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    Game Day Essentials: Game #17 at Iowa

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (9-6)

       

      Date: Friday Jan 12th,  2024
      Time: 8:30 pm
      Arena: Carver Hawkeye Arena

      Broadcast:  BTN

    Iowa Info

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    Head Coach: Fran McCaffery
    Location: Iowa City, IA
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Hawks

    Coach's Nickname: White Magic

    Mascot: Herky the Hawk

    Line: Iowa by 4.5
    Typical Rotation Depth: 10

    KenPom rank: 53

    Nota bene:  

    • Nebraska is 1-2 in true road games this season
    • The last time Nebraska started the season at least 13-3 was 2010-11
    • Nebraska is 19-1 over the last 3 years when scoring over 80 points (only loss was 104-100 OT loss at NC State)
    • Iowa has not been held under 80 at home
    • Both coaches have sons playing in this game (Sam Hoiberg, Patrick McCaffery)

     

    KenPom most used lineups

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    11 Tony Perkins
    6-4  205  Sr
    20 Payton Sandfort
    6-7  215  Jr
    22 Patrick McCaffery
    6-9  212  Sr
    23 Ben Krikke
    6-9  245  Sr
    32 Owen Freeman
    6-10  230  Fr
    22.1
     

     

     

    Player to watch: Ben Krikke

    The Valparaiso transfer has been huge for Iowa and he's picked up where he left off as the Missouri Valley conference's leading scorer as he currently leads Iowa at 16.7 per game. Krikke has high level mid-range touch and can draw enough contact inside to get to the FT line. His versatility allows him to slot at the 4 or the 5.  He'll be linked with Rienk Mast as both guys played in the MVC and both were rumored to be targets by both Iowa and Nebraska out of the transfer portal.  Rienk Mast is 5-1 all-times vs Krikke in head to head matchups. 

     

    Player to watch: Payton Sandfort

    Iowa doesn't shoot a lot of 3s but Sandfort has already taken 100 while making 40 of them. Sandfort also leads the team in rebounds

     

    Player to watch: Tony Perkins

    Perkins is more combo guard that Iowa typically plays at point with most of his scoring coming in the paint. Unless you count Krikke, he's your main threat about driving into the lane.

     

    Others to watch

    Freshman Center Owen Freeman brings rim protection and rebounding along with a nice scoring touch; looks to be a 4 year starter for the Hawks. Patrick McCaffery missed last game with illness but should provide glue-guy support to go along with his iffy 3pt shot. 6'2" Soph Dosante Bowen and 6'0" Brock Harding bring depth at the PG position but their shooting is spotty. Soph Josh Dix at 6'5" is another glue guy. Rounding up the bench is 6'8" 250# frosh Ladji Dembele who has an outside shot, Younger Sandfort brother Pryce, and Belmont transfer Even Brauns.  Brauns hasn't worked out and rarely plays.  Iowa has a lot of piece but the guys at the end of the bench are young and erratic.

     

    UNL Game Notes

     

    Roster/infirmary report

    Will update if needed when the B1G releases their injury 

     

    Out indefinitely 

    5   Ahron Ulis     6-3    190 lbs    Junior - Likely out for the season
    15  Blaise Keita     6-11    257 lbs    Junior - Ongoing ankle injury recovery

     

    Possible starters for Nebraska

    10    Jamarques Lawrence  6-3    183 lbs    Sophomore

    30   Keisei Tominaga           6-2    179 lbs    Senior

    3     Brice Williams               6-7    213 lbs    Junior

    4   Juwan Gary                   6-6    221 lbs    Junior

    51    Rienk Mast                 6-10    248 lbs    Junior

     

    Bench

    53   Josiah Allick                 6-8    231 lbs    Senior

    0    C.J. Wilcher                  6-5    214 lbs    Junior

    9    Jarron Coleman            6-5    213 lbs    Senior
    1    Sam Hoiberg                 6-0    183 lbs    Sophomore
    11    Eli Rice                         6-8    213 lbs    Freshman
    21    Matar Diop                 6-10    213 lbs    Freshman

    35    Henry Burt                  6-7    216 lbs    RS Freshman

    2    Ramel Lloyd Jr.             6-6    210 lbs    RS Freshman

    31    Cale Jacobsen            6-4    200 lbs    RS Freshman

    24    Jeffrey Grace III         6-3    197 lbs    Sophomore 

     

    The Skinny: 

    It's a great position to be in what is absolutely a hangover game situation.  While Nebraska has been basking in the glow of their big win over #1 Purdue, Iowa has had 6 days to prepare to defend their home court. While it's been a rebuilding year for the Hawkeyes, they score a ton at Carver and Nebraska will need to continue their torrid shooting to keep up.  Given that the Hawks have been susceptible on the boards, Nebraska is going to have to pick their battles between hitting the offensive boards and trying to slow down the Hawkeye fast break.

     

    Defensively the Hawkeyes have shifted their focus towards guarding the 3pt line.  Look for Nebraska to make some hay inside, especially when Freeman steps off the court.  Offensively Iowa is likely to take it inside, which is the game Nebraska likes to defend. If Iowa does start taking more outside shots, do the Huskers have the legs and will to contest them?

     

    One thing you might have noticed about Nebraska this year is how anticlimactic Nebraska's games have been this season as the closest they played anyone either way has been a 7 point win over Michigan St.  In a game where computers are and point spreads are picking narrow margins, can Nebraska pull out a win if the game is close? Maybe we'll find out tonight.

     

    Prediction: Iowa 81 - Nebraska 78




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    that seems to be it: we either blow someone out or we lose by 6 or something. 

     

    i think this game is going to break one trend or another. 

     

    great write up.. 

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    13 minutes ago, tcp said:

    that seems to be it: we either blow someone out or we lose by 6 or something. 

     

    i think this game is going to break one trend or another. 

     

    great write up.. 

     

    You've been talking about blow lately.  Gotta ask: giving, receiving or doing?  Inquiring minds want to know.  😉

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    53 minutes ago, cipsucks said:

     

    You've been talking about blow lately.  Gotta ask: giving, receiving or doing?  Inquiring minds want to know.  😉

     

    ihahahaha. miguel's late, the ratbastard.....naw, probably just wishful thinking from better days!

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    1 hour ago, No Place Like the Vault said:

    I like it dimes, you predicted a big loss last game and we won big.  I'll say huskers by 6

     

    I very much think we can win this but my head is telling me that we're still hungover from the last game.

    Planning on picking the opposite of what happens tonight vs Rutgers so if we win i'm picking us to lose again lol

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