Preview: #4 Iowa State vs. #13 Iona

Iona vs. Iowa State

March 17, 1:00 PM

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Lets all prepare for the Big Ten Tournament.  Iona and Iowa State will be a great matchup and should lead to a close game right up until the end.  Iona’s fast-paced, high-scoring playstyle and topped with the presence of A.J. English makes them dangerous in the counter attack.  Watch Iowa State’s Georges Niang continue to step up for his team in their well-developed offense.  You also cannot overlook Jameel McKay, a rebounding machine.

 

Match up to Watch

The key matchup to watch will be Georges Niang against Jordan Washington Jr. Both of these forwards bring a good portion of their team’s points to the field. Georges Niang should be one of the tournament’s top scorers.  He has lead his team to the tournament for the past four years, but this will be his first tournament with the new head coach, Steve Prohm.  He has been averaging 19.8 points per game with a field goal percentage of .547. Iona’s Jordan Washington Jr. will be matched up with Iowa State’s powerhouse.  He has been averaging 13.8 points per game, and a .510 field goal percentage as Iona’s second leading scorer.  Both of these players should make a difference in this sure-to-be thriller.

 

 

 

 

X-Factor for Iona

A.J. English, once not even a D1 prospect, now a spectacular guard, could probably play anywhere he wants. The guard has been averaging 22.4 points per game, with a .374 three point percentage.  There has been a history of point guards leading their teams to upsets and A.J. English is fully equipped to repeat this occurrence.

 

X-Factor for Iowa State

Deonte Burton, a lefty off the bench, could act as a game changer for Iowa State.  With 10 points and 4 rebounds per game, he can immediately cause a change in momentum, while relieving an important starter. Iowa State’s depth puts them at a better standing for this matchup.

 

Key Stat

Iona’s 17 compared to Iowa State’s 6 Assists per game will create a difference in this game. Regardless, Iowa State’s team, .502 field goal percentage is not to go unnoticed.

 

Prediction

This matchup should be very close.  I am calling the upset, 80-78 Iona. This will be an exciting, high scoring game of offense.  It should come down to whichever team wants it more.

 

Conor Burke

Indiana University 2018

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