What: Alabama State (2-2) vs. Iowa (4-0) in men’s basketball
When/where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, 7:30 p.m.
TV: BTN (Jeff Levering, Jess Settles)
Live stream: BTN2Go
Series: Iowa leads, 2-0.
Hornets data: Alabama State opened the season with a 79-53 loss at Iowa State, then fell 78-61 at South Dakota State. It came home and beat two smaller-division teams, LaGrange and Birmingham-Southern. ... The Hornets start two juniors and three sophomores. Guards Reginald Gee, Tobi Ewuosho and Jacoby Ross average between 15.3 and 16.5 points. Forward Brandon Johnson averages 8.5 rebounds. ... Lewis Jackson is in his 12th season as head coach. His record is 189-219. ... Entering Tuesday, Alabama State was 331st of the 353 Division I schools in the Sagarin Ratings. ... Alabama State and Grambling (also 2-2) are the only teams in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference without a losing record. The league is 8-36 overall. ... This is the first of seven straight games away from home for the Hornets. They will proceed to Ohio, Idaho, Utah, Texas and Florida before their next home game.
Hawkeyes data: Iowa defeated Alabama State 92-58 at Carver last Nov. 12. Cordell Pemsl led the Hawkeyes with 15 points. Ahmad Wagner, now a football player at Kentucky, started that game for Iowa and had seven rebounds. ... Iowa is fresh off its first championship in an in-season tournament outside Iowa (the 2K Empire Classic in New York) since it won the San Juan (P.R.) Christmas Shootout in 1997. ... The Hawkeyes have averaged 10 fewer fouls and 21.5 more free throw attempts per game than their opponents. ... Ryan Kriener leads Iowa in points per 40 minutes with 24.3. ... This is the first time the Hawkeyes have started a season with four wins since the 2013-14 season. ... Iowa’s next four games will be against teams from Power Five conferences starting with Pittsburgh at Carver next Tuesday.