The Bucks are coming home after an emotionally difficult loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Up next is a tougher-than-expected Iowa squad that may be looking to steal one in Columbus. Let’s take a glance.
School: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA
Student Population: 31,498 total, 20,574 undergrad
School Type: Public
Stadium: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Head Coach: Fran McCaffrey
Experience: 3rd year
Here we go, another ‘Before we get started‘ commentary. Actually, I don’t have anything, so on to the Preview. Information will be pulled from the excellent site at Statsheet . I‘ll measure of teams capabilities that I will refer to will be the Four Factors; effective FG%, TO%, Off Rebounds Rate and FT Rate, as well as a couple other metrics just to flesh out the teams performances.
Iowa is coming off an impressive take-down of Wisconsin 70-66 on Saturday. They held the Badgers to 18 (not a typo) first half points. Fran McCaffrey has Iowa on a trajectory of improvement in his third year as head coach. The Hawkeyes haves to gone from 11-20 in Fran‘s first year, to 18-17 last year to (13-5, 2-3) thus far this season. Starter Stats below:
The 14th ranked Buckeyes (13-4, 3-2) get back to the friendly confines of Value City Arena . The usual cast of characters and their stats, below.
|#32||L. Smith Jr.||17||27.4||10.1||43.4||59.3||42.0||5.6||1.8||1.5||0.5||1.8|
The below table has the comparative Four Factors as well as possessions per game (PPP), points per possession – offense (PPP-O) and points allowed per possession (PPP-D).
Iowa runs a pretty deep bench, with nine (count ’em) players that get significant playing time. Starters are: Roy Devyn Marble (G/F, 6‘1“), Mike Gesell (G, 6‘1“), Anthony Clemmons (G, 6‘1“), Aaron White (F, 6’8”) and Adam Woodbury (C, 7’1”). This is a very young Iowa team, with Gesell, Clemmons and Woodbury as Freshmen and White as a Sophomore. Coming off the bench are Zach McCabe (F, 6’7”), Eric May (G, 6’5”), Josh Oglesby ( G, 6’5”) and Melsahn Basabe (F, 6’7”).
OSU counters with Craft (G, 6’2”), Smith (G, 6’4”), Thomas (F, 6’7”), Thompson (F, 6’7”) and Williams (C,6’11“). Providing relief are Scott (G, 6’1”), Ravenal (C,6’8”) and Ross (F, 6‘8“).
Only a couple things of note; Iowa runs at a slightly faster pace then the Buckeyes (note to Ferentz; give McCaffrey a call), they are a slightly better offensive rebounding team (no surprise there), but they are not as good a shooting team as OSU. The Buckeyes are a bit better with ball handling than Iowa, and I would expect/hope that some crafty ball pressure on Iowa’s young guards will cut short some Iowa possessions and provide OSU with some transition baskets. Let’s hope the Buckeyes don’t get into a situation where they need a 3-pointer from Scott .
Tip-off is on January 22nd at 6:30 at Value City Arena. Please join us for the live blog at 6:15. The game is televised on BTN.