While we are all recovering from out Thanksgiving food coma, Iowa State is playing for the third day in a row. After losing to Michigan and beating ‘Bama, Iowa State gets to face Seton Hall.
Last Time Out
Iowa State played an opposite game yesterday from the one they played against Michigan on Wednesday. Iowa State started slow and Alabama started off 4-4 from three. The Crimson Tide led 16-7 at the under-16 timeout, but from there it was all Cyclones.
Thanks to a lot of tough defense and an array of three-pointers, Iowa State went on a 44-20 run for the last 16 minutes of the half. Rasir Bolton was a huge part of that ISU run in the first, connecting on four threes out of five attempts.
Iowa State opened the second half with some more fire power as they went on a 14-0 run in just under 2 minutes to gain a 20 point lead. Tyrese Haliburton continued to put on a show in the second day of the tournament and finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in the 104-89 win over the Crimson Tide.
About Seton Hall
The Pirates entered the tournament as the 13th ranked team in the country. However, they dropped their first game of the tournament to the 11th ranked Oregon Ducks by a score of 71-69 before obliterating Southern Mississippi last night. Seton Hall’s only other loss came to Michigan State in the third game of the season.
Despite the two quality losses, the Pirates have yet to pick up a quality win on the season. Their five wins have come over Wagner, Stony Brook, St. Louis, Florida A&M, and Southern Miss.
According to KenPom, Seton Hall is the 17th best team in the country while ranking 11th in offensive efficiency and 38th on the other side of the ball.
Opponent Player to Watch
Myles Powell is one of the best players in the country, averaging 24.2 points per game on a clip of .425/.431/.811. Powell is a senior guard who averaged over 20 points per game last year also. He can beat you off the dribble, pulling up, and spotting up to shoot. In the first game of the tournament against Oregon, Powell scored 32 points and looked like the best player on the floor.
However, he averages just 1.8 assists per game while also turning it over 2.2 times per game. If Iowa State can double team and force him to make plays for others, Iowa State could be in good shape. But if he dribbles through everything and makes plays at the basket, it could be a long day for the Cyclones.
What Will Happen
Myles Powell will prove why he is one of the best guards in the country, but Tyrese Haliburton will prove why he’s the best guard in the country. Iowa State continues their hot shooting streak and they do just enough on defense to create turnovers and pull off the upset over the Pirates.
Iowa State- 84
Seton Hall- 81
1- Tyrese Haliburton has 30 points
2- Tre Jackson record 3 steals
3- Iowa State forces 21 turnovers
The Matchup: Iowa State (4-2) vs Seton Hall (5-2)
Where: Paradise Island, Bahamas - Imperial Arena (3,500)
When: Friday, November 29th 6:00pm CT
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/TuneIn Radio Talent: Chris Williams (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)