|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. 6-seeded Indiana State squares off against No. 3-seeded Iowa in the first round of the NIT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday. It takes place at 7 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2.
The Sycamores fell 64-43 to Creighton on Mar. 9. Manny Arop finished with 13 points in the loss. He is averaging 12.4 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 5.2 per game. For the Hawkeyes, Melsahn Basabe put up eight points and eight rebounds in the 59-56 loss to Michigan State on Mar. 15. He is averaging 7.2 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 1.3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Iowa is strong in free throw rate at 42.5. This is good enough for second in the conference and 31st in the nation.
- Even computers respect Indiana State more. Indiana State has a better RPI this season than Iowa (RPI: No. 70 vs. No. 74).
- The Indiana State steals leader (Jake Odum, 46 steals) has more steals than the Iowa steals leader (Aaron White, 35 steals).
- The Indiana State scoring leader (Jake Odum, 443 points) has more points than the Iowa scoring leader (Roy Devyn Marble, 424 points).
- Indiana State has a better record in close games than Iowa this season (8-6 vs. 2-6).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, steals, and blocks are in the Missouri Valley.
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (17.2) and Evansville (15.8) - that average more assists per game than the Big Ten leader, Iowa (15.3).
- Indiana State has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (51.9 percent to 46.0 percent).
- The Missouri Valley had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big Ten.
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Northern Iowa (76.5 percent) and Creighton (75.0 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.3 percent).
- The Indiana State assist leader (Jake Odum, 148 assists) has more assists than the Iowa assist leader (Anthony Clemmons, 97 assists).