Hawkeyes Hit the Road for South Padre Island Invitational

Nov. 21, 2007

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Iowa (4-0) meets Bradley (3-1) Friday, Nov. 23 in a third round game of the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational. Game time is 6:35 p.m. CT at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Iowa has won four straight games to open the season, defeating Florida Gulf Coast (62-49) and Maryland Eastern Shore (65-48) in the first two rounds of the tournament. Iowa is 4-0 for the first time since opening the 2003-04 season with six straight wins. Bradley (3-1) has won three straight, with wins over Maryland Eastern Shore (98-71) and Florida Gulf Coast (82-74) in the South Padre Invitational. Iowa will meet either Vanderbilt (3-0) or Utah State (3-3) in the final round Saturday, Nov. 24. Tip time will be either 5 or 7:30 p.m.

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: CSTV will televise the Bradley game to a national cable audience. Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen will call the action. CSTV is channel 171 on Mediacom’s sports package in the Iowa City area. Mediacom Connections will show Friday’s game throughout the state.

Iowa’s Nov. 23 game vs. Bradley will be televised by CSTV (Mediacom sports package, Channel 171). Streamed video of Iowa’s game on Nov. 24 will be available on the internet at southpadreinvitationaltv.com.

Iowa has played 2,412 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,442-970 (.598). That includes a 906-308 (.746) record in home games, a 536-662 (.447) record in games away from Iowa City, a 684-665 (.507) mark in Big Ten games and a 312-82 (.792) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa has compiled a 312-82 (.792) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 147-68 (.684) in Big Ten games and 165-14 (.922) in non-Big Ten games.

HEAD COACH Todd Lickliter
Todd Lickliter is in his first season as the head basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Lickliter spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Butler University. Lickliter holds a career mark of 135-61 (.689) after posting a 131-61 (.682) record as Butler’s head coach and beginning his first season at Iowa with four wins. He led Butler to four post-season tournament berths, including trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2007. Lickliter was named the 2006-07 Division I Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was recognized as the High-Major Coach of the Year by collegehoops.net. He was also named 2007 Horizon League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year after guiding the Bulldogs to a school and league-record 29 victories. He led Butler to the regular season co-championship in the Horizon League in 2007. The Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Florida (65-57). Butler during the 2006-07 season won three games over top 25 opponents (Tennessee, Gonzaga, Maryland) and recorded eight victories over teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament. Butler averaged 22 wins per year under Lickliter, winning league titles in 2002, 2003 and 2007 while winning at least 20 games in four of six seasons. Lickliter led the Bulldogs to an unbeaten home record (12-0) in 2002-03, and mentored Butler to a 70-12 (.854) home mark in his six seasons. His Bulldog teams were 6-5 against teams ranked in the “Top 25” and compiled four of the top 10 winning streaks in Butler history. In his first season as Butler’s head coach, Lickliter guided the Bulldogs to a then school-record 26 victories and a third consecutive Horizon League regular season title. Lickliter guided the 2003 Bulldogs to an even more impressive season in his second year as head coach. He led Butler to a 27-6 record, breaking the single-season mark for victories for a second consecutive year. Lickliter served as an assistant coach at Butler and Eastern Michigan and was a high school head coach in Indianapolis and Danville, IL. In his final two seasons as a Butler assistant coach, the Bulldogs compiled a 47-16 record, including “Top 25” wins over 10th-ranked Wisconsin and 23rd-ranked Wake Forest. The win over the Demon Deacons in the 2001 NCAA Tournament was Butler’s first NCAA Tournament victory in 39 years. Lickliter played his final two collegiate seasons at Butler, where he earned a B.S degree in secondary education in 1979. Lickliter is 2-2 vs. Bradley and Braves Coach Jim Les.

Jim Les is in his sixth season as a college head coach, all at Bradley, his alma mater. Les has posted an 87-74 record. Les had led Bradley to 22 wins in each of the last two seasons, as the Braves advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006 and last year advanced to the second round of the NIT. Les, as a senior player in 1986, was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and the Francis Pomeroy Naismith National Player of the Year. He played in the NBA (1988-95) and other professional leagues before beginning his coaching career. Les has not coached against Iowa and he is 2-2 vs. Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter and Bradley Coach Jim Les have met four times over the past five seasons, as Lickliter served the past six years as the head coach at Butler University. Butler defeated Bradley 75-70 in Indianapolis in 2002-03 and again in Indianapolis in 2005-06 (70-60). Bradley defeated Butler in two games in Peoria, winning 59-55 in 2003-04 and 75-66 in 2004-05. Butler advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2006 and reached the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Bradley reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006 before reaching the second round of the NIT a year ago.

Iowa holds a 6-3 advantage in the series with Bradley that began with a 35-28 Bradley win in Iowa City on Jan. 8, 1930. The Braves won the first three meetings, all in Iowa City. Iowa has won the last six meetings, but the teams have not met since Iowa’s 90-77 win on Dec. 6, 1976. Iowa holds a 4-3 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 in Peoria. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams at a neutral site.


  • Iowa holds an all-time record of 116-35 against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, having played nine of the 10 current members. Iowa will also play at Northern Iowa and host Drake in December.
  • Bradley is 23-50 all-time against the Big Ten Conference, having met all 11 teams. The Braves host Michigan State in early December.
  • Iowa and Bradley met five common opponents last season. Iowa split games with Illinois and Michigan State, defeated Iowa State and lost games to Northern Iowa and Drake. Bradley lost once to Illinois and Michigan State, defeated Iowa State, defeated Drake twice and won two of three meetings with Northern Iowa.
  • While this game is being played at a neutral site, Iowa and Bradley have similar names on their home arenas. Iowa plays in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, while Bradley plays in Carver Arena. All of the previous nine games in the series were played in facilities that are no longer used for men’s basketball games. Bradley began playing in Carver Arena at the start of the 1982-83 season, while Iowa first played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in January, 1983.
  • In six seasons at Butler, Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter posted a 13-4 record while participating in early season tournaments. Butler won the Top of the World Classic and the Hoosier Classic in 2001-02, and the pre-season NIT last season, while placing second at the 2002-03 Rainbow Classic.
  • Iowa has also played well in tournament action. Along with winning its own Hawkeye Challenge each year since 1985, Iowa was second to Texas in the 2005-06 Guardians Classic and second to North Carolina in the 2004-05 Maui Invitational.
  • Bradley’s Jim Les has posted a 9-3 record in three previous in-season tournaments along with winning two games in this year’s South Padre Island Invitational.

Iowa was 1-3 in neutral site games a year ago, playing three games in the Paradise Jam in November and one game in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Iowa’s schedule includes at least three neutral site games this season, including two games in the South Padre Island Invitational. Iowa could play between one and four neutral site games while taking part in the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Indianapolis, IN at the end of the season.

Iowa has played solid defense in opening the season with four straight wins. Hawkeye opponents are shooting just 33.5% from the field and 24.7% from three-point range. Iowa is allowing just 46.8 points per game and has not allowed any of its four opponents to score more than 49 points. In each of the four games, Iowa has held its opponent to under 20 points in one of the two halves. Iowa opponents are averaging 15.8 turnovers per game and Iowa holds a rebounding advantage of plus six per game. The last time Iowa held four straight opponents to under 50 points was during December of 1948 when seven straight Hawkeye opponents failed to score as many as 50 points.

Iowa didn’t score its first point for over seven minutes and its first field goal until 12:36 remained in the first half, but the Hawkeyes played solid defense throughout and went on to a 65-49 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes trailed by seven points in the early going, their biggest deficit of the season. Iowa took a 10-9 advantage with 7:42 left in the first half on a lay-up by Dan Bohall and led the rest of the way. The advantage was just three points, 21-18, at intermission. Iowa began the second half with a basket, but could not pull away and led by just three points with 12:27 remaining. Justin Johnson hit a three-point basket and Bohall added two free throws as Iowa stretched the margin to eight with 10 minutes to play. The visitors would cut the margin to four (43-39) with 5:44 to play before Iowa pulled away over the final five minutes. Both teams struggled from the field, with Iowa shooting 42.5% and UMES just 28.3%. Iowa took advantage of its free throw opportunities, hitting 26-32 free shots for a season-best 81.3%. Iowa held a 38-29 rebounding advantage and had a season-low 14 turnovers. Johnson led Iowa with 19 points and Bohall added 10 points and five assists. Cyrus Tate sparked the offense in the first half and ended the game with nine points. Freshman Jarryd Cole led the Hawkeyes with seven rebounds and Seth Gorney collected six.

Bradley used another fast start on offense in taking an 82-74 win over Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday night in Peoria. The Braves shot 47.2% from the field in the first half and led by as many as 20 points before taking a 44-32 halftime advantage. Bradley then shot 50% in the second half in maintaining its advantage and winning its third straight game. The Braves used a balanced scoring attack as four players scored in double figures. Guard Daniel Ruffin led the way with 16 points and six assists. Theron Wilson and Jeremy Crouch each added 13 points and Andrew Warren scored 11. Wilson led Bradley with eight rebounds and Matt Salley collected five blocked shots.

Senior guard Justin Johnson connected on seven three-point field goals in Iowa’s opening win over Idaho State. Johnson’s 21 points marked a career high as he hit 7-12 three-point attempts. He did not make a two point field goal or attempt any free throws. The seven three-pointers ties as the third best total for a single game at Iowa. Chris Kingsbury holds the record, hitting nine treys in two different games. Johnson joins Kingsbury (three times), Jeff Horner and Jeff Moe with seven three-pointers in a game. Johnson was held to just three points in the win over Northern Colorado (1-5 treys) while adding three rebounds and a career-high four assists. He came back with a strong performance in a win over Florida Gulf Coast, collecting 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. He added 19 points in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore and leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game.

Senior forward Seth Gorney collected a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Florida Gulf Coast. His previous best of nine rebounds came against Northern Iowa last season. Gorney is averaging six rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Dan Bohall set a career scoring high with 14 points in the win over Northern Colorado. He made 3-6 field goals and 7-8 free throws and also collected six rebounds. He had a career-best six assists in a win over Idaho State and added eight points, four rebounds and four assists in a win over Florida Gulf Coast. Bohall added 10 points and five assists in a win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Bohall is averaging 9.3 points per game and is shooting a team-best 88.9% from the free throw line.

Senior Kurt Looby has played well in the paint through Iowa’s first four games. Looby is averaging a team-best 6.8 rebounds and is scoring 6.3 points a game while shooting 78.6% from the field. Looby, who had a season-best 10 rebounds in the opening game of the season, also leads Iowa with 12 blocked shots, raising his career total to 65 blocks.

Freshman guard Jeff Peterson has stepped into the starting line-up and ranks second in minutes played. Peterson had 12 points, nine assists and no turnovers in his first college game. He added 20 points in a win over Northern Colorado and added nine points and four assists against Florida Gulf Coast. He is averaging 10.8 points and four assists per game.

Iowa posted a 44-5 (.896) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena over the last three seasons (2005-07) and is 4-0 to start the 2007-08 campaign. That mark ranks as Iowa’s best home court winning percentage over any three year period in which Iowa won at least 40 games. Iowa’s winning percentage in Big Ten home games (20-4, .833) over the last three seasons is also the best percentage since the conference began playing more than 14 league games in 1974.

Iowa has won 36 of its last 38 games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa’s recent win streak included 21 straight overall wins and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won nine of its last 10 home games against ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes posted a 14-2 home record in 2006-07 (losses to Northern Iowa and Wisconsin) after a perfect 17-0 mark in 2006.

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter was named the 2007 Division I national Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches (NABC) after leading Butler to 29 wins and a spot in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. With Iowa football Coach Kirk Ferentz earning national Coach of the Year in 2002, Iowa is one of three Division I institutions to have a former football and men’s basketball national Coach of the Year currently coaching their respective team. The others are Florida (Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan) and Tennessee (Phillip Fulmer and Bruce Pearl).

The Iowa reserves are averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, compared to six points and 5.8 rebounds by the opponent reserves. Iowa is 4-0 when the reserves outscore the opponent’s reserves and 0-0 when the opponent reserves scored more points. Iowa is 3-0 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves and 1-0 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds.

The biggest deficit Iowa has overcome to get a victory is seven points, that in a 65-48 win over Maryland Eastern Shore.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 110-84 in the first half and 134-103 in the second half. Iowa has led at halftime in four games and the Hawkeyes have outscored their opponent in the second half in three games. The second half scoring was even in the win over Idaho State.

Iowa has made at least 80% of its free throws in one game and at least 70% of its free throws in two games, with a season-best 81.3% (26-32) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. Iowa has posted a 2-0 record when shooting at least 70% from the free throw line.

All but one Iowa game throughout the 2007-08 season will be televised, with the only exception being the final round of the South Padre Island Invitational. The majority of Iowa’s non-conference games are scheduled for the Big Ten Network. Iowa’s home game with Wake Forest will be televised on ESPN2. The contest at Northern Iowa will air on FOX, the game at Iowa State will appear on ESPNU and CSTV will televise the Bradley game in the South Padre Island Invitational.

A majority of Iowa’s games throughout the 2007-08 season will appear on national cable television via the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten Network is available on the basic level of service offered by 67 locally-owned and locally-operated cable television systems across the state of Iowa. It is also available through the nation’s two satellite television companies, DirectTV and Dish Network. Currently, more than 50 percent of the homes in Iowa have access to the Big Ten Network, as do more than 30 million homes nationwide. The Big Ten Network is the fastest growing television network in television history, reaching 30 million homes in its first 30 days of existence.

The Iowa basketball program reached 1,400 wins (now at 1,441) with a 79-46 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 26, 2005. Iowa ranks 34th on the all-time list for victories and is one of 41 NCAA Division I programs with as many as 1,400 wins. Iowa’s basketball history includes 73 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.

The Iowa roster includes 11 players. The squad includes three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. Along with Iowa native Dan Bohall, the roster includes two players from Illinois and Indiana and one from Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and St. John’s, Antigua.


  • Season tickets are available for 2007-08, including general public ($336), UI faculty and staff ($272) and UI students ($95).
  • Weekend package tickets for four Big Ten Conference home games are on sale for $100. The package includes games vs. Michigan State (Jan. 12), Penn State (Jan. 26), Ohio State (Feb. 2) and Illinois (Mar. 1-2).
  • Single game tickets are available for $20 for all games except Big Ten Conference weekend games, Wisconsin, Drake and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Wake Forest). Tickets for those games are $25. UI students can purchase single game tickets for $15 on the day of the game, when available.
  • A $10 youth ticket (age 18 and below) is available for games vs. Southeastern Louisiana and both nights of the Hawkeye Challenge.
  • 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.

Iowa set a Carver-Hawkeye Arena (opened in 1983) record with 12 consecutive Big Ten Conference home wins over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The streak was snapped Jan. 28 when second-ranked Wisconsin won in Iowa City. Following the loss to Wisconsin the Hawkeyes concluded the 2007 season by winning their final four home games, improving to 15-1 in Big Ten games and 31-2 overall over the past two seasons in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Prior to the Badger loss, Iowa had not lost a Big Ten home game since a 75-65 loss to top-ranked Illinois on Feb. 19, 2005. 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.

Iowa will host Wake Forest on Monday, Nov. 26 as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game has a 6:05 p.m. start time and will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN2 as the initial game in the 2007 series of games. Iowa holds a 2-4 record in the event, including a 2-0 home record and a 0-2 mark in road games and neutral site games. Iowa lost at Virginia Tech 69-65 a year ago. Iowa lost to Maryland in Baltimore in 2000 before defeating Georgia Tech in Iowa City in 2001. Iowa lost to Duke at the United Center in Chicago in 2002 and lost at Florida State in 2003. The Hawkeyes defeated North Carolina State in Iowa City in 2006 after not participating in the event in 2004 and 2005.

Iowa will host the 26th annual Hawkeye Challenge Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Iowa will meet Louisiana-Monroe in the first round, while Rice will face Eastern Illinois in the opening game Friday evening. Rice participated in the event early in the 1997-98 season, while Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Illinois will take part for the first time. Iowa was won four previous meetings with Eastern Illinois and all three meetings against Louisiana-Monroe when that school was named Northeast Louisiana. Iowa’s only meeting with Rice resulted in an 81-52 Hawkeye win in the Hawkeye Challenge.

Iowa has fared well while taking part in regular-season tournaments over the past 25 years. In that time Iowa has won the Great Alaska Shootout (1986-87), the Cal-Irvine Anteater Classic (1986-87), the Maui Classic (1987-88), the San Juan Thanksgiving Shootout (1992-93), the San Juan Christmas Shootout (1997-98), the Big Ten Conference Tournament in 2001 and 2006 and its own invitational 24 times. In addition, Iowa was runner-up in the 1985-86 Far West Classic, the 1987-88 All-College Tournament, the 1988-89 Chaminade Classic, the 1991-92 Tampa Tribune Holiday Invitational, the 1994-95 Rainbow Classic, the 1995-96 Great Alaska Shootout, the 1999-00 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the 2001-02 Guardians Classic, the 2005-06 Guardians Classic, the 2002 Big Ten Conference Tournament and the 2004 Maui Invitational.

Iowa will take part in the Las Vegas Invitational during the early portion of the 2008-09 season. The 2008 event will take place Nov. 28-29, 2008 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Iowa’s bracket of opponents in Las Vegas will include Kentucky, Kansas State and West Virginia. Similar to the South Padre Island Invitational this season, Iowa will have two home games in the event before traveling to Las Vegas for two games. Possible first and second round opponents include Southeast Missouri State, Oakland University, Delaware State and Longwood University. Kansas defeated eventual national champion Florida in the championship game of the tournament a year ago, while North Carolina and Louisville highlight the field this year. Participating schools will each have their share of tickets available to sell after this season in completed. The general public will have a chance to purchase a limited number of tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas beginning Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. EST at the Orleans Arena. For ticket information, please contact the Orleans Arena at (702) 284-7777 or on the web at www.orleansarena.com.

Iowa’s 2007-08 schedule includes 15 games against teams that advanced to post-season play a year ago. Iowa will play 11 games against six Big Ten opponents that appeared in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, including two games with national runner-up Ohio State. The Hawkeyes have three games against teams that were in the NIT a year ago, including Michigan and Bradley. Iowa’s final game in the South Padre Invitational will be against either Vanderbilt (NCAA) or Utah State (NIT).

Iowa posted a 6-10 record while playing 11 teams that advanced to post-season play last season. That included a 4-9 record against eight teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament and a 2-1 record against three teams that were in the NIT.

Iowa drew an average of 12,196 fans for its 16 home games during the 2006-07 season. That average ranks as an improvement over each of the last two seasons, as Iowa averaged 12,006 fans in 2006. Iowa annually ranks among the top teams in the nation in home attendance.

Iowa made its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Iowa earned the Big Ten Conference’s automatic bid by virtue of claiming the league’s tournament title. The Hawkeyes hold an overall record of 27-24 in the tournament, advancing to the Final Four in 1955 (fourth), 1956 (second) and 1980 (fourth). Iowa reached the regional championship in 1987 and lost in the regional semi-final in 1988 and 1999.

Iowa basketball information is available on the University of Iowa’s web site, hawkeyesports.com. Once you have entered the web site, you may obtain biographical information on Iowa players and coaches, game notes, game stories and box scores from all games throughout the season, plus team and individual cumulative stats and a pdf version of Iowa’s History and Record book. Members of the media who wish to have this information forwarded via e-mail throughout the season may do so by contacting the Iowa Sports Information office with your e-mail address.

HALK TALK WITH Todd Lickliter
Fans of the University of Iowa basketball program may join Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter and radio announcer Gary Dolphin each week during the season for the “Hawk Talk with Todd Lickliter” radio call-in show. The show takes place each week at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Café in Iowa City from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The dates are Nov. 27; Dec. 3, 10 and 17; Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Mar. 3 and 10.

Iowa concludes play in the South Padre Island Invitational Saturday against either Vanderbilt or Utah State. The Hawkeyes are back in action Monday night at home, hosting Wake Forest in the first game of the 2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge (6:05 p.m., ESPN2).

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