Keys to the Iowa-Tennessee NCAA Tournament game

The Hawkeyes have a tough test ahead in No. 2 seed Tennessee. As Iowa looks for an upset, The Daily Iowan presents the keys to the game.

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Keys to the Iowa-Tennessee NCAA Tournament game

Iowa players come together before the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Iowa players come together before the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Katina Zentz

Iowa players come together before the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Katina Zentz

Katina Zentz

Iowa players come together before the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a chance for a Sweet-16 appearance on the line, 10-seed Iowa takes on 2-seed Tennessee in the round of 32 on Sunday.

The Hawkeyes (23-11) clash with the Volunteers (30-5) at 11:15 a.m.

Keys for Iowa

  • Contain Grant Williams. Colgate kept the two-time SEC Player of the Year to single digits for just the third time all season and almost pulled off the upset.
  • Be comfortable in a shootout. Both teams like to push the pace, but the Volunteers rank 21st in the country with 81.7 points per game.
  • Make 3s. It’s been true seen it all season, including the first-round win over Cincinnati; when Iowa hits from deep, it’s a dangerous team.

Keys for Tennessee

  • Share the ball. The Volunteers excel in ball movement, as they rank fifth in the country with 632 assists.
  • Stay out of foul trouble. Tennessee has committed 605 personal fouls this season. Star forward Grant Williams averages nearly three per game.
  • Turn Sunday into a track meet. The Hawkeyes are 4-7 when opponents score more than 80 points this season. The Volunteers are 18-2 when scoring more than 80.

Iowa wins if…

Defense is a priority. This Volunteer squad shoots 49.6 percent from the floor and scores 81.7 points per game. The Hawkeyes can’t afford to turn this game into a track meet. Iowa is 19-4 when holding opponents below 80 points per game (right about where Tennessee averages).

Tennessee wins if

It beats Iowa on the perimeter. The Hawkeyes need their 3-point shooting if the game becomes a high-scoring affair. Ranked 189th in opponent 3-point percentage (34.4), Tennessee can’t let the Hawkeyes get hot from deep.

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