Men's Basketball Breakdown: Iowa vs. Oral Roberts
Breaking down the men's basketball game between Iowa and Oral Roberts.
Time and place — 7 p.m., Friday, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City
TV — BTN-Plus (online only)
Radio — Hawkeye Radio Network
Records — Iowa 1-1, Oral Roberts 1-2
Rankings — Neither team is ranked.
Series — Iowa leads, 1-0.
Iowa lineup — Connor McCaffery (G, 6-5, Soph., 8 ppg.), C.J. Fredrick (G, 6-3, Fr., 10 ppg.), Joe Wieskamp (G, 6-6, Soph., 10 ppg.), Jack Nunge (F, 6-11, Soph., 1 ppg.), Luka Garza (C, 6-11, Jr., 17 ppg.)
Oral Roberts lineup — Deondre Burns (G, 6-3, Sr., 16.7 ppg.), Max Abmas (G, 6-1, Fr., 15.3 ppg.), R.J. Fuqua (G, 5-11, Soph., 5.3 ppg.), Kevin Obanor (F, 6-8, Soph., 7.3 ppg.), Emmanuel Nzekwesi (F, 6-8, Sr., 14.7 ppg.)
KenPom ranking — Iowa 52nd, Oral Roberts 174th
Sagarin ranking — Iowa 61st, Oral Roberts 169th
• The only meeting between the two programs came in 1987, when Iowa won, 126-94, in the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City.
• Iowa's reserves have scored 73 points in the first two games.
• Iowa has won 60 of its last 65 nonconference home games.
What to watch
A 93-78 loss to DePaul on Monday night gave the Hawkeyes a lot to think about this week.
This game, plus the Nov. 21 game against North Florida and the Nov. 24 game against Cal Poly, will be the last tests for Iowa before a difficult seven-game stretch that includes two games in the Las Vegas Invitational, two Big Ten games, road games against Syracuse and Iowa State, and a neutral-court game against Cincinnati.
Oral Roberts' two losses have been to Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
"Very good team. They're a veteran club," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of the Golden Eagles. "They've got some grad transfers and some older guys. They play at a good pace. They run good stuff. They've got multiple guys that can score.
"It's not like you can say, OK, we can lock into these two guys, we can stop them. They've got a lot of different players that can score. They shoot a lot of threes. They play loose with great confidence. I think they share the ball. They play hard. It'll be a real tough game for us."