The Hawkeyes are back in action on Saturday afternoon, but with few bodies. Iowa has officially hit the injury bug and will only have eight scholarship players available against Savannah State. Hawkeye point guard Connor McCaffery took an elbow from teammate Tyler Cook and got off the floor dizzy.
“It is one of those unfortunate situations, but Connor is progressing rapidly,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in a teleconference. “I would expect him to play in the next game (Dec. 29 against Bryant).”
Iowa junior forward Cordell Pemsl shocked everyone when he was suited up and played against Iowa State. Pemsl provided a spark to the Hawkeyes en route to a 98-84 win. After some deliberation, Pemsl decided to get surgery on his knee and apply for a medical redshirt.
The Hawkeyes will also be without redshirt junior forward Riley Till as he recovers from a sprained ankle that he sustained earlier in the week. Iowa’s Ryan Kriener did tweak his ankle against Western Carolina, but he said that he’ll be good to go today.
“We can survive guys having an off game with other guys stepping up,” he said. “That has been the most important thing. Various people have had big nights at different times. That is what you need; you need quality depth. We have a veteran group that is playing like a veteran group.”
When: 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Iowa Hawkeye Radio Network (Gary Dolphin, Bob Hansen)
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Line: -33 Iowa
Savannah State plays at one of the fastest tempos in all College Basketball. They love to get teams running up and down the floor and launch a lot of threes. They have attempted 40 or more threes in nine games this season and attempted 50 or more in three games this season.
The Tigers don’t have size as the tallest guy in their starting lineup is 6-foot-7, so this will be a game that Iowa’s Luka Garza and Cook should take over from tip-off. Savannah State gives up over 100 points per game and the Hawkeyes average nearly 82 points while facing good competition. This should be a game where Iowa can comfortably put up over 100 points.
The Tigers allow teams to shoot 51 percent from the field, so this would be a perfect game for junior point guard Jordan Bohannon to get his shooting stroke back. This game shouldn’t be too big of a challenge, but when you have limited bodies, it can make things a challenge.
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“I am pleased with where we are at, but I recognize that we have tough games the rest of the season and we have to continue to get better,” McCaffery said.