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Fairleigh Dickinson (3-8) at (23) Iowa (9-1)



Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) -- Iowa City, Iowa. Television: BTN. Home Record: FDU 1-1, Iowa 6-0. Away Record: FDU 2-5, Iowa 0-0. Neutral Record: FDU 0-2, Iowa 3-1. Conference Record: FDU 0-0, Iowa 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to continue their hot start to the season, as they welcome the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson to town for tonight's non-conference tussle.

FDU has stumbled through the first month or so, losing eight of its 11 games, the bulk of which have taken place away from its home court. The Knights are in the midst of a two-game skid, with their most recent setback occurring at Princeton on Saturday, 77-55. The team also had a lengthy six-game losing streak earlier in the season, but broke out of it with back-to-back wins over major conference foes from within the Garden State -- Rutgers and Seton Hall.

Iowa brings a 9-1 record into this contest, and the team is coming off an 83-66 win over Drake on Saturday. That was the second straight triumph for the Hawkeyes, who suffered their lone loss to Villanova in overtime in the championship game in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 30. Iowa is 6-0 at home this season, and has yet to play a true road game -- that is until it takes on bitter rival Iowa State in Ames this Friday.

This bout marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools in men's basketball.

Fairleigh Dickinson has had difficulty at both ends of the court this season, averaging 64.2 ppg in hitting 41 percent of its field goal attempts, while giving up 75.4 ppg, with foes hitting their shots at a 45 percent clip. The Knights are being manhandled on the glass, sporting a -10.1 rebounding margin, but they are on the plus-side of things with regard to turnovers (+1.0). Despite his team's struggles, Sidney Sanders, Jr. is having a highly productive campaign, netting 18.9 ppg while also keeping his teammates involved with 5.2 apg. Mustafa Jones (10.1 ppg) is the club's only other double-digit scorer, and he is by far its most efficient 3-point shooter (29- of-64).

Sanders, Jr. was the only one to hit for double figures in the recent loss at Princeton, going 7-of-14 from the floor and 8-of-12 at the foul line to finish with 23 points. Unfortunately, he only dished out one assist, the team logging a mere four helpers on 19 total field goals, while the Tigers were credited with 16 assists in addition to a 43-28 rebounding differential.

Iowa's strength in the early part of this season has been its ability to light up the scoreboard nearly at will. The team averages a gaudy 89.3 ppg, doing so behind typical shooting outputs of .467 overall, .369 from 3-point range, and .745 from the free-throw line. While the offense has certainly opened some eyes, the team's defensive effort has been on point as well, yielding a mere 64.7 ppg in limiting the opposition to just 36.4 percent field goal efficiency, which includes a 25.8 percent showing from beyond the arc. Add favorable margins in both rebounding (+8.9) and turnovers (+4.5), and it's not difficult to see why the Hawkeyes have gotten off to such a terrific start. Roy Devyn Marble (16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.4 spg) highlights three double-digit scorers for coach Fran McCaffery's club, with help coming from Aaron White (13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Jarrod Uthoff (10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 17 blocks), the latter of whom serves as UI's top reserve.

Melsahn Basabe scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes to their recent win over Drake. Marble and Peter Jok tacked on 14 points apiece, and Uthoff finished with 13 points and nine boards for Iowa, which struggled from 3-point land (3-of-18) while allowing the Bulldogs significant success there (12-of-29). The Hawkeyes easily won the rebounding battle (47-28), while also laying claim to a substantial 22-8 edge in points from the charity stripe.

Even with the best effort of Sanders, Jr., there is little chance the Knights keep this game even remotely competitive. Expect the Hawkeyes to empty the bench in the second half as they cruise to yet another comfortable victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa 90, Fairleigh Dickinson 59

12/09 10:31:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR