Hawkeyes Hit the Road for Saturday Contest at Ohio State

Jan. 18, 2007

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Iowa (10-8, 2-2) plays its second straight road game when the Hawkeyes travel to Ohio State (15-3, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 20. Game time is 7:05 p.m. CT at Value City Arena (18,500). Iowa dropped a 71-64 decision at Indiana Tuesday. The Hawkeyes have won five of their last seven games and eight of 12. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 73-41 Wednesday night in Columbus for its fifth win in six games. The Buckeyes have won nine of 11.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pre-game show.
Television: ESPN Regional will carry the game to a network of stations that includes KGAN Cedar Rapids, KDSM Des Moines, KWQC Quad Cities, Metro Sports, Kansas City, MO, and cable systems throughout the state of Iowa, including Council Bluffs-Omaha, Rochester-Mason City and Sioux City. The game can also be viewed as part of ESPN’s Full Court package. Larry Morgan and Bill Hosket will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,395 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,431-964 (.597). That includes an 897-307 (.745) record in home games, a 534-657 (.448) record in games away from Iowa City, a 677-660 (.506) mark in Big Ten games and a 303-81 (.789) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Ohio State is seventh in both the Associated Press rankings and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Buckeyes were the top ranked team in the coaches poll the week of Nov. 27 and have been as high as third (Dec. 18) in the AP poll. Iowa has posted a 1-1 record while facing two ranked opponents this season. Iowa lost to 10th-ranked Alabama 72-60 in the semi-finals of the Paradise Jam and defeated 24th-ranked Michigan State 62-60 Jan. 4 in Iowa City.

With the 60-49 win over Minnesota, Iowa improved its home winning streak in Big Ten Conference games to 11 straight, the longest conference winning streak in the history of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which opened in 1983. Iowa has not lost a Big Ten home game since a 75-65 loss to Illinois on Feb. 19, 2005. Iowa won nine straight conference games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on two occasions, the last occurring during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. Iowa’s record for consecutive home wins in league play is 14 straight. That mark was set during the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons when home games were played at the Iowa Field House.

COACH Steve Alford
Steve Alford (pronounced ALL-ford) is in his eighth season as head coach at the University of Iowa and his 16th season as a college head coach. Alford holds a career record of 301-177 (.630), including a 145-100 (.592) 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 third among Iowa’s head basketball coaches in career wins. Alford’s 301 career victories are the most in the nation among all head coaches who are 42-years old or younger. Alford has posted a 13-5 record in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, leading the Hawkeyes to the tournament title in both 2001 and 2006. His total wins and winning percentage in the event rank tops among all Big Ten coaches. Alford is 54-62 (.466) in Big Ten games and led Iowa to a second place finish (11-5) in the 2006 regular season. Alford is 8-7 in the NCAA Tournament (3-4 in Div. I and 5-3 in Div. III) and 2-4 in the NIT. Alford is the only Iowa coach to lead his Hawkeye teams to six consecutive winning seasons. Iowa has advanced to post-season action in each of the past six years and the Hawkeyes have won 20 or more games in three of his seven seasons. Alford led Iowa into the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament in his second season and the Hawkeyes returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006. Iowa advanced to the NIT in 2002, 2003 and 2004. 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. In 2004 he was one of five players selected to ESPN’s Big Ten Conference Silver Anniversary team. Alford is 8-7 vs. Ohio State and 3-1 against OSU Coach Thad Matta.

Coach Steve Alford has 301 career wins and 145 victories as Iowa’s head coach. With Iowa’s win over Iowa State, Alford moved past Rollie Williams (139) for third place on Iowa’s career win list behind Tom Davis (269) and Lute Olson (168). Iowa’s 62-60 win over 24th-ranked Michigan State was win No. 300 for the Hawkeye head coach. Davis coached the Hawkeyes from 1987-99, Olson was the Iowa coach from 1975-83 and Williams coached the Hawkeyes from 1930-42 and in 1950-51.

Thad Matta is in his third season as the head coach at Ohio State and his seventh year overall as a college head coach. Matta guided the Buckeyes to a 26-6 record in 2006, winning the Big Ten title (12-4) by one game over Iowa and Illinois. Matta led OSU to a 20-12 record in his first season in Columbus in 2005. He has won 20 games in each of his six seasons as a head coach. His career mark stands at 163-52 and he is 61-21 at OSU. Matta joined the Ohio State staff after serving as the head coach at Xavier for three seasons. He posted a 78-23 record at Xavier (2002-04) and had a one-year record of 24-8 as Butler’s head coach in 2000-01, taking his alma mater to the NCAA Elite Eight. Matta was the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was also the 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year as Butler won regular season and post-season tournament titles. In 2002 he led Xavier to regular season and post-season tournament titles in the Atlantic 10 Conference and was named Coach of the Year. He was a 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist and he was the 2004 Ohio Coach of the Year. Matta is 1-3 vs. Iowa and Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford.

Ohio State was ranked seventh in both major polls when 20th-ranked Iowa defeated the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament title game. OSU was ranked 16th in both polls when the teams met in Iowa City during the regular season. Iowa was among teams receiving votes. 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. Iowa was ranked 14th, its highest ranking of the season, when OSU won 81-69 in Columbus in the only meeting in 2005.

Iowa’s 78-67 win at Ohio State in 2004 marked its fourth win in six games at OSU’s Value City Arena before the Buckeyes scored an 81-69 home win in 2005. Iowa, which did not play at Ohio State last season, has won eight of the last 10 games in Columbus. The Hawkeyes won their final four games in St. John Arena, then won their first two games in OSU’s new home. After a loss at OSU in 2002, Iowa won in Columbus in 2003 and 2004. Iowa is the only visiting team with four wins in the arena. Iowa’s 72-62 loss in 2002 was its first loss in Columbus since the 1994 season.

Iowa holds a 74-66 advantage over Ohio State in the series that began with a 17-16 Ohio State win in 1915. Iowa won both meetings in 2006, 67-62 during the regular season in Iowa City and 67-60 in the title game of the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State defeated Iowa 81-69 in the first meeting in 2005 before Iowa won 74-72 in Iowa City. Iowa won both meetings in 2004. Iowa has won six of the last eight meetings and the teams have split the last 14. The visiting team in the series has won eight of the last 13 games and the teams have split four games over the last six years at neutral sites in the Big Ten Tournament. Twelve of the last 17 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, with eight decisions by five points or less. In the two meetings in 2005, the home team held serve, marking the first time since 1993 that the teams had split games with each winning on its home court. Ohio State holds a 40-27 advantage in games played in Columbus, but Iowa has won eight of the last 10 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, 71-64 in 2003 and 78-67 in 2004. The teams meet just once this season.

Iowa won both meetings a year ago, taking a 67-62 win in Iowa City and a 67-60 win in the title game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Iowa held Ohio State to a single free throw over the final 6:34 in earning a 67-62 win in Iowa City during the regular season. Iowa trailed 61-58 after Ohio State connected on a three-pointer with 6:34 remaining. Greg Brunner scored on a lay-up with six minutes remaining to move Iowa within a point and Erek Hansen gave Iowa a 62-61 advantage with two free throws at the 5:32 mark. Both teams converted one of two free throws to leave Iowa’s margin at 63-62 with 33 seconds remaining. Two free throws by Adam Haluska gave Iowa a 65-62 margin with 24 seconds to play before OSU turned the ball over on its next possession. Jeff Horner’s two free throws with 16 seconds remaining sealed the Iowa victory. Iowa shot 42.4% from the field, including 51.5% in the opening half. OSU led by as many as four points midway though the second half before Iowa rallied. Iowa held OSU to 35.1% shooting from the field. Both teams shot over 80% from the free throw line and both were guilty of less than 10 turnovers. Haluska led Iowa with 18 points and Brunner scored 17. Brunner led Iowa with nine rebounds and Haluska had seven. Reserve Doug Thomas gave the Hawkeyes a big lift with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. Ron Lewis led Ohio State with 19 points and Terence Dials added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Iowa used a 12-0 scoring run over a six minute period late in the second half to defeat the Buckeyes 67-60 in the championship game of the 2006 Big Ten Conference Tournament. Trailing 57-52 with 7:29 to play, Iowa started its winning run. Jeff Horner hit a three-point basket to cut the margin to two before a tip-in by Erek Hansen tied the score with 4:58 to play. Iowa took the lead for good on a basket by Horner with 4:26 left and Alex Thompson connected on a three-pointer to give the Hawkeyes a 62-57 advantage with 2:58 left. Horner added another basket from the lane with 2:02 left before OSU scored on a three-point play by Terence Dials, cutting the margin to 64-60 with 1:40 left. Adam Haluska grabbed two key defensive rebounds in the final minute and connected on three of four free throw attempts to seal the win. The Hawkeye defense held OSU to 30.4% (7-23) field goal shooting in the second half after the Buckeyes had shot 50% in the opening 20 minutes. OSU led by as many as nine points on two occasions in the first half before the Hawkeyes cut the deficit to 37-34 at the break. Horner led Iowa’s balanced attack with 16 points and 10 assists as he collected 14 points in the second half. Haluska added 15 points while Hansen and Brunner each scored 10. Brunner and Haluska led Iowa with eight rebounds apiece. Jamar Butler led the Buckeyes with 19 points. J.J. Sullinger added 15 and Dials collected 10 points and nine rebounds.

Five recent games between Iowa and Ohio State have been decided in the final seconds. Here is how those games ended:

  • Iowa won 67-62 in Iowa City in 2006, hitting four free throws in the final 24 seconds. OSU did not score a field goal in the final six minutes and had a costly turnover when trailing by three points in the last minute.
  • Iowa won 74-72 in Iowa City in 2005 on a Jeff Horner basket with 3.4 seconds remaining.
  • OSU won 66-64 on March 13, 2003 when Brent Darby scored in the final seconds at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
  • OSU won 69-68 on Feb. 7, 2001 in Iowa City. OSU’s Sean Connolly made two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to give his team a 68-65 lead. Brent Darby added one free throw with four seconds left before Iowa closed the final margin on a three-point basket by Dean Oliver at the buzzer.
  • Iowa won 67-64 on Feb. 9, 2000 in Columbus when Kyle Galloway hit a three-pointer from deep in the corner in the final seconds as Iowa held off a furious Buckeye rally.


  • Iowa and Ohio State each earned one of the Big Ten titles a year ago. Ohio State won the regular season title, finishing just ahead of second place Iowa and Illinois. The Hawkeyes claimed the Big Ten tournament title with a win over Ohio State.
  • Iowa’s Jeff Horner was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 Big Ten Tournament, while teammate Greg Brunner was also named to the all-tournament team. Ohio State’s Jamar Butler and J.J. Sullinger were also named to the all-tournament team.
  • Iowa and OSU have met in four of the last six Big Ten Tournaments. Iowa won 75-66 in the quarter-finals in 2001 and went on to win the tournament. The teams met in the championship game in 2002, with the Buckeyes winning 81-64. OSU defeated Iowa 66-64 in the first round of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament and the Buckeyes went on to the title game before placing second. Last season, Iowa, the No. two seed, defeated the top-seeded Buckeyes 67-60 for the tournament title. 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 and Ohio State played two common opponents during non-conference action. Iowa defeated Iowa State 77-59 and Coppin State 83-67, both in Iowa City. OSU defeated Iowa State75-56 and Coppin State 91-54, both in Columbus. In Big Ten play, OSU has defeated Illinois and Indiana, while Iowa has lost to both of those teams.
  • Iowa Coach Steve Alford posted a 1-1 record vs. Butler University when Thad Matta was an assistant there.
  • OSU Coach Thad Matta was an administrative assistant at Butler when Iowa defeated the Bulldogs 114-92 early in the 1991-92 season in Tampa, FL.
  • Iowa junior Seth Gorney is a native of Vandalia, OH, where he attended Butler HS.
  • Brandon Miller, OSU’s video coordinator, played for Iowa Coach Steve Alford for one season when Alford was the head coach at Southwest Missouri State.
  • OSU assistant John Groce was a player at Taylor University (Upland, IN) in 1991-92 when Taylor earned two wins over Manchester College and Coach Steve Alford.
  • Iowa and Xavier both took part in the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, IN early in the 2003-04 season. Iowa and Coach Steve Alford defeated Louisville in overtime, while Xavier and Coach Thad Matta lost to Indiana in overtime. Matta’s Xavier team later defeated Louisville in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
  • Steve Alford’s Southwest Missouri State team defeated Southern Illinois twice during the 1998-99 season when OSU assistant Coach Alan Major was on the Saluki staff.

Iowa’s Tyler Smith ranks high among freshmen in the Big Ten in nearly all statistical categories. He is first in scoring (15.1), second in assists (3.6), fourth in steals (1.3), fifth in rebounding (4.7), 13th in free throw percentage (.700) and 14th in field goal percentage (.471) and three-point FG% (.281).

Iowa senior guard Adam Haluska is one of 30 candidates for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female basketball player who excel both on and off the court. A list of 10 finalists will be announced in February. Fans, coaches and media will have the opportunity to vote in the process, with the winners being announced during the men’s and women’s respective Final Four weekends. The CLASS Award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. Conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, the award is based on areas of excellence in classroom, character and community, as well as performance on the court.

Senior guard Mike Henderson, who missed Iowa’s first seven games after suffering a hand injury in practice on Oct. 30, saw his first action of the season in Iowa’s win over Coppin State on Dec. 2. Henderson suffered a fracture to the pinkie finger on his right hand and underwent surgery two days later. Henderson had the cast removed Nov. 27 before playing eight minutes vs. Coppin State and 11 minutes vs. Northern Iowa. Henderson scored eight points in 15 minutes vs. Iowa State and played 26 minutes in the loss at Drake. He returned to the starting line-up for the first time vs. Georgia State and had a career-high nine assists and eight points. He has helped the Hawkeyes to a 5-2 record since moving into the starting line-up. Henderson played a critical role in Iowa’s win over Michigan State, connecting on five of six free throw attempts in the final 40 seconds. Henderson’s two free throws with six seconds remaining gave Iowa a 62-57 advantage to seal the victory. Henderson (6-3, 200), a Waterloo, IA native, started all 34 games a year ago. He averaged 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per outing while shooting 46.4% from three-point range. He earned the team “Most Improved Award” at the conclusion of the season. As a junior Henderson scored in double figures in 11 games. He matched a career-high with 17 points in a win at Purdue and scored 16 points vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament and in a home win over Penn State. Henderson added 15 points and seven rebounds in an early season win over ninth-ranked Kentucky as Iowa was 11-0 when he scored in double figures.


  • As a team, Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks sixth in the nation in free throw percentage, making 77.4% (254-328) of its attempts. Individually, Adam Haluska is shooting 89.1% (90-101) from the line to rank 14th.
  • Iowa completed a five-game road swing in November that saw the Hawkeyes travel nearly 8,000 miles while competing in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, along with playing single games at Arizona State and Virginia Tech. Iowa has played in four different time zones (Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain). This marks the first time since early in the 2000-01 season that Iowa has played five straight games away from home. Like this season, that five-game stretch in 2000-01 also included three games at a neutral site (Rainbow Classic). Iowa’s longest consecutive road game streak under Steve Alford occurred in 1999-00 when the Hawkeyes played at Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Drake, winning two of the four.
  • Iowa shot a season-best 89.2% (33-37) from the free throw line in a win over Texas Southern. The made free throws and the free throw attempts are the most for Iowa since the Hawkeyes converted 32-42 in a home loss to Michigan State on 2/5/05.
  • Iowa, in non-conference action, played seven opponents from six of the stronger leagues in the nation, including the Atlantic Coast (Virginia Tech), Big East (Villanova), Big 12 (Iowa State), Missouri Valley (Drake & Northern Iowa), Pac-10 (Arizona State) and Southeastern (Alabama).
  • Senior guard Adam Haluska has started all 116 games in his career, a streak that ranks as the longest in the nation among current players.
  • With 18 points in Iowa’s loss to Villanova, Adam Haluska became the 39th Hawkeye player to surpass 1,000 career points. Haluska is in his third season at Iowa and has 1,307 points to rank 15th on Iowa’s career list. His career total, including one season at Iowa State, stands at 1,591.
  • Freshman Tyler Smith was named to the all-tournament team at the Paradise Jam. Smith scored in double figures in all three games. He led Iowa to its win over Toledo on the first round, collecting 28 points, six rebounds and five assists. Smith added 19 points in the loss to 10th-ranked Alabama and 13 points in the loss to Villanova.

Iowa has compiled a 303-81 (.789) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 142-67 (.679) in Big Ten games and 161-14 (.920) in non-Big Ten games. Iowa has drawn over 5.4 million fans for men’s basketball games since the arena opened in 1983. Iowa has posted a 95-26 (.785) home record under Coach Steve Alford, including a 58-5 (.920) mark in non-conference home games. Two of the five non-conference home losses came in the National Invitation Tournament. Iowa has won 27 of its last 28 home games and 11 straight Big Ten Conference home games. The Hawkeyes have also won eight straight home games against top 25 opponents.


  • Five Hawkeye opponents (Alabama, Villanova, Arizona State, Drake, Illinois) have shot better than 50% from the field. In 34 games a year ago, Iowa allowed just three opponents to shoot as well as 50% from the field. Those were road games at Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota, with Iowa losing two of the three. Iowa is 4-13 over the past four seasons when its opponent shoots 50% or better from the field.
  • Iowa has held seven opponents to less than 40% shooting from the field, including a season low 33.9% by The Citadel and Minnesota. Iowa has won six of the seven games, with the only loss a two-point decision to Northern Iowa.
  • Under Steve Alford, Iowa is 41-6 when shooting at least 50% from the field, including 8-0 over the past two seasons.
  • Iowa is 29-35 vs. ranked teams under Coach Steve Alford. That includes a 14-9 home record, an 11-12 record at neutral sites and 4-14 mark in road games. Iowa is 1-1 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07.
  • Iowa is 3-0 when scoring 80 points or more, 3-1 when scoring between 70-80 points, 4-5 when scoring between 60-70 points and 0-2 when scoring less than 60 points.
  • Iowa is 6-1 when holding its opponent to less than 60 points, 4-2 when holding its opponent between 60-70 points and 0-5 when the opponent scores over 70 points.
  • Iowa is 7-2 when collecting more assists than the opponent, 2-6 when the opponent has more assists and 1-0 when assists are even.
  • Iowa is 9-4 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent and 1-4 when the opponent has fewer turnovers.
  • Iowa is 6-4 when collecting more steals than its opponent, 2-4 when the opponent has more steals and 2-0 when steals are equal.
  • Iowa has had four players score in double figures in one game (Toledo) and three players score in double figures in 12 games.
  • Iowa is 1-0 when four reach double figures, 6-6 when three score in double figures and 2-3 with two players in double figures.
  • Iowa is 10-3 when leading at halftime and 0-5 when trailing at intermission.
  • Iowa is 6-4 when controlling the opening tip and 4-4 when not controlling the tip.
  • Iowa is 1-5 in games decided by 10 points, including a 1-4 record in games decided by five points or less.

Indiana used a strong defensive effort in the first half and a solid shooting performance in the second half in taking a 71-64 win over Iowa in Bloomington. With the win, the Hoosiers snapped Iowa’s four-game win streak in the series. Iowa led 10-8 in the early going before the Hoosiers held the Hawkeyes scoreless for seven minutes. A three-point basket cut Iowa’s deficit to 19-13 with seven minutes remaining in the half before Indiana would take a 29-17 advantage at the midway point. Iowa shot just 31.8% from the field in the opening half and was guilty of 10 turnovers. The Hawkeyes improved their shooting to 54.5% from the field in the second half and shot 45.5% for the game. Iowa also had just four second half turnovers and won the overall rebounding battle (33-32). After shooting 40.7% in the first half, Indiana shot 51.9% in the second half and built a 21-point advantage with just under nine minutes remaining before Iowa rallied. The seven point final margin was as close as Iowa would get in the final 20 minutes. Adam Haluska led Iowa with 21 points, with 16 of those coming in the second half. Tyler Smith added 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Seth Gorney added a career-best 12 points (5-7 FGs) and five rebounds.

Ohio State defeated Northwestern 73-41 Wednesday in Columbus, winning its 12th straight home game of the season and earning its ninth win over the last 11 games. The Buckeyes took control from the start, racing to a 34-15 halftime advantage. OSU shot 52.4% from the field in the opening half while holding the Wildcats to just seven field goals on 28% shooting. Ohio State forced 17 turnovers and scored 25 points following Northwestern mistakes. Ohio State held a 35-25 rebounding advantage and made 14-15 free throws, compared to 2-2 for the Wildcats. The Buckeyes shot 47.2% for the game and had 17 assists on 25 field goals. Freshman Mike Conley, Jr. led Ohio State with 17 points and 10 assists. Jamar Butler added 16 points and Othello Hunter scored 10.

In its 10 home games, Iowa has outscored its opponents by a 73-56.3 margin, shooting 44.8% from the field while holding its opponent to 37.9% shooting. Iowa’s opponents hold a 36.4-34.7 rebounding advantage. In eight games away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena (three neutral site games), Iowa has been outscored 72.8-65.0. The Hawkeyes are shooting 42.4% from the field while opponents are shooting 47.9%. The opponents hold a 33.5-31.8 rebounding margin.

Senior Adam Haluska is Iowa’s 2006-07 team captain. Haluska is a native of Carroll, IA who has started every game for the Hawkeyes over the past three seasons. A year ago he earned third team all-Big Ten recognition. He has scored 1,591 career points, including 1,307 with the Hawkeyes to rank 15th in career scoring. Haluska ranks fourth among players who played just three seasons at Iowa, trailing Andre Woolridge (1,525), Don Nelson (1,522) and Bruce King (1,361). He was named the tournament MVP in Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge after scoring 31 points and collecting nine rebounds and nine assists in the title game. His 36 points in a win over Georgia State match the most ever scored by an Iowa player in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and he was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading Iowa to wins over Georgia State and Texas Southern. He added 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in a win over Michigan State, 25 points vs. Illinois, 22 vs. Minnesota and 21 in the loss at Indiana. Through 18 games Haluska ranks among Big Ten leaders in four statistical categories, including scoring (1st), free throw percentage (2nd), three-point field goals per game (1st) and steals (7th).

Senior guard Adam Haluska has earned recognition for his action on and off the floor. Following are Haluska’s early season honors:

  • Named the recipient of the 2006-07 Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award. The award is presented by Playboy Magazine and recognizes a student-athlete who excels in the classroom and on the court. The magazine will donate $5,000 to the University of Iowa general scholarship fund.
  • Named to pre-season all-Big Ten team, as selected by vote of media representatives attending Big Ten Conference Basketball Media Day.
  • One of 50 players named to the pre-season Watch List for the John R. Wooden all-America team.
  • One of 50 players named to the pre-season Watch List for the Naismith Award, which goes each year to the national Player of the Year.
  • One of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award.
  • Named Most Valuable Player in Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge, collecting 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the title game. He had eight points, five rebounds, four rebounds and three steals in an opening round win over Texas-Pan American.
  • Named Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points per game in two Iowa wins. He shot 57.1% from the field, 50% from three-point range and 90% from the free throw line in wins over Georgia State and Texas Southern.

Haluska earned academic all-America honors last season and is a two-time academic all-Big Ten honoree. He earned third team all-Big Ten honors a year ago after averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He ranks among Iowa’s career leaders in three-point field goals and three point attempts:

Iowa is 13-19 from the free throw line in the final four minutes of its six games that have been decided by 10 points or less. Iowa’s opponents in those games have made 32-48 free throw attempts in the final four minutes. Iowa is 1-5 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Steve Alford has posted a 29-35 record against ranked opponents as Iowa’s head coach, including a 1-1 record this season and a 10-4 mark in 2005-06. Iowa, this season, lost to 10th-ranked Alabama (72-60) on a neutral court and defeated 24th-ranked Michigan State (62-60) in Iowa City. Iowa has won eight straight home games against ranked opponents. Alford’s Hawkeye teams are 9-15 when playing teams ranked in the top 10, including wins over top-ranked Connecticut (70-68 in 1999-00), second-ranked Missouri (83-65 in 2001-02), fifth-ranked Ohio State (67-64 in 1999-00), sixth-ranked Illinois (63-48 in 2006), seventh-ranked Ohio State (67-60 in 2005-06), seventh-ranked Kentucky (67-63 in 2005-06), seventh-ranked Illinois (78-62 in 2000-01), eighth-ranked Illinois (68-61 in 2002-03) and 10th-ranked Michigan State (71-69 in 2005). The 15 losses to top 10 teams have been three times to No. 1 (Duke, 2001-02 and Illinois twice in 2004-05), once to second-ranked (Texas, 2005-06), once to third-ranked (Illinois, 2000-01), twice to fourth-ranked (Michigan State, 1999-00 and 2000-01), twice to fifth-ranked (Tennessee, 2000-01 and Missouri, 2001-02), once to eighth-ranked Illinois, 2005-06), once to ninth-ranked (Kentucky, 2000-01) and four times to 10th-ranked (Michigan State, 2000, Illinois, 2002, Michigan State, 2005 and Alabama, 2006-07). In the 64 games against ranked teams, Alford and his Iowa team are 14-9 in home games, 11-12 at neutral sites and 4-14 when playing ranked teams in their home arena.

Senior guard Adam Haluska ranks as Iowa’s most honored player, both on the court and off. Along with earning third team all-Big Ten honors a year ago, Haluska is a two-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and a year ago he was recognized as an academic all-American. Haluska has scored 20 or more points in 11 games this season, including three of four Big Ten games and seven of the last eight. He scored a career-high 36 points vs. Georgia State and 31 vs. Coppin State. He added 21 points in a win over Texas Southern to earn Big Ten Player of the Week recognition. He added 29 points against Cornell with the best shooting performance of his career. He connected on 10-13 field goal attempts, including 6-9 three-pointers. He made all seven of his field goal attempts in the second half and ended the game hitting nine straight overall, including his last five three-pointers. He also collected four steals and three rebounds. Haluska made his first attempt vs. Michigan State, extending his consecutive streak to 10 straight field goals (six three-pointers) before missing. Haluska had a solid all around game against the Spartans, collecting 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, with no turnovers in 37 minutes. He added 25 points against Illinois, including a career-best 12 free throws. Haluska had connected on 12 straight free throw attempts vs. Illinois (18 straight over two games) before missing his final attempt. He made 21 straight attempts earlier this season and is shooting 89.1% (90-101) to rank 14th in the nation in free throw percentage. He contributed 22 points (8-10 FTs) and four rebounds in a win over Minnesota and 21 points and four rebounds at Indiana. Haluska has raised his career scoring total to 1,591, including 1,307 in three seasons at Iowa. He ranks 15th in career scoring and is fourth in career scoring among players who played just three seasons at Iowa. His 185 three-point field goals attempts last season rank sixth best at Iowa. He ranks fourth in career three-point attempts (478) and fifth in career three-point field goals (176). Haluska began the season with 29 points in the win over The Citadel, matching his career high. He also added five rebounds and six assists. Haluska scored 24 points in close road losses at Arizona State and Virginia Tech and had 21 points and seven rebounds at Drake. Haluska has started all 116 games he has played in his career. His consecutive starts streak ranks as the longest in the nation among all Division I players, according to STATS — Chicago. Haluska currently leads the Big Ten in scoring (20.3) and three-point field goals per game (3.0). He is second in free throw percentage (.891) and seventh in steals (1.4).

Guard Mike Henderson played a key role in Iowa’s 2006 success, improving his numbers in several categories from his sophomore season while earning the team “Most Improved Award”. Henderson missed the first seven games of this season with a hand injury before returning to see limited action in Iowa’s last 11 games. He scored eight points in 15 minutes in the win over Iowa State and played 26 minutes at Drake. Henderson returned to the starting line-up in a win over Georgia State and Iowa has won five of seven games with Henderson in the starting line-up. He scored eight points while collecting a career-best nine assists in a season-best 30 minutes of action vs. Georgia State. He added nine points, nine assists and three steals in a win over Texas Southern and six points, four assists and two steals in a win over Cornell. Henderson played a solid defensive game in Iowa’s win over Michigan State and came up big at the end, connecting on 5-6 free throws in the final 40 seconds to secure Iowa’s victory. He hit 3-4 field goals in scoring seven points in a home win over Minnesota and added five points and four rebounds at Indiana.

Freshman Tyler Smith, who had just two points in his first college game, led Iowa with 28 points in a win over Toledo in the first round of the Paradise Jam. He had another solid outing in a semi-final loss to Alabama, collecting 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Against Villanova, he added 12 points and three rebounds and he added 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals at Arizona State. Smith had 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists vs. Texas-Pan American and 16 points and seven rebounds vs. Coppin State. Smith led Iowa with 20 points (9-15 FGs) and added six rebounds vs. Northern Iowa and he added 16 points and a career-best six assists in the win over Iowa State. He added 16 points and five rebounds in a loss at Drake and 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a win over Georgia State. He scored 25 points (4-5 treys, 5-5 FTs) and five assists in a win over Texas Southern and added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in a win over Cornell. In his first Big Ten Conference game, Smith contributed 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in the win over Michigan State. He added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the loss at Illinois. Smith had 15 points (7-7 FTs), three rebounds and three assists in a win over Minnesota. At Indiana he contributed 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Smith was named to the Paradise Jam all-tournament team and the Hawkeye Challenge all-tournament team. He is averaging 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Smith had led Iowa in scoring in four games, in rebounding six times, in assists eight times and steals in 10 games.

Guard Tony Freeman had a solid first season with the Hawkeyes a year ago and had a career high 11 assists and six rebounds in the opening game this season. He added eight rebounds in a win over Toledo and added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists against Alabama. He led Iowa with five assists vs. Villanova and added 11 points (4-5 FGs, 2-2 FTs) against Virginia Tech. Freeman collected 10 points and five assists in the win over Texas-Pan American and six points and five assists vs. Coppin State. He scored 11 points and added four rebounds and four assists vs. Northern Iowa. Freeman led Iowa with three steals in the win over Iowa State and he added 11 points and five assists. He scored 12 points (3-4 treys) in a win over Georgia State and added six points and seven assists in a win over Cornell. He had a solid floor game against Michigan State, contributing five assists and three steals, with just a single turnover. Freeman added a career-high nine rebounds and seven points in a home win over Minnesota. Freeman is averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 assists per game.

Junior guard Justin Johnson is making his mark in his first season with the Hawkeye program, as he currently ranks third in the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage. Johnson has started seven games, averaging 6.2 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 45.5% (30-66) from three-point range. He made 4-5 three-point shots in a loss at Drake, including three straight in a one-minute span in the second half. Johnson added eight points, six rebounds and four assists in the win over Georgia State and nine points and two steals vs. Texas Southern. Johnson, who did not attempt a free throw in Iowa’s first 11 games, has made all 12 of his attempts this season. He added six rebounds and three blocked shots in Iowa’s win over Cornell and scored 11 points (3-3 three-pointers) at Illinois. Johnson had a career-best eight rebounds in a home win over Minnesota. Johnson contributed nine points and six rebounds at Virginia Tech and he led the team with 14 points and five rebounds in a win over Texas-Pan American. Johnson added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in Iowa’s win over Coppin State and was named to the Hawkeye Challenge all-tournament team.

After sitting out last season as a redshirt, junior Kurt Looby began to prove that his hard work from a year ago will pay dividends. Looby led Iowa with 14 rebounds in the win over The Citadel and added three blocked shots as well. After playing just two minutes in the first half against Toledo, he ended the game with 13 points and nine rebounds, all in the second half. Looby added 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots vs. Villanova and he added six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots vs. Virginia Tech. Looby had 12 rebounds to go with six points, four blocked shots and two steals in the win over Georgia State and he led the team with six rebounds and two blocks in a win over Texas Southern. He led the team with six rebounds in a win over Iowa State and added five points and two steals. Looby leads Iowa in rebounding (4.9) and blocked shots (1.9) and is scoring 4.4 points per game. He had a career-best five blocked shots and five rebounds in a win over Cornell and had seven points and three rebounds vs. Michigan State. He is a native of St. John’s Antigua. His mother, Olivet, was able to visit the Virgin Islands to attend the Paradise Jam, seeing her son play college basketball for the first time.

Junior center Seth Gorney started for the first time in his career against The Citadel and responded with 10 points, two rebounds and three steals. Gorney hit 4-7 field goals and 2-2 free throws in 25 minutes. Gorney added 10 points (4-6 FGs) and five rebounds vs. Toledo and he had 10 points and three assists in the loss to Alabama. He added eight points and four rebounds in a win over Texas-Pan American and added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds vs. Northern Iowa. Gorney added six points and four rebounds in the win over Iowa State, he had five rebounds vs. Drake and eight points and five rebounds in a win over Georgia State. Gorney made his first four field goal attempts in the win over Texas Southern, improving his streak to eight straight made attempts over three games before missing a shot in the second half. He ended the contest with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. He contributed six points at Illinois and had six points and four rebounds in a win over Minnesota. Gorney contributed a timely field goal and two key free throws in the final minutes of the win over the Gophers. At Indiana, Gorney scored a career-high 12 points (5-7 FGs) and grabbed five rebounds. He is averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6% from the field and 81.3% from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Cyrus Tate connected on 6-7 field goal attempts to score 13 points vs. The Citadel in his first action as a Hawkeye. It was more of the same in Iowa’s win over Toledo as Tate hit 3-5 field goals and 3-4 free throws, collecting nine points, seven rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes. Tate collected four points, seven rebounds and two assists at Virginia Tech and he had six points and season-best nine rebounds vs. Coppin State. Tate came up big in the first Big Ten game of his career in Iowa’s win over Michigan State. He scored a season-best 14 points (6-7 field goals) and matched his season-high with nine rebounds. Tate is averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, shooting 45.2% from the field and 74.3% from the free throw line. Tate attended junior college one season before joining the Iowa program.

The Iowa reserves scored five points had nine rebounds against Indiana, compared to eight points and five rebounds for the Hoosier reserves. Iowa is 5-4 when the reserves outscore the opponent’s reserves, 5-4 when the opponent reserves score more points and 0-0 when the reserve scoring is even. Iowa is 7-5 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves, 3-3 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds and 0-0 when the reserve rebounding is even.

Iowa, in 2007, is seeking its seventh consecutive winning season. The current streak of six straight ranks as the second longest in the history of Iowa basketball. Iowa’s record for 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). Harrison coached Iowa to five straight winning seasons from 1944-48, Lute Olson coached Iowa to 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 had five consecutive winning seasons on three occasions, 1979-83, 1985-89 and 1995-99. Iowa is one of four Big Ten teams to post a winning record in each of the last six seasons, joining Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Iowa, in 2006, advanced to post-season play for the sixth straight season and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

The Iowa basketball program reached 1,400 wins (now at 1,431) with a 79-46 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 26, 2005. Iowa is one of 37 NCAA Division I programs with as many as 1,400 wins. Iowa’s basketball history includes 72 winning seasons and 24 years in which the Hawkeyes have won 20 or more games. Iowa (with 22) is one of 31 programs to earn more than 20 invitations into the NCAA Tournament.

Following is a list of Iowa’s accomplishments in 2006:

  • Posted 25 wins, which ranks as the second highest total in school history. The Hawkeyes won 30 games in 1987 and 24 games in 1988. The 22 regular season wins tie as the second most in school history. The Hawkeyes won 27 regular season games in 1987 and 22 in both 1988 and 1989.
  • Posted 10 wins in 14 games against top 25 teams. Iowa was 3-2 against top 10 teams.
  • Prior to tournament play, Iowa was the only Division I team in the nation to record 10 wins against teams that were ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game.
  • Posted 11 Big Ten wins, the most for an Iowa team since the 1996-97 team won 12 conference games. The 11 Big Ten wins are the most for Iowa since the Big Ten went to a 16-game league schedule in 1998.
  • Won the Big Ten Conference Tournament with three straight wins. Iowa also won the event in 2001 and was second in 2002. Iowa is one of three teams with two tournament titles and Coach Steve Alford is the only Big Ten coach to take three teams to the championship game.
  • Earned a tie for second place in the regular season standings. Iowa had not placed as high as second in the regular season since earning a tie for second with a 12-6 record in 1997.
  • Earned a third seed in the NCAA Tournament. The three seed is the highest since the Hawkeyes were seeded second in the 1987 event. Iowa was also a three seed in 1981.
  • Earned the No. two seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa’s previous best seed in the event was fourth in 2004.
  • Advanced to the title game of the Big Ten Conference Tournament for the third time since 2001.
  • Defeated seven top 25 opponents in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa set school records for home wins and total wins over ranked opponents last season.
  • Completed its first-ever undefeated home season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which opened in 1983, and its first undefeated home season since 1966.
  • Completed the seventh season in Iowa history with an undefeated home record. Iowa was also undefeated at home in 1902 (3-0), 1926 (9-0), 1945 (11-0), 1948 (12-0), 1950 (6-0) and 1966 (12-0).
  • Established a school record 17 home wins in one season. The previous record of 16 was established in 1985.
  • Improved its overall home winning streak to 18 games, a streak that ranks longest in the Big Ten and fourth best in the nation.

Single game tickets remain for Iowa’s six remaining home games, although there is a very limited supply remaining for weekend home games vs. Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Tickets are available for $20 and $25, depending on the game. UI students can purchase single game tickets for $15 on the day of the game, when available. The following options are also available:

  • “Youth Basketball Nights” have been set for games vs. Penn State, Northwestern and Purdue. Tickets for students high school age or younger are $10 for these games.
  • Discounted tickets to select home games, earmarked for purchase by groups of 20 or more, are also available for purchase. For information about group ticket packages, fans should call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.

Fans interested in obtaining men’s basketball tickets can do so at the UI Athletic Ticket Office, located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, by calling the ticket office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS or by visiting the UI website at hawkeyesports.com.

Young fans of the University of Iowa men’s basketball team who have longed for the opportunity to drop a free throw or make a lay-up on the playing floor of Carver-Hawkeye Arena will have that opportunity following upcoming home games. The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide the opportunity for interested fans to experience the thrill of making a basket inside the UI’s award-winning facility after home games Jan. 28 against Wisconsin and Feb. 3 against Indiana. As soon as possible after the conclusion of each game, 20 minutes will count down on the game clock, providing fans the opportunity to line up to shoot a free throw or attempt a lay-up at the basket nearest the Hawks Nest. “I think this is a simple and fun way to provide an opportunity for our younger fans to be a little more engaged in our basketball program and to add to their experience of watching a game at Carver,” said UI Coach Steve Alford. “Who knows, eight, 10 or 12 years from now one of the boys or girls who take advantage of the opportunity might find themselves wearing the uniform of the Iowa Hawkeyes.” Fans will be required to wear either gym shoes or socks while on the playing floor. The allotted time of 20 minutes is a starting point that should strike a balance between the interest of the fans of the Hawkeyes and the UI’s need to have the facility emptied for clean-up and security.

Coach Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes have introduced a new program that thanks active members of the U.S. Military for their service to the country by providing them the opportunity to enjoy a home game of the Iowa Hawkeyes with their family and/or friends. The “Soldiers First” program offers five men or women who are on “active duty” with any branch of the U.S. Military the opportunity to cheer Alford’s 2006-07 Iowa squad with three guests. Ticket requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible servicemen and servicewomen can call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431 to learn more about the “Soldier’s First” program. Information and a registration form are also on the home page for men’s basketball at hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Is there a hero among you, your friends, your family? Coach Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes are looking for heroes, people who have gone above and beyond to help others. “There are wonderful things being done each day in every community across the state of Iowa by outstanding people,” said Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford. “Our basketball staff feels the “Heroes Among Us” program is an easy way to salute the friends and neighbors of ours who are making a different in the lives of their friends and neighbors.” Nomination forms for the “Heroes Among Us” program are available online at hawkeyesports.com, the official web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Fans can print their nomination form by visiting the men’s basketball home page and clicking on the “Heroes Among Us” line under the “Features” heading. The UI will select one here to be saluted at each Hawkeye home game throughout the remainder of the season. The hero, and the individual who nominated them, will be provided pairs of tickets to the game and a $10 gift certificate to the Official Iowa Hawk Shop. The hero will also be recognized when they are in attendance. This marks the second year of the “Heroes Among Us” program, as 15 Iowans were recognized at home games a year ago.

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 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show will take place on the following dates: January 22 and 29; February 5, 12, 19 and 28; March 5 and 12.

The Hawkeyes return home to host Penn State Wednesday, Jan. 24 (7:05 p.m., ESPN Regional). Iowa then hosts Wisconsin Sunday, Jan. 28 (12:05 p.m., CBS) before closing out the month Jan. 31 at Michigan (7:05 p.m., ESPN Regional).