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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Thursday, Nov. 17.
The lasting impact of the Michigan victory
Iowa adheres to the 24-hour rule. You get one day to wallow in a loss, or bask in the glow of a big victory. The Hawkeyes say they moved past the Michigan win within a day, but something is still lingering from the game as they head into this weekend’s showdown with Illinois.
And that’s a good thing.
“We gain a little confidence,” Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell said.
That’s to be expected after knocking off the No. 3 team in the country. A team should learn something about itself after a big win.
“We realized we can match these guys up front,” Iowa offensive lineman Keegan Render said. “So it was a good confidence-boost going forward.”
How does it manifest on the field?
“Just in practice. With everybody, there is more of an up-tempo mood,” Render said. “It kind of just feels like, the only way to describe it, is we know we can play with anybody.”
Said Jewell: “There is some more energy in practice. I think we are just trying to stay level-headed right now and that anything can happen, and we are trying to be the best ball club we can possibly be.”
Did Iowa figure out how to reach its potential last week? Or is the confidence from last week the key to Iowa reaching its potential? The best guess is the latter, but the Hawkeyes must prove that’s the case on game day.
Iowa players won’t come out and say it, but the unofficial motto for the week is no letdown. The residual impact from the Michigan game will be gone as quickly as it arrived if the Hawkeyes follow up the big win with a loss at Illinois.
“It just shows us that you’ve just got to focus on the game Saturday,” Iowa center James Daniels said. “Right after the Penn State game, we were focused on playing the game Saturday and after Michigan we were just focused on playing the (Illinois) game Saturday. We just have to focus on playing the game Saturday.”
Breaking down Seton Hall-Iowa
Iowa hosts Seton Hall tonight (9 p.m., ET, BTN) in the first of several big November basketball games for the Hawkeyes. No. 8 Virginia and Notre Dame are coming up within the next two weeks, but first it’s the Pirates. Here is what you need to know about the game: (Note: The efficiency rankings are out of 351 Division I teams)
Tale of the Tape
|Team||Kenpom Ranking||Adjusted Offense||Adjusted Defense|
|Seton Hall (2-0)||40||108.3 (49th)||93.3 (30th)|
|Iowa (2-0)||54||109.3 (42nd)||96.7 (71th)|
Seton Hall is coming of a 25-9 season and an NCAA tournament appearance last season. The Pirates lost leading scorer Isaiah Whitehead and his 18.2 points per game, but there is still plenty of firepower left. Khadeen Carrington is averaging 22.0 points and forward Angel Delgado is averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game.
The matchup of Peter Jok vs. Carrington will be worth the price of admission. The shooting guards could put on an offensive show.
Delgado is a concern for Iowa’s inexperienced frontcourt.
“Delgado will foul out three guys if you don’t play him right,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “This will be a big challenge for our young guys.”
Don’t expect the Pirates to grind the game to a halt. Seton Hall topped the 80-point mark in both of its wins.
Beating the Pirates would be a good early season victory for Iowa, because the Pirates project to be an NCAA tournament team again this season.
It’s not going to be easy. Kenpom.com gives Iowa a 57 percent chance to win. The defensive lapses from the exhibition contest and opener can’t show up and Iowa will need a secondary scorer to emerge alongside Peter Jok. It wouldn’t be a surprise if either team scores 80 points.
“They present a lot of challenges,” McCaffery said. “They have size. They have tremendous speed. They have experience. They have a multitude of scorers. And I think they have a sufficient amount of depth.”
The good news for Iowa is Dale Jones, who underwent knee surgery last season, is on track to make his season debut.
FM: "Dale Jones will be good to go." #Hawkeyes
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) November 16, 2016
Lots of links
- Iowa women’s basketball is 3-0 after beating North Dakota on Wednesday.
- A look at Akrum Wadley and his transformation into Iowa’s best offensive playmaker.
- Ron Coluzzi didn’t flip out over becoming a social media sensation after the Michigan game.
- Tight end George Kittle is likely out for the Illinois game.