No. 3 Iowa will battle against Iowa State to start Big Ten Conference play at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, on Friday night. Tipoff time for this game is slated for 9:00 p.m. EST with the Big Ten Network providing the live coverage.
Iowa State (1-1) vs. No. 3 Iowa (4-0)
STORYLINE PREVIEW: Third-ranked Iowa heads into this contest in search of a five successive victory this season and will start in pole positing to do so. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Hawkeyes have an 80.2% chance of winning this game. They will be seeking to hand Iowa State its eighth successive loss against ranked opponents. The last time the Cylones beat a ranked opponent was on Dec. 8, 2019, against the then-No. 16 Seton Hall.
In the last outing, Jordan Bohannon scored 24 points and led four players in double figures for Iowa to secure a 93-80 win over No. 16 North Carolina in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game on Tuesday night. Iowa State, meanwhile, suffered a 71-68 defeat to South Dakota State on Dec. 2.
Luka Garza, who is 29.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and shooting 62.9% from the field, was held to just 16 points against the Tar Heels Tuesday night, but still managed to grab 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. Joe Wieskamp is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season, while Jack Nunge and CJ Fredrick are each averaging 11.0 points this season.
Garza is also connecting on 55.6 percent of the nine 3-pointers he’s attempted and converted 73.5 percent of his free throws this season. Garza, Wieskamp and Bohannon have combined for 53 percent of Iowa’s scoring this campaign.
For Iowa State, Jalen Coleman-Lands, Solomon Young, and Javan Johnson have collectively scored 51 percent of the team’s points this season. Individually, Coleman-Lands is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 46.2% from the field. Young and Rasir Bolton are both putting out 13.0 points, while Johnson is contributing 10.5 points, 6.5 assists 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks.
As a team, Iowa has scored 98 points per game and allowing just 70.3 defensively across its four-game home winning streak.