IOWA CITY, Iowa — After a couple of warm-up performances, basketball season finally gets real for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Two easy wins by a combined 49 points have given Iowa (2-0) confidence after the first weekend of play. Now, in a Gavitt Games matchup, the Hawkeyes face a team on a similar level in Seton Hall (2-0).
Both Iowa and Seton Hall qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season — the Hawkeyes beat Temple before falling to eventual national champion Villanova in the second round; the Pirates dropped their NCAA opener to Gonzaga but beat Villanova to win last season’s Big East Tournament.
Iowa lost four starters from last season’s 22-11 squad, including second-team All-American forward Jarrod Uthoff. Seton Hall won 25 games last season and brings back four starters, but the one starter the Pirates don’t have back is a big one: All-Big East guard Isaiah Whitehead, who left early for the NBA. Both teams were 12-6 in their conferences last season.
“This is going to be the true test for us,” Iowa shooting guard Peter Jok said. “They won the Big East last year, returning four starters. They’re experienced, they’ve got really good players. I think everybody is looking forward to playing them, and it’s going to bring the best out of everybody.”
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to Thursday’s matchup:
Iowa vs. Seton Hall: game time, details
Time: 8:06 p.m. CT / 9:06 p.m. ET tip-off
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
The line: Iowa minus-2.5
Which TV channel is airing Iowa vs. Seton Hall?
BTN will air the game. Brian Anderson is handling play-by-play and Jon Crispin is the game analyst.
How can I watch Iowa vs. Seton Hall online?
BTN2GO will stream the game
How can I listen to Iowa vs. Seton Hall on the radio?
In Iowa, the flagship radio stations are 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. Gary Dolphin provides the play-by-play and Bob Hansen is the game analyst.
Iowa vs. Seton Hall keys to the game
Defend Khadeen Carrington from the perimeter
Carrington has drilled 9 of 10 3-point attempts in the Pirates’ two games. Last season he averaged 14.1 points a game and hit 56 3-pointers. He mostly played off the ball last year as Seton Hall’s shooting guard but in now the primary ball handler. Iowa will send a combination of Jok and sophomore PG Christian Williams at Carrington.
“It’s not going to be him vs. me,” Jok said. “It’s going to be him versus the whole team. We’re going to do the best we can as a team to shut their best players down and play good man defense and good team defense.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. He’s a great scorer, so it’s going to make me work harder.”
Watch the fouls on Angel Delgado
Iowa boasts several young, talented contributors in the post but none have played a college game against a player like Delgado (6-foot-10, 240 pounds). The junior, had 12 double-doubles last season and averages 18 points and 15 rebounds this season. The Hawkeyes counter with freshmen Tyler Cook (6-9, 253) and Cordell Pemsl (6-8, 249) in somewhat of a rotation. Pemsl put up 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds off the bench in the first two games. Others defending Delgado include junior Dom Uhl (6-9, 217), sophomore Ahmad Wagner (6-7, 235) and fifth-year junior Dale Jones (6-7, 227).
“He’s got a low post game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of Delgado. “He’s tough. He’s got a toughness. He’s a competitor. But I also think as good as he was last year, I think his role has expanded this year. They’re going to him a lot with the perimeter guys they have.”
Play with poise
With only three upperclassmen on their roster, the Hawkeyes are in store for a major test. They have a talented young cast but they haven’t faced a veteran team with NCAA Tournament experience such as Seton Hall. There will be difficult moments filled with defensive breakdowns and empty offensive possessions. How the Hawkeyes handle those moments will tell us plenty about how they’ll compete on the road in Big Ten play and against teams like Virginia and Iowa State within the next few weeks. This game provides a barometer to see where the Hawkeyes stand early in the season.
“They’re going to challenge you with some defenses, and I think ultimately an innate ability to compete,” McCaffery said. “And that’s what these kids do. If you watch them over and over like I have, they’re all capable of making plays at the end of the game. They all play defense. They all run the floor, and they just kind of keep coming at you. And I think that’s why we play the Gavitt Games.”