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Iowa Basketball: Preview + How to Watch the Hawkeyes at Purdue

The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play with a massive road challenge.

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While the Iowa Hawkeyes came up short on Saturday night on the gridiron in the Big Ten Championship Game because they continue to be sorely lacking in offensive production, Hawkeye fans may have a chance at some medicine on Monday night as the Iowa men’s basketball team returns to the court with their exciting and potent offense.

Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes are coming off a 103-78 thrashing of North Texas in their return to Carver from the Rady Children’s Invitational. Now the Hawkeyes face their toughest task of the season as they travel to West Lafeyette on Monday night.

That’s a compelling statement given Iowa has already played a neutral site game against #19 Oklahoma and visited #10 Creighton in the non-conference slate. Now the Hawkeyes open conference play on the road at #4 Purdue.

The Boilermakers enter the night with a spark lit beneath them as they suffered their first defeat of the season in their last outing. After reaching #1 in the nation on the back of three straight wins over top-15 opponents, Purdue fell in their conference opener at Northwestern on Friday night in a game that went to overtime.

The Boilers were led by all-world big man Zach Edey, who tallied 35 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort. He’s averaging 23.5 points per game on the season and leads the league in rebounding at 11.1 boards per game. At 7’4”, Iowa simply has nobody to match the physical size of Edey.

Notably, Purdue enters the night averaging almost 10 offensive boards per game on the back of nearly 5 per game from Edey alone. The Hawkeyes have really struggled on the glass this season, ranking 187th nationally in rebounding margin while giving up more than 38 rebounds per game to opponents. For the Hawkeyes to have a shot tonight, they’ll need to find a way to limit second-chance points for Purdue and get out into transition before Edey and the Boiler defense can get set.

One way to do that may be to limit first chance opportunities altogether. Purdue has struggled turning the ball over this season, ranking 225th nationally with over 13 turnovers per game. The Hawkeyes, by contrast, rank top-ten in the category at only 9 per game. And Iowa has shown an ability to really dial up pressure when they put the effort in on the press. Not only does that limit opportunities for Edey, but it creates easy opportunities in transition for a Hawkeye offense that is top-ten in scoring at over 90 points per game.

About the Boilers

2024 averages: Team / Opponent

PPG: 84.6 / 67.1
RPG: 42.8/ 30.1
APG: 16.8 / 14.4
TOPG: 13.1 / 10.0
FG%: .487 / .387
3P%: .409 / .264

Coach:

Matt Painter: 19th year at Purdue, 20th overall
Record: 445-204 (.686)

2023-24 statistical leaders:

PPG: Edey 23.5; Smith 12.9
RPG: Edey 11.1; Smith 6.0
APG: Smith 7.0; Jones 2.1
FG%: Edey .608; Heide .579
3P% (min 7 attempts): Heide .571; Colvin .5245
BPG: Edey 2.9; King 1.0
SPG: Smith 1.8; Jones 1.5

Last 5 games:

L - at Northwestern, 92-88 (OT)
W - v Texas Southern, 99-67
W - v #4 Marquette, 78-75
W - v #7 Tennessee, 71-67
W - v #11 Gonzaga, 73-63

How to Watch

Date: Monday, December 4th
Time: 6:00 pm CT
Matchup: Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2, 0-0) at #4 Purdue Boilermakers (7-1, 0-1)
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafeyette, IN
TV: BTN
DraftKings Line: Purdue -12.5, O/U 147

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.