Iowa MBB vs. NCCU Preview/Prediction

November 27, 2009

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Justin VanLaere takes a look at Iowa’s upcoming basketball game vs. NCCU in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


NC Central (1-5) vs. Iowa (1-4)
Nov. 28, 2009 • 12:36 p.m. (CST)
Iowa City, IA • Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youths 18-and-under.

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IOWA – Payne, Tucker, Gatens, Cougill, Cole
NCCU – Glasker, Wilkerson, Davis, Chasten, Granger

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This will be the first ever meeting between these two teams.
Last game, Iowa shot 37 three-point attempts, setting an Iowa record held since 1994.
Iowa has not won a game it didn’t lead at the half (0-1 when tied, 0-3 when trailing).  In fact, under Coach Lickliter, Iowa is 5-32 when trailing at the half, and 23-7 when leading at the half.


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  • Iowa has had a different high scorer in 4 of their first 5 games, the same can be said for leading rebounder.
  • Jarryd Cole’s rebounding totals have decreased in every game this season (13, 7, 6, 3, 1) respectively, although he hasn’t had a turnover in 3 straight games.
  • Devon Bawinkle has two games this season in which he has not attempted a shot. even though he played 20+ minutes in each of those games.
  • Brennan Cougill has shot 8-11 in his last two games, including 3-6 from behind the arc.  He only has 1 turnover in 100+ min of action.
  • Matt Gatens is shooting 28% from the field, including 25% from 3 pt range.  He is 15-16 from the line, however.
  • Eric May hasn’t played less than 20 min in any game this year, has at least 2 turnovers in each game, and is shooting 40% on the year.
  • Cully Payne has scored in double-figures twice this year, and is averaging 5 assists and 3 turnovers per game over the last 4 games.
  • Anthony Tucker has struggled to find his shot, shooting 25% from behind the arc  He has also turned the ball over 4 times in each of the last 4 games.  He has netted double-figures in two games, though, and has had a 9 assist game earlier in the year.

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