The Iowa Hawkeyes opened their Rady Children’s Invitational showing with a thud as they appeared to be over-stuffed from their Thanksgiving meal en route to a 79-67 loss at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Iowa never found its footing and struggled shooting all day. The Hawkeyes finished at just 35.8% shooting overall and an atrocious 17.4% from beyond the arc. That was highlighted by Iowa’s starting five going an eye-popping 0 for 13 from deep. The bright spot came off the bench as the freshman duo of Owen Freeman and Brock Harding combined for 19 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field. Harding, know more for his quickness and passing, shot 67% from deep and accounted for half the team’s threes.
Now the Hawkeyes look to move past the loss and avoid a Black Friday hangover as they take on Seton Hall. The Pirates dropped their opener against #23 USC 71-63 in what was their first power six matchup of the season.
Seton Hall has four players averaging double figures, but are led by senior guard Kadary Richmond. Richmond is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while also leading the Pirates with 4 assists per game. He put up 18 and 6 in the loss to USC as Seton Hall had a similar shooting day as Iowa.
Now the Hawkeyes and Pirates face off in their final game of the Rady Children’s Invitational on Black Friday.
As we prepare for tipoff, here’s a quick look at the details for tonight’s matchup.
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