Iowa Hosts Bowling Green Friday Night

Nov. 19, 2009

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (0-2) return to action Friday night, entertaining Bowling Green (1-1). Tip-off is slated for 8:05 p.m. (CST) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Both teams lost Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes were edged by Duquesne, 52-50, in Iowa City, while Xavier cruised past Bowling Green, 101-57, in Cincinnati, OH.

Tickets can be purchased at the UI Athletic Ticket Office. Prices are $12 for adults and $5 for youths (18-and-under). Fans who show their Saturday Minnesota football ticket will be admitted for only $5. Also, Hawkeye wrestling fans who attend the Iowa City Duals Friday afternoon, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, can stay and watch the basketball game for free.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio, Channel 197.
Television: Mediacom Connections will televise Friday night’s contest on the Mediacom cable network throughout the state of Iowa. Streaming video of the game also can be viewed via the Big Ten Network website, The cost to watch the game online is $2.99. Rob Brooks and Mac McCausland will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,474 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,466-1,008 (.593). That includes a 925-322 (.742) record in home games, a 541-686 (.441) record in games away from Iowa City, a 695-690 (.502) mark in Big Ten games and a 331-96 (.775) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa has compiled a 331-96 (.775) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 156-77 (.670) in Big Ten games and 175-19 (.902) in non-Big Ten games.

Trailing by one point, Duquesne’s Bill Clark drained a game winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to propel the Dukes to a 52-50 win over Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as 11 points twice in the second half, but were able to rally and take the lead twice late in the contest. Iowa’s last lead came with 41 seconds left, when freshman Brennan Cougill was fouled, and made a lay-up and free throw to give the Black and Gold a 50-49 lead. Sophomore Anthony Tucker led Iowa in scoring with 16 points. Junior Jarryd Cole had seven points, seven rebounds, one block and took a couple charges defensively. Cougill contributed eight points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in 15 minutes of action off the bench.

? Iowa made only one field goal the last seven minutes of the first half, which enabled Duquesne to go on a 17-3 run late in the first half and build an 11-point advantage.
? Both teams struggled from the foul line. Duquesne was only 2-of-9 (.222) from the charity stripe, while Iowa was 8-of-15 (.533).
? Iowa outscored Duquesne 14-0 in bench points and 13-2 in second chance points, while the Dukes outscored the Hawkeyes 14-2 in fast break points.

“We won so many hustle plays tonight. Give Duquesne credit, they made two big threes. When they had to have them Duty and Clark made two big ones and we were closely guarding both. But sometimes that is what happens. It is disappointing to our guys because we had the one point lead and thought we could finish it out. This team is really fun to coach. They just fight so hard and they care. These guys will be in tomorrow wanting to look at tape and get better. I hope they don’t get discouraged, they don’t deserve that. They have a season in front of them and when you play the likes of San-Antonio and Duquesne to start off, that is hard to do. If we fight, we will get better.”

Iowa has won 55 of its 70 games (.786) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) over the last five seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won 10 of its last 16 home games against ranked opponents and was 13-4 at home in 2008-09. Three of Iowa’s four home losses last year were to ranked opponents and by four points or less. Iowa was a perfect 17-0 at home in 2006, 14-2 in 2007, 10-8 in 2008 and 13-4 a year ago. Iowa has compiled a 24-10 Big Ten Conference record in that time.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be a busy team the first couple weeks of the season. The Black and Gold will play five games in 10 days, including playing three in six days to start the year.

Junior transfer Devon Archie is expected to be sidelined four-to-seven weeks after sustaining an injury to his left shoulder during Iowa’s second practice, Oct. 17. The 6-9, 215-pounder is expected to bolster the Hawkeye front court after playing the last two seasons at Vincennes Community College. A two-time team captain at Vincennes, he averaged 6.8 points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots, starting 19 of 30 games last season as a sophomore.

Freshmen Brennan Cougill, Eric May and Cully Payne have made an immediate impact on the Hawkeyes. In his first significant action of the season, Cougill played 15 solid minutes off the bench against Duquesne. The native of Sioux City, IA, netted eight points, including a clutch 3-point play late in the contest to give Iowa a one-point lead. He also had four rebounds, an assist, one block and one steal. May averages eight points, six rebounds, one block and a steal after two contests. May tallied a team-high 13 points against UTSA and blocked a team-high two shots vs. Duquesne. Payne, who is Iowa’s first lefty point guard since Dean Oliver, scored 12 points vs. UTSA and dished out a game-high six assists against Duquesne.

Iowa returns four starters and six lettermen from a year ago. The returning starters include senior guard Devan Bawinkel (6-5, 210), junior center Jarryd Cole (6-7, 250), sophomore forward Aaron Fuller (6-6, 210) and sophomore guard Matt Gatens (6-5, 215). Bawinkel started nine games as a junior, averaging 4.8 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cole also started nine games, averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. Gatens started all 32 outings, averaging 10.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, shooting at a 40% clip from 3-point range. Additionally, Gatens was a Big Ten all-Freshman and fourth team Freshman all-America honoree a year ago. Fuller started 19 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. The additional lettermen returning are sophomore guard Anthony Tucker (6-4, 200) and sophomore forward Andrew Brommer (6-9, 235). Tucker averaged 10.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14 games, while Brommer played in 20 games, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds. Iowa’s returning players, last season, played 43.2% of all minutes in 32 games, scoring 41.3% of Iowa’s points and grabbing 35.6% of Iowa’s rebounds. The group also had 33.6% of the steals and 39.8% of the assists last season. They combined to shoot 40.3% from the field, 37.8% from 3-point range and 70.4% from the free throw line.

Friday’s contest will be just the third meeting between the two schools, with Iowa winning the previous two. Iowa beat the Falcons, 79-73, on Dec. 2, 1967 in Iowa City and 89-78, on Dec. 14, 1971 in Bowling Green, OH. The Hawkeyes are 21-6 (.778) all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference.

Bowling Green returns eight lettermen, including two starters from a team that went 19-14 last season. The Falcons finished first in the Mid-American Conference East Division in 2009. After winning its season opener vs. Wayne State (67-45), Bowling Green lost its next game at Xavier (101-57). Xavier shot a blistering 64.8% (35-54) from the field, bolstered by 20 field goals in the paint. Scott Thomas, Otis Polk and Marc Larson paced the Falcons in defeat, scoring 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Xavier outrebounded Bowling Green by 15 (43-26) and attempted 13 more free throws than the Falcons. Thomas averages 14 points and five rebounds to lead Bowling Green. Polk averages 12.5 points and 4.5 assists. Like Iowa, Bowling Green has struggled from the free throw line, shooting only 48% (12-25) in the first two games. The Falcons boast a 1.65 assist/turnover ratio, averaging only 10 turnovers. Louis Orr is his third season as the head coach at Bowling Green and his ninth as a college head coach. Orr has posted a 33-11 (.521) mark with the Falcons. His career record stands at 133-111 (.507). Orr played against Iowa in the 1980 NCAA Tournament for Syracuse. The Hawkeyes beat the Orange, 88-77. Iowa advanced to the Final Four that year.

? Iowa is 3-1 all-time in games played on Nov. 20. The Hawkeyes beat Memphis (2001), Maryland-Eastern Shore (2007) and The Citadel (2008), and lost to Villanova (2007).
? Bowling Green Assistant Coach LaMonta Stone was the high school coach of former Hawkeye Duez Henderson.
? Iowa has scored 50 points in each of its first two games.
? Iowa is shooting only 19-31 (.613) from the charity stripe through two games. However, sophomore Matt Gatens is perfect from the foul line, sinking all seven attempts.
? Iowa plays Duquesne and Bowling Green back-to-back. The last time the Hawkeyes saw either of those two teams was in the same year, 1971.
? Iowa started four underclassmen in its first two games: three sophomores (Anthony Tucker, Matt Gatens and Aaron Fuller), a freshman (Cully Payne) and a junior (Jarryd Cole).
? Bowling Green’s 14-player roster consists of eight student-athletes from the state of Ohio, five from Michigan and one from Texas.
? Seven of Bowling Green’s first 11 games are away from home.
? Five of Iowa’s first seven games will be played on the ESPN family of networks.

Iowa’s roster of 12 players includes four freshmen, one redshirt freshman, four sophomores, two juniors and one senior. The freshmen are forward Brennan Cougill (6-9, 260), guard/forward Eric May (6-5, 225), guard Nick Neari (6-2, 185) and guard Cully Payne (6-1, 190). The redshirt freshman is John Lickliter. The sophomores are Andrew Brommer, Aaron Fuller, Matt Gatens and Anthony Tucker. In addition, junior forward Devan Archie (6-9, 215) is in his first year at Iowa after attending a junior college in Indianapolis.

Amongst Big Ten teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes have the fewest number of overall and conference game experience with its returning lettermen. Furthermore, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State have the second-most underclassmen (9) on their rosters, behind Purdue (11).

? Iowa’s schedule includes 18 regular season home games.
? Thirteen of Iowa’s first 18 games will be played in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with two other contests being played on a neutral floor.
? The Black and Gold will play two of its three in-state rivalry games on the road, visiting Iowa State and Northern Iowa, while playing Drake at home. The Hawkeyes will also host a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game this season, facing Virginia Tech in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Within the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes play two games against four of the top six teams in the league a year ago. Iowa meets Penn State (home) and Wisconsin (away) just once. Iowa opens Big Ten play with four of five games at home, while it concludes the conference slate with three of four on the road. The Big Ten Tournament is held in Indianapolis.
? Iowa’s Big Ten opener vs. Purdue (Dec. 29) is its earliest conference opener since the 1952 season. That year the Hawkeyes opened with Michigan Dec. 13 in an 18-game league schedule.
? Iowa’s Big Ten slate includes four weekend home dates and five games during the week.

Iowa’s roster of 12 players includes five players who won state titles. Matt Gatens and John Lickliter won a state title for Iowa City HS in 2008. Eric May won a state title for Dubuque Wahlert HS in 2008. Brennan Cougill’s Bishop Heelan HS captured the state title in 2009, while Anthony Tucker won a state title his senior year at Minnetonka HS.

Iowa’s schedule in 2009-10 includes a minimum of 31 games, with 18 of those games slated for Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes opened the regular season by hosting UTSA (Nov. 15). The home schedule also includes dates with Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) and Drake (Dec. 19).

Iowa will play four games while competing in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Home games against UTSA (Nov. 15) and Duquesne (Tuesday) are preliminary round games. This marked the second-straight year Iowa played UTSA. Once in Kansas City, Iowa will meet Texas on Monday, Nov. 23 and face either Pittsburgh or Wichita State the following evening. Texas and Pittsburgh participated in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, while Wichita State competed in the College Basketball Invitational. The 2009 event will take place Nov. 23-24, 2009 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Iowa competed in the inaugural CBE Classic, which was called the Guardians Classic, in 2001. Syracuse defeated Kansas in overtime in the championship game of the tournament a year ago, while UCLA won the event in 2007. Iowa reached the championship game in the 2005 and 2001 tournaments. The Hawkeyes beat Kentucky before falling to Texas in the championship game.

Iowa will host Virginia Tech Dec. 1 (8:35 p.m. CT, ESPN2) as part of the 2009 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. All 11 games in the Challenge will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Iowa is 2-6 in the Challenge after a narrow 57-55 defeat at Boston College last season. Iowa lost to Maryland, in Baltimore, in 2000, defeated Georgia Tech in 2001 in Iowa City, lost at Florida State in 2003 and lost to Duke, in Chicago, in 2002. Iowa did not take part in 2003-04 and 2004-05. The Hawkeyes beat NC State in 2005-06. Virginia Tech won the only previous meeting between the two programs, claiming a 69-65 victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge played in Blacksburg, VA on Nov. 29, 2006. Virginia Tech posted a 19-15 record in 2008, including a 7-9 mark in league play. The Hokies advanced to the second round of the NIT, ending the season with a loss to Baylor. Virginia Tech is coached by Seth Greenberg, who has posted a 107-85 record in six years at the school.

Since the 3-point shot became part of the college game, Iowa has played 14 games in which it has failed to make a 3-point attempt. Iowa had made at least one 3-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 3-point basket in 184 straight games.

Twenty-two of Iowa’s 31 games during the regular season are against teams that advanced to post-season play last season. That includes 15 games, and possibly 16, against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament. During the non-conference portion of the schedule Iowa will meet teams from the Big 12, ACC and Missouri Valley, along with a possible Big East opponent. Iowa will participate in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, challenging Texas and either Pittsburgh or Wichita State, in Kansas City. Iowa, in 2008-09, played 22 of 32 games against teams that advanced to post-season play. That included 10 teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (3-12), three opponents who competed in the NIT (2-2) and three opponents who participated in the CBI Tournament (2-1).

The majority of Iowa games can be seen on the Big Ten Network, a national cable television network that now reaches over 70 million homes in its third year. The Big Ten Network is available on Mediacom, which provides cable service to over 400,000 customers throughout Iowa and the Midwest. The Big Ten Network has agreements with more than 250 affiliates, including DirectTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

All 31 Iowa regular-season games this season are slated to be televised. The Hawkeyes will appear on the ESPN family of networks six times, 20 times on the Big Ten Network, three times on Mediacom Connections, and the Cyclone Television Network and Panther Sports Network once.

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. Four current Big Ten Conference head coaches have earned national Coach of the Year honors.

The Big Ten Conference has a league-best six teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 and ranks second with five squads ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. In the AP, Michigan State is ranked second, followed by Purdue (7), Michigan (15), Ohio State (16), Illinois (23) and Minnesota (25). In the Coaches poll, Michigan State ranks second, followed by Purdue (7), Michigan (15), Ohio State (17) and Minnesota (18).

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 has fared well while taking part in regular-season tournaments over the past 27 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 has a limited number of tickets available for the Hawkeyes’ appearance in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, MO, Nov. 23-24. The four-team field includes Iowa, Texas, Pittsburgh and Wichita State. The tickets are $130, which covers both nights of competition and two games per night. Seats are in section 115, rows 1-12. Call the UI Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-IA-HAWKS) to order tickets.

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 Season tickets are available for 2009-10, including general public ($278), UI faculty and staff ($238) and UI students ($80, includes two games free). General public single-game tickets are also on sale ranging from $12, $20, or $25 depending on the game desired. UI student single-game tickets are $15 the day of the game only (if available). The “Weekday” package includes Iowa’s games against Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Purdue (Dec. 29), Ohio State (Jan. 27), Illinois (Feb. 3), Northwestern (Feb. 10) and Michigan (Feb. 16). The cost of this package per ticket is $90 and includes the choice of a free ticket to Iowa’s game against Duquesne (Nov. 17) or South Carolina State (Dec. 21). The “Weekend” package includes the Hawkeyes’ games with Drake (Dec. 19), Minnesota (Jan. 2), Michigan State (Jan. 9), Penn State (Jan. 16) and Indiana (Feb. 18). That package costs $120 per ticket and includes a free ticket to the Hawkeyes’ game with Texas-San Antonio (Nov. 15), North Carolina Central (Nov. 28) or Prairie View A&M (Dec. 5). Discounted tickets to select home games, earmarked for purchase by groups of 20 or more, are also available for purchase. For more information about group ticket packages, fans should call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.

“HAWK TALK WITH Todd Lickliter”
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter and radio announcer Gary Dolphin 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 Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m. The tentative dates are: Nov. 30, Dec. 9, Dec. 14, Dec. 28, Jan. 6, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8.

Ronnie Lester, former All-American basketball player at the University of Iowa, has made a $100,000 gift to the UI Foundation to support the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Enhancements Campaign. The assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, Lester is a member of the committee that is leading the fundraising effort to upgrade the 26-year-old facility. At the request of Lester, the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will name the training room at the remodeled Carver-Hawkeye Arena in honor of longtime UI athletic trainer John Streif. Streif, of Iowa City, and Lester, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., have been close friends since Lester’s playing days as an Iowa Hawkeye, beginning in the mid-1970s. “John Streif has been a terrific friend to me for more than 30 years. He has worked tirelessly to support me and numerous other athletes for over four decades now,” said Lester, a 1981 UI graduate who was a member of the Hawkeye men’s basketball team from 1977 to 1980. “His dedication to the Hawkeyes is legendary, and I’m honored to name the training room for him. “As a member of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena campaign committee, I am pleased to step forward to make this gift,” Lester continued. “Coach Lickliter has the program moving in the right direction, and I want to do my part to help this important project.” The goal of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Enhancements Campaign is to raise at least $20 million to modernize the current facility, according to UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. No state funding will be used for the project. “We are thrilled to receive this gift from Ronnie Lester. He is one of the all-time great basketball players at Iowa,” said Barta. “It’s always special to see former student-athletes reach back and support the Hawks. On top of his generosity, it is terrific that Ronnie has chosen to honor John Streif. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

The Iowa Sports Information staff will conduct live blogs for the following November Iowa basketball games: Pittsburgh/Wichita State (Nov. 24). The service gives Hawkeye fans the chance to be interactive by logging onto Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions and/or comments, answer quick polls and get up-to-the-minute information about the game and Hawkeyes.

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.

All-session tickets for the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the UI Athletic Ticket Office, Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is the site of the men’s tournament from March 11-14. For the men’s basketball tournament, all-session tickets for the lower and club level are available for $275 through the 11 Big Ten universities only. All-session tickets for the upper level are available for $220 or $165 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the Conseco Fieldhouse box office only. Orders will be limited to 12 all-session tickets. In addition, the men’s basketball tournament for the first time will also feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of the 11 Big Ten universities. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to four all-session tickets. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will call Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home through 2012. The 2010 tournament marks the sixth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Iowa travels to Kansas City, MO, for back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. The Hawkeyes will face third-ranked Texas Monday and either Pittsburgh or Wichita State Tuesday. The tournament will be held at the Sprint Center.