Iowa Travels to Face Michigan Saturday

Jan. 18, 2008

Iowa (8-10, 1-4) is back on the road for two games, traveling to Michigan (5-12, 1-4) Saturday, Jan. 19. Game time is 6:05 p.m. CT in Crisler Arena (13,751). Iowa dropped a 67-62 decision to Purdue in Iowa City after stopping a three-game losing streak with a 43-36 home win over sixth-ranked Michigan State last weekend. Michigan was defeated 75-57 at Illinois Wednesday after collecting its first conference victory with a 78-68 win at Northwestern.

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). Matt Devlin and Shon Morris will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,426 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,446-980 (.596). That includes a 909-313 (.744) record in home games, a 537-667 (.446) record in games away from Iowa City, a 685-669 (.506) mark in Big Ten games and a 315-87 (.784) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa has won 39 of its last 46 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.

The University of Iowa Athletic Department will celebrate 25 years in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hawkeye men and women’s athletics teams moved into the facility in January of 1983 and this month completes 25 years in the Arena. Three celebrations honoring Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be held in February. Iowa’s men’s basketball game on Saturday, February 2nd, against Ohio State, will be the first athletic event to recognize the building’s silver anniversary. It will also be recognized the following day when the women’s basketball team plays host to Indiana and the evening of Feb. 17th when the Hawkeye wrestlers tangle with Michigan. A special commemorative program and video will be created for fans attending any, or all, of the three events. Athletes from all teams who have competed in the arena are being invited back for the celebrations. Bump Elliott and Dr. Christine Grant, Iowa’s athletic directors in 1983, are expected to take part in the celebration, along with former Iowa Wrestling Coach Dan Gable. It’s hopeful that some members of the Roy J. Carver family, the building’s namesake, will also be in attendance.

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter holds a 7-7 record when coaching against nationally ranked opponents, including a 1-2 mark at Iowa and a 6-5 record in six seasons at Butler. Iowa, this season, defeated sixth-ranked Michigan State (43-36), while dropping 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.

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).

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 139-71 (.662) after posting a 131-61 (.682) record as Butler’s head coach and beginning his first season at Iowa with an 8-10 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 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 0-2 vs. Michigan. He has not coached against Wolverine Coach John Beilein.

John Beilein is in his first season as the head coach at Michigan and his 30th year overall as a college head coach on the junior college, NAIA, NCAA Div. II and NCAA Div. I levels. Beilein is 5-12 at Michigan and his career mark is 556-330. Beilein is in his 16th year as a Division I head coach, posting an 89-62 record at Canisius (1993-97), a 100-53 record at Richmond (1998-2002) and a 104-60 mark at West Virginia (2003-07). He led his West Virginia teams to four straight post-season appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2005. West Virginia, last season, won the NIT post-season tournament. His record in Division I is 298-187 and he has taken his teams to post-season action in 10 of the last 15 seasons. Beilein’s teams have posted 26 winning seasons in 29 years, including 14 seasons of at least 20 wins. He ranks 19th in career wins among active Division I coaches. Beilein has not coached against Iowa or Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.

Todd Lickliter led his Butler team against Michigan twice. The teams met early in the 2003-04 season at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, with Michigan taking a 61-60 overtime win. Butler also dropped a 78-74 contest at Michigan early in the 2005-06 season.

Michigan holds an 80-55 advantage in the series that began with a 19-15 Wolverine win in 1912. Iowa won the only meeting last season, 69-62 in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes also won the only meeting in 2006, 94-66 in Iowa City. With road wins in both 2005 and 2007, Iowa has won consecutive games in Ann Arbor for the first time since the 1967 and 1968 seasons. While Iowa has won the last three meetings, the teams have split the last 14. The teams split in 2005, with Michigan winning 65-63 Jan. 5 in Iowa City and Iowa winning 74-72, in overtime, at Ann Arbor. The Wolverines won two of three meetings in 2004. Michigan holds a 46-21 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor, where Iowa had lost four straight before winning the last two. Michigan holds a 2-0 advantage in games played at neutral sites, winning 77-66 in the 1998 Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago and 79-70 in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Wolverines went on to win the 1998 tournament before later being forced to vacate that title.


  • In 2006-07, Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter led his Butler team to the pre-season NIT championship with wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga. Michigan Coach John Beilein led West Virginia to the post-season NIT title with wins over Delaware State, Massachusetts, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and Clemson.
  • John Beilein led West Virginia to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006, while Todd Lickliter led Butler to the Sweet 16 last season.
  • During the 2005-06 season, Iowa and John Beilein’s West Virginia team nearly met on two occasions. Both teams reached the semi-finals of the Guardians Classic in Kansas City. Iowa defeated Kentucky in the semi-finals, but Texas defeated West Virginia in the semi-finals before defeating the Hawkeyes in the finals. West Virginia and Iowa were then sent to the same regional in the NCAA Tournament, with a chance to meet in the second round at the Palace of Auburn Hills. West Virginia defeated Southern Illinois in the first round, but Iowa was upset on a last second three-point basket by Northwestern State.
  • Iowa Assistant Coach LaVall Jordan is a native of Albion, MI.
  • Michigan Associate Head Coach Jerry Dunn previously served as the head coach at Penn State (1995-03). During that time the Hawkeyes posted a 9-5 record vs. the Nittany Lions. Dunn was also a Penn State assistant from 1983-95.
  • Michigan Assistant Coach Mike Jackson was an assistant coach at Detroit (1996-01) when the Hawkeyes defeated Detroit 61-60 on Dec. 5, 1998 in Iowa City and 69-68 Dec. 28, 2000 in Honolulu.
  • Brian Townsend, Michigan’s director of basketball operations, was a four-year letterman for the Wolverine football team, helping Michigan post a 2-1-1 mark against the Hawkeyes. Iowa and Michigan were two of the teams that tied for the 1990 Big Ten title.

Iowa rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to take a 69-62 win at Michigan in the only meeting between the two teams a year ago. The Hawkeyes struggled with their shooting in the first half, connecting on just 8-30 (26.7%) field goal attempts. Michigan led by as many as 14 points while controlling the action in the opening period, with 13 of its 14 field goals coming from the lane. Iowa turned the tables in the second half, shooting 62.5% (16-26) from the field in earning its second straight win in Ann Arbor. Michigan still held its 11-point advantage with 14 minutes remaining as Iowa began to rally. The Hawkeyes used a 20-1 scoring run to take a 57-49 lead with six minutes to play as the Iowa defense held Michigan without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. Iowa took its first lead on a three-pointer by Adam Haluska with 8:36 remaining and led the rest of the way. Michigan had cut the margin to one point when Tony Freeman scored on a drive and added a free throw, giving Iowa a 66-62 advantage with 45 seconds remaining. Michigan shot just 29.2% in the second half after shooting 45.2% in the first stanza. For the game Iowa held a 40-31 rebounding advantage. Tyler Smith led Iowa’s scoring with 22 points, while Haluska added 17 and Freeman 14. Haluska had 10 rebounds and Freeman collected seven assists. Michigan was led by Courtney Sims with 29 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Coleman, who added 12 points.

Purdue had the last scoring streak in the second half and left Iowa City with a 67-62 win. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half, which ended with Purdue holding a 32-31 advantage. Overall, the game featured seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Boilermakers used an 8-0 scoring run to take a 40-33 advantage three minutes into the second half. Iowa answered with a 12-0 run, taking a 45-40 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play. That’s when Purdue responded with a 12-0 run of its own for a 52-45 advantage with nine minutes to play. The Hawkeyes cut the deficit to three, 54-51, before the Boilermakers hit a three-point shot just before the shot clock expired with five minutes left in the game. Iowa rallied again, closing to 59-56 on a rebound basket by Seth Gorney at the 1:40 mark. Purdue added a basket with 49 seconds remaining and added six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. Iowa shot 43.5% from the field and 77.3% from the foul line while holding a 33-30 rebounding advantage. While Purdue shot just 38.6% overall, it did connect on 11-24 (45.8%) three-point attempts and all 12 of its free throws. The Hawkeye offense featured one of its most balanced games of the season, with four starters scoring in double figures. Tony Freeman led the scoring with 19 points, while Jake Kelly added 12 and Gorney and Cyrus Tate each had 10. Justin Johnson led Iowa with nine rebounds, Gorney had eight and Kurt Looby contributed five blocked shots.

Illinois shot 54.2% from the field in the second half in pulling away for a 75-57 win over Michigan Wednesday night in Champaign. The Fighting Illini shot 51.9% in the first half, but were unable to pull away and led 36-32 at intermission. While Illinois improved its shooting in the second half, Michigan shot just 32% from the field. The Wolverines made just 2-12 (16.7%) three-point attempts in the second half and just 7-13 (53.8%) free throws. Illinois held a 39-30 rebounding advantage. Anthony Wright came off the bench to lead the Wolverine scoring attack with 15 points, while DeShawn Sims added 13. Ekpe Udoh (six) and Sims (five) led Michigan on the boards.


  • With the 43-36 win over sixth-ranked Michigan State, Iowa has won 10 of its last 12 home games against ranked opponents.
  • In defeating Michigan State 43-36, Iowa won a game while scoring less than 50 points for the first time since Nov. 30, 2005 when the Hawkeyes defeated North Carolina State, also in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • The 36 points scored by Michigan State in Iowa’s 43-36 win are the fewest scored by an Iowa opponent since the Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 65-38 in Iowa City on March 1, 2006. The last time an Iowa opponent scored less than 36 points occurred Dec. 4, 1992 when Iowa defeated Texas-Pan American, 85-29.
  • In scoring 36 points in a loss at Iowa on Jan. 12, Michigan State was held to its lowest scoring output in 13 seasons under Coach Tom Izzo.
  • The 36 points scored by Michigan State tie for the second lowest total an opponent has scored against a Todd Lickliter team in his seven seasons as a college head coach. Butler allowed 34 points to Birmingham Southern in a 70-34 win on Dec. 1, 2001 and the Bulldogs defeated Detroit 56-36 Feb. 24, 2007.
  • Iowa is allowing just 58 points per game, as seven opponents have been held to 50 points or less and only seven have scored over 60.
  • Iowa opponents are shooting 39.5% from the field as 10 opponents have shot less than 40%.
  • Iowa opponents are shooting 32.6% from three-point range as seven opponents have shot less than 30% from beyond the arc. Purdue became the fifth Hawkeye opponent to shoot better than 40% from three-point range.
  • Iowa holds a +2.6 rebounding advantage while collecting more rebounds than the opponent in nine 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.
  • Junior guard Tony Freeman is averaging 15.1 points in eight games and senior guard Justin Johnson is averaging 13.9. Freeman is averaging 20.7 points over the last three games. Johnson 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 (.672) and blocked shots (1.8). He has 10 or more rebounds in three games, with a career-best 12 against Louisiana-Monroe.

Senior guard Justin Johnson has made 58 three-point field goals, shooting 36.3% 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 is averaging 13.9 points and five rebounds per game. He ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point field goals per game (3.2) and is second in minutes played (35.7).

Kurt Looby has played well in the paint during his senior season. Looby is averaging a team-best 6.4 rebounds and is scoring 5.3 points a game while shooting 67.2% (41-61) from the field. Looby, who had a career-best 12 rebounds against Louisiana-Monroe, also leads Iowa with 32 blocked shots. Looby has 85 career blocks, moving into Iowa’s career top 10. He matched his career-high for the sixth time with six blocked shots against Purdue. His 85 blocks are the most by any two-year player at Iowa. Looby 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 and had nine points and eight rebounds in a win over Michigan State. Looby ranks fourth in the Big Ten in blocked shots and 10th in rebounds.

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 21 points in Iowa’s loss at Ohio State and added career bests in points (22) and steals (four) in the win over Michigan State. He is averaging 20.7 points over Iowa’s last three games after scoring 19 points in the loss to Purdue. He is averaging 15.1 points and 3.6 assists in eight games. He suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Iowa’s exhibition win over Simpson College Nov. 1.

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 five Big Ten games, averaging nine points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 68.2% from the field. He leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage for league games only. Tate had 10 points at Ohio State after scoring eight against both Indiana and Wisconsin. He added 10 points and five rebounds against Purdue. He led Iowa with eight rebounds at Wisconsin, seven against Indiana and six at Ohio State. He collected nine points and seven rebounds in the win over Michigan State and for the season is averaging 5.6 points and 3.6, rebounds.

Freshman guard Jake Kelly moved into the starting line-up in Iowa’s last 11 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 four games. He scored 12 points in the loss to Purdue. 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 2.1 assists per game and is shooting 41.7% from three-point range.

Freshman guard Jeff Peterson has started 12 games and ranks third 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 5.7 points and 3.1 assists per game, while leading the team with 15 steals.

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 four points and 2.4 assists and is shooting 80% from the free throw line.

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.

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 due to injury. 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.

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.

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.

In its 12 home games, Iowa has outscored its opponents by a 4.7 margin, shooting 42.3% from the field while holding its opponent to 37.4% shooting. Iowa holds a 35.0-31.9 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.

The Iowa reserves are averaging 16.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, compared to 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds by the opponent reserves. Iowa is 7-6 when the reserves outscore the opponent’s reserves and 1-4 when the opponent reserves score more points. Iowa is 5-5 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves, 3-4 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.

Iowa has been outscored 498-457 in the first half and holds a 561-529 advantage in the second half. The Hawkeyes have been outscored 17-12 in their only overtime period. Iowa has led at halftime in eight games and has outscored its opponent in the second half in nine 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 is 33-58 (.569) from the free throw line in the final four minutes of its nine games that have been decided by 10 points or less. Iowa’s opponents in those games have made 38-60 (.633) free throw attempts in the final four minutes. Those figures include all free throw attempts in Iowa’s single overtime game. Iowa is 3-6 in games decided by 10 points or less, including one overtime loss.


  • Iowa is 0-0 when scoring 80 points or more, 0-1 when scoring between 70-80 points, 3-3 when scoring between 60-70 points and 5-6 when scoring less than 60 points.
  • Iowa is 8-3 when holding its opponent to less than 60 points, 0-4 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, 4-5 when the opponent has more assists and 0-0 when assists were even.
  • Iowa is 3-0 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent, 5-9 when the opponent has fewer turnovers and 0-1 when turnovers are equal.
  • Iowa is 4-0 when collecting more steals than its opponent, 4-9 when the opponent had more steals and 0-1 when steals are equal.
  • Iowa is 0-0 when five reach double figures, 1-1 when four reach double figures; 1-2 when three score in double figures, 4-3 when two players score in double figures and 2-4 when one scores in double figures.
  • Iowa is 7-1 when leading at halftime, 1-8 when trailing at intermission and 0-1 when tied at halftime.
  • Iowa is 6-6 when controlling the opening tip and 2-4 when not controlling the tip.
  • Iowa is 3-6 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 0-4 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 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, 2007 when second-ranked Wisconsin won in Iowa City. Following the loss to Wisconsin the Hawkeyes concluded the 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. 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.

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.

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 1,446) 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.

Single game tickets for Iowa’s Big Ten Conference home games are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the UI Athletics Ticket office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Home game remain against 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 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 remaining games vs. 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

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, 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’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. Saturday home games remaining include Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and either Saturday or Sunday, March 1 or 2.

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

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 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 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, 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 Jan. 21 and 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Mar. 3 and 10.

Iowa plays at Indiana Jan. 23 (8:05 p.m. CT, BTN) before returning home to host Penn State Saturday, Jan. 26 (5:05 p.m., BTN).

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