two years. Were those a sign of things to come or a fluke performance is the question?

  • Anonymous

    See the thing that this article fails to take into account is Murphy’s law. So for today’s lesson….

    Murphy’s Law + IU Basketball + Iowa’s 0-6 conference record = Career nights for two Iowa players that haven’t done anything all season

    Any questions?

    But seriously, if the Hoosiers play like they have the past two games, they win this one in spite of murphy’s law

  • Anonymous

    Man you know what my brother and I have always said that same thing. Does it not feel as though just about every other game someone from the opposition has a career night? Or is that just us. But also agree that as long as IU matches the intensity of the last 2 games I believe they will get the much needed road win @ Iowa.

  • JerryCT

    Every team is difficult to beat especially at home.

    If we bring our A game we can win but at the B game level they play hard enough to win

  • InTheMtns

    I don’t know about the fans, but I’m sure that the Iowa coaching staff and team are looking at this possibility of getting their first big 10 win as a MUST for them. Playing on the road is hard and playing against a deperate team on the road is probably even tougher. But I think Indiana is going to win this one. Go Hoosiers!

  • Luke72

    If the same team shows up as the last two games then I think we would be “in the game with anyone in the country. Jordy need to keep up the leadership and setting the example on the floor TP needs to continue to be a be stong with his inside D. Watford has a great chance to get another double double.
    On and on….. A road win would be BIG! Go Hoosiers!!

  • Casey B.

    If we play the way we’ve played the past two games, we notch a win. Simple as that.

    This is where we find out if our recent upswing is an indication of consistent improvement, or simply a small spark in the wake of Creek’s injury.

  • Anonymous

    No its not just you. look at the NW game. First off I know shurna is a great player, but the guy had three games where he was hindered by that ankle or knee or what ever it was. Here comes IU, just what the Doc ordered… Shurna had a great game… I just get tired of it, but maybe its just because if we were winning the games, obviously said players wouldn’t be having career nights against us

  • . You think our ball handling is bad — take a look at the frustration on poor Coach McCaffery’s face as he tries to explain the concept of getting back on defense to the almost bovine looking Iowa player.

  • “You gonna do somethin’ … or just stand there and bleed?” Definitely one of my all-time favorites, esp. Kilmer as Doc Holliday: “I got two guns … one for each of ya.”

    In response to your final sentence, I think Jordy should use the line from the movie: “I ain’t easy and I ain’t your kid” (although Earp pistol-whips the kid two seconds after he says that).

  • Anonymous

    Or he could get a 70’s era ‘fro to go with them and look like Jackie Moon.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Brennan Cougall was Iowa’s bovine-looking player, but he’s not there anymore (which is good, because he was one of those nobodies mentioned above who had a career game against IU last year.)

  • Marsh21

    Wow, there sure are a lot of “if’s” in these comments. The reality is for every positive outcome “if” there are three negative “if’s” with this team. As much as I want our Hoosiers to take it they haven’t shown an ability to limit mistakes within the last 3 to 5 minutes of a game yet.

    To win IU must have some room for error with the game on line. Which means they better have a 10 point lead with 3 minutes left or this is another L.

  • Gustin

    Perhaps enough Iowa fans choose to watch NFL football instead of their team and they end up with a small crowd at their arena.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    That has always been my take on Iowa fans also.

  • JerryCT

    Well, I guess the biggest concern or “IF” is that these guys beat us 2 times last year. They should be favored to win based on that alone. This game , like Michigan, is a measure of our progress as a team and for the staff.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t he live on the second floor?