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Iowa (13-9, 6-5) travels to Ohio State (11-12, 3-7) Wednesday, Feb. 18 in its only game this week. Game time is 7:05 p.m. CT at the Schottenstein Center (19,200). Iowa defeated Michigan 69-61 Saturday in Iowa City, while Ohio State dropped a 78-48 decision at Wisconsin Saturday. Iowa defeated the Buckeyes 79-65 Jan. 24 when the teams met in Iowa City.

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. 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 Omaha/Council Bluffs and Mason City. Larry Morgan and Bill Hosket will call the action.

IOWA HISTORY

Iowa has played 2,303 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,372-931 (.596). That includes an 857-302 (.739) record in home games, a 515-629 (.450) record in games away from Iowa City, a 654-642 (.505) mark in Big Ten games and a 263-76 (.776) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA

Iowa has compiled a 263-76 (.776) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 126-63 (.667) 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 55-21 (.724) home record under Coach Steve Alford, including a 33-4 (.892) mark in non-conference home games.

WORLEY SURPASSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Senior Glen Worley has scored 1,016 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 119 games he has played for the Hawkeyes and he had a season-high 20 points in Iowa’s double-overtime win at Indiana.

Worley has also totaled 515 career rebounds, becoming the 20th Hawkeye player to surpass both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Worley is also 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.

IOWA VS. RANKED FOES

Having played five games against ranked opponents this season, Steve Alford has posted a 15-22 record against ranked opponents as Iowa’s head coach, including a 5-4 mark in Iowa’s last nine games against ranked foes and a 2-3 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, at 25th-ranked Illinois, 88-82 and lost 54-52 to 14th-ranked Wisconsin in Iowa City.

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

IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS

These are Iowa’s most recent wins vs. nationally ranked opponents:

At Home: 71-61 over 24th-ranked Purdue, 1/7/04; On the Road: 67-63 over 20th-ranked Tulsa, 12/28/02 Neutral Court: 70-69 (OT) over 16th-ranked Louisville; at Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, 11/29/03

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 242-144 (.627), including an 86-67 (.562) 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 31-44 (.413) 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. Ohio State and Buckeye Coach Jim O’Brien.

THE SERIES

Iowa holds a 70-65 advantage over Ohio State in the series that began with a 17-16 Ohio State win in 1915. Iowa has won two of the last three meetings, but the Buckeyes have won six of the last nine. The Buckeyes had won four straight games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena before Iowa won 79-65 earlier this season. Ohio State holds a 40-25 advantage in games played in Columbus, but Iowa has won seven of the last eight there. Iowa was the first opponent to win at the Schottenstein Center, taking a 71-68 win in 1999. The Hawkeyes won 67-64 in 2000 and 71-64 in 2003 and remain the only visiting team with three wins in the new arena. Iowa’s 72-62 loss in 2002 is its only loss in the facility and marked Iowa’s first loss in Columbus since the 1994 season.

The visiting team in the series has won seven of the last nine games and OSU has won two of three games over the last three years at neutral sites in the Big Ten Tournament. Nine of the last 12 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, with six decisions by five points or less.

Ohio State has posted a 76-18 record at The Schottenstein Center losing just 12 Big Ten games there. Iowa has won three of four games in the new facility.

The 14-point margin of victory for Iowa in the first meeting this season marked its largest win in the series since an 82-70 win on Feb. 14, 1998 in Iowa City.

IOWA SHOOTS PAST OHIO STATE IN FIRST MEETING

Iowa used a solid defense, good shooting from three-point range and a low number of turnovers to take a 79-65 win over Ohio State Jan. 24 in Iowa City. Iowa matched its season-low with just eight turnovers, while collecting nine steals and forcing 16 OSU turnovers.

Iowa took advantage of several transition baskets to take a 22-9 advantage in the first 10 minutes. Iowa led by as many as 15 points in the first half before leading 30-20 at intermission. Ohio State was never closer than eight in the second half. The Hawkeyes made 16-18 free throws in the final four minutes to keep the margin in double figures. The Hawkeyes shot 50% (8-16) from three-point range and added 29-45 free throws. The Iowa defense held Ohio State to 35.6% shooting from the field, including just 20% from three-point range. OSU won the rebounding battle, 43-37, but Iowa also blocked eight shots.

Jeff Horner led Iowa, as he collected 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Horner connected on 4-5 field goals (all three-point attempts) and 8-8 free throws. Brody Boyd added 19 points, all in the second half, and Pierre Pierce scored 15. Greg Brunner matched Horner with eight rebounds and Pierce had six. Boyd had four of Iowa’s nine steals.

Brandon Fuss-Cheatham led Ohio State with 17 points, while J.J. Sullinger added 15. Terence Dials led OSU with eight rebounds and Velimir Radinovic and Shun Jenkins each added seven rebounds.

Tony Stockman, who leads OSU in scoring, did not play when the teams met in Iowa City.

IOWA, BUCKEYE NOTES

Iowa and Ohio State have met three times in each of the last two seasons, with the Buckeyes winning all three games in 2002 and two of three last year. The last two years are the only times the teams have met more than twice in a season.

Iowa and OSU have met in each of the last three Big Ten Tournaments. Iowa won 75-66 in the quarter-finals of the 2001 event in Chicago and went on to win the tournament title. The teams met in the championship game in 2002 in Indianapolis, with the Buckeyes earning the title with an 81-64 victory. OSU defeated Iowa 66-64 in the first round of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, scoring the winning basket with 1.8 seconds remaining. The teams also met at a neutral site in 1968, with OSU defeating Iowa 85-81 in a playoff game in West Lafayette, IN after the teams tied for the Big Ten regular season title.

Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament title in 2001 and returned to the title game in 2002, only to lose to Ohio State. After winning the tournament title in 2002, Ohio State returned to the title game last season, where it lost to Illinois. In Iowa’s 71-64 win at Ohio State last season, the Hawkeyes matched their lowest scoring half in nearly four seasons under Coach Steve Alford. Iowa trailed 27-17 at the break, making just 6-21 field goal attempts. Iowa later scored just 16 points in the first half of an 82-54 loss at Michigan State March 5, 2003.

Iowa responded by scoring 54 points in the second half at OSU, shooting 60.7% from the field and 81% from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. The 54 points is the most Iowa has scored in the second half since a 75-66 win over Ohio State on 3/9/01 in the Big Ten Tournament, when Iowa scored 53 second half points.

Ohio State was ranked 24th in the nation when Iowa won at the Big Ten Tournament in 2001 and the Buckeyes were fifth in the nation when Iowa won at OSU in 2000. Iowa was ranked 14th nationally when OSU won in Iowa City in 2001 and Iowa was ranked ninth in both polls when OSU won in Iowa City in 2002. OSU was ranked 20th (coaches poll) and 23rd (AP poll) when the Buckeyes defeated Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament a year ago.

AFTER THIS
The Hawkeyes are idle this weekend before hosting Illinois Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 28 in their final two home games.