The 14th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes play host to North Carolina State tonight as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wolfpack are 5-0 and ranked 24th. Hawkeye coach Steve Alford says this is a difficult matchup for his team. Alford says, “Sometimes certain systems give certain systems problems and this is a system that on occasion has given us problems. Northwestern has a similar system so we’ve had some problems with them at times.”
Alford says N-C State will have a size advantage as the smallest guy in the lineup is six-four or six-five. He says it’s the tallest team they play and that presents some matchup problems. Alford says the Wolfpack run an offense that is very similar to Northwestern’s and will work for layups. He says it’s all out of the same Princeton type mode, but he says defensively they don’t do the same things that Northwestern does.
The Hawkeyes are 4-1.