Iowa’s basketball team is hosting a Top 25 opponent Sunday. No. 16 Creighton comes to Iowa City Sunday for a scrimmage. It is closed to the public and media, and a boxscore will not be released.
Despite the undercover nature of the event, the competition will provide Iowa coach Fran McCaffery a good read on where his team is and what needs to improve before the season starts.
Creighton was 29-6 last season, and has one of the nation’s top forwards, Doug McDermott. His Bluejay teammates include fellow Iowans Grant Gibbs
and Will Artino.
“I think, OK, we’re scrimmaging Sunday against one of the best teams in the country,” McCaffery said. “Let’s see how we do. Hopefully we’ll do better that we did last year.”
Creighton crushed the Hawkeyes in a regular-season game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, 82-59. That was the first of five losses in a seven-game stretch that send Iowa’s season headed in the wrong direction.
But faced with some adversity, the Hawkeyes then won five of their next six including Big Ten road victories at Wisconsin and Minnesota. Iowa rallied to finish 8-10 in the Big Ten, 18-17 overall and reached the second round of the NIT.
Sunday’s scrimmage will give McCaffery a better idea whether or not his team is a genuine Big Ten darkhorse.
“We’ll break it down,” McCaffery said. “Who played well, who didn’t play well? What did we do well, what didn’t we do well? And then we’ll try and get better before our exhibition game.”
That exhibition will be against Quincy on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.
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