Feb. 14, 2005
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Iowa (16-7, 4-6) hits the road again Wednesday, traveling to Purdue (6-15, 2-8) for the second meeting of the season with the Boilermakers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. CT in Mackey Arena (14,123).
The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern 64-54 in Iowa City Saturday night. Purdue was idle over the weekend after defeating Penn State 77-50 Feb. 9 in West Lafayette in its last outing.
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 and KYOU Ottumwa. Jim Barbar and Shon Morris will call the action.
Iowa has played 2,333 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,391-942 (.596). That includes an 870-305 (.740) record in home games, a 521-637 (.450) record in games away from Iowa City, a 661-651 (.504) mark in Big Ten games and a 276-79 (.777) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa has compiled a 276-79 (.777) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 131-66 (.665) in Big Ten games and 145-13 (.918) in non-Big Ten games. Iowa has drawn over five million fans for men’s basketball games since the arena opened in 1983. Iowa has posted a 68-24 (.739) home record under Coach Steve Alford, including a 42-4 (.913) mark in non-conference home games.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is listed among teams receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls. The Hawkeyes were ranked for nine consecutive weeks, reaching as high as 14th in the Associated Press poll on Jan. 3. Iowa began the season receiving no votes in either poll. The Hawkeyes are 44th in the RPI rankings and 26th in the Sagarin Ratings.
BRUNNER EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Junior forward Greg Brunner has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s two games last week, a 72-69 loss at #20 Wisconsin and a 64-54 home win over Northwestern.
Brunner (6-7, 245) is a native of Charles City, IA who averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games. He had 27 points and seven rebounds at Wisconsin, hitting 12-21 field goals. He added 16 points against Northwestern, while also collecting four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Brunner has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and in 21 of 23 for the season. He is averaging 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game and has eight double-doubles this season. Brunner ranks third in the Big Ten in rebounding for all games and second in Big Ten games only.
IOWA SECURES FIVE IN A ROW
With 16 wins in 23 outings, Iowa has clinched a fifth straight winning season, a streak that matches the second longest consecutive winning seasons streak in Iowa basketball history.
Iowa’s longest streak of consecutive winning seasons is seven, from 1950 through 1956. Pops Harrison, Bucky O’Connor and Rollie Williams all coached the Hawkeyes during those years. Only a 10-10 record in 1949 kept Iowa from 13 consecutive winning seasons (1944-56).
Lute Olson coached Iowa to five straight winning seasons from 1979-83, George Raveling and Tom Davis combined to coach Iowa to winning seasons from 1985-89 and Davis coached Iowa to winning seasons from 1995-99.
IOWA HAS FAST START
With 12 wins in its first 13 games, Iowa enjoyed its best start under Coach Steve Alford. Iowa, in 2001, posted a 10-1 mark to start the season and ended the year with a 23-12 overall record. Iowa began both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons with a 13-1 record.
Iowa’s nine-game win streak during non-conference action matched the best streak for an Iowa team under Alford, as the Hawkeyes opened the 2000-01 season with nine straight wins. The Hawkeyes also had six-game win streaks in 2003-04 and 2001-02.
Iowa has 12 non-conference wins (not including post-season) for the first time since 1988-89.
ILLINOIS START TIME MOVED UP
The start time of the Illinois at Iowa contest this Saturday has moved to 11:06 a.m. The contest was originally slated to begin at 11:17 a.m.
The game was originally selected as an ESPN Plus game to be telecast throughout the Big Ten area. The game will now be televised nationally on ESPN. The game will be shown on the usual ESPN Plus regional outlets in Iowa and Illinois, and on ESPN throughout the remainder of the country.
DATE SET FOR MICHIGAN GAME
Iowa’s final regular season game at Michigan will be played Saturday, March 5. The start time is 11:17 a.m. CT. ESPN Plus will televise the contest throughout the Big Ten Conference viewing area.
RECOGNITION ON THE NET
Iowa’s basketball program was well recognized on the internet for its play during the non-conference portion of the season.
- On espn.com, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale selected the Hawkeyes as his “Team of the Week” for their 83-53 win over Texas Tech.
- CollegeInsider.com selected sophomore guard Adam Haluska as its “Star of the Week” for his play in the win over Texas Tech. Haluska matched his career high with 21 points, hitting 7-9 field goals, 3-3 three-pointers and 4-5 free throws.
- CollegeInsider.com selected Coach Steve Alford for its “Mid Season” Jim Phelan Coach of the Year honor. The Jim Phelan Coach of the Year honor is awarded in March.
- Gregg Doyel, writing for cbssportline.com, recently featured the Iowa guard court of Jeff Horner, Pierre Pierce and Adam Haluska as one of the best in the nation.
IOWA COACH Steve Alford
Steve Alford (pronounced ALL-ford) is in his sixth season as the head coach at the University of Iowa and his 14th season as a college head coach. Alford holds a career record of 261-155 (.627), including a 105-78 (.574) 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. Alford ranks fifth among Iowa’s head basketball coaches in career wins and he is 38-52 (.422) in Big Ten games at Iowa. Alford is 8-5 in the NCAA Tournament (3-2 in Div. I and 5-3 in Div. III) and 2-4 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 2002, 2003 and 2004. 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 8-4 in his five 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. A year ago he was one of five players selected to ESPN’s Big Ten Conference Silver Anniversary team, honoring Big Ten players from the past 25 seasons.
Alford is 6-4 against Purdue and Boilermaker Coach Gene Keady.
PURDUE COACH GENE KEADY
Coach Gene Keady, who will step down at the end of the season, is in his 25th season at Purdue and his 27th as a college head coach. Keady holds a career mark of 545-273 and his record at Purdue is 507-254. Keady posted a 38-19 record in two seasons at Western Kentucky before moving on to Purdue. Keady has guided Purdue to six Big Ten titles, including three straight from 1994-96. Keady has been national Coach of the Year six times and has earned Big Ten Conference Coach of the year recognition a league-record seven times. He is a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame, the Kansas Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keady is 22-22 vs. Iowa and 4-6 vs. Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford.
Purdue holds a 74-67 advantage in the series that began with a 17-11 Boilermaker win in 1909. The Hawkeyes defeated Purdue 71-57 in the first meeting this season in Iowa City and won both meetings last season, 71-61 in Iowa City and 63-62 in West Lafayette. Purdue won the only meeting in 2003.
Iowa and Purdue have met twice at a neutral site, with both meetings taking place in Indianapolis. In addition to the meeting at Conseco Fieldhouse in the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers both advanced to the 1980 Final Four at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, and both lost in the semi-finals. A consolation game was played at that time and Purdue defeated Iowa 75-58.
The Boilermakers hold a 50-20 advantage in games played in West Lafayette. Iowa scored a 63-62 win in 2004 on its last visit and has won two of the last three meetings in Mackey Arena.
IOWA, PURDUE NOTES
- The Iowa roster includes Indiana native J.R. Angle, along with Coach Steve Alford, an Indiana native who played at Indiana.
- Purdue Coach Gene Keady is the only Big Ten coach who was coaching in the Big Ten when Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford was a player at Indiana from 1984-87. During Alford’s four-year career at Indiana, the Hoosiers won just three of eight meetings against in-state rival Purdue.
- Purdue assistant Coach Paul Lusk began his college career at Iowa. Lusk, who had followed his father’s footsteps to Iowa, suffered a broken leg early in his Iowa career and completed his career at Southern Illinois. Lusk scored over 1,000 points in his three seasons at Southern Illinois.
IOWA STOPPED PURDUE IN IOWA CITY
Iowa used a strong defensive effort and a boost from the bench in taking a 71-57 win over Purdue Jan. 22 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes held Purdue to 30.4% shooting from the field in the first half, as the Boilermakers scored just 10 points in the first 17 minutes of the game. By that time, Iowa had built a 25-10 advantage on the way to a 38-20 halftime margin.
Iowa scored the first basket of the second half and was never threatened over the final 20 minutes. Iowa led 71-52 with 1:28 remaining before the Boilermakers scored the final five points to leave the final margin at 14 points, the closest Purdue came in the second half.
For the game, Iowa held Purdue to 40% shooting from the field, while the Hawkeyes shot 45%. Iowa won the rebounding battle by a 38-35 margin and collected 10 steals while forcing 19 turnovers. Iowa was guilty of just eight turnovers in the game and collected 20 assists on 27 field goals.
Junior Greg Brunner posted his fourth straight scoring and rebounding double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while reserve Doug Thomas matched his career scoring high with 14 points and added nine rebounds. Jeff Horner added 13 points and Pierre Pierce had eight points while matching a career-high with eight assists. The Hawkeyes got 21 points and 14 rebounds from the bench, as freshman Carlton Reed added three points and five assists.
Purdue was led by Carl Landry with 16 points and eight rebounds. David Teague added 11 points and Brandon McKnight added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
ALFORD REACHES 100 HAWKEYE WINS
Coach Steve Alford collected win No. 100 as Iowa’s head coach in the 73-63 victory over Air Force. Career victory No. 250 came in the 88-53 win over Centenary in early December. His career mark stands at 261-155. Alford is 105-78 at Iowa, moving into fifth place on the Iowa list for coaching victories.
Iowa’s top four coaches in career wins include Tom Davis (269), Lute Olson (168), Rollie Williams (139) and Bucky O’Connor (114).
IOWA AVENGES WILDCAT LOSS
Iowa defeated Northwestern 64-54 in Iowa City, avenging an overtime loss to the Wildcats earlier this season in Evanston. The win stopped a three-game Northwestern win streak over the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes started slowly, trailing 24-21 with 6:32 remaining in the first half. From there Iowa scored 18 of the final 20 points of the half to take a 39-26 halftime lead. Both teams shot well in the first half, as Iowa hit 51.7% from the field and Northwestern an even 50% from the field. Iowa also connected on 7-12 (58.3%) three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
Northwestern closed the gap to four points by scoring the first nine points of the second half before Iowa got back on track. Iowa used a 14-2 scoring run over a seven-minute span in the second half, building the margin to 16 points with 10 minutes to play. Iowa led by as many 17 points on four occasions in the final minutes before Northwestern scored the final seven points in the final three minutes of the game.
Iowa ended the game shooting 47.2% from the field and 45% from three-point range, while the Wildcats shot 50% from the field and just 27.3% from three-point range. The Hawkeyes won the rebounding battle by a 34-22 margin and did not allow Northwestern a single offensive rebound.
Iowa was led by the all-around performance of Adam Haluska, who led Iowa with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Greg Brunner added 16 points and four rebounds, while Jeff Horner had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Mike Henderson had eight points and five rebounds.
PURDUE GETS PAST PENN STATE
Purdue used a strong defensive effort in taking a 77-50 win over Penn State Feb. 9 in its last outing. The Boilermakers held Penn State to 28.3% shooting from the field and controlled the game from the start. Purdue shot 48.3% from the field and made 6-12 three-point shots in the first half, building a 35-20 halftime advantage. The Boilermakers shot 50% from the field in the second half and made all seven of its free throw attempts in the final 20 minutes. Purdue held a 43-33 rebounding advantage as well.
David Teague led Purdue with 25 points, hitting 10-16 field goals and 5-10 three-point attempts. Carl Landry added 24 points and led both teams with eight rebounds.
LEADER ACROSS THE BOARD
Sophomore Adam Haluska led Iowa in the win over Northwestern, leading the Hawkeyes in points (20), rebounds (eight), assists (five) and steals (four), field goals (seven), three-point field goals (four) and free throws (two). Haluska hit 7-14 field goals, 4-6 treys and 2-3 free throws, while committing just one turnover and collecting no personal fouls.
Haluska’s performance marks the first time one player had led Iowa in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in one game since the 2002-03 season. Jeff Horner, as a freshman, led Iowa to a 68-61 win over 8th-ranked Illinois in Iowa City, collecting 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
NO SECOND CHANCE FOR WILDCATS
In Iowa’s 64-54 win over Northwestern, the Hawkeyes did not allow the Wildcats to collect any offensive rebounds. Iowa won the rebounding battle by a 34-22 margin and all 22 of Northwestern’s rebounds came on Iowa missed shots.
That game marks the first time in 183 games that a Steve Alford coached Iowa team did not allow an opponent an offensive rebound.
The previous low was by Wisconsin, as the Badgers had just one offensive rebound in Iowa’s 61-55 win in Madison on Jan. 29, 2000.
IOWA HAS FEWEST TURNOVER TOTAL
Iowa was guilty of just six turnovers in the recent loss at Wisconsin, a season-low and the lowest number for Iowa in 183 games under Coach Steve Alford. For the second straight game, the Hawkeyes had just one turnover in the second half. The Hawkeyes are 6-8 in 14 games under Alford in which they commit less than 10 turnovers, with five of those games taking place this season.
NOT GETTING THE CLOSE ONES
Iowa, in eight Big Ten games, has lost two games in overtime, a road game by three points and another by two points at home. The Hawkeyes lost to Michigan 63-65 to open Big Ten play and dropped a 69-72 decision at #20 Wisconsin. Iowa has lost overtime games at top-ranked Illinois (68-73) and at Northwestern (74-75). Iowa’s four conference wins, all at home, have been by six, 14, 15 and 10 points.
On the season, Iowa is 8-4 in games decided by 10 points or less, but the four losses have all come in conference action.
HAWKEYES ADD TO THE ROSTER
Ryan Kennedy (6-7, 210) is a sophomore forward who has joined the Iowa basketball team as a walk-on. Kennedy attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines as a prep.
Kennedy earned honorable mention all-conference recognition as a prep senior, serving as team captain and earning team MVP honors.
OPPONENTS HITTING FREE THROWS
Iowa attempted more free throws than its opponent in its first 15 games of the season. Over the last eight games, Iowa’s opponents have attempted more free throws in five games, with the free throw attempts being equal in two of the eight games. In the loss at Wisconsin, the Badgers converted 27-35 attempts, compared to 7-14 for Iowa. Against Michigan State, Iowa made 32-42 free throw attempts, compared to 23-29 for MSU. In the most recent win over Northwestern, the Wildcats had an 18-10 advantage in attempts, with both teams shooting just 50%. In Iowa’s two overtime losses on the road, the Hawkeyes did not attempt a free throw in the opening half.
HAWKEYES TIE BLOCK RECORD, AGAIN
Iowa set its second single-game record of the season in a loss to North Carolina and tied that record in wins over North Carolina-Greensboro and Saint Louis. The Hawkeyes blocked 12 shots in each of those games to break the previous record of 11, set in an 80-65 win at Drake on Jan. 4, 1993.
Junior center Erek Hansen led the way with five blocks against the North Carolina and UNC Greensboro, and he had seven in the win over Saint Louis.
The Hawkeyes have 133 blocked shots in 23 games. Iowa’s top three season totals for blocked shots include 165 in 1993, 161 in 1992 and 153 in 1991.
IOWA SETS FREE THROW MARK
Iowa set school and Carver-Hawkeye Arena records in its opening win over Western Illinois by making all 20 of its free throw attempts. Six Hawkeyes contributed to the record, with Pierre Pierce and Erek Hansen each making four. The previous best for a perfect free throw percentage (18-18) came in a win at Indiana in 1979. The previous record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena was 94.7%, when Iowa made 18-19 attempts vs. Wisconsin in 2001.
NEW FACES CONTRIBUTE EARLY
Several new faces have been big contributors in Iowa’s 23 games. The newcomers are averaging 22.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per outing.
Junior college transfer Doug Thomas scored 14 points and led Iowa with nine rebounds in the opening win over Western Illinois, and he added 10 rebounds vs. UNC Greensboro and Northwestern. Thomas added eight points and five rebounds vs. North Carolina, he had six rebounds in the win over Texas and five rebounds at Illinois. In the win over Purdue, Thomas matched his scoring high with 14 points and added nine rebounds, and he had eight rebounds vs. Michigan State.
Sophomore Adam Haluska has scored in double figures in 17 of 23 games, including a career-high 24 points vs. Michigan State, 21 vs. Drake and Texas Tech and 20 in home wins over Iowa State and Northwestern. In the win at Drake, freshman Carlton Reed scored 14 points, while freshman Alex Thompson added five rebounds in the win over Texas Tech. Seth Gorney played a key defensive role and had five rebounds in a win over Minnesota and Reed had a career-best five assists in the win over Purdue and added eight points at Northwestern.
Newcomers contributed 31 points and 13 rebounds vs. Western Illinois, 37 points and 11 rebounds vs. North Carolina, 39 points and 15 rebounds in the win at Drake, 29 points and 18 rebounds vs. Michigan State, 27 points and 19 rebounds vs. UNC Greensboro, 28 points and 19 rebounds vs. Purdue and 22 points and 15 rebounds vs. Centenary.
ANOTHER STRONG SCHEDULE
As has been the case in recent years, the Iowa schedule is very demanding. Eight of Iowa’s 13 non-conference games were against teams that advanced to post-season play a year ago. Iowa this season is 8-5 against teams that were in post-season play a year ago, including a 5-4 record vs. teams that were in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Iowa took part in the EA Sports Maui Invitational early in the season, defeating #11 Louisville and #13 Texas, while falling to #11 North Carolina. The Hawkeyes lost to top-ranked Illinois in overtime, lost to 10th-ranked Michigan State 75-64 and dropped a 72-69 decision at #20 Wisconsin.
The non-conference slate also included Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Air Force and Saint Louis, teams that participated in post-season play a year ago.
Iowa will play 16 games against teams that advanced to post-season play a year ago.
TWO STRAIGHT OVER RANKED TEAMS
Iowa’s back-to-back wins over Louisville and Texas marks the second time Iowa has won consecutive games against ranked opponents under Coach Steve Alford. The Hawkeyes, during the 2002-03 season, defeated 20th-ranked Michigan State 68-64 and 8th-ranked Illinois 68-61.
IOWA VS. RANKED FOES
Steve Alford has posted a 17-27 record against ranked opponents as Iowa’s head coach, including a 2-4 mark in 2004-05. Iowa, this season, has defeated 11th-ranked Louisville 76-71 and 13th-ranked Texas 82-80, with losses to 11th-ranked North Carolina (92-106), at No. 1 ranked Illinois (68-73), in overtime, to 10th-ranked Michigan State (64-75) at home and at #20 Wisconsin, 72-69.
Alford’s Hawkeye teams are 5-11 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 11 losses to top 10 teams have been twice to top-ranked (Duke, 2001-02 and Illinois, 2004-05), 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 three times to 10th-ranked (Michigan State, 2000, Illinois, 2002 and Michigan State, 2005).
In the 44 games against ranked teams, Alford and his Iowa team are 6-8 in home games, 8-8 at neutral sites and 3-11 when playing ranked teams in their home arena.
HANSEN ON BLOCKS CHART
Junior center Erek Hansen has collected 70 blocked shots in 22 games, moving among Iowa’s leaders in blocks for a season and career. A year ago Hansen blocked 40 shots in 22 games. The 70 blocks rank fifth best for a single season and his 110 career blocks ranks fifth among Iowa’s career leaders. Hansen had a career-best seven blocked shots vs. Iowa State and Saint Louis and he had six blocks in a win over Texas Tech and a loss to Michigan.
He has blocked five or more shots in seven games, and he is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 43.8% from the field and 71.4% from the free throw line. He had a career-high 14 points vs. Northern Iowa and he had 11 points and six rebounds vs. Texas.
HORNER JUST MAKES IT HAPPEN . . .
Junior guard Jeff Horner has been Iowa’s most versatile player, ranking among national leaders in assists and three-point field goals while averaging 13.7 points per game. Horner is averaging 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Horner had a career-high 27 points in the win over Texas and he led the Maui Invitational in scoring with 63 points in three games.
Horner made 15-23 three-point attempts in the three games in Hawaii, moving into Iowa’s top 10 in both three-pointers and three-point attempts. Horner was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his play in Maui. The honor is the second of Horner’s career, as he earned it last Feb. 9 after leading Iowa to a double-overtime win at Indiana. He added 21 points in the win at Drake and his first career scoring and assist double-double in the win over UNC Greensboro with 14 points and a career-best 11 assists. He added 16 points and nine rebounds in the win over Northern Iowa. Horner scored Iowa’s final five points in the last 95 seconds against the Panthers and he added 12 points and seven assists in a win over Iowa State.
Horner played 40 of 45 minutes at Northwestern, collecting seven points and six assists, with no turnovers, and he added 16 points, nine assists and just one turnover in the home win over Indiana. Against Michigan State he had 13 points with just one turnover, and he had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers at Wisconsin. Horner added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in a home win over Northwestern.
He is shooting 42.8% from the field, 45% from three-point range and 75.6% from the free throw line. Horner was named to the all-tournament team at the Maui Invitational and he was co-MVP of Iowa’s Gazette Hawkeye Challenge.
Horner’s career totals include 946 points, 397 rebounds and 388 assists. He is on target to become the only member of Iowa’s 1,000-point Club to also total over 400 rebounds and 400 assists.
. . . WITHOUT MANY MISTAKES
As Iowa’s point guard, Jeff Horner leads Iowa in minutes played (35.9 per game), and he handles the ball the majority of the time. In Iowa’s most recent six games, Horner is averaging 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, with 29 assists and just nine turnovers, while playing 225 of the possible 245 minutes.
Horner had nine assists and just one turnover in a win over Indiana, six assists and no turnovers in an overtime loss at Northwestern and four assists and no turnovers at Wisconsin. Horner is averaging one turnover every 25 minutes in the last six games.
For the season, he has one or no turnovers in nine of 23 games and he is averaging just one turnover for every 15 minutes of action.
BRUNNER WORKING THE BOARDS
Junior forward Greg Brunner is Iowa’s top returning rebounder from a year ago. He is averaging 7.9 rebounds for the season and 8.3 in conference games, ranking third in the Big Ten for all games and second in league games. Brunner ranks second among current Big Ten players with eight scoring and rebounding doubles-doubles this season and he is tied for first with 17 in his career.
Brunner had a career-high 28 points at Northwestern, hitting 11-17 field goals and 6-8 free throws, and he also had three blocked shots. Brunner has raised his career total to 76 blocks, moving in to 10th on Iowa’s list of career leaders. At Wisconsin he had 27 points (12-21 FGs) and seven rebounds and he added 16 points and a solid defensive effort in the home win over Northwestern.
Brunner was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his play against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Brunner earned the recognition for the second time in his career, as he was honored early in the 2004 season after leading Iowa to wins over Drake and Louisville.
Brunner had 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Minnesota, 16 points and 11 rebounds in the overtime loss at Illinois and 13 points and nine rebounds vs. Indiana. Brunner, who ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding last season, had a season-best 13 rebounds in the win over Iowa State and he has 11 rebounds in six games. He had 10 rebounds vs. Louisville, nine vs. UNC Greensboro and Indiana and eight on three occasions.
Brunner has scored in double figures in 21 games, with 16 points and seven rebounds vs. Michigan State. He is shooting 53.7% from the field and 71.6% from the foul line. He was named to the all-tournament team of Iowa’s Gazette Hawkeye Challenge.
HALUSKA HEATS UP
Sophomore Adam Haluska scored a career-high 24 points in the loss to Michigan State, including 9-11 free throws, and he added six rebounds. He added 16 points in a loss at Wisconsin and led Iowa with 20 points and eight rebounds in a home win over Northwestern. In Iowa’s last three games, Haluska is averaging 20 points and five rebounds, shooting 46.3% from the field.
Haluska scored 21 points in wins over Texas Tech and Drake and he has scored in double figures in 17 of 23 games. Playing against his former school, he added 20 points in a win over Iowa State, hitting 4-8 treys. Haluska had 19 points in the loss to North Carolina and 17 points vs. UNC Greensboro. He had a career-bests of five assists and four steals in the win over Northwestern.
He scored 15 points and collected two steals in a win over Minnesota, he added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals at Illinois, he had 12 points and two assists at Northwestern and he added 16 points against Wisconsin.
In his first season at Iowa, Haluska is shooting 46.3% from the field and 79.6% from the free throw line while averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
THOMAS HELPS ON THE GLASS
Junior Doug Thomas is making a major contribution to Iowa’s rebounding efforts, as he is third on the team with an average of 4.6 per game. He had nine rebounds and 14 points in a win over Purdue and eight rebounds vs. Michigan State.
Thomas had nine rebounds in his first game as a Hawkeye and added 10 in a win over UNC Greensboro. Thomas had six points and six rebounds in the win over Texas Tech, he had five rebounds in the overtime loss at Illinois and he had eight points vs. Indiana. The 14 points vs. Purdue matched his season high. Thomas is averaging 4.7 points while shooting 56.3% from the field.
HENDERSON SETTLES IN
Sophomore Mike Henderson is getting settled as a member of the starting line-up, playing well in Iowa’s last two games. Henderson matched his career-high with eight points in the win over Northwestern and he had five rebounds and two assists in games last week vs. the Wildcats and at Wisconsin.
Henderson is a solid defensive player as well. In Iowa’s win over Northwestern, Henderson played a key roll in holding Wildcat guard T.J. Parker to just two points on four field goal attempts.
SCORING BY HALVES
Iowa has outscored its opponents 800-726 in the first half and 923-816 in the second half, and the Hawkeyes have been outscored 17-11 in two overtime periods. Iowa has led at halftime in 14 of 23 games and the Hawkeyes have outscored their opponent in the second half in 15 games.
- Iowa has played two overtime games, losing in single overtime at Illinois and at Northwestern. Iowa was 2-0 in overtime games a year ago, defeating Louisville in single overtime on a neutral court and winning at Indiana in two overtimes.
- Iowa suffered consecutive Big Ten losses for the first time since 2003 when it dropped games to Michigan and Ohio State, and Iowa also dropped consecutive games to Michigan State and Wisconsin. In 2003, Iowa lost at Indiana (in OT) on Mar. 1 and at Michigan State Mar. 5. This marks the first season Iowa has lost its first two conference games of the season since 1993-94, when the Hawkeyes lost their first four league games.
- Iowa’s contest at Drake was the only true road game for the Hawkeyes in non-conference play. Iowa played three neutral site games at the EA Sports Maui Invitational and played Texas Tech at the United Center in Chicago.
- In the 70-63 win over Iowa State, Iowa held the Cyclones without a three-point basket as ISU missed all six of its attempts. That marks the first time an Iowa opponent did not make at least one three-point basket since early in the 2001-02 season, when Iowa State missed all eight of its three-point attempts in a 78-53 loss to Iowa in Ames.
- As a team, Iowa set two Gazette Hawkeye Challenge tournament records and tied a third, in a win over UNC Greensboro. The Hawkeyes set a tournament record and tied their own school record with 12 blocked shots. That record was set earlier this season in a loss to North Carolina. Iowa also shot 57.9% (11-19) from three-point range to set a tournament record and the 11 three-point field goals tied a tournament mark.
- Iowa is 12-1 when scoring between 70-89 points and 7-0 when holding its opponent to less than 60 points.
- Iowa is 12-3 when collecting more assists than the opponent, 12-3 when having fewer turnovers and 10-3 when collecting most steals than the opponent.
- Iowa has had four players or more score in double figures in 12 of 22 games, with a season-best six players in the win over Western Illinois.
- Iowa is 1-0 when six players score in double figures, 1-0 when five players score 10 points or more, 8-2 when four reach double figures, 4-4 with three in double figures and 2-1 when two are in double figures.
- Iowa has four players averaging between 13.4 and 17.8 points per game and four players averaging between 4.6 and 7.9 rebounds per outing.
- Iowa is 13-1 when leading at halftime, 3-5 when trailing at intermission and 0-1 when tied at halftime.
- Iowa is 9-4 when controlling the opening tip and 7-3 when not controlling the tip.
- Iowa is 8-4 in games decided by 10 points or less, including 0-2 in overtime.
- Under Steve Alford, Iowa is 32-6 when shooting at least 50% from the field, including 7-1 this season.
- North Carolina, Northern Iowa and Northwestern (second meeting) are the only Iowa opponents to shoot at least 50% from the field this season, and Iowa is 2-1 in those games. Last season, Iowa was 0-5 when its opponent shot at least 50% from the field.
CAPTAINS NAMED FOR 2005
Iowa’s captains are juniors Greg Brunner and Jeff Horner. Brunner, a native of Charles City, started 26 of 29 games last season. His 8.2 rebounds per game were a team best and ranked second in the Big Ten. Horner, a Mason City native, has started 79 of 80 career games over the past three seasons. He led the team in assists in each of the last two seasons while also averaging 13 points and 5.3 rebounds a year ago.
THE RETURNING CAST
Iowa returns three starters and six lettermen from 2004. Those six returning lettermen last season scored over 1,200 points and totaled over 600 rebounds. The six players, in 2004, scored 60.1% of Iowa’s points, had 56.9% of the rebounds, 67.5% of the assists, 64.4% of the blocked shots and 45.2% of the steals.
In 29 games, a sophomore led Iowa in scoring 26 times and a sophomore was the top rebounder in 22 games. The Hawkeyes return their statistical leader from last season in all categories, with the exception of steals (Brody Boyd).
The 13-man squad includes one senior, five juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. The roster includes nine Iowans, plus one player from California, Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
NEWCOMERS GAIN ATTENTION
Iowa’s class of newcomers includes seven players. That list includes juniors Doug Thomas and Justin Wieck, sophomore Adam Haluska and freshmen J.R. Angle, Seth Gorney, Carlton Reed and Alex Thompson.
The group is ranked the second best incoming class in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation by Hoop Scoop in the June issue of Basketball Times.
Street and Smith’s ranks the group as the top incoming class in the Big Ten and names Thompson on the all-Midwest team on its list of Top 100 Freshman.
Lindy’s rates the incoming class as 14th best nationally and lists Haluska fourth among its top 10 transfers.
Athlon Sport’s also lists Haluska among the top transfers in the nation and rates the overall class fourth best in the Big Ten.
HALK TALK WITH Steve Alford
Fans of the University of Iowa basketball program may join Iowa Coach Steve Alford and radio announcer Gary Dolphin each week during the season for the “Hawk Talk with Steve Alford” radio call-in show. The show takes place each week at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Café in Iowa City. The show airs from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 14, 21, 28; and Mar. 7.
IOWA ON THE TUBE
Every Iowa game throughout the 2004-05 will be televised. Iowa appeared on national cable television (ESPN and ESPN2) in three games in the Maui Invitational and in games vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2) and at Illinois (ESPN). Iowa games not selected for national coverage will be televised regionally by ESPN Plus, while several conference games are scheduled to be carried throughout the Big Ten Conference viewing area as part of the Big Ten regional network agreement with ESPN Plus.
Iowa will host Illinois Saturday, Feb. 19 (11:06 a.m.) and visit Minnesota Wednesday, Feb. 23 (7:05 p.m.). Iowa’s final contest of the regular season, at Michigan, has been set for 11:17 a.m. CT Saturday, March 5.