Last Time Out
So my South Dakota State partial college experience aside, it wasn’t a great showing. I think South Dakota State is better than what most people think, and if they wreck the Summit League like they could, they might even find themselves ranked at some point this year. But Iowa State should not be losing to the Jackrabbits, at home, and certainly should be more than a 1.5 point favorite. The first half was abysmal, and the three point shooting was atrocious. But the second half, it seemed like Iowa State woke up a little bit, and they even got it to a one point game late before the Jackrabbits won the race.
So DePaul is yet to play a basketball game so it’s hard to really dig into this team too much. Their first three games were canceled due to a COVID outbreak amongst the team. But looking back at last year, what a roller coaster.
This team won at Iowa, beat both Minnesota and Northwestern, as well as Texas Tech in overtime. Then, when it came to Big East play, they upset #5 Butler. So they had the talent last year to compete with literally anyone. On the very other hand, they only won 4 conference games total.
You’ll be pretty familiar with one of their former major contributors in Jalen Coleman-Lands. He was the team’s third leading scorer getting 11 points per game. Hopefully, he has some good insight on their game plan. Their second highest scorer was drafted to the 76ers late in the second round. So this team has a lot of production to replace.
Player To Watch
Sub 6 foot point guard Charlie Moore should be the main bucket getter for DePaul. After bouncing around from Cal to Kansas before finding his way back home in Chicago, Moore average 15 points last year, leading the team. He had 10, 20+ point games and 5 games with 10 or more assists.
He’s a crafty senior who brings some much needed leadership and continuity to this DePaul team even if he is a transfer. He can knock down shots from beyond the arc as well, he shot 32% which won’t blow you away, but you have to respect it. Luckily his field goal percentage isn’t a whole lot higher only coming in at 37% but expect him to be DePaul’s leading scorer.
What Will Happen
We have nothing to go off from DePaul, and not a whole lot of good things going for Iowa State. I think a couple things play into our advantage. Even though Iowa State has under impressed they’re certainly better than, oh I don’t know, Southern or Western Illinois. Iowa State will be a tough game one for DePaul who has to try to replace a lot of good pieces this season. I think Iowa State will get off to a slow start, but one they can come back from.
Iowa State- 68
Xavier Foster plays a good chunk of minutes
We start 0-5 from 3 point land
Foul trouble for both teams in an ugly game
WED., DEC. 5, 2020 / 5 P.M.
Hilton Coliseum / Ames, Iowa