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Iowa MBB vs. Ohio State Preview/Prediction

January 25, 2010

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Justin VanLaere’s preview/prediction for the Iowa-Ohio State game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena .

Game Info

#20 Ohio State (14-6, 4-3) at Iowa (8-12, 2-5)
POMEROY RATINGS:  Ohio State – 11, Iowa – 143
RPI: Ohio State – 43, Iowa – 164
Jan. 27, 2010 • 7:36 p.m. (CST)
Iowa City, IA • Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
TV: BTN (HD) • Live Stats: hawkeyesports.com • Satellite Radio: XM 196
Series Record: IOWA leads 75-70 (Last Meeting, OSU, 60-58, March 3, 2009

Probable Starting Lineups

Ohio State
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 44 William Buford 6-5 190 So. 13.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, .457 FG%, .852 FT%
G 33 Jon Diebler 6-6 205 Jr. 13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, .457 FG%, .852 FT%
F 23 David Lighty 6-5 220 Jr. 12.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, .500 FG%, .590 FT%
F 21 Evan Turner 6-7 205 Jr. 18.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, .562 FG%, .719 FT%
C 52 Dallas Lauderdale 6-8 255 Jr. 7.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 bpg, .747 FG%, .483 FT%

Iowa
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 3 Cully Payne 6-1 190 Fr. 8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, .380 FG%, .649 FT%
G 5 Matt Gatens 6-5 215 So. 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, .384 FG%, .862 FT%
G 25 Eric May 6-5 225 Fr. 8.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, .400 FG%, .673 FT%
F 24 Aaron Fuller 6-6 230 So. 7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, .495 FG%, .674 FT%
C 50 Jarryd Cole 6-7 250 Jr. 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, .607 FG%, .622 FT%

VanLaere Notes

No VLOG for this game.
Live Chat for this game can be found HERE.

PROMOTIONS!!! WE GOTS US SOME PROMOTIONS!!!

  • Students can pick-up free tickets to this game at the IMU Box Office or Carver-Hawkeye Arena South Entrance
  • Be Bold, Wear Gold!
  • One lucky fan will win a round-trip airline ticket on Allegiant Air
  • Free FedEx Orange Bowl Championship posters
  • Select football players will be available for pregame autographs
  • FedEx Orange Bowl trophy photo opportunity on the concourse
  • UI Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. UI Faculty/Staff can purchase a group ticket for only $14.
  • Doors will open 90 minutes (6 p.m.) before tip-off
  • Free puppies for the first 1,000 fans.**

It’s about time this basketball team started to get the fan support it deserves.  This crowd will be the biggest of the year in Carver, and hopefully it will help the team pull out a win.

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This just in… uh… Evan Turner is good… REAL GOOD.  Ok, that’s not news to anyone, but with him back in the lineup I really think Ohio State has a legitimate chance at winning the Big Ten.  Check this out.  OSU only has five remaining Big Ten roadies and only one of those teams is against a Top 50 KenPom rated team (MSU).  The Buckeyes have a legitimate shot at going 14-4 in conference.  Sure MSU is undefeated so far in Big Ten play, but they have looked very mortal in several of their latest contests.  So why bring this up on the eve of the Iowa – Ohio State game?  Simple.  Recently, the Iowa Hawkeyes have been playing some of their best basketball all year (albeit against some below-average squads).  With that being the case, some fans are starting to raise expectations for this Iowa squad.  That’s absolutely fine, but just be warned that Iowa will play Ohio State twice in about a two week span.  It’s going to be very difficult for Iowa to stay on this roll, so I just want fans to realize that the team coming into Carver on Wednesday is one of the better ones in the league.  A loss to an Evan Turner-led Ohio State will not be the end of the world (or season) for this Iowa team.

This Ohio State team does a lot things well on both sides of the court.  The one thing they don’t do is hit the offensive boards very well, though.  They are a limited possession team much like Iowa, however they do a better job of putting the ball in the hoop than Iowa.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR:

Turner. Good Lord, this guy is good.  He’s gotten better each year under Thad Matta.  A guy that can shoot, drive, dish, defend, and anything else that needs to be done on the court.  He’s got my vote (a vote, mind you, that means nothing to anyone) for National Player of the Year, especially considering the in-season injury he’s had to overcome.  I say Iowa quintuple-teams Turner in this one… or May guards him.

Diebler.  Believe it or not, Jon is actually a better player when he tries to go to the rim instead of Bawinkleing it from the outside.  Last year in Columbus, Liebler single-handedly beat Iowa.  That won’t be the case this year, but Iowa will need to find someone who can defend him at 6’6″.  I think it’ll be Gatens.

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KEYS TO THE GAME:

  • Get Carver Rocking.  Iowa needs (read: NEEEEEDS) fan support in this game.  With the promos going on for this game, there’s no reason there cannot be a packed house.  Fans need to show up and be vocal during this one, I’m sure the football team will be.
  • Feed the Bigs.  Fuller and Cole are proving that they are viable options down low against Big Ten teams.  Just like setting up the pass by running the ball, Iowa needs to feed the post to open the lanes and the perimeter shots.
  • Limit turnovers.  This should be yet another low possession game.  Iowa was able to get away with a ton of turnovers vs Indiana, they won’t get that luxury against the Buckeyes.

PREDICTION: For the most part, contests between Thad Matta led teams and Todd Lickliter led teams have been competitive.  A win for Iowa would help the Hawkeyes much more than a loss would hurt them.  They really have nothing to lose in this one, and I feel as if Iowa has a seriously legitimate chance to upset the Buckeyes at home in front of a (hopefully) sellout crowd.  However, the last time Iowa has beaten a nationally ranked team was over two years ago. Iowa 67,  Ohio State 76

** Free puppies are not free nor available at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for this game.

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