Hawkeyes Travel to Iowa State Friday

Dec. 10, 2009

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (3-6) will continue in-state competition on the road Friday when the Black and Gold travel to Ames, IA, to face the Iowa State Cyclones (6-3). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum (14,356). Friday night will be the eighth event in the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa currently leads the series, 7-6. Iowa and Iowa State will square-off in women’s basketball Thursday night in Ames. It is doubtful Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter, who has missed the last two games, will be on the sidelines Friday in Ames. Lickliter is recovering after undergoing a procedure Saturday morning to stent the carotid artery.

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.
Television: The Cyclone Television Network will televise Friday night’s contest on the following channels in the state of Iowa: WOI (Des Moines), KCRG (Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Dubuque), WHBF (Davenport), KCAU (Sioux City), Mediacom (Mason City/Ottumwa/Keokuk). For viewers outside of the state of Iowa, the game can be seen on the ESPN Full Court pay-per-view package. Friday night’s game will also be available online at espn360.com. B.J. Schaben and Kevin Lehman will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,481 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,469-1,012 (.592). That includes a 928-323 (.742) record in home games, a 541-688 (.440) record in games away from Iowa City, a 695-691 (.501) mark in Big Ten games and a 334-97 (.775) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Playing in its first true road game of the season, Iowa lost 67-50 at Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Tuesday night. The Panthers forced 16 Hawkeye turnovers and converted those miscues into 31 points. Conversely, UNI only turned the ball over five times. After Iowa jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, the Panthers scored the next 17 points to take control of the game. The Black and Gold closed to within six points (39-33) early in the second half, but UNI answered with a 9-0 surge and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the second stanza. Pacing the Hawkeyes were sophomore Matt Gatens and freshman Cully Payne. Gatens netted a season-high 18 points and grabbed five boards. Payne contributed nine points and a game-high five assists.

? Due to the winter storm that swept across Iowa, the Hawkeyes didn’t return to Iowa City until Wednesday night, 24 hours after the conclusion of the game.
? Eric May earned his second career start Tuesday night. The freshman had eight points and three rebounds.
? Iowa shot a season-low 37.5% from the foul line, making three of eight attempts. Matt Gatens, who entered Tuesday night’s game missing only one free throw in 24 attempts this season, missed two technical foul shots.
? Matt Gatens sank a season-high four triples.
? Sophomore Andrew Brommer played a season-high 12 minutes, collecting a rebound, an assist, one block and a steal.

Iowa has four players who have each led the team in scoring at least twice this season. They are Jarryd Cole (Texas and NC Central), Matt Gatens (Texas and Northern Iowa), Anthony Tucker (Duquesne, Virginia Tech and Prairie View A&M) and Eric May (UTSA and Bowling Green). Additionally, Gatens has reached double figures a team-best five times, while Tucker has in four contests.

“I had to make a decision Friday night and Saturday morning, to go ahead with the procedure, which ended up being stenting the carotid artery. Everyone I talked to back home, long time friends in Indianapolis in the medical field, said without question it was something I needed to do. I’m appreciative and thankful for the care. I feel like I am on the mend, and I’m extremely thankful for the prayers. I’m a firm believer in that, and I know there were a lot of prayers. It means a great deal to me and my family. I was having headaches when we were in Kansas City. It turned out to be the beginning of a tear in the carotid artery. I’m very thankful for the thoroughness of the medical staff. They ran all the scans, they made sure of the diagnosis, then made a decision on what to do. It was not an easy decision, it was very stressful. I’m thankful, because it’s something that I might have dismissed. Our medical staff would not let that happen, they made sure I got to the right people. The doctors have said I probably need this week to try to recover, it’s been pretty stressful. I love the game, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach basketball and to be the head coach at Iowa. But at the same time, your health has to take precedent over everything. I hope everyone will pay attention to the way they feel and follow up. I respect our fans and appreciate them. Most everyone who knows me knows I’m not going to miss basketball unless it is an emergency, and that was the case. It was something where I had to make a decision on to get better. We went with what the medical team told us, and they wanted to do it right away.”

This is Iowa’s second contest in the series of games among the state’s four Division I men’s basketball programs. After falling at Northern Iowa Tuesday (67-50), the Hawkeyes travel to Iowa State Friday and host Drake Saturday, Dec. 19 (5:35 p.m., BTN). Iowa State began the in-state series with a 90-70 triumph at Drake (Nov. 17). Northern Iowa captured a 63-60 victory at Iowa State (Dec. 2). The Panthers entertain Drake (Jan. 27) and travel to face the Bulldogs (Feb. 10). Drake earned the mythical state title a year ago with a split of Northern Iowa, a road win over Iowa State and a home victory over the Hawkeyes.

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.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have collected victories in football, soccer and wrestling, while the Iowa State Cyclones have wins in volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. Iowa leads the fifth annual series, 7-6. Both teams will face each other Thursday at Ames in women’s hoops in the seventh event in the series.

Iowa holds a 42-20 advantage in the series that began with a 30-27 Hawkeye win in 1910. Iowa earned a 73-57 win in Iowa City last season after the Cyclones won 56-47 in Ames in 2007-08. The teams split games in 2003. That marked the first time since 1921 that the teams met twice in the same season and it was the first time the teams met in post-season action. Iowa has won six of the last 10 meetings and eight of the last 13 and holds a 14-13 advantage over the last 27 games since 1984. Just seven of the last 20 games have had a final margin of eight points or less. The home team has won the last six meetings. Iowa holds a 16-15 margin in games played at Ames. Iowa State has won the last three meetings in Ames, but the Hawkeyes have won on four of their last eight visits to Hilton Coliseum.

After starting the season 6-0, Iowa State has lost its last three games. The Cyclones lost to Northwestern (67-65), Northern Iowa (63-60) and California (82-63). Iowa State is 4-1 at home this year, with its lone setback coming to the Panthers on Dec. 2. Iowa State averages 75.9 points, 38.7 rebounds, 17.1 assists and 4.2 blocks per contest. The Cyclones boast a +13.4 scoring margin and +5.0 rebounding advantage over their opponents. The Cyclones are led by forwards Craig Brackins and Marquis Gilstrap. Brackins, a 6-10, 230-pound junior, averages a team-best 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. Gilstrap, a 6-7, 215-pound, senior, pulls down a team-best 8.4 rebounds and 13.6 points per contest. Junior guard Diante Garrett averages a team-best 6.1 assists to go along with 7.6 points per game. Justin Hamilton, who stands 6-11, has only missed four field goal attempts this season (17-of-21). The Cyclones’ last outing was on Dec. 5 at California. The Bears outscored Iowa State 44-26 in the paint en route to a 19-point victory (82-63). Brackins poured in a game-high 21 points in the losing effort. Gilstrap posted a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds).

Greg McDermott is in his fourth season as the head coach at Iowa State and his 16th year as a college head coach. McDermott holds a 50-54 (.481) mark with the Cyclones and his career record stands at 271-181 (.600). He is a native of Cascade, IA, and a Northern Iowa graduate. McDermott was the head coach at Northern Iowa for five seasons, posting a 90-63 record. He led the Panthers to three straight 20-win seasons and appearances in the NCAA Tournament his last three seasons. UNI won the Missouri Valley Conference post-season tournament in 2004. McDermott posted a 116-53 record in six years at Wayne State (NE) and posted a 15-11 record in one season at North Dakota State. He enjoyed a successful playing career at UNI, leading the team in field goal percentage for three straight seasons. McDermott concluded his playing career under Eldon Miller in 1988. McDermott is 4-4 vs. Iowa (1-2 while at ISU) and 1-3 vs. Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.

? Iowa is 11-5 all-time in games played on Dec. 11, including a 2-2 mark in contests against Iowa State on this date.
? The five team’s Iowa has lost to boasts a combined record of 41-8. No. 3 Texas is 7-0, followed by Texas-San Antonio (7-2), Duquesne (6-3), Virginia Tech (7-1), Northern Iowa (6-1), Wichita State (8-1).
? Iowa ranks ninth in the nation in fewest fouls per contest (14.6) and 30th in 3-pointers made (8.5).
? Iowa’s all-time record against current members of the Big 12 Conference is 90-48 (.652). Iowa State is the second Big 12 team Iowa will face this season. The Hawkeyes lost to No. 3 Texas, 85-60, in the CBE Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 23.
? ISU Coach Greg McDermott is 5-7 against the Big Ten, having faced Iowa (4-4), Minnesota (1-1), Ohio State (0-1) and Wisconsin (0-1).
? Iowa State is 43-81 all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa beat Iowa State, 73-57, last year in Iowa City on Dec. 12, 2008. The Hawkeyes shot 25-of-52 (48%) from the floor and were 7-of-16 from 3-point range (44%). Iowa dominated the boards, grabbing 38 (13 offensive) compared to Iowa State’s 23. Although Iowa and the Cyclones had 12 turnovers apiece, the Hawkeyes were able to get 25 points off turnovers to the Cyclones 12. Additionally, Iowa had the advantage at the free throw line, attempting 14 more free throws than Iowa State and outscoring the Cyclones, 16-5 at the charity stripe. Devan Bawinkel netted 12 points, making 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc. Matt Gatens added six points and six rebounds. Diante Garrett was Iowa State’s lone player in double digits, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. The Hawkeye defense was able to limit Craig Brackins to just six points on 2-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds.

Anthony Tucker reached the 20-point plateau in consecutive contests last week. The sophomore netted 20 points against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 5) and 24 vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) to lead all scorers. He has made a combined 13 triples in Iowa’s last three outings. Tucker made a combined 10 triples in Iowa’s first six games.

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. He has not played this season due to injury.

Freshman Cully Payne was recognized on the CBE Classic All-Tournament team. The native of Schaumburg, IL, averaged 13 points, five assists and two rebounds in games against third-ranked Texas and Wichita State in Kansas City, MO. Additionally, Payne brought the fans at the Sprint Center to their feet, sinking a 75-footer at the halftime buzzer to tie Texas, 38-38.

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. Archie is out of a sling and has begun limited non-contact drills in practice. 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.

Iowa attempted a school-record 37 triples against No. 3 Texas (Nov. 23), making 10. The 37 attempts breaks the previous mark of 36 (15 made) attempted against Long Island on Dec. 17, 1994. The Hawkeyes tied the school record for 3-pointers made against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 5). Iowa sank 15-of-31 attempts to match the record accomplished twice before (15 vs. Long Island in 1994 and Northwestern in 1998).

Jarryd Cole ranks fourth in Big Ten field goal percentage (.612, 30-of-49) and 14th in Big Ten rebounding (6.0), Cully Payne ranks eighth in assists (4.0), Matt Gatens ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.885, 23-of-26) and fourth in minutes played (35.56), Anthony Tucker ranks second in 3-pointers made (2.56) and 21st in scoring (11.8), and Devan Bawinkel ranks 11th in 3-point percentage (.393, 11-of-28). As a team, Iowa ranks third in Big Ten 3-pointers (8.56), fourth in rebounds allowed (31.6), seventh in free throw percentage (.679) and eighth in scoring defense (63.3).

The Big Ten Conference captured its first Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year, winning six of the 11 competitions. Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia Tech earned victories for the ACC Conference. Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern and Purdue captured wins for the Big Ten.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 273-268 in the first half through nine games. Hawkeye opponents own a 302-279 advantage in the second half. Iowa has led at halftime in all three of their wins.

Every Hawkeye on this year’s team is comfortable shooting the three. Iowa runs an eight-player rotation and all eight have attempted and made at least one 3-pointer. Anthony Tucker leads the team with 23, followed by Cully Payne (14), Matt Gatens (14), Devan Bawinkel (11), Eric May (9), Brennan Cougill (4), Aaron Fuller (1) and Jarryd Cole (1).

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 190 straight games.

Freshmen Brennan Cougill, Eric May and Cully Payne have made an immediate impact on the team. Thirty-eight percentage of Iowa’s offense has been generated by the freshmen trio. Cougill averages six points and 3.9 rebounds. The native of Sioux City, IA, netted eight points, including a clutch 3-point play late in the contest vs. Duquesne to give Iowa a one-point lead. He followed up that performance with his first career start, amassing eight points and a game and personal-high eight rebounds vs. Bowling Green. He had 11 points in each game at Kansas City against No. 3 Texas and Wichita State. Cougill had nine points and nine rebounds vs. NC Central. May averages 8.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. May tallied a team-high 13 points against UTSA, a game-high 16 points vs. Bowling Green and blocked a team-high two shots vs. Duquesne. The native of Dubuque, IA, made all four 3-point attempts in Iowa’s 22-point triumph over Bowling Green. May had nine points vs. Wichita State and a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in his first career start vs. Prairie View A&M. Payne, who is Iowa’s first lefty point guard since Dean Oliver, averages 8.4 points, four assists and three rebounds. The native of Schaumburg, IL, was honored on the CBE Classic All-Tournament team. He netted a personal-best 18 points vs. Wichita State in the tournament’s consolation game. He scored 12 points vs. UTSA and dished out a game-high six assists against Duquesne. He also collected four assists against Bowling Green and six helpers against No. 3 Texas. Payne contributed 11 points and four assists vs. NC Central. He had eight points, four rebounds and three assists vs. Virginia Tech and eight points, a personal-best six rebounds and four assists against Prairie View A&M.

The Hawkeye reserves are averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, compared to 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds by the opponent reserves. Iowa is 3-2 when the reserves outscore the opponent reserves and 0-4 when the opponent resreves score more points. Iowa is 1-2 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves and 2-4 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds.

Iowa has won 58 of its 74 games (.784) 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.

Iowa has compiled a 334-97 (.775) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 156-77 (.670) in Big Ten games and 178-20 (.899) in non-Big Ten contests.

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 also hosted 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.

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.

“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 dates are: 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.”

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, ticketmaster.com 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 will then take a week off to concentrate on academics and finals before returning to the hardwood Dec. 19 at home against Drake. The Hawkeyes will then entertain South Carolina State, Dec. 21, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.