IOWA CITY (AP) — Big Ten Conference play will kickoff tonight for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team.
The 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes (11-2 overall) will host Nebraska (8-4).
Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. BTN channel 73 will televise the game.
In its previous outing back on Dec. 22, Iowa cruised to an 81-66 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Devyn Marble (15.3), Aaron White (13.2), Josh Oglesby (13.0) and Jarrod Uthoff (10.8) all average in double figures offensively for the Hawkeyes. Uthoff also grabs a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest, while Marble tallies 2.2 steals.
Reserves have played a major role in Iowa’s 11 wins, averaging 40.2 points, 23.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks through 13 games. The Hawkeye bench ranks first in the country in rebounding (23.7), and third in scoring (40.2) and blocks (3.8). UI ranks fourth in the country in scoring margin (+23.0); sixth in field goal percentage defense (.369); seventh in scoring (88.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.74); eighth in assists (18.1); and 19th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.268).
For the Cornhuskers, Terran Petteway (16.8) and Shavon Shields (13.6) are the main scoring weapons. Nebraska dropped a 74-59 decision at Cincinnati on Saturday.
Despite having six new faces in their primary 10-man rotation, the Huskers have been a much more prolific offensive team in 2013-14. Nebraska is averaging 11 more points per game than at this point last year, including a season-high 90 points against UMass on Nov. 21 – NU’s highest single-game total since the 2009-10 season. As the Huskers have looked at different lineup combinations, one constant during non-conference play has been improved bench production. Nebraska is averaging 24.9 points and 15.7 rebounds per game from its bench, led by Deverell Biggs and Leslee Smith.