|Indiana State||J Odum 13.8||M Arop 5.2||J Odum 4.6|
|Iowa||R Devyn Marble 14.1||A White 5.9||A Clemmons 3.0|
No. 3-seeded Iowa takes on No. 6-seeded Indiana State in the first round of the NIT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday. It gets started at 7 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN 2.
In spite of nine points from Mike Gesell, the Hawkeyes came up short 59-56 against Michigan State on Mar. 15. On top of a team-high 1.2 steals per game, he also scores 9.1 points per game. For the Sycamores, Manny Arop finished with 13 points in the 64-43 loss to Creighton on Mar. 9. He is averaging 12.4 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 5.2 per game. One category in which Indiana State is especially proficient is free throw rate at 42.6, ranking first in their conference (and 29th nationally).
Indiana State StatSmack
- Since 1998, Iowa has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Indiana State (eight vs. zero).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Iowa currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (947 to 929) than Indiana State, per the NCAA.
- Be afraid. Iowa has blown out more teams than Indiana State this season (eight blowouts vs. one).
- AP voters think more highly of Iowa and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Indiana State (25 vs. zero).
- Over the past 10 years, Iowa has had more players drafted by the NBA than Indiana State (one vs. zero).
- Iowa has a better record at home than Indiana State this season (16-2 vs. 11-3).
- Iowa is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Iowa is 208 lbs compared to 197 lbs for Indiana State.
- Indiana State has been ducking Iowa for over 30 years.
- Diaper Dandies love Iowa. Iowa has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Indiana State (11 vs. 0).
- Iowa has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (59.2 percent to 42.2 percent).