Penn (1-2) at Iowa (4-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) -- Iowa City, Iowa. Television: BTN. Home Record: Penn 0-2, Iowa 4-0. Away Record: Penn 1-0, Iowa 0-0. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Iowa 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Iowa 0-0. Series Record: Iowa leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Iowa Hawkeyes conclude a five-game homestand to begin the 2013-14 season, as they welcome the Penn Quakers to Iowa City for a non- conference clash at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes have come out strong to begin the new season with four straight victories at home, three of which have come by more than 40 points, as Iowa has dominated the competition thus far. Last Sunday it was more of the same for Iowa, which rolled to an eye-popping 103-41 victory over Abilene Christian.
Jerome Allen's Quakers are not off to as fortunate a start, dropping two of their first three games. The team has dropped a pair of home games to Temple (78-73) and Penn State (83-71), sandwiched around a road win at Monmouth (79-73).
Iowa has won two of the previous three meetings with Penn, including the last one in 1979 (87-84). This matchup will feature brothers facing each other, as Peter Jok is a freshman at Iowa, while Dau Jok is a senior at Penn.
Shooting just .304 from the floor in the first half, Penn dug itself into a hole against Penn State and trailed 47-24 at halftime. Despite a much better effort after the break (.520 shooting), the Quakers were unable to recover, suffering a 12-point loss. Darien Nelson-Henry had a strong outing, netting a team-high 21 points, thanks in large part to his perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Fran Dougherty and Tony Hicks chimed in with 14 points apiece in the loss.
The Quakers are suffering from a -3.7 scoring margin and a -8.3 rebounding margin, two key factors in the team's struggles thus far. Offensively speaking, the team has shown some signs of life, shooting .441 overall, with four starters averaging double figures. Hicks and Nelson-Henry have been a potent inside/out duo, averaging 18.3 and 18.0 ppg, respectively. The 6-2 Hicks is shooting over 42 percent from behind the arc, while the 6-11 Nelson- Henry has anchored play in the middle, with a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Scoring depth comes in the form of Miles Cartwright (14.3 ppg) and Dougherty (10.0 ppg).
The Hawkeyes have overwhelmed the competition thus far with dominant play at both ends. A lot of that has too do with the competition, but the numbers are impressive nonetheless. Iowa is currently enjoying a whopping +39.8 scoring margin, averaging 94.2 ppg, while allowing just 54.5. The team has also dominated on the boards to the tune of a +12.8 rebounding advantage and is forcing 16 turnovers per game. Aaron White is shooting a team-best .710 from the floor and leads the team in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Roy Devyn Marble is a close second in the scoring column at 15.0 ppg, while Jarrod Uthoff (10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) has been highly productive off the bench, along with Peter Jok (9.8 ppg) and Zach McCabe (9.5 ppg).
Iowa was superior in just about every aspect of the game against Abilene Christian, shooting a scorching 62.3 percent from the floor, while limiting the Wildcats to just 25.9 percent accuracy. In addition, the Hawkeyes forced 19 turnovers against just five miscues themselves. The Iowa bench was also unstoppable, outscoring the Wildcat bench 51-16. Marble led the offensive onslaught with a game-high 27 points. Jok added 15 points in 20 minutes off the bench, while Mike Gesell and McCabe chipped in with 10 points each.
The Quakers' lone win came on the road this season, but that will not provide Penn any relief in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are building some momentum, and although the schedule is set to get much harder for Iowa, the team should be able to close out its homestand with another impressive victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa 84, Penn 57
11/22 11:35:43 ET