Game preview: Pirates play second straight game against Iowa State in Ames, IADate: December 8, 2019
By: Joe Cammarota
Seton Hall takes on Iowa State again, after facing them their last time on the hardwood in the Battle 4 Atlantis. In that match-up Seton Hall squeaked out an 84-76 victory over the Cyclones. This time though, the game will be taking place in Hilton Coliseum at 9 p.m. eastern time.
Last time out for Iowa State, they won handedly versus the University of Missouri-Kansas City 79-61. In that game the Cyclones had four players score in double-digits with Michael Jobson, Tyrese Haliburton, and Rasir Bolton scoring 19 points each.
The last time these two teams played the game was a hard-fought physical game that saw a lot of hustle plays. For Iowa State, their guards took advantage of a banged-up Quincy McKnight as Bolton scored 20 points, Haliburton put up 19 points, and Prentiss Nixon pitched in with a respectable 15 points.
For Seton Hall, Myles Powell continued to lead the way as he scored a team high 24 points in the victory. The Pirates won the game because of Sandro Mamukelashvili. Mamukelahsvili dropped a season high 18 points in the victory while showing off his three-point shot as he converted three of four from long range.
Although McKnight had a few bumps and bruises, he still dropped an important 12 points. Looking at this game, Iowa State will have home court advantage which is huge as they have yet to drop a game in the comforts of Hilton Coliseum. If Seton Hall wants to come out victorious, they will need to block out the noise of the crowd as Iowa State is known for having stellar fan support at home games.
Mamukelashvili will also need to step up again and continue his recent good play. Finally, Powell will have to be on his “A” game. Powell is in conversation for National Player of the Year, and has already shown up big in Seton Hall’s one true road game this year in Saint Louis. The question is, can he do it in a more hostile environment.
For Iowa State, they are going to need their guards like Haliburton and Bolton to show up again. Last time they played Seton Hall they did a good job of getting shots over the towers of Romaro Gill and Ike Obiagu, can they do it again? Iowa State’s big men will also need to play better, in the previous match-up between these two their bigs put up a combined 15 points. Iowa State will need better production of that group. Finally, they need to have that home court advantage. Seton Hall is ranked for a reason; Cyclone fans are going to have to be on top of their game.
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