Dana Altman’s squad dispatched of their pre-tournament foes really handily – Portland State, 84-57 and Japanese Washington, 81-47 – in video games which were never ever nearer than 11 factors in the next 50 %. For as significantly as can be gathered after two video games versus outmatched opposition, the Ducks’ protection has carried the way. Opponents have shot an effective FG% of 32.6%, which ranks 3rd best in the region in accordance to KenPom. They’ve blocked virtually a quarter of their opponents pictures as they lean on their top, duration, and basic athleticism.
Bol Bol remains the dude to know. As a consensus top rated 10 recruit, the 7’2” forward/heart selected Oregon over Kentucky and Kansas. He’s quickly occur in and led the Ducks in factors (17), rebounds (12), and blocks (3.5). It actually is extraordinary to view him engage in, even versus groups like Japanese Washington, in which he confirmed all sides to his activity in the highlights underneath:
How Iowa defends him will be tantamount to their odds this night.
Joining Bol as double-digit scorers for the Ducks are Payton Pritchard (16 PPG) and Paul White (13 PPG). Pritchard is an individual who will depart the flooring sparingly, as the junior guard played 35 minutes a activity last 12 months. He can sink the a few, push, and dish. A person slight fall-off in his activity this 12 months has been his turnover rate (23.5%), which is significantly increased than prior several years.
White was generally Oregon’s heart last 12 months, while Bol’s arrival has oriented his part far more in the direction of the perimeter: 8 of his 14 pictures are from deep. He’s witnessed an uptick in his playing time after a few contributors left Oregon after last time.
Here’s what I’ll be on the lookout for Iowa to do during tonight’s activity:
Defense? I was pleasantly shocked after viewing Iowa’s video games last evening to see an uptick in their defensive effort over last 12 months. It is early, no question, but I found them to be far more active and communicative in their zone and commonly far more in the offense’s encounter. The obvious situation of the opponents use, but it seemed to be a move in the suitable route. I was notably delighted with Connor McCaffery in the zone – who’d have imagined putting the coach’s son out there would be like getting a coach out there himself? If Pritchard receives heading early, I wouldn’t be shocked to see McCaffery get the phone over Bohannon.
And yeah, who the heck is gonna guard Bol? My income is on Tyler Cook dinner. He’s generally lifted his activity versus other professional prospective clients and if Cook dinner can adhere with Bol and continue to be out of foul issues, it’ll make absolutely everyone else’s job easier.
Getting care of the ball: Oregon is not a workforce Iowa can flip the ball over continually versus. Cook dinner has shown far more perimeter-oriented isolation activity as a result far this time and it’s previously been remarkable (5 assists versus UMKC) and awful (six turnovers versus Inexperienced Bay). If he plays in management, he can be a special drive for Iowa. It is a razor’s edge for him and the rest of the workforce (Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp have both experienced 4-turnover video games), so any time Iowa can steer clear of giving the Ducks the ball again will be a marginal results.
Sustained effort: As outlined higher than, I believe the box scores did not necessarily reflect what I observed the Hawkeyes do in their initially two video games. If they can proceed working their tail off – you can include Wieskamp previously to the checklist of 100-mile-an-hour Hawkeyes with Luka Garza and Nicholas Baer – they may well just have a chance in this a single. Heck! ESPN’s algorithm gives them a 55% shot at successful.
I do not believe the odds are that substantial – KenPom has it at about 40%, which appears suitable – but they know the stakes. A acquire listed here alterations the mood about the application and arguably all of Hawkeye sports activities.
Let’s get it.