After suffering it’s first loss of the season on Saturday night to the Villanova Wildcats, the Iowa Hawkeye Men’s Basketball team will have to bounce right back and play a pretty solid Notre Dame team on Tuesday. Notre Dame, who was ranked earlier in the year before suffering a 13 point loss to Indiana State, has some pieces that could give Iowa some trouble. However, Iowa also has strengths that could trouble Notre Dame.
Let’s take a look a see what each team needs to do on Tuesday to improve their chances of winning.
For Notre Dame:
Take and make the three!
Iowa struggled on Saturday defending the three point arc against a good shooting Villanova team. Well, Notre Dame has some guys that can shoot the rock as well. Notre Dame is shooting 43% from behind the arc as a team with Pat Connaughton and Demetrius Jackson shooting 50% and 57% respectively. Notre Dame also made 12 three’s on Sunday against Cornell.
Defend Devyn Marble!
Marble has been coming on here in the early stages of the season. He averaged about 20 points a game down in the Bahamas, which brought he’s season scoring average up to 17 points per game. While this Hawkeye team is very balanced and has many guys that can score in double figures, Marble is the cog that makes this team go and will take most of the shots for the Hawkeyes.
Defend the three!
I know this is fairly obvious, but after seeing their perimeter defense on Saturday, this is something that needs improvement. With how good of a perimeter shooting team Notre Dame is, Iowa could find themselves in a chucking match once again if they don’t control the tempo of this game. Jackson and Connaughton have been red hot over the first 6 Notre Dame games, so slowing them down is key.
One of the things that this Iowa team has that most others don’t, is the fact that many guys can score the basketball. Iowa isn’t at their best when Marble is coming down and shooting every time. They are at their best when they set the offense and look for the open shot, or when they are out in transition. There is no reason for Devyn Marble to be taking more than 15 shots in this ball game.
This is another big game for the Hawkeyes because beating Notre Dame is one of the few things they can do to help their resume come March. With how poor their non-conference strength of schedule is, this would be a big win. We’ll see if they can do the things they need to do to ensure victory.
Game time for Tuesday is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. CT.