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The Hawkeyes take on Tigers in their final tune up for the Caymans

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are. A third sub-300 opponent in under a week. This time, the Iowa Hawkeyes are going to face the Grambling State Tigers.

Grambling lost their first game to the VCU Rams, 94-65, and went 15-17 last year. Their 10-8 conference record had them tied for third in the SWAC. They only return one starter from last year, Nigel Ribeiro, who averaged 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. He scored 31 points on 11-17 shooting one time last year. Their leading scorer against VCU was Diontae Jones with 16. He had the Tigers’ only two threes.

The Tigers are the most lowly rated of the three opponents, according to KenPom (#345) so there won’t be much to gather. Still, there are a couple things I’ll be looking for:

  • Consistent effort on defense: Iowa’s allowed 27 and 20 points in their first halves against Chicago State and Alabama State, respectively. If they’re able to keep it in that range tonight, I’ll be pleased. Fran McCaffery has pulled the starters after about 5 minutes into the second half and had the better differential in the first contest (16-10 vs. 11-10), so I’d like to see better defense coming out of the break against Grambling State.
  • Guard rotation: Brady Ellingson and Maishe Dailey have looked good in backup roles and extended garbage time. How will Connor McCaffery’s reinsertion affect the rotation? Dailey is probably the odd man out and if Fran rolls Connor and Jordan Bohannon out at the same time, Ellingson would be squeezed as well.
  • Post offense: Iowa’s done a good job of using the talent down low to open up the outside in both of their games. Grambling State is arguably the smallest team Iowa’s played so far (two players 6’8” or taller), so I’d expect a lot more of the same.

Broadcast Information

Opponent: Grambling State Tigers (Grambling, LA // Southwestern Athletic Conference)

Game time: 7:00 PM CST // Thursday, November 16, 2017

(Tickets are $15 per adult; $5 for university students and youth)

Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena // Iowa City, IA


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