Category Archives: Game Previews

PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

636198641393450817-20170112-pc-iowapurduembb-027
William J. Adams/ For the Press-Citizen

After taking down the 17th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, the Hawkeyes have their eyes set on Northwestern, and getting their third straight win.

Offensive fire power was the key in beating Purdue, along with a group of tough-minded Freshman and one of the best scorers in the country in Peter Jok. If the Hawkeyes want to go to Northwestern’s home court and get a win over a quality team, they will do so behind that skilled offense. Continue reading PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

PREVIEW: Five Things to Watch for as Hawkeyes Try to Upset Boilermakers

636188845720377467-usatsi-9781620

The last meeting between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Purdue Boilermakers was one the Hawkeyes would like to forget about. 

It was an 89-67 blowout that saw the Hawkeyes shoot 37.3 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from the 3-point line. 

The Hawkeyes have played three games since then and have won 2 of them. They are shooting a much improved 45 percent from the field in that stretch and have averaged 14 assists per game as well. One stat that is worrisome is the fact that the Hawkeyes are averaging 15.3 turnovers per game in that stretch, 1.3 more, per game, than assists. Anytime you average more turnovers than assists as a team, it’s a recipe to lose a lot of games.

But, when a team that is ranked in the top 25 in the country, like Purdue is currently (15), the intensity of the game will be amped up. If you are going to tune in to the game tonight, or if you’re deciding whether or not to even watch, there are some things you should watch for or some selling points to get you to watch the game.

The first thing you should know going into this game is how hot Peter Jok has been for the Hawkeyes. He is averaging 21.4 points per game for the last five games, and averaging 22.6 for the season. Not only that, but he has scored in double figures in every game this season. He is 1 of only 6 players nationally the last 20 years to average: 22 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts & shoot better than 40% from 3-point range (via @IowaHoops). He will be key if the Hawkeyes want to come out of this game with a huge upset win.

Another reason the Hawkeyes should be excited about tonight’s matchup is the improved play of Freshman guard, Jordan Bohannon. The Hawkeyes have won every game in the last nine when he puts up at least five assists. He is also averaging nearly 40 percent shooting from the field for the last five games. He is the one that makes the offense run with his passing ability, so if the Hawkeyes, and Peter Jok, want to be successful tonight they need Bohannon to play well.

Upset potential in this game is the third reason to tune in. Although the Hawkeyes aren’t ranked and don’t have an amazing record at 10-7, they are playing on their home court and the fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena will surely be pushing them to their best. They have already beaten a nationally ranked team earlier this season when they took down Iowa State, ranked 25th at the time, so that should give them confidence that they can complete another upset against the Boilermakers.

Anytime your team plays a great team, you want to watch. Two reasons why you want to do this; the opposing team is one of the best in the nation and there could potentially be an upset. You don’t want to be that person that wasn’t watching when your team took down the number 15 ranked team in the nation and all you can do is watch highlights on Sports Center the next day. It’s a Big Ten matchup and is sure to be intense, especially with the Hawkeyes getting their shot at home this time.

Last, but not least, Caleb Swanigan is playing tonight and that is surely a reason to watch. Swanigan is getting a lot of hype as one of the best players in the nation and watching how the Hawkeyes will try and quiet his game will be interesting. He has 14 double-doubles on the season and has 4 games where he posted at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. With such a great player coming into the Hawkeyes’ home arena, it will be a team effort in utilizing their team skills to try and silence the best big man in the country.

Tune in tonight and watch the game between the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers, because you might witness the second upset of the season for the guys in Black and Gold.

 – M. Handel

 

Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)
Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)

The Canadian Basketball landscape is at an all-time high in 2016, and all signs point to that rise continuing as the calendar switches to 2017.

Pretty River Sports and Entertainment (PRSE) are the owners and operators of several sport and entertainment properties, including the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy in Mono, ON, the Orangevile A’s of the NBL Canada, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, just to name a few.

On Friday, they announced another event that will feature some of the best up-and-coming basketball talent that both Canada and the United States of America have to offer.

The inaugural VANCITY Showcase will take place on March 18th, 2017, and will feature a pair of powerhouse programs. Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario) will square off against the perennial powerhouse known as Prolific Prep (Napa, California) in the first edition of the showcase.

The event will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Continue reading Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Cornell vs. Colgate Game Preview

The Big Red play their home opener tonight against Colgate.

After dropping their first two games 68-62 to Binghamton and 89-78 against Siena, Cornell is in search of their first victory.
Coming into the season, Cornell has tried to remediate the poor offense that haunted them most of Bill Courtney’s tenure. Most possessions were abstract, ending with deep 3s or fadeaway jumpers. With new coach Brian Earl, change seemed eminent. But through 2 games, 11-48 from the 3-point line says otherwise.

Continue reading Cornell vs. Colgate Game Preview

Justin Jackson, Thon and Matur Maker Headline 2016 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

All eyes will be on Thon Maker on Monday night, as the NBA Draft hopeful puts his talents on display at the 2016 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. (Source: Scout.com)
All eyes will be on Thon Maker on Monday night, as the NBA Draft hopeful puts his talents on display at the 2016 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. (Source: Scout.com)

Last year, the likes of Jamal MurrayJalen Poyser, and Thon Maker put their talents on display inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the inaugural BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. It was a big step for Canada Basketball, and it was a huge success.

On the heels of last year’s success, the game is back and the hype surrounding the event has been outstanding. The 24-player roster is loaded with talent from all over the country, and has a few top recruits in the next couple of years.

The one player that fans will have their eyes on will be Maker. The big man declared for the NBA Draft without having played a single game in the NCAA, so the NBA has some deliberating to do in determining his eligibility.

He has a unique skill set for a player of his size. He can shoot the ball from three point range, and he can also dominate in the paint on both ends of the floor.

Outside of Maker, there are other talented players people need to be aware of on Monday night inside the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

Here are three other players you will want to keep an eye on: Continue reading Justin Jackson, Thon and Matur Maker Headline 2016 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks Look to Keep Up Their Winning Ways when the Hampton Pirates Come to Town

Guard Devin Martin has averaged 14.0 points per game over the Hawks' last three games, all of which were wins, and he will look to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore to a big home win over the conference-leading Hampton Pirates. (Source: Delmarva Now)
Guard Devin Martin has averaged 14.0 points per game over the Hawks’ last three games, all of which were wins, and he will look to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore to a big home win over the conference-leading Hampton Pirates. (Source: Delmarva Now)

Last season, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was represented by the Hampton Pirates in the NCAA Tournament, and three teams overall made post-season appearances from the conferences.

One of those three teams just happens to be the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, who took part in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Saturday marks the first meeting between the two schools in 2015-16, and both teams are currently trending in the right direction in the conference standings. The Pirates are the conference’s top team, while the Hawks have put together a three-game conference winning streak to get back into the thick of things in the title race.

A win would go a long way for both teams as they keep on pushing towards the MEAC tournament and the ultimate prize of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Here’s what you need to know about both teams heading into Saturday’s showdown.
Continue reading Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks Look to Keep Up Their Winning Ways when the Hampton Pirates Come to Town