Iona (1-1) at (2) Kansas (2-0)|
Tuesday, November 19, 8 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) -- Lawrence, Kansas.
Television: Jayhawk TV, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Iona 1-0, Kansas 1-0. Away
Record: Iona 0-1, Kansas 0-0. Neutral Record: Iona 0-0, Kansas 1-0. Conference
Record: Iona 0-0, Kansas 0-0. Series Record: Kansas leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Iona Gaels face a daunting task, as they hit the road to
challenge the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday night.
Iona is 1-1 on the young season, the team opening with a 73-69 loss at
Cleveland State on Nov. 9, but bouncing back with a 76-55 home victory over
Wofford a week later. The Gaels are preparing for the rigors of Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference play, which for them begins at home against Marist on Dec.
Kansas is undefeated after two games, with its initial win coming at home over
ULM, 80-63, and its second in a marquee matchup in Chicago against Duke last
Tuesday, 94-83. The Jayhawks, who moved into the second spot in this week's AP
poll, have won 64 consecutive home games against non-conference foes, and the
team is gearing up for what should be another highly competitive slate of Big
12 Conference bouts. KU begins league play at Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 2014.
This game marks only the fourth all-time meeting between Iona and Kansas, with
the Jayhawks winning two of the first three, the most recent of which took
place in Kansas City back in 1988.
It's only been two games, one of which resulted in a loss, but Iona is already
establishing itself as a team that can boast some pretty potent scorers. Sean
Armand is averaging 18.5 ppg, David Laury 17.0 ppg and Isaiah Williams 13.5
ppg, helping the squad put up 72.5 ppg despite shooting just 41.3 percent from
the field. The Gaels' defensive effort has been decent, with foes generating
just 64 ppg in hitting their shots a mere 38.9 percent of the time.
Laury led the team in the first game with 19 points, while Armand was high man
in the win over Wofford with 20. In that latter contest, Williams added 19
points, and Laury finished with 15 for a club that struggled in the first half
(.290 FG percentage), but turned it on after intermission (.680). Williams and
Armand combined for eight 3-pointers. The Gaels easily won the rebounding
battle (37-24), and used a 15-7 edge in points from the foul line to put the
Kansas has no shortage of talented players who can all but take over a game at
the drop of the hat. Most of the spotlight has been turned on freshman
sensation Andrew Wiggins, and he hasn't disappointed as he currently leads the
team in scoring at 19.0 ppg. Wiggins is coming off a 22-point effort in the
win over Duke, and he was also one of the top rebounders as well with eight
caroms. Perry Ellis (18.0 ppg) actually paced the Jayhawks in the statement
victory, scoring 24 points while also grabbing nine boards, and both Wayne
Selden, Jr. (11.5 ppg) and Frank Mason made significant contributions as well,
netting 15 points apiece.
Kansas made good on 56.1 percent of its field goal attempts, but allowed the
Blue Devils to connect on 51.7 percent of their total shots. A 39-24 edge in
rebounding, along with a 27-16 advantage in points from the foul line played
an integral role in the outcome for coach Bill Self's club.
While Iona may make some noise in the MAAC this season, there is very little
chance the Gaels are going to be able to keep this game close enough to have a
shot at pulling off what would be a monumental upset.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas 82, Iona 61
11/19 10:54:02 ET