What: Savannah State (3-10) at No. 21 Iowa (9-2) in men’s basketball
Where/When: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 12:01 p.m.
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Series: Iowa leads, 1-0.
Tigers data: This is the ninth of 12 straight road games in nine different states for Savannah State. It has lost the last six, the most-recent a 91-80 decision at Tennessee Tech Thursday night. … Savannah State ranks 353rd out of 353 Division I teams in scoring defense (all stats are through Thursday), allowing 99.8 points per game. That’s 10 points more than anyone else in the nation.
The Tigers lead the nation in 3-pointers made and 3-point tries per game, with 12.3 and 43.4, respectively. Through Thursday, they ranked just 316th in 3-point shooting, at 28.4 percent. Three-pointers account for 59.1 percent of their field goal attempts, which is 6.9 percent more than any other team in the nation.
They are 344th in opponents’ field goal shooting, 51.2 percent.
Opponents are averaging 53.8 points in first halves. South Dakota State had 90 in the first half of its 139-72 win over the Tigers. Wisconsin had 69 points at halftime in its 101-60 win over the Tigers last week.
The Tigers went 12-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season, 15-17 overall. … This is their last season in Division I. … Horace Broadnax, a player on Georgetown’s 1984 national-championship team, is in his 14th season as Savannah State’s coach. His record there is 174-238.
Hawkeyes data: Iowa made a school-record 18 3-pointers (on a school-record 43 attempts) in its 116-84 win over Savannah State at Carver two years ago. Brady Ellingson, now at Drake, had 21 of his 23 points in the first half. Current Hawkeye Nicholas Baer had six assists. … Luka Garza has 10 3-pointers this season, tied for fifth nationally among players 6-foot-11 or taller. … Iowa’s opponents have made just 29.6 percent of their 3-point tries after converting on 38.1 percent last season. …
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