Northwestern vs. Iowa: Full Game Preview
|Northwestern||D Crawford 13.5||J Swopshire 6.7||D Sobolewski 4.0|
|Iowa||R Devyn Marble 14.3||A White 6.1||A Clemmons 3.1|
Northwestern meets Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Thursday. Tipoff is at 8:55 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Wildcats lost to the Hawkeyes 71-57 on Feb. 9 and are 6-4 against them over the last four years.
The Wildcats fell 71-61 to Michigan State on Mar. 10. Kale Abrahamson finished with 16 points in the loss. He is averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. For the Hawkeyes, Melsahn Basabe finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the 74-60 win over Nebraska on Mar. 9. He averages 7.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 blocks per game.
Iowa has a statistical edge over Northwestern in two specific areas. The Hawkeyes have an advantage over the Wildcats when it comes to rebounding, 39.8 per game to 30.7 per game. Additionally, Iowa has an edge over Northwestern in scoring, 70.8 points per game to 60.7 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Iowa performs well in free throw rate at 42.8. This ranks second in the conference and 27th in the country.
- Northwestern players are more experienced than Iowa players (17,304 minutes played vs. 14,569 minutes played).
- Northwestern has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (54.6 percent to 46.0 percent).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Northwestern currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (984 to 947) than Iowa, per the NCAA.
- Northwestern has an average margin of victory of 9 over Iowa in 15 wins since 1980.
- Northwestern has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Iowa according to Kiplinger (86.4 percent vs. 42 percent).
- Northwestern is a better three-point shooting team (34.2 percent vs. 29.9 percent) than Iowa this season.
- The Northwestern assist leader (Dave Sobolewski, 122 assists) has more assists than the Iowa assist leader (Anthony Clemmons, 97 assists).
- Northwestern has more wins over the last 5 years than Iowa (97 vs. 87).
- The Northwestern three-point leader (Dave Sobolewski, 46 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Iowa three-point leader (Roy Devyn Marble, 38 three-pointers).
- Dave Sobolewski is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in assists.
- The Northwestern basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Iowa (90 percent vs. 55 percent).
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