The Return of Dr. Tom

Nov. 24, 2003

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THE SETTING Iowa (1-0) plays the first of three games against in-state rivals when the Hawkeyes host Drake University (1-0) and former Iowa Coach Tom Davis Tuesday, Nov. 25. Game time is 7:04 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Iowa opened the season Sunday with a 107-80 win over North Carolina-Asheville, while the Bulldogs opened the season Nov. 21 with an 87-72 win over Simpson College in Des Moines.

ON THE AIR Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play with color commentator Bob Hansen.

Tuesday is Iowa Basketball Trading Card Night. The first 4,000 fans through the doors of Carver-Hawkeye Arena will receive one souvenir set of 15 cards.

Television: ESPN Regional will carry the game to a network of stations that includes KGAN Cedar Rapids, KDSM Des Moines, KCAU Sioux City, KWQC Quad Cities and KYOU Ottumwa. The game can also be seen on cable in Mason City and on Victory Sports in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Larry Morgan and Mac McCausland will call the action.

IOWA HISTORY Iowa has played 2,282 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,360-922 (.596). That includes an 848-300 (.739) record in home games, a 512-622 (.451) record in games away from Iowa City, a 648-637 (.504) mark in Big Ten games and a 254-74 (.774) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA Iowa has compiled a 254-74 (.774) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 122-61 (.667) in Big Ten games and 132-13 (.910) in non-Big Ten games. Iowa has drawn over 4.8 million fans for men’s basketball games since the arena opened in 1983. Iowa has posted a 46-19 (.708) home record under Coach Steve Alford, including a 28-4 (.875) mark in non-conference home games.

IOWA IN SEASON-OPENING GAMES With the 107-80 win over North Carolina-Asheville Iowa has won 26 straight season-opening games, dating back to 1978, when Iowa lost a road game to start the season. The Hawkeyes have won 41 straight home openers, dating back to a 62-54 loss to Ohio University to begin the 1962-63 season.

Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford is 11-1 in 12 season-opening games, including wins in six straight openers, and, wins in all five season-opening games at Iowa.

WORLEY OUT OF ACTION Senior forward Glen Worley suffered a fracture in his left hand during practice on Nov. 13 and is out of action for an indefinite period of time. Worley started 26 of 31 games last season averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, ranking second on the team in both categories. Worley has scored 957 career points while playing in all 101 games in his first three seasons. He has 78 career blocked shots to rank eighth on Iowa’s career list.

DRAKE COACH TOM DAVIS Dr. Tom Davis, Iowa’s head coach from 1987-99, is in his first season as the Drake head coach. Davis compiled a 269-140 record at Iowa, earning more victories than any other Hawkeye basketball coach. His career record stands at 544-290. Davis is in his 29th season and he ranks 11th among active Division I coaches in total victories. He has enjoyed 16 seasons in which his teams won 20 or more games and he has taken 16 teams to post-season action. He guided nine of his Iowa teams to post-season play and was the 1987 AP National Coach of the Year after leading Iowa to a 30-5 overall record. Prior to coaching at Iowa, Davis was the head coach at Lafayette College (116-44, 1971-77), Boston College (100-47, 1977-82) and Stanford (58-59, 1982-86). Davis has not coached against the Hawkeyes or Iowa Coach Steve Alford.

THE SERIES Iowa holds a 50-7 advantage in the series that began with a 36-13 Iowa victory in 1909. Iowa has won 24 straight games over Drake, dating back to the 1978-79 season when the Bulldogs scored a 72-69 win in Des Moines. The teams met later that season in Iowa City, where Iowa’s 112-73 win began the current win streak.

Four of the last five meetings have gone down to the wire, with Iowa winning by four points in 1998-99, by seven points in two overtimes in 1999-00, by two points in 2000-01 and by a 50-49 margin last season in Des Moines.

The Hawkeyes own a 25-2 advantage in games played in Iowa City, including an 8-0 mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won 18 straight home games over the Bulldogs since Drake won by a 74-65 margin in December, 1967.

A YEAR AGO Jared Reiner converted two free throws with 51 seconds remaining to lift Iowa to a 50-49 win last Nov. 26 in Des Moines. A Drake turnover with 45 seconds remaining allowed Iowa to run the clock down to under 10 seconds before an Iowa miss gave Drake one final chance. A hurried shot was off target and Reiner secured his 10th rebound of the night to give Iowa the win.

Both teams shot just 35% from the field while Iowa made 7-8 free throws compared to 5-7 for the Bulldogs. Iowa made 5-19 three-point attempts while Drake hit 8-26 treys. The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle by a 36-34 margin.

Iowa’s Chauncey Leslie led all scorers in the game with 20 points, while Greg Brunner added 12 points. Drake was led by Luke McDonald with 19 points. The box score from that game is included with this release.

IOWA CONNECTIONS Along with Coach Tom Davis, the Drake staff includes several individuals with Iowa connections. Assistant Coach Keno Davis earned his degree from Iowa and was an undergraduate assistant coach at Iowa from 1991-95 while his father was the Hawkeye head coach.

Assistant Coach Chad Buchanan earned his master’s degree from Iowa and was a graduate assistant within the basketball Iowa program from 1995-97.

Jason Bauer, a member of the Drake basketball support staff, was a member of the Iowa basketball team, earning letters in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

STATE PLAYERS Both Iowa and Drake have eight former Iowa preps on their respective rosters, including a Hawkeye player from Des Moines (Sean Sonderleiter) and a Bulldog from Iowa City (Robert Gaffey). The Iowa roster includes Jeff Horner (Mason City), Glen Worley (Coralville), Jack Brownlee (Ft. Dodge), Kurt Spurgeon (DeWitt), Mike Henderson (Waterloo), Greg Brunner (Charles City), Sean Sonderleiter (Des Moines) and Adam Haluska (Carroll). The Drake roster includes Mark Larsen (Cedar Falls), Robert Gaffey (Iowa City), Brian Hogan (Ft. Madison), Jon Crane (Des Moines), Klayton Korver (Pella), Josh Powell (Des Moines), Pete Eggers (Dubuque) and Zach Egle (Ankeny).

DRAKE NOTES Iowa holds an all-time record of 112-31 against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, having played nine of the current 10 members (Iowa has not played Southwest Missouri State). Iowa’s only other game this season against a team from the Missouri Valley Conference is Dec. 9 at Northern Iowa.

Drake holds an all-time mark of 21-80 against current members of the Big Ten, having played everyone except Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.

Drake’s Pete Eggers attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, where he was a teammate of Iowa’s Erek Hansen last season and a teammate of Iowa’s Jack Brownlee during the 2001-02 season.

BIG FOUR IN-STATE SERIES The Iowa Drake game is the first for the Hawkeyes in their pursuit of state bragging rights. Iowa last season defeated Drake and Northern Iowa in the regular season, but lost to Iowa State in December before defeating the Cyclones in March in the NIT. Iowa later this season plays at Northern Iowa (Dec. 9) and at Iowa State (Jan. 21).

Drake will host Iowa State Dec. 20 and meet Northern Iowa Jan. 17 (away) and Feb. 25 (home). Northern Iowa and Iowa State meet Nov. 30 in Ames.

AFTER THIS Iowa travels to Indianapolis, IN to take part in the John Wooden Tradition on Saturday, Nov. 29. Iowa will meet Louisville at 12:30 p.m. CT at Conseco Fieldhouse, while Indiana will meet Xavier in the second game of the doubleheader. The Hawkeyes return home to host Wisconsin-Green Bay Tuesday, Dec. 2.