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NCAAB: Sharp-shooting Iowa takes on Western Michigan

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Despite graduation losses, most notably that of elite big man Luka Garza, one thing hasn’t changed about Iowa to start this season: The Hawkeyes can still score points in bunches.

Iowa enters Monday’s 7:30 p.m. home game against Western Michigan at 4-0 following four straight home wins, mainly because of its offensive efficiency.

Following a 108-82 home win over Alabama State on Thursday, Iowa is averaging 97.3 points a game and is making an average of 11 shots from 3-point range.

Iowa made 20 of 44 shots from beyond the arc in the win over Alabama State, which Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said was a byproduct of Alabama State staying in a zone defense throughout the game.

“The zone enabled us to continuously get good shots, I thought,” McCaffery said. “And we made them.”

No player has been hotter for Iowa so far than Keegan Murray, who is averaging 25.5 points. Murray is shooting 37.5% from 3-point range and also averages 9.5 rebounds a game.

Senior Jordan Bohannon is also back and has made 14 of 30 shots (46.7%) from 3-point range through four games. In the win over Alabama State, Bohannon became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-point shots made (378 and counting).

Now, Iowa will turn its attention to a Western Michigan team that is reeling.

The Broncos (1-2) lost on Nov. 12 at Michigan State, 90-46, before suffering an 80-63 home loss on Thursday to Division II opponent Saginaw Valley State.

“We have a lot of growth in front of us,” Western Michigan head coach Clayton Bates said. “We learned a really tough lesson about what it’s going to take to be a really good team and we’ve got a long way to go.”

Not helping the cause for Western Michigan right now is that guard B. Artis White, who averaged 14.3 points last year, suffered a leg injury against Michigan State and didn’t play against Saginaw Valley State.

His status for Monday is uncertain.

–Field Level Media

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