It’s been nearly a week since the Iowa Hawkeyes took to the hardwood, but it’s been much longer since their opponent on Saturday has seen the floor. The #3 Hawkeyes are set to take on the top team in the land, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, from the Sanford Pentagon. The Zags have been sidelined for more than two weeks now due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.
After getting back to practice late this week, Gonzaga is set to take the #2 offense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted efficiency rankings, up against the only team in the land rated higher - the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Zags come in averaging an impressive 93 points per game while the Hawkeyes are now over 100 points per game after another impressive win last Sunday vs. Northern Illinois.
The question today will be which team can get enough stops to come away with a victory. While Iowa ranks 75th nationally in KenPom’s adjusted defense, the Hawkeyes are giving up fewer than 69 points a game. Gonzaga, on the other hand, is in the top-15 in adjusted defense while giving up nearly 80 points per game. Which one can get it done in what has been dubbed the game of the year?
As we start the countdown to tipoff, here’s everything you need to know about today’s matchup.
Who: #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0) vs. #3 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0)
When: 11:00 am CT
Where: Sanford Pentagon - Sioux Falls, SD
Video Streaming: CBSSports.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio
Betting Line: Gonzaga -4.5, O/U 169.5
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