Iowa MBB vs. Tennessee State Preview/Prediction

January 10, 2010

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Justin VanLaere’s preview/prediction of the Iowa-Tennessee State game.

Game Info

Tennessee State (4-13, 1-5) at Iowa (5-11, 0-4)
POMEROY RATINGS:  TSU – 262, Iowa – 182
Jan. 12, 2010 • 8:05 p.m. (CST)
Iowa City, IA • Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
TV: None • Live Stats: hawkeyesports.com • Internet Video: bigtennetwork.com
Local Radio: AM-600 WMT, AM-800 KXIC, AM-1040 WHO
Series Record: IOWA leads 1-0 (Last Meeting, IOWA, 84-51, Nov. 30, 2002)

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for youths and UI students.
There is no TV coverage of this game, but fans can watch online at www.bigtennetwork.com for $2.99.

Probable Starting Lineups

Tennessee State
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 1 Jeremiah Crutcher 5-10 180 Sr. 6.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, .394 FG%, .833 FT%
G 10 Wil Peters 6-0 180 So. 9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, .406 FG%, .755 FT%
F 2 Josh Sain 6-5 200 Jr. 14.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, .377 FG%, .684 FT%
F 5 Lonnie Funderburke 6-7 210 Sr. 3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.4 spg, .511 FG%, .586 FT%
C 33 Robert Covington 6-8 235 Fr. 10.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, .440 FG%, .750 FT%

Iowa Hawkeyes
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 3 Cully Payne 6-1 190 Fr. 8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, .391 FG%, .690 FT%
G 5 Matt Gatens 6-5 215 So. 12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, .393 FG%, .837 FT%
G 25 Eric May 6-5 225 Fr. 9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, .410 FG%, .681 FT%
F 24 Aaron Fuller 6-6 230 So. 5.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.5 apg, .422 FG%, .615 FT%
C 50 Jarryd Cole 6-7 250 Jr. 8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, .600 FG%, .610 FT%

VanLaere Notes

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

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$25 for tickets to this game?  Seriously?  Read that again.  TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS PER TICKET.  This for a non-conference, 8 PM start-time, no students, no TV game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena featuring two teams with a combined win total of nine games.  $25 for adults.  At that point, you might as well make the price this much.  Here’s an idea – make this game free.  The U of I isn’t going to sell many, if any, of those tickets from now until game time, put the price tag at zero and at least you will have more fans show up and you can sell them ice cream cones and soda.

Simply put, this Iowa team is reeling.  The guys do not look like they are having fun on the court right now.  Yes, Iowa has one of the youngest teams in the nation.  Yes, Iowa has one of the most difficult schedules in the nation.  Yes, Iowa is one of the thinnest teams in the nation.  However, there comes a point and time where the coaches and players need to just hammer down and say enough is enough; no more excuses.  This game is it for Iowa.  In fact, this week is it for Iowa. This will be a redemption week of sorts for the Hawkeyes and it starts with this game.

TSU takes a lot of treys… A LOT OF TREYS.  Not as much as Iowa, but they do love the long ball.  They are also involved with a lot turnovers (both sides of the ball)… A LOT OF TURNOVERS.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers get into the passing lanes well and get their fair number of steals, but they turn the ball over themselves quite a bit, as well.  What really hurts TSU is their lack of an interior presence on both ends of the court.  John Cooper will go to the bench more than Todd Lickliter will in this game.  TSU goes 12 deep.  No lie.  11 of those 12 players average almost 10 minutes per game or more – we are talking Tom Davis substitution numbers right there.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR:

Josh Sain.  DeMarcus Cousins and Luke Harangody pass too much compared to Sain.   Leading scorer, leading shot taker, middle of the pack in regards to eFG% on the team.
Jacquan Nobles. Best 3 point shooter on the team and in his conference.  He’s only a freshman, but has range and accuracy from behind the arc.
Lonnie Funderburke.  No idea if he’s related to Lawrence Hook Me Up, Playa! Funderburke (unlikely), but he’s a guy that I am interested in seeing match-up vs. Fuller/Cole.  Also, I just want to see him shoot free throws.

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This game should play out much like that between Iowa and two of its earlier opponents of NCCU and SCSU.  A little quicker tempo than Iowa is used to, but it will do Iowa good.

KEYS TO THE GAME:

  • Consistently feed the ball to Fuller and Cole; use the inside game to set up the outside game.  Tennessee State has been dominated in the “Points in the Paint” stat this year… and dominated is an understatement in this usage.
  • Limit scoring droughts.  If the shots aren’t falling, Iowa needs to get back on defense and buckle down.
  • Good on-ball pressure/Guard the perimeter.  Iowa cannot afford to let TSU get hot from the outside.
  • Take care of the ball/Get turnovers.  TSU is a sloppy team, but can cause a lot of chaos on the court.  Iowa needs to be disciplined with the ball on offensive, and opportunistic on defense.

PREDICTION: Iowa shouldn’t have too much of a problem with Tigers. Iowa 74,  Tennessee State 61

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