Iowa Returns Home to Host Michigan State Saturday

Jan. 7, 2010

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Iowa (5-10, 0-3) returns home for a three-game home stand, beginning with No. 10 Michigan State (12-3, 2-0) Saturday afternoon in Iowa City. Tip-off is slated for 4:36 p.m. (CST) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Tickets are $25 for adults, youths and UI students. Michigan State enters Saturday’s game on a three-game winning streak, most recently beating No. 20 Wisconsin (54-47) Wednesday night at home. Iowa fell at Illinois (59-42) Tuesday night and will look to snap a three-game losing skid.

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 196.
Television: The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday afternoon’s game to a national cable audience. Mark Neely and former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray will call the action.

Iowa has played 2,487 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Overall Iowa’s record is 1,471-1,016 (.591). That includes a 930-325 (.741) record in home games, a 541-690 (.439) record in games away from Iowa City, a 695-694 (.500) mark in Big Ten games and a 336-99 (.772) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa starts the Big Ten Conference schedule with four of its first five games at home. The last time that happened was during the 1962-63 campaign.

Illinois recorded a 59-42 victory over Iowa Tuesday night at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. The Illini sprinted out to a 17-3 advantage and never looked back. Illinois outrebounded Iowa by nine (38-29). Despite allowing 12 offensive boards, the Hawkeyes held Illinois to only six second chance points. The Illini held the Hawkeyes to a season low in field goal percentage (.306, 15-of-49). Illinois’ D.J. Richardson came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points, bolstered by 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Eric May, Matt Gatens and Aaron Fuller paced the Black and Gold. May posted team highs in scoring (9) and assists (3). Fuller grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go along with six points, while Gatens added eight points and four boards.

? The Hawkeyes missed only two free-throw attempts (6-of-8, .750).
? Iowa’s bench only generated eight points and three assists.
? Iowa had two steals in the game, which equaled a season low.
? Redshirt freshman John Lickliter has made at least one triple in three of the last four games. In fact, in Iowa’s three league games Lickliter has made 5-of-8 (.625), which ranks fourth-best in Big Ten Conference games only rankings.
? Freshman Nick Neari saw his second game action of the season. The preferred walk-on, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Tuesday, had one field goal attempt in two minutes of action.
? Iowa played its fourth game without sophomore Anthony Tucker, who has been suspended indefinitely. Tucker averages 11.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.

After missing three games (Prairie View A&M, Northern Iowa and Iowa State), Head Coach Todd Lickliter returned to the bench Dec. 19 against Drake. Lickliter underwent a procedure on Dec. 5 to repair a torn carotid artery.

Anthony Tucker was arrested for public intoxication,” said Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “Anthony will be suspended for an indefinite period of time. First and foremost, I wanted to make sure Anthony is okay from a physical safety standpoint, and he is. Certainly, I am disappointed because this is not the first legal incident involving alcohol.”

“The status on him right now is that he’s taking a leave of absence indefinitely and we’re continuing an ongoing evaluation,” said Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter on Dec. 21.

Redshirt freshman John Lickliter has seen game action since Anthony Tucker has been suspended. Lickliter, who is backing up starting point guard Cully Payne, has averaged 11.3 minutes the last four games (South Carolina State, Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois). He is averaging five points and shooting 55% (6-of-11) from the field, including 50% (5-of-10) from 3-point range.

Iowa boasts the strongest strength of schedule amongst Big Ten teams in games played through Jan. 6. The Hawkeyes rank 11th nationally, according to The 10 teams Iowa has lost to boast a combined record of 117-26 (.818). No. 2 Texas is 14-0, followed by No. 4 Purdue (14-0), Wichita State (14-2), Virginia Tech (12-1), Northern Iowa (13-1), Minnesota (11-4), Texas-San Antonio (10-3), Duquesne (9-6), Illinois (10-5) and Iowa State (10-4).

Iowa has not been shy about shooting the long ball, having more than 49.3% of its field goal attempts coming from downtown, which ranks second nationally.

Michigan State holds a 60-52 advantage over Iowa in the series that began with a 52-37 MSU win in 1938. Michigan State defeated Iowa, 71-56, Jan. 29 at Iowa City and, 62-54, Feb. 25 at East Lansing a year ago. Iowa’s last win over Michigan State came on Jan. 12, 2008; a 43-36 win in Iowa City. The teams have split the last eight meetings, but Michigan State has won seven of the last 12 and 21 of the last 30. The teams have met three times at neutral sites. Along with Iowa’s wins in the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten tournaments, the Spartans defeated Iowa at the 2000 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, winning 75-65 on their way to the national title. Iowa holds a 33-20 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won five of the last seven in Iowa City. Overall, Iowa has a 13-11 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State, in 1983, won the first basketball game ever played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State’s 11 wins in the facility are the most by any Iowa opponent.

The 10th-ranked Spartans enter Saturday’s game winners of seven of their last eight, including three straight. Michigan State topped No. 20 Wisconsin (54-47) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, Wednesday night for its second conference victory. In its win over the Badgers, Michigan State dominated the glass and free throw line. The Spartans outrebounded Wisconsin by 14 (41-27). Additionally, the Spartans were 20-of-30 (.667) from the charity stripe, compared to 8-of-12 (.667) for Wisconsin. Junior Chris Allen tallied a team-high 16 points for Michigan State. Michigan State is 3-3 in games away from East Lansing, including a 2-2 mark in true road contests. The Spartans’ three losses have come to Florida, Texas and North Carolina. The Spartans are the best team in the Big Ten in scoring (80.5), field goal percentage (.501), rebounding (41.3), defensive rebounding (27.3), offensive rebounding (14.0), assists (18.9) and rank second in rebounds allowed (30.8). Michigan State has scored 85 points or more six times this season. Michigan State has five players average double digits in scoring: Kalin Lucas (15.7), Draymond Green (11.1), Allen (10.9), Durrell Summers (10.7) and Raymar Morgan (10.4). Green also ranks second in the league in rebounding (7.7), defensive rebounds (5.6) and field goal percentage (.626). Lucas ranks seventh in the conference in assists (3.87). Summers ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.897).

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo is in his 15th year as a college head coach, all at Michigan State. Izzo holds a record of 348-140 (.713). Izzo led the Spartans to the Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009, winning the NCAA title in 2000. The Spartans were the runners-up a year ago, falling to North Carolina in the championship game. Michigan State has won five Big Ten regular season titles, including last season, and two Big Ten Tournament championships under Izzo, who is in his 27th year as a member of the Spartan staff. He has been named national Coach of the Year on four occasions. Izzo is 18-8 vs. Iowa and 3-1 vs. Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter.

? Iowa is 12-10 all-time in games played on Jan. 9.
? Eighty percent of Iowa’s offense is generated by its underclassmen (759 of 948 points). The Hawkeyes have only one senior (Devan Bawinkel) and one junior (Jarryd Cole) currently seeing time on the court. Junior transfer Devon Archie has been sidelined with an injury and is expected to redshirt.
? Michigan State’s 14-player roster features student-athletes from five different states. Eight of the 14 players hail from its home state of Michigan, three from Ohio and one each from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Georgia.
? Michigan State’s roster breakdown includes three seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
? Iowa ranks 16th in the nation in 3-pointers made (8.9) and 19th in fewest fouls per contest (15.3).
? Michigan State ranks fourth in the country in rebounding margin (+10.5), fifth in assists (18.9), sixth in field goal percentage (.501), 19th in scoring (80.5), 23rd in scoring margin (+15.2) and 27th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
? Cully Payne is leading all Big Ten freshmen in assists per game (3.67).
? The Sporting News lists Iowa sophomore guard Matt Gatens as the Big Ten’s best shooter in its college basketball preview issue.
? Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo (15th season) is the dean of Big Ten Conference coaches, while Iowa’s Todd Lickliter is one of three head coaches who are in the Big Ten Conference for their third season.
? Michigan State’s 32-point win (81-49) in the second meeting in 2007 marked Michigan State’s widest victory margin in the series.
? Michigan State (1999 and 2000) and Iowa (2001 & 2006) have won four of the 12 Big Ten Conference tournaments and they are two of six league teams (along with Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin) to appear in the championship game on more than one occasion (Iowa lost in the 2002 title game as well). Michigan won the inaugural event in 1998, Ohio State won in 2002 and 2007, Illinois won in 2003 and 2005, Wisconsin earned the title in 2004 and 2008 and Purdue in 2009.
? Iowa and Michigan State played one common non-conference opponent: Texas. The Longhorns downed the Hawkeyes 85-60 in Kansas City, while the Spartans fell to Texas, 79-68, in Austin.
? Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan is a native of Albion, MI.

Michigan State defeated Iowa, 62-54, in the last meeting on Feb. 25, 2009 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Spartans dominated the glass, outrebounding the Hawkeyes by 14 (33-19) and held Iowa to only two offensive boards. Only seven Hawkeyes saw game action, with three playing the full 40 minutes (Matt Gatens, Devan Bawinkel and Jake Kelly). The Spartan bench outscored Iowa’s reserves, 30-7. Kelly led all scorers with 20 points, while Aaron Fuller contributed 10 points and Gatens added nine. Delvon Roe netted 16 points, while Korie Lucious chipped-in 12. Goran Suton scored seven of his nine points from the charity stripe. For the game, Iowa missed only one free throw (12-of-13).

Iowa has won 60 of its 78 games (.769) 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 336-99 (.772) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 156-79 (.664) in Big Ten games and 180-20 (.900) in non-Big Ten contests.

Freshman Eric May has performed well in his six starts. In his six starts, he has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and one block. In his last three starts against Big Ten competition, he averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and three dimes. He posted team bests in scoring (9) and assists (3) at Illinois on Wednesday.

Sophomore Aaron Fuller is returning to form after recovering from an ankle sprain sustained in Iowa’s third game of the year (vs. Bowling Green, Nov. 20). Fuller returned to the starting lineup in Iowa’s first conference game (vs. Purdue, Dec. 29). In league play, the native of Mesa, AZ, ranks first in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (3.67), fifth in overall rebounds (8.3) and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.67). He’s also contributed offensively, ranking second in scoring (10.3) through three Big Ten games.

After a sluggish start shooting 3-pointers, Iowa has regained its shooting touch from 3-point territory as of late. The Hawkeyes have averaged 9.9 triples made their last nine games. In its first six contests, Iowa averaged only 6.8 treys per game. For the season, Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (8.67). Individually, Matt Gatens has made four triples in four of Iowa’s last seven contests.

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, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, South Carolina State and Minnesota), Anthony Tucker (Duquesne, Virginia Tech and Prairie View A&M) and Eric May (UTSA, Bowling Green and Illinois). Additionally, Gatens has reached double figures a team-best nine times, while Tucker has five times and Cully Payne four times.

The Hawkeyes have had one player score 20 points or more in five of the last nine games. Jarryd Cole tallied 24 vs. NC Central (Nov. 28), Anthony Tucker netted 24 against Virginia Tech (Dec. 1) and 20 vs. Prairie View A&M (Dec. 5) and Matt Gatens posted 20 at Iowa State (Dec. 11) and vs. South Carolina State (Dec. 21).

Iowa has owned the rebounding advantage in nine of its 15 contests, including seven of the last eight. The Hawkeyes had a positive rebounding margin against UTSA (11), Bowling Green (2), NC Central (21), Prairie View A&M (4), UNI (2), Iowa State (2), SC State (3), Purdue (4) and Minnesota (2). The Hawkeyes are 4-5 in games they have a positive rebounding margin. Iowa ranks third in Big Ten rebounds allowed (31.2).

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.

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 and is expected to redshirt this season.

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).

Junior transfer Devon Archie was sidelined seven weeks after sustaining an injury to his left shoulder during Iowa’s second practice, Oct. 17. Archie is practicing with the team, but is expected to redshirt after missing a majority of the season. 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 team. Thirty-six percentage of Iowa’s offense has been generated by the freshmen trio.

May averages 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. May has started six of the last eight games, including the last three. May averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in Iowa’s first two league games (Purdue and Minnesota). May posted team highs in points (9) and assists (3) and secured eight rebounds at Illinois. He tallied 10 of his 13 points in the second half off the bench in Iowa’s win over Drake. He posted a personal-best 18 points and also secured eight rebounds in Iowa’s win over South Carolina State. 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 8.2 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 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. Payne scored 11 of his 15 points at Iowa State in the final 2:05 of the game. He contributed eight points, three assists and equaled a personal high with six rebounds.

Cougill averages five points and 3.5 rebounds. The native of Sioux City, IA, posted his first career double-double the other night at Iowa State. He registered personal bests in scoring (12) and rebounds (10) against the Cyclones. He netted eight points, including a clutch 3-point play late in the contest vs. Duquesne to give Iowa a one-point lead. Cougill 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.

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, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State have the second-most underclassmen (9) on their rosters, behind Purdue (11).

The Hawkeye reserves are averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, compared to 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds by the opponent reserves. Iowa is 5-2 when the reserves outscore the opponent reserves and 0-8 when the opponent reserves score more points. Iowa is 1-3 when the Hawkeye reserves have more rebounds than the opponent reserves and 4-7 when the opponent reserves have more rebounds.

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.”

Every Hawkeye on this year’s team is comfortable shooting the three. Nine Hawkeyes have attempted and made at least one 3-pointer this season. Matt Gatens leads the team with 31, followed by Anthony Tucker (30), Cully Payne (21), Devan Bawinkel (17), Eric May (15), Brennan Cougill (7), John Lickliter (5), Aaron Fuller (3) 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 196 straight games.

Hawkeye opponents have outscored Iowa 483-451 in the first half through 15 games. Hawkeye opponents own a 516-497 advantage in the second half. Iowa has led at halftime in four of its five victories.

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 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 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 16”. 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: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8.

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.

Each Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (CST), “This Week in Big Ten Basketball” airs on the Big Ten Network. Dave Revsine will host the show alongside Jim Jackson and Dan Dakich, former Indiana player and head coach. Every Sunday night, This Week in Big Ten Basketball will provide a comprehensive breakdown of all of the Big Ten hoops action of the week, jam-packed with action footage, highlights, and awards for game and player of the week. The 30-minute shows will also preview the week ahead.

Iowa remains home for two more home games. The Hawkeyes will step out of conference play for the last time and welcome Tennessee State to Iowa City (Jan. 12). The home stand concludes with the only regular season meeting with Penn State (Jan. 16). Four of Iowa’s first five conference contests will be played in Iowa City.