Jan. 11, 2008
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Iowa (7-8, 0-2) plays the first of consecutive home games when it hosts sixth-ranked Michigan State (14-1, 2-0) Saturday, Jan. 12. Game time is 7:35 p.m. CT in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Iowa dropped a 79-48 contest at Ohio State Wednesday in its last outing. Michigan State extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 78-75 win over Purdue Tuesday night in East Lansing.
ON THE AIR
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: The Big Ten Network will carry the game to a national cable audience. The game can also be viewed on DIRECTV (channel 220) and the DISH Network (channel 439). Roger Twibell and Shon Morris will call the action.
Iowa has played 2,424 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,445-979 (.596). That includes a 908-312 (.744) record in home games, a 537-667 (.446) record in games away from Iowa City, a 684-668 (.506) mark in Big Ten games and a 314-86 (.785) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa has compiled a 314-85 (.787) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 147-68 (.684) in Big Ten games and 167-17 (.908) in non-Big Ten games.
IN THE RANKINGS
Michigan State is ranked sixth in both the Associated Press rankings and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Spartans are the third ranked team Iowa will face in its last four games. Indiana was No. 11/12 and Wisconsin was No. 24/25. In addition, Ohio State, Iowa’s most recent opponent, is among teams receiving votes in both polls. Indiana’s win at Iowa was its eighth straight win, Wisconsin won its sixth straight game when it defeated Iowa and Ohio State won for the eighth straight time when it defeated the Hawkeyes. Michigan State brings an 11-game winning streak to Iowa City.
HAWKEYES IN NATIONAL STATS
In NCAA statistical rankings, Iowa ranks 15th in field goal defense (40.1%), and 40th in scoring defense (58.8). Senior guard Justin Johnson ranks 18th nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.6).
JOHNSON AMONG SINGLE GAME LEADERS
Senior guard Justin Johnson has made 57 three-point field goals through 16 games, shooting 38.3% from behind the arc. He connected on six straight three-point shots in the final two minutes against Indiana, and even converted one of the attempts into a four-point play after being fouled. Johnson made 8-13 three-point attempts against Indiana while scoring a career-best 29 points, 19 of those in the final two minutes. He made his first two three-point shots at Wisconsin, giving him eight straight over two games before his first miss against the Badgers. The eight three-pointers against Indiana are the third most in a single game in Iowa history. Chris Kingsbury twice had nine treys during the 1994-95 season. Johnson’s eight treys are the most by a Hawkeye in a Big Ten game and tie for ninth place in the Big Ten Conference. Johnson also made seven treys in two games (Idaho State and Eastern Illinois) this season. Johnson set a Hawkeye Challenge record with 13 three-point baskets in two games. He had 26 points vs. Louisiana-Monroe and added 25 points vs. Eastern Illinois in earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Johnson was also named to the all-tournament squad at the South Padre Island Invitational. He recorded his first career double-double against Louisiana-Monroe with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson leads Iowa with a 15.1 scoring average while collecting 4.9 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten in three-point field goals per game (3.6) and is second in minutes played (35.5).
NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
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). MSU Coach Tom Izzo is a four-time winner of national Coach of the Year honors.
LICKLITER VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter holds a 6-7 record when coaching against nationally ranked opponents, including a 0-2 mark at Iowa and a 6-5 record in six seasons at Butler. Iowa, this season, has dropped decisions to 11th-ranked Indiana (76-79) and 24th-ranked Wisconsin (51-64). Lickliter’s Butler teams defeated ranked opponents Louisville (14th), Maryland (18th), Mississippi State (20th), Ball State (21st), Tennessee (22nd) and Gonzaga (23rd). His teams are 0-3 vs. top five opponents, including losses to third-ranked Oklahoma in 2003, third-ranked Florida in 2007 and fifth-ranked Duke in 2003.
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 138-70 (.663) after posting a 131-61 (.682) record as Butler’s head coach and beginning his first season at Iowa with a 7-9 record. 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 has not coached against Michigan State or Spartan Coach Tom Izzo.
MSU COACH TOM IZZO
MSU Coach Tom Izzo is in his 13th year as a college head coach, all at Michigan State. Izzo holds a record of 292-122. Izzo led the Spartans to the Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005, winning the NCAA title in 2000. MSU has won four Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten Tournament championships under Izzo, who is in his 25th year as a member of the Spartan staff. He has been named national Coach of the Year on four occasions. Izzo is 15-7 vs. Iowa. He has not coached against Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.
Michigan State holds a 57-51 advantage over Iowa in the series that began with a 52-37 MSU win in 1938. Iowa had won three straight over the Spartans for the first time since the 1991 and 1992 seasons before Michigan State won the second meeting a year ago after Iowa had won in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won two of three games in 2006. MSU won 85-55 in East Lansing and Iowa won 66-54 in Iowa City before the Hawkeyes took a 53-48 win in the semi-finals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Indianapolis. The teams split two games in 2005, with Michigan State winning in East Lansing and Iowa winning in the quarter-finals of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Overall MSU has won 15 of the last 23 and 18 of the last 26 meetings. The teams have met three times at neutral sites. Along with Iowa’s wins in the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten tournaments, MSU defeated Iowa at the 2000 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, winning 75-65 on its way to the national title. Iowa holds a 32-19 advantage in games played in Iowa City. Iowa has won four of the last five in Iowa City, but MSU has won four of the last eight in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Overall the Spartans hold a 10-12 record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State, in 1983, won the first basketball game ever played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and MSU’s 10 wins in the facility are the most by any Iowa opponent.
IOWA, MSU GAME NOTES
- Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo (13th season) is the dean of Big Ten Conference coaches, while Iowa’s Todd Lickliter is one of three head coaches who are in the Big Ten Conference for their first season.
- Michigan State’s 32-point win (81-49) in the second meeting a year ago marked MSU’s widest victory margin in the series.
- Michigan State (1999 and 2000) and Iowa (2001 & 2006) have won four of the 10 Big Ten Conference tournaments and they are two of five league teams (along with Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin) to appear in the championship game on more than one occasion (Iowa lost in the 2002 title game). Michigan won the inaugural event in 1998, Ohio State won in 2002 and 2007, Illinois won in 2003 and 2005 and Wisconsin earned the 2004 title.
- Iowa and Michigan State played two common opponents in non-conference action. Iowa lost at home to Louisiana-Monroe (67-72, OT) and lost to Bradley (56-67) at a neutral site. Michigan State defeated Louisiana-Monroe 83-65 in East Lansing and won 66-61 at Bradley.
- Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan is a native of Albion, MI.
IOWA FALLS AT OHIO STATE
Iowa dropped its third straight conference game with a 79-48 loss at Ohio State. The Hawkeyes trailed by four points, 18-14, after a three-point basket with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half when Ohio State took control. The Buckeyes used a 15-1 scoring run over a seven minute period to increase their advantage to 33-15. A 12-2 burst by Ohio State left the Buckeyes with a commanding 45-17 halftime advantage as Iowa matched its lowest scoring first half of the season. The Buckeyes shot 58.8% from the field in the opening 20 minutes, controlled the rebounding (18-12) and collected five steals and had no turnovers. Iowa, on the other hand, shot just 28.6% from the field and aided the Buckeyes with nine turnovers. Iowa improved its shooting in the second to 37.1%, but for the game shot 33.9% overall and just 18.2% (6-33) from three-point range against OSU’s zone defense. OSU ended the game at 52.4% and held a 36-33 rebounding advantage. Junior Tony Freeman led Iowa with a career-best 21 points. He added three assists and three rebounds. Cyrus Tate added 10 points and six rebounds and Justin Johnson had nine points and seven rebounds.
MSU RALLIES PAST PURDUE
Michigan State rallied in the closing minutes to take a 78-75 win over Purdue Tuesday evening in East Lansing. After leading by nine (39-30) at halftime, the Spartans held off a hot-shooting Purdue squad in the second half. The Boilermakers, who shot 28.6% in the first half, shot 57.1% in the second half and led in the final minutes before the Spartans came back for the win. Michigan State shot 61% from the field, including 63.2% in the second half. The Spartans added 26-33 free throws (78.8%) and won the rebounding battle, 34-26. Purdue dropped its first conference game despite shooting 88.2% from the foul line (15-17) and forcing 17 MSU turnovers. Michigan State was led by Kalin Lucas with 16 points and five assists. Durrell Summers added 15 points, Raymar Morgan scored 14 and Goran Suton contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
COLE TO MISS REMAINDER OF SEASON
Iowa freshman Jarryd Cole suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Iowa’s 57-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 29 and will miss the remainder of the season. He had surgery Friday, Jan. 4. Cole is a 6-7, 250-pound forward who played in Iowa’s first 13 games, with six starts. The native of Kansas City, MO (Winnetonka HS) is averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting .667 from the field. He had season-bests of 15 points and nine rebounds against Iowa State. Cole was in the starting line-up in Iowa’s final non-conference win, contributing four points and four rebounds. His dunk with 11:55 remaining gave Iowa a 32-31 advantage. The injury occurred just after his basket. The injury to Cole is the second major injury suffered by a member of the Hawkeye program this season. Junior guard Tony Freeman played in just three of Iowa’s 13 non-conference games after suffering a foot injury during Iowa’s pre-season exhibition game.
IOWA GAME NOTES
- Iowa is allowing just 58.8 points per game, as six opponents have been held to 50 points or less and only six have scored over 60.
- Iowa opponents are shooting 40.1% from the field as eight opponents have shot less than 40%.
- Iowa opponents are shooting 31.9% from three-point range as six opponents have shot less than 30% from beyond the arc.
- Iowa holds a +3.1 rebounding advantage while collecting more rebounds than the opponent in eight games.
- In a 62-55 win at Northern Iowa, the Hawkeyes made their final eight free throw attempts of the game. After missing the first attempt and making 1-2 in the first half, Iowa made all seven attempts in the final 20 minutes for a season-best 88.9% accuracy. Iowa has been over 80% from the foul line in three games.
- Senior guard Justin Johnson leads Iowa in scoring at 15.5 points per game. He has scored 19 or more points in six games and has scored 21 or more points in four games, with a career-best 29 against Indiana.
- Senior forward Kurt Looby leads Iowa in rebounding (6.4), field goal percentage (.679) and blocked shots (1.7). He has 10 or more rebounds in three games, with a career-best 12 against Louisiana-Monroe.
LOOBY IN THE PAINT
Senior Kurt Looby has played well in the paint through Iowa’s first 16 games. Looby is averaging a team-best 6.4 rebounds and is scoring 5.4 points a game while shooting 67.9% (38-56) from the field. Looby, who had a career-best 12 rebounds against Louisiana-Monroe, also leads Iowa with 27 blocked shots. Looby has 80 career blocks, just four shy of ranking in Iowa’s career top 10. He had 12 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Bradley and 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Utah State. He has 10 or more rebounds in three games. Looby ranks fourth in the Big Ten in blocked shots and 10th in rebounds.
FREEMAN BACK IN ACTION
Junior guard Tony Freeman saw his first action of the season in Iowa’s 62-55 win at Northern Iowa (Dec. 5). Freeman played 24 minutes against Northern Iowa, collecting 15 points, three assists and one rebound. After missing the Iowa State game, he returned to play 22 minutes in the loss to Drake, contributing nine points. He added 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 34 minutes in Iowa’s win over Southeastern Louisiana and added 12 points and nine assists against Indiana. Freeman scored a career-high 21 points in the most recent loss at Ohio State. He is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 assists in six games. He suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Iowa’s exhibition win over Simpson College Nov. 1.
KELLY SHARING THE BALL
Freshman guard Jake Kelly moved into the starting line-up in Iowa’s last nine games and led the team in assists four times. He played just five minutes against Indiana after suffering an ankle injury in the opening minutes of the game, but he was back in the starting line-up the last two games. He scored 19 points in a win at Northern Iowa, hitting 6-13 field goal attempts and 3-5 treys while collecting two steals. Kelly had six assists against Louisiana-Monroe and four assists in the win over Eastern Illinois. At Iowa State he contributed 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kelly is averaging 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and is shooting 45.2% from three-point range (14-31).
PETERSON STEPS RIGHT IN
Freshman guard Jeff Peterson has started 12 games 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 contributed six points and four assists vs. Indiana and had eight points at Wisconsin. He is averaging 6.2 points and a team-best 3.3 assists per game, while leading the team with 15 steals.
TATE STEPPING UP
Junior Cyrus Tate has improved his numbers while stepping in and playing more minutes due to Jarryd Cole’s injury. Tate has started Iowa’s three Big Ten games, averaging 8.7 points and seven rebounds per game, while shooting 62.5% from the field. Tate had 10 points at Ohio State after scoring eight against both Indiana and Wisconsin. He led Iowa with eight rebounds at Wisconsin, seven against Indiana and six at Ohio State.
BOHALL GETS SCORING BEST
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 4.4 points and 2.6 assists and is shooting 80% from the free throw line.
COLE HAS BEST NIGHT
Freshman forward Jarryd Cole had the best game of his young college career in Iowa’s loss at Iowa State. Cole connected on 7-10 field goal attempts, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds, both season-bests. He made all six of his field goal attempts while scoring 12 points and collecting five rebounds against Drake. In an earlier loss to Wake Forest he came off the bench to score 14 points (7-10 FGs) and grab seven rebounds in 33 minutes. Cole, who started for the first time against Louisiana-Monroe, added 10 points and four rebounds in a win over Eastern Illinois. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 66.7% from the field in 13 games. He will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn left ACL in a win over Southeastern Louisiana.
HAWKEYES FEATURE YOUNG LINE-UP
Iowa’s starting line-up in four games included freshmen Jarryd Cole, Jeff Peterson and Jake Kelly. Cole is now out of action for the remainder of the season. Iowa had not started three freshmen in a game since the 2000-01 season. That season, Brody Boyd, Jared Reiner and Glen Worley started in a game at Illinois. Boyd, Worley and Sean Sonderleiter started in a game at Michigan State and Boyd, Worley and Cortney Scott started in a game at Michigan.
NEVER SAY NEVER . . .
It may have happened before 1920, but historical records of Iowa basketball do not show a game prior to Iowa’s 56-51 loss to Drake (Dec. 14) in which the Hawkeyes failed to record a free throw attempt. Drake was guilty of 10 fouls in the game, four in the first half. The Bulldogs were called for six fouls in the second half, the last at the 7:52 mark with Iowa holding a 39-38 advantage. Prior to the 1920-21 season, Iowa’s records do not show free throw attempts by game. From the beginning of the 1921-22 season, until the Dec. 14 contest vs. Drake, Iowa had made at least one free throw attempt in 2,147 consecutive games. Prior to the contest vs. Drake, Iowa’s lowest output from the free throw line, in recent history, occurred during a 61-53 loss to Michigan (March 1, 1979 in Iowa City) when the Hawkeyes made one of two free throw attempts.
HAWKEYES HIT THE BOARDS
In a 62-55 win at Northern Iowa, the Hawkeyes held a 37-16 rebounding advantage. No Northern Iowa player had more than five rebounds and only four of the nine Panthers who played had any rebounds. Kurt Looby led Iowa with seven rebounds, while six Hawkeyes had at least four. The plus 21 rebounding advantage is the largest for Iowa since the second game of the 2006-07 season when the Hawkeyes held a 51-30 rebounding advantage in a 78-65 win over Toledo in the Paradise Jam.
HOME, AWAY COMPARISONS
In its 10 home games, Iowa has outscored its opponents by a 5.4 margin, shooting 43.5% from the field while holding its opponent to 37.9% shooting. Iowa holds a 35.2-31.3 rebounding advantage. In six games away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena (including two neutral site games), Iowa has been outscored 66.0-54.3 The Hawkeyes are shooting 40.5% from the field while opponents are shooting 43.7%. Iowa holds a 33.3-31.7 rebounding margin.
OFF THE BENCH
The Iowa reserves are averaging 17.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, compared to 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds by the opponent reserves. Iowa is 6-6 when the reserves outscore the opponent’s reserves and 1-3 when the opponent reserves score more points. Iowa is 5-5 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves, 2-3 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds and 0-1 when rebounding by the reserves is even.
The biggest deficit Iowa has overcome to get a victory is 14 points, that in a 57-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana. The Hawkeyes trailed by seven at halftime. The biggest deficit overcome by an Iowa opponent is 16, that by Louisiana-Monroe in a 72-67 overtime win at Iowa.
SCORING BY HALVES
Iowa has been outscored 448-406 in the first half and holds a 507-476 advantage in the second half. The Hawkeyes have been outscored 17-12 in their only overtime period. Iowa has led at halftime in seven games and has outscored its opponent in the second half in eight games. The first half scoring was even in the loss to Indiana and the second half scoring was even in the win over Idaho State.
IOWA FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Iowa has made at least 80% of its free throws in three games and at least 70% of its free throws in four games, with a season-best 88.9% (8-9) at Northern Iowa. Iowa has posted a 4-1 record when shooting at least 70% from the free throw line.
CRUNCH TIME FREE THROWS
Iowa is 26-42 (.619) from the free throw line in the final four minutes of its seven games that have been decided by 10 points or less. Iowa’s opponents in those games have made 32-54 (.593) free throw attempts in the final four minutes. Those figures include all free throw attempts in Iowa’s single overtime game. Iowa is 2-5 in games decided by 10 points or less, including one overtime loss.
HAWKEYE GAME NOTES & TRENDS
- Iowa is 0-0 when scoring 80 points or more, 0-1 when scoring between 70-80 points, 3-2 when scoring between 60-70 points and 4-6 when scoring less than 60 points.
- Iowa is 7-3 when holding its opponent to less than 60 points, 0-3 when holding its opponent between 60-70 points and 0-3 when the opponent scores over 70 points.
- Iowa is 4-5 when collecting more assists than the opponent, 3-4 when the opponent has more assists and 0-0 when assists were even.
- Iowa is 2-0 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent, 5-8 when the opponent has fewer turnovers and 0-1 when turnovers are equal.
- Iowa is 3-0 when collecting more steals than its opponent, 4-8 when the opponent had more steals and 0-1 when steals are equal.
- Iowa is 0-0 when five reach double figures, 1-0 when four reach double figures; 1-2 when three score in double figures, 4-3 when two players score in double figures and 1-4 when one scores in double figures.
- Iowa is 6-1 when leading at halftime, 1-7 when trailing at intermission and 0-1 when tied at halftime.
- Iowa is 6-6 when controlling the opening tip and 1-3 when not controlling the tip.
- Iowa is 2-5 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 0-3 record in games decided by five points or less and a 0-1 mark in overtime.
- Iowa is 0-2 in neutral site games, dropping contests to Bradley and Utah State at the South Padre Island Invitational in late November.
IOWA SEEKS EIGHTH STRAIGHT
Iowa is seeking its eighth straight winning campaign, which would establish a school record. Iowa’s current streak began with a 23-12 record in 2000-01 and includes three seasons of more than 20 wins and six post-seasons appearances (three NCAA, three NIT). Iowa also had seven straight winning seasons 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 seven seasons, joining Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
IOWA TOUGH AT HOME
Iowa has won 38 of its last 44 games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including win streaks of 21 straight overall wins and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won nine of its last 11 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.
HAWKEYES SET ARENA RECORD
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 ON THE TUBE
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 against Utah State. The majority of Iowa’s non-conference games appeared on the Big Ten Network. Iowa’s home game with Wake Forest was televised on ESPN2. The contest at Northern Iowa was on FOX 28 and the game at Iowa State appeared on ESPNU.
IOWA ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
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.
IOWA PROGRAM REACHES 1,400 WINS
The Iowa basketball program reached 1,400 wins (now at 1,445) 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.
BIG TEN SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE
Single game tickets for Iowa’s nine Big Ten Conference home games are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hawkeyesports.com, by calling the UI Athletics Ticket office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa opens Big Ten action Wednesday, hosting Indiana. Iowa also hosts Michigan State (Jan. 12), Purdue (Jan. 16), Penn State (Jan. 26), Ohio State (Feb. 2), Wisconsin (Feb. 6), Michigan (Feb. 14), Northwestern (Feb. 19) and Illinois (Mar. 1 or 2).
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2007-08
- Season tickets are available for 2007-08, including general public ($336), UI faculty and staff ($272) and UI students ($95).
- Single game tickets for Big Ten Conference games are now on sale.
- 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).
- “Family Four Pack” tickets are available for Iowa’s home game Feb. 19 vs. Northwestern. The “Family Four Pack” includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for a cost of $65.
- Single game tickets are available for $20 for all games except Big Ten Conference weekend games and the Wisconsin game. Tickets for those games are $25. UI students can purchase single game tickets for $15 on the day of the game, when available.
- 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.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session and single session tickets for the 2008 Big Ten Conference men’s basketball tournament are currently on sale. Tickets are available at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. The 11th annual Big Ten Tournament will be held March 13-16, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All session tickets are on sale for $150 or $275, depending on seat location. Single-session tickets range from $30 to $85, based on seat location and session. Orders are limited to 12 all-session tickets or 12 single-session tickets.
IOWA IN TOURNAMENT PLAY
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.
HAWKEYE SCHEDULE NOTES
- Iowa’s schedule includes 19 home games. This marks the third straight season Iowa has opened with an exhibition contest against a member of the Iowa Conference.
- For the first time since 1997, Iowa will host nine Big Ten Conference games, as the league has expanded the schedule to include 18 league games. Iowa does not play at Illinois this season, while Minnesota does not visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- Iowa’s Big Ten schedule includes four weekend home dates and five games during the week. Iowa plays at home on Saturday, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and either Saturday or Sunday, March 1 or 2.
IOWA IN LAS VEGAS NEXT SEASON
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.
Since the three-point shot became part of the college game, Iowa has played 14 games in which it has failed to make a three-point attempt. Iowa had made at least one three-point basket in 53 straight games before missing all five attempts in a 71-61 home win over Purdue in 2004. Iowa’s current streak includes at least one three-point basket in 134 straight games.
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 four games against teams that were in the NIT a year ago (Michigan twice, Bradley, Utah State).
IOWA VS. THE FIELD
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.
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 Jan. 14, 21 and 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Mar. 3 and 10.
HAWKEYES HOME ON WEDNESDAY
Iowa will host Purdue Wednesday, Jan. 16 (6:05 p.m. CT, BTN) before traveling to Michigan Jan. 19 (6:05 p.m. CT, BTN).
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