Jan. 9, 2009
Iowa (11-5, 1-2) plays three of its next four games on the road, beginning Sunday, Jan. 11 at Michigan (12-3, 2-1). Game time is 10:35 a.m. CT in Crisler Arena (13,751).
Iowa dropped a 52-49 contest to Minnesota Thursday night in Iowa City, its second conference loss by three points. Michigan has won two straight games, including a 72-66 overtime win at Indiana Wednesday.
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. 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. In its second year of operation, the Big Ten Network reaches over 70 million homes. The game can also be viewed on DIRECTV (channel 220) and the DISH Network (channel 439). Tom Hamilton and Greg Kelser will call the action.
Iowa has played 2,456 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,462-994 (.595). That includes a 921-317 (.744) record in home games, a 541-677 (.444) record in games away from Iowa City, a 691-679 (.504) mark in Big Ten games and a 327-91 (.782) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa has compiled a 327-91 (.782) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 152-74 (.673) in Big Ten games and 175-17 (.911) in non-Big Ten games.
HAWKEYES ARE TOUGH AT HOME
Iowa has won 51 of its last 62 games (.823) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) over the last three-plus seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won 10 of its last 14 home games against ranked opponents and is 9-1 at home this season.
Iowa was a perfect 17-0 at home in 2006 and 14-2 in 2007 before posting a 10-8 home record a year ago. Iowa has compiled a 19-7 Big Ten Conference record in that time.
IOWA IN NCAA STATS
Iowa ranks eighth nationally in scoring defense (55.6). The Hawkeyes are T13th in fewest turnovers per game (11.9), 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.402), T18th in three-point field goals per game (8.8), 26th in free throw percentage (.750) and 36th in field goal percentage (.470).
WELCOME TO CONFERENCE ACTION
Iowa plays four of its first five conference games against teams that were ranked at the start of conference play. Iowa opened conference play with a 68-65 loss at No. 23 Ohio State. Following a 65-60 win over Indiana, Iowa dropped a 52-49 decision to No. 19/22 Minnesota at home. Iowa next plays at Michigan (previously ranked 23rd) and at No. 14/14 Purdue, with a home game vs. Wisconsin to follow. Wisconsin was ranked for four consecutive weeks during the non-conference portion of the season.
A year ago Iowa began Big Ten play with games against Indiana (11th), Wisconsin (24th), Ohio State (receiving votes) and Michigan State (6th).
LICKLITER VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter holds a 7-12 record when coaching against nationally ranked opponents, including a 1-7 mark at Iowa and a 6-5 record in six seasons at Butler.
Iowa dropped a 68-65 contest at No. 23 Ohio State Dec. 31 and lost a 52-49 decision to No. 19/22 Minnesota in its last outing.
In 2007-08, Iowa defeated sixth-ranked Michigan State (43-36), while dropping decisions to 11th-ranked Indiana (76-79), 24th-ranked Wisconsin (51-64), seventh-ranked Indiana (43-65), eighth-ranked Wisconsin (54-60) and 17th-ranked Michigan State (52-66).
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
Todd Lickliter is in his second season as the head basketball coach at the University of Iowa and his eighth year overall as a college head coach. Lickliter spent six seasons (2001-07) as the head coach at Butler University.
Lickliter holds a career mark of 155-85 (.646). He is 24-24 (.500) at Iowa, including 7-14 (.333) in Big Ten games. Lickliter posted a 131-61 (.682) record as Butler’s head coach. 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 1-4 vs. Michigan. He is 1-2 vs. Wolverine Coach John Beilein.
MICHIGAN COACH JOHN BEILEIN
John Beilein is in his second season as the head coach at Michigan and his 31st year overall as a head coach on the junior college, NAIA, NCAA Div. II and NCAA Div. I levels. Beilein is 22-25 at Michigan and his career mark is 573-343. Beilein is in his 17th 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, won the NIT post-season tournament in 2007 under Beilein. Has won over 300 games at the Division I level and has taken his team to post-season action in 10 of the last 16 seasons.
Beilein’s teams have posted 26 winning seasons in 30 years, including 14 seasons of at least 20 wins. He ranks among the top 20 active Division I coaches in career wins.
Beilein is 2-1 against Iowa and Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.
LICKLITER VS. MICHIGAN
Todd Lickliter led his Butler team against Michigan on two occasions prior to the three meetings in 2008. 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 82-56 advantage in the series that began with a 19-15 Wolverine win in 1912. Iowa won 68-60 last Jan. 19 in Ann Arbor before Michigan won 60-52 Feb. 14 in Iowa City and 55-47 March 13 in Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes won the only meeting in 2007, 69-62 in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes also won the only meeting in 2006, 94-66 in Iowa City. With road wins in 2005, 2007 and 2008, Iowa has won three straight games in Ann Arbor for the first time ever. Iowa has won four of the last six meetings, Michigan two of the last three.
The teams split in 2005, with Michigan winning in Iowa City and Iowa winning in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines won two of three meetings in 2004. Michigan holds a 46-22 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor, where Iowa had lost four straight before winning the last three.
Iowa holds a 34-33 advantage in games played in Iowa City, including a 13-10 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won four of the last seven games in Iowa City and five of the last nine.
Michigan holds a 3-0 advantage in games played at neutral sites. Michigan won 77-66 in the 1998 Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago, 79-70 in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and 55-47 in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament, also in Indianapolis.
IOWA, WOLVERINE NOTES
- Michigan (.781) and Iowa (.750) rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in free throw percentage. Michigan (9.1) is also first in three-point field goals per game, while Iowa (8.8) is second.
- 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 Sixteen in 2007.
- 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 Coach Todd Lickliter and Michigan Coach John Beilein each have a son on their staff. Garrett Lickliter is a graduate manager for the Hawkeyes, while Patrick Beilein serves in the same capacity on the Michigan staff.
- 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.
- Michigan Administrative Assistant Jeff Meyer served as an assistant coach at Butler University for three seasons (2001-04) when Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter was the Bulldog head coach.
- 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.
MICHIGAN WON TWO OF THREE
Michigan won two of three meetings last season, winning in Iowa City and at the Big Ten Tournament after Iowa had won the first meeting in Ann Arbor.
Iowa overcame an early deficit and held off a late rally in taking a 68-60 win at Michigan last Jan. 19. After trailing most of the first half, Iowa scored the last eight points over the final three minutes to take a 29-27 advantage at the break. The Hawkeyes outscored Michigan 12-3 over the first eight minutes of the second half to maintain control. Iowa built its advantage to as many as 16 points (52-36) with just under six minutes to play before the Wolverines rallied. Michigan found the range from three-point distance and quickly closed the gap, using a four-point play with 1:22 remaining to cut the margin to four. Jeff Peterson and Jake Kelly each added two free throws and Tony Freeman made 6-9 free shots in the final minutes as the Hawkeyes held on for their third straight win in Ann Arbor. Freeman led Iowa’s scoring attack with a career-best 28 points, including six three-point baskets. Cyrus Tate added 21 points and 11 rebounds, recording the second double-double of his career.
Michigan was led by DeShawn Sims with 18 points. Manny Harris had 11 points and six rebounds.
Michigan used a hot shooting second half to rally for a 60-52 win in Iowa City on Feb. 14. The Wolverines trailed 27-16 at halftime before shooting 54.2% from the field in the second half, scoring 44 points in the final 20 minutes. Michigan made 6-12 three-pointers and 12-15 (80%) free throws in the second half as well. Michigan hit five of its first six shots in the second half, pulling within two points (31-29) in the first four minutes.
Michigan took its first lead of the half at 42-40 with nine minutes left and the visitors led the rest of the way. Iowa cut the deficit to four (50-54) with one minute remaining before Michigan hit six of its final eight free throw attempts. Jake Kelly scored 12 points to lead Iowa’s scoring, while Tate added 10. Seth Gorney led the Hawkeyes with eight rebounds.
Harris led the Wolverines with 15 points, all in the second half, and Sims added 10.
Iowa suffered through one of its coldest shooting performances of the season in dropping a 55-47 decision to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
Michigan shot the ball well early in the game, using back-to-back three-point baskets to take an 18-7 advantage after eight minutes. The Wolverines led by as many as 14 points in the first half before Iowa’s 15-9 scoring run over the last six minutes cut the halftime deficit to 34-25.
Michigan built the lead to as many as 15 (44-29) early in the second half before Iowa’s defense held the Wolverines scoreless for over 10 minutes. Iowa closed the gap to eight, 36-44, and had a chance to move within six before missing two free throws. Michigan then converted a pair of free throws and a three-point basket to halt the Iowa rally.
Iowa held Michigan to 37.3% shooting, including 27.3% in the second half. The Wolverines did make 8-24 (33.3%) three-point shots and 9-12 (75%) free throws. After shooting 45.5% in the first half, Iowa made just 5-25 (20%) field goal attempts in the second half. Iowa shot 31.9% for the game, including a season low 11.8% (2-17) from three-point range. Iowa won the rebounding battle, 38-31, but was guilty of 15 turnovers that led to 17 Michigan points.
Tate led Iowa with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tate tied a Big Ten Tournament record with 17 free throw attempts (former Hawkeye Reggie Evans had 17 attempts vs. Penn State, 2001). Kelly added 11 points and Gorney collected eight rebounds.
IOWA FALLS TO MINNESOTA
Iowa built a 13-point advantage in the first half, but suffered from cold shooting in the second half in dropping a 52-49 decision to Minnesota in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes controlled the first 15 minutes, building a 23-10 advantage late in the first half. Iowa suffered a blow when forward Cyrus Tate incurred an injury with 12:08 left in the first half and missed the remainder of the game.
The Gophers began their comeback in the final five minutes of the period, cutting Iowa’s advantage to 26-20 at intermission. Iowa shot 44% from the field in the first half while holding Minnesota to 32%.
Iowa led 31-24 with 17 minutes to play, but Minnesota gained control from there. The Gophers outscored Iowa 17-2 over the next 12 minutes, turning the deficit into a 41-33 advantage with five minutes remaining.
Matt Gatens then hit back-to-back three-point baskets to keep Iowa close, before Al Nolen hit a long three-pointer for a 46-39 advantage with 3:32 to play. Minnesota led by six points with 24 seconds left, but Jake Kelly scored from the lane and Jeff Peterson hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left to cut the margin to one. Lawrence Westbrook hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left for the final margin as a final desperation three-point shot by Iowa was off the mark. Minnesota controlled the action for most of the second half, collecting 12 offensive rebounds in the period and forcing 11 Iowa turnovers. Minnesota had 18 offensive rebounds in the game and held a 16-2 advantage in second chance points. Iowa was guilty of 17 turnovers overall and shot just 29.4% from the field in the second half.
Peterson led Iowa with 16 points, while Gatens added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Davis led Iowa with eight rebounds in Tate’s absence.
MICHIGAN RALLIES AT INDIANA
Michigan rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to take a 72-66 overtime win at Indiana Wednesday. The Wolverines shot just 25% in the first half, making just 3-18 (16.7%) three-point attempts and trailing 39-22 at the break. Indiana shot 50% from the field in building the advantage, including 5-8 (62.5) three-point attempts.
After falling behind by 20 to start the second half, Michigan found its shooting touch to get back in the game. Michigan shot 51.9% from the field in the second half, while the Hoosiers shot just 36%. The Wolverines hit a three-point basket in the closing seconds to force the overtime then outscored Indiana 13-7 in the extra period. The Wolverines ended the game hitting 12-40 (30%) three-point shots. Indiana held a 26-14 advantage in points in the paint, while Michigan held an 18-7 advantage on points off turnovers as Indiana was guilty of 16 turnovers. Laval Lucas-Perry led Michigan with 18 points, Manny Harris scored 17 and DeShawn Sims added 14. Harris also led the Wolverines with 11 rebounds.
TATE SUFFERS EARLY INJURY
Senior forward Cyrus Tate suffered an injury with 12:08 left in the first half of the loss to Minnesota and did not return to action. Tate, who leads Iowa in rebounding (6.3) while averaging 7.4 points, left the game following a basket by Matt Gatens that gave Iowa an 11-8 advantage. Tate is shooting 68.3% from the field and 74.4% from the foul line and led Iowa with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Indiana.
GATENS AMONG TOP BIG TEN FRESHMEN
Iowa freshman Matt Gatens ranks among Big Ten freshman leaders in several categories. Gatens is first in free throw percentage (.968), three-point percentage (.558) and three-point field goals per game (1.8), second in scoring (10.7) and third in field goal percentage (.514).
IOWA HITS 14 TREYS
Iowa made 14 three-point baskets in a 68-65 loss at Ohio State to open Big Ten play. The 14 three-point baskets tie as the second highest total in school history. Iowa has made 15 in two games, the most recent against Northwestern on Jan. 3, 1998. Iowa shot an even 50% (14-28) against the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes made 14 three-point baskets in five games prior to this season.
IOWA SHOOTING ON TARGET
Iowa is shooting 47% from the field through 16 games. Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point field goals per game (8.8) and three-point percentage (.402). Iowa matched its season-low with just five three-point baskets in wins over Western Illinois and Indiana, but connected on a season-high 14 in a Dec. 31 loss at Ohio State.
The Hawkeyes have made at least 50% of their field goal attempts in six games. Iowa has single-game bests of 57.1% from the field in a win over Texas-San Antonio and 52% (13-25) from three-point range in a win at The Citadel. Iowa shot 52.3% from the field at Ohio State.
Iowa has made 13 three-point field goals in two games (at The Citadel and vs. SE MO State). The 13 three-point field goals ties as the 10th most by an Iowa team in a single game.
A year ago Iowa shot as well as 50% from the field in just four of 32 games, with a best of 57.5% at Penn State.
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE
Iowa held Bryant University to just 36 points in a 61-36 win and allowed Northern Iowa just 24 points in the second half of a 65-46 win. The 36 points by Bryant match the fewest allowed by Iowa under Coach Todd Lickliter. Iowa held Michigan State to just 36 points in a 43-36 win over the Spartans last season in Iowa City. Bryant shot just 29.7% from the field, including 33.3% from three-point range. The 14 points scored by Bryant in the first half mark the fewest Iowa has allowed under Lickliter as well.
Iowa held Northern Iowa to 23.8% shooting from three-point Western Illinois scored just 20. The Hawkeyes have held six opponents to less than 50 points. In its most recent outing, Iowa held No. 19/22 Minnesota to 52 points and 33.9% shooting from the field.
SOLID IN THE SECOND HALF
Iowa’s defense has been solid in the second half. At Boston College, Iowa allowed just seven field goals in the second half of a two point loss. Iowa held Bryant University to just six field goals and 22 points in the second half in expanding a 26-14 halftime advantage to a 61-36 win.
Iowa led Northern Iowa 23-22 at halftime of a 65-46 win, limiting the Panthers to 10 field goals in the final 20 minutes. In a win over Iowa State, the Hawkeyes expanded a 34-32 halftime margin to a 73-57 win. Iowa led by as many as 26 points while holding the Cyclones to 10 field goals and 25 points in the second half. In the loss at Drake, Iowa held the Bulldogs to six field goals and 25 points in the second half. Iowa allowed Western Illinois to 20 points in the second half, as the Leathernecks made just seven field goals (25%) and 1-5 (20%) three-point attempts. In a conference win over Indiana, Iowa allowed the Hoosiers just nine field goals in the second half (9-24, 37.5%).
NO TREYS FOR OPPONENT
Iowa held Southeast Missouri State without a three-point basket in a 75-41 win, as the Redhawks missed all 11 attempts from behind the arc. SE Missouri State became the first Iowa opponent in 125 games not to make at least one trey. The last time that happened was Dec. 10, 2004 when Iowa State missed all six three-point attempts in Iowa’s 70-63 win in Iowa City. Iowa allowed Kansas State just three treys in seven attempts in a 65-63 Hawkeye win. Boston College made just 2-10 three-point attempts in its 57-55 win over Iowa and Western Illinois was 2-7 in its 58-43 loss to the Hawkeyes.
HAWKEYES FROM THE LINE
Iowa is shooting 75% from the free throw line, including a perfect 8-8 in the win over Northern Iowa. Iowa made 20-22 free throw attempts (90.9%) in a win over Texas-San Antonio, including its last 14 attempts over the final 13 minutes of the game. The streak ended when the Hawkeyes missed their first free throw attempt at The Citadel. Iowa also shot 70.3% (26-37) in a win over Kansas State, 88.9% (8-9) in a loss at Boston College, 76.2% (16-21) in a win over Iowa State, 71.4% (5-7) at Drake, 77.3% (17-22) in a win over Western Illinois, 74.1% (20-27) in a win over Indiana and 90.9% (10-11) in a loss to Minnesota.
The perfect performance against Northern Iowa is the best for an Iowa team since Nov. 19, 2004 when the Hawkeyes established a school record by hitting all 20 of their free throw attempts in a win over Western Illinois.
Iowa’s accuracy from the free throw line is led by freshman Matt Gatens, who is shooting 96.8% (30-31) to lead all players in the Big Ten. Gatens has made 24 straight free throws since his only miss occurred in a win over Texas-San Antonio in the second game of the season.
Jermain Davis led Iowa vs. UTSA, making all 10 of his attempts. He is the 24th Iowa player ever to shoot 100% from the free throw line in a game, with a minimum of 10 attempts. Davis is the seventh player (sixth Hawkeye) to make as many as 10 free throws in a game without a miss, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA SOLID ON DEFENSE
Iowa has been solid on defense through 16 games. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 55.6 points per game, holding six opponents to less than 50 points and allowing Bryant just 36 points. Iowa opponents are shooting 40.8% from the field and 33.9% from three-point range.
Iowa ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense last season (58.0) and held opponents under 50 points in nine games. Iowa opponents shot 40.4% from the field.
BALANCED SCORING LEADS IOWA
Iowa has used a balanced scoring attack, with at least three players scoring in double figures in eight games and four reaching 10 points or more in three games. Seven different players have led the team in scoring and four are averaging more than 9.4 points per game.
Freshman Anthony Tucker led Iowa with 21 points in the win at The Citadel, as he hit 7-11 three-point shots. Tucker hit 8-12 field goals, including 6-9 three-pointers, in scoring 24 points in the loss to West Virginia.
Tucker added 19 points vs. Oakland and 14 vs. SE Missouri State. Tucker is shooting 45% from the field and 43.2% from three-point range. The seven three-pointers by Tucker at The Citadel match the fifth best total in school history. Chris Kingsbury twice made nine treys, while Justin Johnson had eight three-pointers in two games.
HAWKEYE GAMES NOTES
- Iowa is 8-3 when controlling the opening tip and 3-2 when not controlling the tip.
- Iowa is 2-1 when four players reach double figures, 6-2 when three score in double figures, 3-1 when two score 10 or more points and 0-1 with just one player in double figures. In 32 games last season, Iowa had more than three players score in double figures just four times.
- Iowa was guilty of five turnovers in a win over Northern Iowa, the fewest for the Hawkeyes under Coach Todd Lickliter. Iowa had six turnovers in a win at The Citadel and seven in wins over Charleston Southern and SE Missouri State. Iowa was guilty of 19 turnovers against Texas-San Antonio, 16 vs. Oakland, 21 vs. West Virginia, (including 17 in the first half) and 17 vs. Minnesota. The Hawkeyes had less than 10 turnovers in just two of 32 games a year ago and had 20 or more turnovers in seven games.
- Iowa is 4-0 when scoring between 70-79 points, 6-2 when scoring between 60-69 points and 1-3 when scoring less than 60 points.
- Iowa is 6-0 when holding its opponent to less than 50 points, 2-2 when the opponent scores between 50-59 points, 3-2 when the opponent scores between 60-69 points and 0-1 when the opponent scores over 80 points.
- Iowa is 10-3 when collecting more assists than the opponent, 0-1 when the opponent has more assists and 1-1 when assists are even.
- Iowa is 7-0 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent, 2-3 when the opponent has fewer turnovers and 2-2 when turnovers are even.
- Iowa is 8-1 when collecting more steals than its opponent, 3-3 when the opponent has more steals and 0-1 when steals are even. Iowa allowed The Citadel no steals in taking the 70-48 road win.
- Iowa is 10-1 when leading at halftime and 1-4 when trailing at halftime.
- Iowa is 4-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, including 2-3 in games decided by five points or less.
HAWKEYE PLAYER NOTES
- Along with scoring the game winning basket vs. Kansas State, Cyrus Tate ended the game with 10 points and seven rebounds, just one night after failing to score in a loss to West Virginia. Tate turned in solid defensive performances in wins over Northern Iowa and Iowa State, adding 10 points and eight rebounds against the Cyclones. He leads Iowa in rebounding (6.3) and is scoring 7.4 points per game. He recorded the sixth double-double of his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Indiana before playing just eight minutes in the loss to Minnesota due to injury.
- Jeff Peterson led Iowa with six assists against Kansas State, moving into the team lead in that department (3.8). Peterson also made 11-12 free throw attempts against the Wildcats. Peterson led Iowa in assists last season as a true freshman. He is shooting 49% from the field and leads the team in free throws (52) and attempts (59), shooting 88.1%. He is averaging 10.4 points per game.
- True freshman Matt Gatens has scored in double figures in 10 games. He recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a recent win over Western Illinois and added a season-best 22 points in the loss at Ohio State. He ranks second on the team in assists (44) and has missed just one free throw (30-31, 96.8%). He has made 24 straight free throws over the last 14 games. He is shooting 51.4% from the field and 55.8% from three-point range.
- Junior Devan Bawinkel had a season-best 15 points in a loss at Ohio State, hitting 5-8 three-pointers. He added 12 points against Boston College and Iowa State, connecting on 4-7 three-pointers at Boston College and 4-5 vs. Iowa State. Through 16 games, 61 of his 62 field goal attempts are three-point attempts. He also had not attempted a free throw and has not committed a turnover.
- Junior Jermain Davis had his best game against Iowa State, recording season-bests in points (16), rebounds (six), assists (five) and steals (one). Davis had 10 points in the loss at Boston College and added 13 points and eight rebounds in a win over Western Illinois. He had nine points and eight rebounds in a win over Indiana and eight rebounds in a loss to Minnesota.
- Sophomore Jake Kelly, still shaking off the effects of a broken middle finger on his shooting (right) hand, contributed 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in a win over Northern Iowa. He added 13 points and four assists in a win over Western Illinois, 11 points at Ohio State and 10 points vs. Indiana. He leads the team with 20 steals, is second with 41 assists and is averaging 9.7 points. Kelly missed over a week of practice and Iowa’s exhibition game due to the injury.
- Anthony Tucker, a true freshman, scored in double figures in Iowa’s first six games. Tucker leads Iowa in scoring at 11 points a game, reaching double figures in eight of 12 games he has played.
- True freshman Aaron Fuller had a season-best seven rebounds and seven points against Kansas State, and he added seven points in a win over Bryant.
HAWKEYES FEATURE YOUNG LINE-UP
Iowa’s starting line-up in its first eight games included three true freshmen, including forward Aaron Fuller and guards Matt Gatens and Anthony Tucker. The most recent line-up the last seven games includes one senior, one junior, two sophomores and one freshman.
Iowa’s starting line-up in four games last season included freshmen Jarryd Cole, Jeff Peterson and Jake Kelly. Cole later missed the final 19 games due to injury. Kelly started 25 games and Peterson 11. The three combined for 42 starts. 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.
With seven new players on a 13-man roster, Iowa is relying on newcomers this season. Three newcomers, all freshmen, started Iowa’s first eight games. Four of the newcomers have led the team in scoring in at least one game.
The Hawkeye newcomers have scored 40 or more points in six games, with a high of 48 vs. Texas-San Antonio. The first-year Hawkeyes had a season-best 23 rebounds in a win over SE Missouri State and 21 in a win over Western Illinois.
Freshman Matt Gatens led the newcomers with 15 points in the opening game and freshman Anthony Tucker has led Iowa’s scoring in five games. Gatens’ total matches the most points scored by a freshman in their first game since Jeff Horner had 15 points in the first game of the 2002-03 season. Tucker scored 24 points vs. West Virginia, 21 points at The Citadel and 19 vs. Oakland while leading Iowa in scoring at 11 points per game. Gatens is averaging 10.7 points, 2.8 assists and four rebounds.
HOME, AWAY COMPARISONS
In its 10 home games, Iowa has outscored its opponents by a 14.6 point margin, shooting 48.9% from the field while holding its opponent to 37.3% shooting. Iowa holds a 31.4-26.8 rebounding advantage.
In six games away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa has been outscored 63.8-61.0. The Hawkeyes are shooting 43.9% from the field while the opponents are shooting 46.8%. The opponents hold a 31.8-25.3 rebounding margin.
OFF THE BENCH
The Iowa reserves are averaging 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, compared to 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds by the opponent reserves.
Iowa is 6-3 when the reserves outscore the opponent reserves, 5-1 when the opponent reserves score more points and 0-1 when bench scoring is even.
Iowa is 6-2 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves and 5-3 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds.
The biggest deficit Iowa has overcome to earn a victory this season is seven points. In the season opening contest, Iowa trailed 7-0 before taking a 68-48 win over Charleston Southern. Iowa also trailed 22-15 in the first half of a 65-46 win over Northern Iowa. In Iowa’s losses, Minnesota trailed by 13 points in the first half before earning a 52-49 win. Last season Iowa rallied from a 14-point deficit in two games, while two opponents defeated Iowa after trailing by 16 points.
SCORING BY HALVES
Iowa has outscored its opponents 465-422 in the first half and 554-468 in the second half. Iowa has led at halftime in 11 games, and has outscored its opponent in the second half 10 times.
IOWA FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Iowa has made over 70% of its free throws in 12 games, including 100% (8-8) vs. Northern Iowa, 90.9% (20-22) vs. Texas-San Antonio and Minnesota (10-11) and 88.9% (8-9) at Boston College. Iowa made at least 70% of its free throws in 12 games last season, with a season-best 88.9% (8-9) at Northern Iowa.
Iowa is 8-4 this season when shooting over 70% from the foul line. Four of Iowa’s opponents have shot less than 60% from the foul line.
CRUNCH TIME FREE THROWS
Iowa is 35-43 (.814) 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 17-24 (.708) free throw attempts in the final four minutes. Iowa is 4-3 in games decided by 10 points or less and 2-3 in games decided by five points or less.
IOWA IN TOURNAMENT PLAY
Iowa has fared well while taking part in regular-season tournaments over the past 22 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 ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
The majority of Iowa games throughout the 2008-09 season can be seen on the Big Ten Network, a national cable television network that now reaches over 70 million homes in its second year. The Big Ten Network is available on Mediacom, which provides cable service to over 400,000 customers throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Iowa games telecast on the Big Ten Network are also available through the nation’s two satellite television companies, DirectTV and Dish Network.
BTN CLASSIC GAMES INCLUDES IOWA
The Big Ten Network, for the second straight season, will televise a series of “Greatest Games” of the Big Ten Conference throughout the season. Iowa games featured include an overtime win over Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 of the 1987 NCAA Tournament and a double overtime win at Indiana during the 2003-04 season. The victory over Indiana will air at 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 3 and the win over Oklahoma can be seen at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. An Iowa loss at Northwestern during the 2004-05 season can be seen again at 11 a.m. CT on Feb. 28.
Tate averaged 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a year ago while starting 19 of the 31 games he appeared in. Tate shot 66.7% from the field for the season and 70.2% in Big Ten games. He led the conference in field goal percentage and was third in rebounding in conference games. He has started every game this season and is averaging 7.6 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Cole started six of the 13 games he played before a knee injury in Iowa’s final non-conference game forced him to miss the final 19 games. Cole averaged 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, shooting 66.7% from the field. He has played in all 11 games this season.
THE RETURNING CAST
Iowa returns two starters and six lettermen from a year ago. The returning starters include senior forward Cyrus Tate (6-8, 255) and sophomore guard Jake Kelly (6-6, 185). Tate started 19 games as a junior, averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kelly started 25 of 32 games in his first season, averaging 7.3 points while shooting 43.5% from three-point range.
The four additional returning lettermen include junior center David Palmer (6-9, 240), senior guard J.R. Angle (6-7, 215), sophomore guard Jeff Peterson (6-0, 192) and sophomore forward Jarryd Cole (6-7, 250).
Iowa’s returning players, last season, played 44.9% of all minutes in 32 games, scoring 44.9% of Iowa’s points and grabbing 37.3% of Iowa’s rebounds. The group also had 45.5% of the assists and 50% of the steals last season. They combined to shoot 45.8% from the field, 35.7% from three-point range and 63.1% from the free throw line.
LICKLITER TO REDSHIRT
Freshman guard John Lickliter, who joined the Iowa program as a walk-on to play for his father, Coach Todd Lickliter, plans to use the 2008-09 season to redshirt. Lickliter started every game at year ago at Iowa City High, helping the Little Hawks claim the Class 4-A state title.
A YOUNG SQUAD
Iowa’s roster of 13 players includes five freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors. The sophomores are Jarryd Cole, Jake Kelly and Jeff Peterson. The freshmen include forward Andrew Brommer (6-9, 235), forward Aaron Fuller (6-6, 210), guard Matt Gatens (6-5, 215), guard John Lickliter (5-11, 175) and guard Anthony Tucker (6-4, 200).
In addition, junior guards Devan Bawinkel (6-5, 210) and Jermain Davis (6-4, 200) are both in their first year at Iowa after attending junior colleges a year ago. Along with two players from the state of Iowa, the roster includes two players from Illinois and Indiana, three from Minnesota, two from Missouri and one from Arizona and Tennessee.
HAWKEYE SCHEDULE NOTES
- During the non-conference portion of the schedule, Iowa traveled roughly 7,640 miles during a 13-day stretch to play games in Charleston, SC (at The Citadel), Las Vegas (Las Vegas Inv.) and Boston (at Boston College). Iowa also played two home games during that stretch.
- Along with an opening win over Charleston Southern, Iowa traveled to The Citadel on Nov. 20. Both Charleston Southern and The Citadel are located in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Iowa’s schedule includes 17 home games, including nine Big Ten Conference games and home dates with in-state opponents Northern Iowa and Iowa State. In conference play, Iowa does not play at Illinois, while Minnesota does not visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- Iowa’s Big Ten schedule includes five weekend home dates and four games during the week.
- After playing a number of games a year ago with a start time of 8 p.m., Iowa has just one remaining home game this season that starts as late as 7:30 p.m., that against Wisconsin (Jan. 21).
- Iowa’s schedule includes at least three neutral site games, including two games in the Las Vegas Invitational. Iowa defeated Kansas State to split its two games in Las Vegas as the Hawkeyes earned their first neutral site win since a 78-65 win over Toledo on Nov. 17, 2006 at the Paradise Jam.
- 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.
Fifteen of Iowa’s 31 games during the regular season are against teams that advanced to post-season play last season. That includes 11 games against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa will play eight games against four Big Ten opponents that appeared in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, along with a single game at Drake and games against West Virginia and Kansas State.
During the non-conference portion of the schedule Iowa will face teams from the Big East (West Virginia), Atlantic Coast (Boston College), Big 12 (Iowa State and Kansas State) and Missouri Valley (Drake and Northern Iowa) conferences.
Iowa, in 2007-08, played 14 of 32 games against teams that advanced to post-season play. That included five teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (1-8), three opponents who competed in the NIT (1-3) and one opponent who participated in the initial College Basketball Invitational (0-1).
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 seven 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, Florida State, Kansas, Maryland, SMU and Tennessee. Four current Big Ten Conference head coaches have earned national Coach of the Year honors.
AMONG SINGLE SEASON BESTS
Iowa made 222 three-point field goals while attempting 640 three-point shots a year ago, averaging 6.9 made treys and 20 three-point attempts. Both of those figures rank second best at Iowa for a single season. The Hawkeyes set single season records in 1995 when they made 274 of 743 three-point attempts. Through 16 games this season, Iowa is averaging 8.8 made three-point field goals and 21.9 attempts.
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 166 straight games.
IOWA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
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.
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 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dates are Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; and March 2 and 9.
IOWA ON THE TUBE
All remaining games throughout the 2008-09 season are scheduled to be televised. The majority of Iowa games will appear on the Big Ten Network. The home game vs. Michigan State will appear on ESPN/ESPN2, the home game vs. Ohio State has yet to be determined and all games in the Big Ten post-season tournament will be televised.
Iowa travels to Purdue Sunday, Jan. 18 (11:05 a.m. CT, BTN). The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin Wednesday, Jan. 21 (7:35 p.m., BTN) and visit Penn State Saturday, Jan. 24 (5 p.m. CT, BTN).