The Old Takes on the New
A pair of coaches at different places in their careers will meet when the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to take on the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday.
In his 13th season with the Hawkeyes, Fran McCaffery has gotten Iowa out to a 2-0 start. The Hawkeyes finished last season 26-10 with a Big Ten Tournament Championship.
Shaheen Holloway is in his first season at Seton Hall after spending four years at St. Peter’s, leading the Peacocks to the Elite Eight last season. Seton Hall has begun 2-0 under Holloway after finishing last season 21-11.
Iowa Remains Solid
The Hawkeyes lost last year’s leading scorer Keegan Murray, but Iowa appears to have found a replacement.
After Keegan left for the NBA Draft, becoming a lottery pick, Kris Murray has stepped up to lead the Hawkeyes.
Murray has averaged 18 points and seven rebounds through two games, helping the Hawkeyes average 100.5 points a game.
Iowa has gotten scoring from other players as well, with four players scoring double figures in its 112-point performance against North Carolina A&T.
The Hawkeyes also do a solid job of turning teams over, as they have forced 38 turnovers and have 17 steals in two games. However, Iowa has had issues dominating the boards, averaging 43 rebounds a game.
Murray will likely be the leader once again against Seton Hall while surrounding scorers will be key to overcoming the Pirates’ strong defense.
Seton Hall Looks to Transfers
Holloway isn’t the only new face leading the Pirates, as a pair of transfers have helped Seton Hall start 2-0.
Clemson transfer Al-Amir Dawes and Louisville transfer Dre Davis have contributed to the Pirates, scoring 13 in Seton Hall’s last win. Dawes finished with a double-double in the win over St. Peter’s, also bringing in 10 rebounds.
Returner Tyrese Samuel has also been an important piece in Seton Hall’s wins, averaging 11.5 points in the first two games.
Although the Pirates have found ways to score, they have had issues taking care of the ball, as Seton Hall has 36 turnovers in its first two games.
The Pirates have also struggled to rebound, with the team averaging 43.5 boards through two games. However, its 21.5 forced turnovers and 48 points allowed a game has been a positive note.
Seton Hall will need to take better care of the ball, but balanced scoring and a strong defense should help against a high-scoring Iowa offense.
Iowa vs Seton Hall Game Injuries
Iowa vs Seton Hall Head-to-Head
The Hawkeyes and Pirates have played twice, with each team grabbing a win. Seton Hall won the last meeting 91-83 in November 2016 in Iowa City.
Iowa vs Seton Hall Game Information
- Game: Iowa vs Seton Hall
- Location: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Iowa vs Seton Hall Live stream: TBS.com
Iowa vs Seton Hall Betting Lines
Iowa vs Seton Hall Picks & Prediction
Both teams will get their first tough game of the season, and both have similar strengths and issues.
Although neither team has been rebounding well, both have been able to turn teams over. However, the Pirates haven’t been able to protect the ball either.
Iowa has been outscoring Seton Hall, while Seton Hall has been better on defense. The Hawkeyes should be able to pick up the win on the road and cover.
The Seton Hall Pirates are listed at -115 in our Vegas NCAAB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Pirates, you have a chance to win $87. The Iowa Hawkeyes are -105, offering a chance to win $54on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Iowa Hawkeyes a 64.91% chance to win, with the Seton Hall Pirates at 53.49%.