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    Game Day Essentials: Game #15 vs Iowa

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-6) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (9-6)


      Date: Thursday Jan. 4

      Time: 8:00 pm CST 
      Arena: PBA

      TV Broadcast:  BTN

    Iowa Info

    Head Coach: Fran McCaffery
    Location: Iowa City, IA
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Hawks, "Jayden De Boer"

    Coach's Nickname: White Magic

    Mascot: Herky the Hawk
    Last time out: Beat Michigan
    Typical Rotation Depth: 10+
    Line: Nebraska by 2.5
    Tempo: Fast paced
    Style: High assist
    4 Factors Good: Shooting, not fouling
    4 Factors Bad: Not forcing turnovers, allowing offensive rebounds

    Four Factors
    Effective FG%: 53.3 59 48.6 130 50.1
    Turnover %: 17.8 100 18.0 238 19.0
    Off. Reb. %: 30.6 148 30.6 210 29.8
    FTA/FGA: 37.1 124 27.2 32 35.2


    Most Frequently Used Lineup over the last 5 games

    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  175  So
    0 Tai Webster
    6-4  195  Sr
    11 Evan Taylor
    6-5  206  Jr
    30 Ed Morrow
    6-7  234  So
    12 Michael Jacobson
    6-9  230  So
    3 Jordan Bohannon
    6-0  182  Fr
    4 Isaiah Moss
    6-5  205  Fr
    14 Peter Jok
    6-6  205  Sr
    0 Ahmad Wagner
    6-7  235  So
    35 Cordell Pemsl
    6-8  249  Fr

    Expect these to be the starting lineups except with Tyler Cook starting over Ahmad Wagner.


    Player to Watch: Tyler Cook

    You know who Peter Jok is so let's dig just a little deeper. Iowa started 4 freshman around Jok last game and highly touted 6'9" 250lb Cook is an offensive force in the paint, averaging 13 points a game.


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    The Skinny

    You know you had yourself a week when people have to start pouring through the record books and for once this season it was a good one as Nebraska becomes the only team in B1G history to beat both Indiana and Maryland on the road. (That one didn't take much looking up)  All of a sudden all those stomach punches you absorbed pre-conference are paying off. All of a sudden that Iowa game that looked like your chance at your first conference wins becomes an impromptu test on how you handle success.


    This Iowa squad offensively brings Virigina Tech to mind in terms of their high tempo, passing ability, and 3pt ability. The challenge will be trying to simply slow down Peter Jok while not letting the rest of the team kill you. Does it seem like anyone beside Taylor or Webster would be able to guard Jok?  Given you want Webster to score and keep out of foul trouble, Taylor guarding Jok theoretically seems like a winning strategy though Fran will figure out ways to free him up and Jok is simply too good to not score 10+ points. Iowa is capable of putting up 100 but expect them to be in the 60s-70s as this young squad hasn't looked nearly as good on their few trips away from Iowa City.


    Is Nebraska going to have enough offense? Fran McCaffery teams consistently will not foul you so a shooting night like the one against Indiana will be required and thus far Iowa has been quite accommodating this year. Despite the lack of contact, Nebraska will need to remember that regardless of how much Iowa packs the paint nor how many 3s they make, they still butter their bread in the paint. 


    Young players are quite unpredictable.  Typically this favors whomever is at home.  Look for the scribes to start churning through the record books while the fans eat their Runzas


    Prediction: Nebraska 78 - Iowa 73

    Edited by hhcdimes

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