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NCAA Tournament Coverage

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TEAMS

2005 NCAA TOURNAMENT Coverage Preview Bracket Final Four Predictions Store

By Nick Meyer

itoffishul777@hotmail.com

March 15th, 2004

NCAA Tournament Scouting Report: Iowa

 

The Hawkeyes are a blue-collar outfit all the way, beating opponents in most cases with sheer will, determination, and good outside shooting.

 

Iowa was third in the Big Ten in scoring.

           

The trio of Jeff Horner, Adam Haluska, and Greg Brunner compliment each other well and provide good scoring punch.

           

Horner is a combo guard with deep three-point range and excellent court savvy. Heís done an admirable job of filling in for the suspended Pierre Pierce.

           

Haluska is a smooth-shooting transfer from Iowa State who can score from the outside (40% threes) and on the drive when the defense is caught napping.

           

Greg Brunner is the prototype Big Ten bruiser, a burly power forward/center with good post moves and a feel for rebounding.

           

Wiry center Erek Hansen is one of the Big Tenís best shot blockers in the post.

           

Guard Mike Henderson and forward Doug Thomas provided needed athleticism but are still works-in-progress.

 

Weaknesses:

 

The Hawkeyes are very thin depth-wise, especially in the backcourt with the loss of Pierce.

Iowa Links

 

Their overall ball handling is a little suspect, and they arenít a very athletic team overall, as evidenced by their Big Ten total defense ranking of ninth.

 

Summary:

 

The win against Michigan State was nice, but the Hawkeyes are in the tournament mostly on the strength of their non-conference wins, of which Pierre Pierce was a big part.

 

They are a very good offensive team but are limited by their defense and absence of guard depth.

 

 Prediction: Loss to Cincinatti in first round.

 


 

More Big Ten NCAA Tournament Scouting Reports

 

So you think the Big Ten had a down year?  Most conferences would kill for 5 NCAA Tournament teams, and the #1 seed in the entire field of 65.  Maybe the Big Ten isn't as strong as it has been in recent years, but you'd be foolish to just ignore the damage that a Michigan State or Wisconsin can do.  Nick Meyer presents scouting reports for each Big Ten team that's playing in the post-season, including NIT bound Indiana.

 

NCAA Tournament

Illinois Scouting Report

Michigan State Scouting Report

Wisconsin Scouting Report

Minnesota Scouting Report

Iowa Hawkeyes Scouting Report

NIT

Indiana Scouting Report

 

Return to the NCAA Tournament Homepage.

 

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