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Feb. 9, 2004

Iowa (12-8, 5-4) hosts Wisconsin (15-4, 6-2) Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the first of two home games this week. Iowa plays four of its next five games at home. Game time is 7:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Iowa defeated Indiana 84-82 in double overtime in Bloomington Saturday, while Wisconsin lost at Northwestern 69-51 Saturday. This is the only meeting of the season between Iowa and the Badgers.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play with color commentator Bob Hansen. Television: ESPN Regional will carry the game to a network of stations that includes KGAN Cedar Rapids, KDSM Des Moines, KGWB Quad Cities, KYOU Ottumwa and KCAU Sioux City. The game can also be seen on cable in Mason City and Sioux City and on Victory Sports in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Larry Morgan and Mike Kelley will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,301 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,371-930 (.596). That includes an 856-301 (.740) record in home games, a 515-629 (.450) record in games away from Iowa City, a 653-641 (.505) mark in Big Ten games and a 262-75 (.777) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa has compiled a 262-75 (.777) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 125-62 (.668) in Big Ten games and 137-13 (.913) in non-Big Ten games. Iowa has drawn over five million fans for men’s basketball games since the arena opened in 1983, surpassing the five million mark when 14,268 fans saw Iowa defeat Ohio State Jan. 24, 2004. Iowa has posted a 54-20 (.730) home record under Coach Steve Alford, including a 33-4 (.892) mark in non-conference home games.

Senior Glen Worley has scored 997 career points and now needs just three points to become the 35th player at Iowa to reach 1,000 career points. The native of Coralville, who attended Iowa City West HS, played in all 101 games during the first three years of his Iowa career before missing the first four games of this season due to injury. He is averaging 8.5 points over the 117 games he has played for the Hawkeyes and he had a season-high 20 points in Iowa’s double-overtime win at Indiana last weekend.

With six rebounds at Indiana Saturday, Worley also raised his career rebound total to 501. Worley, with three points, will become the 20th Hawkeye player to surpass both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Worley can also become the third Iowa player to reach 1,000 career points while playing for Coach Steve Alford. The most recent addition to Iowa’s 1,000-Point Club was Reggie Evans, who scored 1,054 points and had 794 rebounds during his two-year career (2001-02). Dean Oliver (1998-01) ranks seventh on Iowa’s career scoring list with 1,561 points. Oliver played his final two seasons under Alford and reached the 1,000-point plateau near the end of his junior season.

Sophomore guard Jeff Horner has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s two games last week, an 84-82 win in double overtime at Indiana and an 89-72 loss at league-leading Michigan State. Horner played all but one minute in the two games.

A native of Mason City who has started all 51 games in his Iowa career, Horner hit the game-winning basket with one second remaining in the second overtime period at Indiana. He had made two free throws at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime, each time giving Iowa a three-point advantage in the final seconds.

Horner had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists vs. Indiana, recording his second scoring and rebounding double-double of the season and third of his career. Horner did not miss a field goal or free throw attempt in the final 30 minutes of action.

In the loss at Michigan State, Horner played all 40 minutes, scoring 21 points and collecting six rebounds and two assists. In the two games Horner made 12-19 (67%) field goal attempts, including 8-13 (62%) three-pointers, and all six of his free throw attempts. He averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the two games.

In Big Ten games only, Horner ranks among the top 12 players in the league in 10 of 12 statistical categories. He is first in free throw percentage (.944) and three-pointers per game (2.8), third in assists (3.1) and three-point percentage (.595), eighth in field goal percentage (.574), ninth in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (5.7) and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.8).

This is the first time Horner has earned the conference Player of the Week award. Teammate Greg Brunner, also a sophomore, shared Player of the Week honors during the first week of December.

Having played four games against ranked opponents this season, Steve Alford has posted a 15-21 record against ranked opponents as Iowa’s head coach, including a 5-3 mark in Iowa’s last eight games against ranked foes and a 2-2 mark in 2003-04. Iowa, this season, defeated 16th-ranked Louisville 70-69 in overtime and 24th-ranked Purdue 71-61 in Iowa City. Iowa lost at 22nd-ranked Missouri, 76-56 and at 25th-ranked Illinois, 88-82.

Alford’s Hawkeye teams are 5-8 when playing teams ranked in the top 10, including wins over top-ranked Connecticut (70-68 in 1999-00), 2nd-ranked Missouri (83-65 in 2001-02), 5th-ranked Ohio State (67-64 in 1999-00), 7th-ranked Illinois (78-62 in 2000-01) and 8th-ranked Illinois (68-61 in 2002-03). The eight losses to top 10 teams have been once to top-ranked (Duke, 2001-02), once to 3rd-ranked (Illinois, 2000-01), twice to 4th-ranked (Michigan State, 1999-00 and 2000-01), twice to 5th-ranked (Tennessee, 2000-01 and Missouri, 2001-02), once to 9th-ranked (Kentucky, 2000-01) and once to 10th-ranked (Illinois, 2002).

In the 36 games against ranked teams, Alford and his Iowa team are 6-5 in home games, 6-7 at neutral sites and 3-9 when playing ranked teams in their home arena.

IOWA COACH Steve Alford
Steve Alford (pronounced ALL-ford) is in his fifth season as the head coach at the University of Iowa and his 13th season as a college head coach. Alford holds a career record of 241-143 (.628), including an 85-66 (.563) record at Iowa, a 78-29 (.729) record in four seasons (1992-95) at Div. III Manchester College and a four-year record (1996-99) of 78-48 (.619) at Southwest Missouri State. He is 30-43 (.411) in Big Ten games at Iowa. Career win No. 200 for Alford came in 2002 in a 78-53 win at Iowa State. Alford is 8-5 in the NCAA Tournament (3-2 in Div. I and 5-3 in Div. III) and 2-3 in the NIT.

Alford led Iowa to the 2001 Big Ten Conference Tournament title and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his second season with the Hawkeyes. Iowa earned a return trip to the title game of the Big Ten Conference Tournament in 2002 and advanced to the NIT in post-season play in both 2002 and 2003. The Hawkeyes set a Big Ten Conference Tournament record with seven straight wins over two seasons (2001-2002) before a last-second loss in the first round of the 2003 tournament. Alford’s record in the event is 8-3 in his four seasons.

Alford led Southwest Missouri State to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1999 and in 1995 Manchester advanced to the NCAA championship game before suffering its first defeat of the season.

Alford is a 1987 graduate of Indiana, where he led the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA title. Alford was a member of the 1984 U. S. Olympic team that earned the Gold Medal and he was the 26th player selected in the NBA Draft following his senior season. Alford played four seasons in the NBA before beginning his coaching career.

At Indiana, Alford started 120 of 125 games in four seasons. He served as team captain in 1987 when the Hoosiers were 30-4. Steve concluded his college career as Indiana’s all-time scoring leader with 2,438 points and he holds the Indiana record for career steals with 178. He was a consensus first team All-American and the Big Ten MVP as a senior.

Alford is a member of the Manchester College M Association Hall of Fame and the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was named one of the “Top 50 Athletes” in the history of the state of Indiana and was selected as a member of the 15-man Indiana University all-Century team.

Alford is 4-6 vs. Wisconsin (3-6 while at Iowa) and 3-4 vs. Badger Coach Bo Ryan.

Iowa Coach Steve Alford was recently named to ESPN’s Big Ten Conference Silver Anniversary team, honoring Big Ten players from the past 25 years. Alford led Indiana to the 1987 NCAA championship and was a member of the 1984 USA Olympic team that won the gold medal. Other members of ESPN’s team are Kevin McHale, Minnesota, Glenn Robinson, Purdue, Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State and Jim Jackson, Ohio State.

Bo Ryan is in his third season at Wisconsin after leading the Badgers to back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles in the last two seasons. He was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in each of the past two years. Ryan has posted a 58-25 record with the Badgers. Ryan is in his 20th season as a college head coach, with a career record of 441-128. Ryan moved to Madison after posted a 30-27 record in two seasons at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ryan’s UW-Milwaukee team posted a 15-13 record in 2001, including a narrow 83-79 loss to Iowa in Iowa City.

Ryan was the head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville for 15 seasons, leading that school to four NCAA Division III national titles (1991, 1995, 1998, 1999) and eight conference titles. Overall his record at Platteville was 353-76. Ryan has been named national Coach of the Year four times. He is the winningest coach in Division III history and was the winningest coach in the NCAA (all divisions) in the 1990’s. He served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning USA team at the 1995 World University Games and an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning North team at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Ryan previously was an assistant at Wisconsin-Madison for eight seasons (1977-84), working under Bill Cofield and Steve Yoder. Ryan is 3-3 vs. Iowa (3-2 while at Wisconsin) and 4-3 vs. Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford.

Iowa Coach Steve Alford and Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan first coached against each other in the NCAA Division III championship game in 1995. In that game, Ryan’s Wisconsin-Platteville team defeated Alford’s Manchester College team by a 69-55 margin. That contest marks the only time in Division III history that two undefeated teams met for the national title.

Alford and Ryan also met in 2001 when Alford’s second Iowa team opened the season with an 83-79 win over Ryan’s Wisconsin-Milwaukee team in Iowa City.

Iowa holds a 75-65 advantage in the series that began with a 30-9 Wisconsin win in 1909. Wisconsin won both meetings a year ago, 74-61 in Madison and 61-53 in Iowa City. Iowa won two of three meetings in 2002, the first time that the teams had ever met three times in the same season. In 2002, the Hawkeyes won in Iowa City and lost in Madison before defeating the Badgers in the quarter-finals at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Iowa and Wisconsin have split two games at the Big Ten Tournament, with the Badgers winning in 1999 in Chicago and Iowa winning in Indianapolis in 2002.

Iowa holds a 47-21 advantage in Iowa City, including a 13-6 mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin has won four of the last five meetings in Iowa City, with Iowa winning in 2002 before the Badgers won again in 2003. This is the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season.

Wisconsin took a pair of victories over Iowa last season, winning 74-61 in Madison and 61-53 in Iowa City after controlling the action in the second half of each contest.

After Iowa led 26-25 at halftime of the Jan. 22 meeting in Madison, the Badgers shot 64.5% from the field in the second half, including 54.5% from three-point range. Iowa also shot well in the game, shooting 55.8% from the field, and the Hawkeyes won the rebounding battle by a 30-21 margin. But those advantages were overshadowed by the fact that Iowa had 17 turnovers, compared to just five for Wisconsin. The Badgers used a 13-2 scoring burst over the first two minutes of the second half to gain control, and Iowa never led again. The Hawkeyes cut an 11 point deficit to five (55-50) at the eight minute mark, but Wisconsin answered with a 7-0 scoring run to put the game out of reach. Greg Brunner led Iowa with 14 points, hitting 7-8 field goal attempts. Chauncey Leslie and Sean Sonderleiter added 12 points and Jared Reiner scored 10. Brunner and Reiner each had seven rebounds. Wisconsin was led by Devin Harris with 17 points, while Alando Tucker and Kirk Penney each scored 14 and Freddie Owens scored 11. Mike Wilkinson led the Badgers with 10 rebounds.

Iowa led by eight points at halftime when the teams met Feb. 22 in Iowa City, but Wisconsin again came alive in the second half of a 61-53 win. Iowa controlled the action throughout the first half, leading by as many as 12 points. Iowa held Wisconsin to 34.6% shooting in the opening half and kept the Badgers off the free throw line, while gaining a 22-10 rebounding advantage. The Badgers, however, scored the final four points of the first half to cut the deficit to 29-21 at intermission. Wisconsin added the first six points of the second half and finally took the lead at 32-31 with 15:51 to play. Iowa’s last advantage was 38-36 with just over 12 minutes to play. The Badgers led by nine on two occasions before a final Iowa rally. Iowa cut the margin to four points in the final two minutes before Wisconsin made 7-10 free throws in the final four minutes to maintain its advantage.

Iowa won the rebounding battle by a 40-22 margin, but Wisconsin shot 53.8% from the field in the second half and had just three turnovers while collecting seven steals. After committing just seven turnovers in the first half, Iowa had 11 turnovers in the final 20 minutes.

Glen Worley led Iowa with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Leslie added 11 points and seven rebounds and Reiner added 10 points and six rebounds.

Wisconsin was led by Wilkinson with 20 points and seven rebounds. Penney added 15 points and Owens scored 13.

Iowa’s Steve Alford holds a 12-6 record vs. Wisconsin as a player and coach. Indiana won all eight games vs. Wisconsin during Alford’s playing career. As a coach, Alford is 4-6 vs. the Badgers. Alford’s Southwest Missouri State team defeated Wisconsin in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament and Wisconsin has won six of the nine meetings since Alford became the Iowa coach.

The 2002 season marked the only time that Iowa and Wisconsin met three times in a season, with Iowa winning two of the three meetings.

Wisconsin assistant Coach Gary Close was an assistant coach at Iowa for 13 seasons (1987-99). He later was the head boys basketball coach at Regina High School in Iowa City for three years, leading his team to the state tournament his last two seasons.

Iowa will host Michigan Saturday, Feb. 14 (1:34 p.m.). The Hawkeyes play at Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 18 and host Illinois on Wedensday, Feb. 25.