Friday, March 22, 2013
W2W4: Stony Brook at Iowa
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for when Stony Brook (25-7, 14-2 America East) plays Iowa (22-12, 9-9 Big Ten) on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch the game on ESPNU.
NEW GROUND: Stony Brook is coming off its first Division I postseason victory, 71-58 at Massachusetts on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT. The Seawolves, the America East regular season champs, were hoping to make the NCAA tournament this year for the first time in school history, but were upset by Albany in the America East semifinals.
Still, Stony Brook looked plenty motivated against UMass, which was a No. 2 seed. Stony Brook is a No. 7 seed in this tournament.
Now the Seawolves have to make a quick turnaround and travel a long ways to face the No. 3-seeded Hawkeyes. Iowa had a sellout crowd of 15,400 for its first-round game, a 68-52 win over No. 6 seed Indiana State -- in fact, it was the largest crowd for an NIT game since 2009. But Stony Brook plays well on the road -- it has 13 road wins this season, the most in Division I.
The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 1 seed Virginia versus No. 5 seed St. John's, a game being played at 11 a.m. Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. So there is a chance of seeing an all-New York matchup in the third round.
THE LOCALS:Tommy Brenton was the America East Player of the Year, yet he averages just 8.5 points per game. Why? Because he also averages 8.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Brenton, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, had a typical all-around game against UMass -- six points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Jameel Warney, a 6-8 freshman forward, leads Stony Brook in scoring (12.1 ppg). Iowa actually offered him a scholarship, but the Plainfield, N.J. native decided to stay closer to home. Junior guards Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley average 11.2 and 11.1 points, respectively.
Stony Brook lives off its defense. The Seawolves are ranked third in Division I in defensive field-goal percentage (37.5), and 12th in scoring defense (57 ppg).
THE HAWKEYES: Iowa finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, one game ahead of NCAA tournament participants Illinois and Minnesota in the standings. Yet the Hawkeyes were left on the outside looking in, after a heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
The Hawkeyes have been in the NCAA tournament 22 times and made three Final Fours, but haven't gone to the Big Dance since 2006.
Two players average in double figures: 6-6 junior swingman Roy Devyn Marble (14.4 ppg) and 6-8 sophomore forward Aaron White (13.1 ppg).
Iowa also relies on its defense. The Hawkeyes are 17th in the Division I in defensive field-goal percentage (38.6), and 67th in scoring defense (62.6 ppg).