Fired Bill Carmody: HUGE road game

Friday, February 06, 2009

HUGE road game

iowa ranks last in the conference in ppg and FG per game (both attempted and made). only three Hawkeyes average in double figures, and no one more than 11.3 ppg. their best player, Cyrus Tate, was injured against Minnesota and hasn't played since. they've been led by Matt Gatens, who plays the most minutes among all conference freshmen. with former Butler coach Todd Lickliter in charge, Iowa likes to slow things down. in some cases, REALLY slow them down.

perhaps due in part to that style of play, Iowa must also be struggling with getting students in the door. this is from their game notes for Saturday:

All current UI students who purchased a student season ticket will be allowed to bring a friend to each of Iowa's remaining home games for free. Free pizza will once again be served to the first 200 students to arrive at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

the Hawkeyes won't be afraid to fire up threes against the zone defense, but NU should be able to turn them over. given the way these two teams are playing and the relatively even levels of talent on the floor, this is an enormous opportunity for NU to improve upon their 2-5 road record. win this game, with three more at home to follow, and they have a real chance to show they belong. oh, and there another good possibility for a double whitewash in this game.


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