Iowa Closes Out Non-Conference vs. Louisiana Tech

Dec. 20, 2010

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-5) conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Tuesday against Louisiana Tech (9-4). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). The Hawkeyes have won three of their last four contests, while the Bulldogs have won four of the last six, including their last two.

Tickets are only $12 for adults and $5 for youths and UI students. Tuesday is UI Faculty/Appreciation Night; UI faculty and staff who present their UI identification card at the UI Ticket Office will receive one free ticket to the game and can purchase additional tickets for only $8.

The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a souvenir collector’s edition Fran McCaffery bobblehead. All fans attending the game will also receive a scratch-to-win card that offers a chance to win a McCaffery bobblehead (2,000 winners), a season ticket to the home games of the 2010-11 Iowa Hawkeyes (50 winners), $5 off any purchase at the Official Iowa Hawk Shop (100 winners) or a free ticket to selected 2010-11 home events of UI teams (all other cards distributed).

Iowa has played 2,574 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,482-1,092 (.576). That includes a 938-341 (.733) record in home games, a 544-700 (.437) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 699-704 (.498) mark in Big Ten games and a 344-105 (.766) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is one win from notching Big Ten victory No. 700.

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.
TV: Tuesday’s game will be televised in Eastern Iowa on Mediacom. Fans can watch Iowa’s final non-conference game on channel 123 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and Des Moines, and channel 95 in Moline. The game will air network-wide on Mediacom Connections, tape-delayed, at 9:30 p.m. Rob Brooks and Mac McCausland will call the action from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Internet: Fans can also watch Tuesday night’s game online at:

Game 12 | Louisiana Tech vs. Iowa
Date Tuesday, Dec. 21 | 7:05 p.m.
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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All-Time Series Iowa leads, 2-0

Comparing statistics through 11 games last year to this season, Iowa is putting up improved numbers. The Hawkeyes are averaging 9.1 more points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. The Hawkeyes are also shooting the ball with better accuracy, making 43.6% of their field goals in 2010, compared to 41.9% in 2009.

Iowa has taken advantage of strong post play through 11 games in 2010. The Hawkeyes are averaging 31.1 points per game in the paint. Iowa has scored 30 or more paint points seven times this season, including five of the last seven contests. The Black and Gold was credited with 38 points in the paint in three consecutive contests (SIUE, Wake Forest and Idaho State). A year ago, the Hawkeyes averaged 22.2 points in the paint through its first 11 games.

Iowa sprinted out to a 14-0 advantage and ultimately came away with a 59-52 victory at Drake Saturday night at the Knapp Center in Des Moines. It marks the Hawkeyes’ first true road win of the season.

Improved free throw shooting and timely buckets helped the Hawkeyes pull away down the stretch. Iowa led by one point (41-40) with seven minutes remaining before closing the game on a 19-11 run. Iowa shot 55% (11-20) from the field in the final 20 minutes and outscored Drake 17-5 at the foul line for the game.

Junior shooting guard Matt Gatens poured in a season-high 19 points and collected a game-high three steals. Freshmen Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe each netted nine points. Senior center Jarryd Cole was credited with a game-high 11 rebounds.

? Iowa’s three freshmen, Melsahn Basabe, Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble combined for three points (0-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and four rebounds in the first half. The trio had a much better second stanza, accounting for 20 points (5-9 FG and 10-13 FT) and eight boards. Furthermore, the trio combined to score 11 of Iowa’s final 16 points.
? Iowa held Drake’s second-leading scorer, Seth VanDeest, to four points and only three field goal attempts. VanDeest entered the game averaging 12.1 points per contest.
? Jarryd Cole pulled down 11 rebounds, marking the third straight game a Hawkeye grabbed double-digit rebounds. Cole corralled 15 boards in Iowa’s victory over UNI Dec. 7, while Melsahan Basabe snagged 14 vs. Iowa State Dec. 10.
? Iowa outrebounded Drake by six (34-28). The Hawkeyes have owned the glass in all but one game this season (Long Beach State).
? Iowa finished 2-1 against in-state non-conference opponents. The Hawkeyes beat Northern Iowa (51-39) and Drake (59-52), and was edged by Iowa State (75-72).

Iowa’s roster of 15 players includes six freshmen, two sophomores, five juniors and two seniors. The freshmen are Melsahn Basabe (6-7, 225), Cody Cox (6-4, 190), Roy Devyn Marble (6-5,190), Zach McCabe (6-7, 225), Darius Stokes (6-7,190) and Branden Stubbs (6-2, 170). The sophomores are Eric May and Cully Payne.

In addition, juniors Bryce Cartwright (6-1, 180) and Jordan Stoermer (6-2,185) are in their first year at Iowa. Cartwright played as a rookie at Fresno State and Paris JC (Texas) his sophomore campaign. Stoermer played his first two seasons at Kirkwood CC (Iowa).

Iowa has only played Louisiana Tech twice, winning both games. The Hawkeyes beat the Bulldogs, 84-65, on Dec. 7, 1991 in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge. Iowa also defeated Louisiana Tech, 75-67, on Nov. 17, 2001.

Louisiana Tech competes in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Iowa boasts a 10-3 (.769) record against current members of the WAC.

Tuesday will be Louisiana Tech’s fourth road game in five contests. The Bulldogs lost on the road at Northwestern State (85-78) Dec. 7 and McNeese State (80-70) Dec. 11. Louisiana Tech rebounded with a road win at Houston Baptist (80-57) Dec. 14 and a victory at home vs. UT Arlington (62-61) Dec. 18.

The Bulldogs led start-to-finish, including 20-0 to start the game, in a 62-61 win over UT Arlington in their last contest. Louisiana Tech outrebounded the visitors by 10 (36-26) and shot 48% (22-46) from the field. Olu Ashaolu posted his seventh double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Louisiana Tech is led by a pair of upperclassmen who average double figures. Senior DeAndre Brown averages a team-best 16.5 points and 1.3 steals per contest. Ashaolu averages 15.2 points and a team-best nine rebounds. The Bulldogs have four players who can shoot the three. Brown has drained a team-best 27, followed by Kenyon McNeaill (18), Brandon Gibson (16) and Lonnie Smith (14).

? Louisiana Tech has fared well in close games this season. The Bulldogs are a perfect 4-0 in games decided by six points or less.
? Both Iowa and Louisiana Tech jumped out to large leads in their last game. The Bulldogs scored the first 20 points vs. UT Arlington, while the Hawkeyes netted the first 14 at Drake.
? Iowa and Louisiana Tech have one common non-conference opponent: UL Monroe. The Hawkeyes defeated the Warhawks 68-40 on Nov. 16, while the Bulldogs beat UL Monroe 67-58 in Ruston, La.
? Four of Iowa’s five wins have come by margins of 10 points or more, while three of its defeats have come by six points or less, including two by three points.
? Iowa boasts a +6.8 rebounding margin, which ranks third best in the Big Ten. Louisiana Tech also does a good job on the glass, averaging 5.2 more rebounds than its opponents.
? Louisiana Tech ranks third in the WAC in scoring (72.3) and 3-point percentage (.362), and second in triples made (6.85).
? Louisiana Tech is looking for its first victory over a BCS opponent since Dec. 7, 2005 when the Bulldogs won at Texas Tech (68-53). They are winless in their last 10 attempts.
? Iowa has won its last six final non-conference games of the season. The last time a Hawkeye team lost its final non-league contest was a 76-56 loss at Missouri on Jan. 3, 2004.
? Louisiana Tech’s roster is comprised of 14 student-athletes. The 14-player roster consists of one senior, four juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Three players hail from Louisiana, two from Florida, one from six different states (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Texas and Wisconsin) and three internationally (Brazil, Canada and Macedonia).
? Tuesday will be Louisiana Tech’s seventh true road game and ninth away from home. The Bulldogs are 2-4 in true road contests and 2-0 in neutral site games. Iowa is 4-2 in home games.
? Louisiana Tech is 2-8 all-time against Big Ten opponents. Wisconsin is the last Big Ten opponent to play Louisiana Tech, beating the Bulldogs 78-52 in 2005.

Defense has been key in Iowa’s six victories this season. Hawkeye opponents average only 46.8 points, while shooting 34% from the field, including 21% from 3-point territory, in the six Iowa wins. Furthermore, Iowa averages 10.2 steals in victories.

Fran McCaffery has assembled one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. Assistant coaches Kirk Speraw, Sherman Dillard and Andrew Francis have over six decades of combined coaching experience. Furthermore, the entire coaching staff combines for 46 years of head coaching experience.

Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Strom is in his 30th season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Also, former Hawkeye standout and professional basketball player Ryan Bowen has joined the staff as video coordinator and administrative assistant. Bowen was on four NBA rosters (Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Oklahoma City).

Iowa has had three players post a double-double: Devon Archie, Jarryd Cole and Melsahn Basabe. Iowa and Minnesota are the only Big Ten teams to accomplish that feat. Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan have had two players collect double-doubles.

Archie and Basabe each recorded their first double-double this season. Archie was credited with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Xavier (Nov. 19), while Basabe collected 12 points and 14 rebounds against Iowa State (Dec. 10). Cole notched his fourth career double-double Dec. 7 vs. UNI, with 10 points and 15 boards.

Iowa’s bench has provided a spark the first 11 games. The Hawkeye reserves have outscored opponent bench players, 288-121. Iowa’s bench averages 26.2 points per contest, compared to only 11.0 for the opposition. Iowa has a balanced offensive attack with seven players averaging 6.3 points or more per contest. So far this year, Iowa has the most balanced attack since the 2003-04 season when six players averaged eight points or more.

Iowa has compiled a 344-105 (.766) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 159-83 (.657) in Big Ten games and 185-22 (.894) in non-Big Ten contests.

Iowa has won 68 of its 92 games (.739) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) over the last seven seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won 10 of its last 19 home games against ranked opponents. Iowa was a perfect 17-0 at home in 2006, 14-2 in 2007, 10-8 in 2008, 13-4 in 2009 and 9-9 a year ago.

Melsahn Basabe has had a strong showing in Iowa’s last five games. The freshman from Glen Cove, NY, is averaging 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds the last five contests. Basabe is shooting 23-40 (.575) from the field during the five-game span.

Basabe had three solid performances against in-state competition (Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Drake). The rookie averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in those three contests. He shot 54.5% (12-22) from the field and blocked a game and career-high seven shots against Iowa State, which is the third-most total by a Hawkeye in a single game. He had 14 points and seven rebounds vs. Northern Iowa and nine points and five boards at Drake.

Basabe is Iowa’s overall leading rebounder (6.6) and has pulled down the most boards in five of the 11 contests.

Cully Payne, who started his first 37 games as a Hawkeye at point guard, will be out indefinitely due to a sports hernia. Payne had successful surgery Nov. 30. Payne averaged 3.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds his first five games of 2010-11.

Last year, Payne was named to Big Ten all-Freshman team by Sporting News and earned a spot on the CBE Classic All-Tournament squad. Payne was the only Big Ten freshman starter at point guard last season. He became only the fourth Hawkeye freshman to lead the team in assists since 1974-75. His 122 assists rank third-best for an Iowa rookie in a single-season. The Schaumburg, Ill., native also averaged 8.7 points and three rebounds.

Bryce Cartwright will take over the starting spot at point guard. Expect Roy Devyn Marble and Jordan Stoermer to also see minutes at point guard during Payne’s absence.

Iowa has been more aggressive at attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line so far this year. Iowa has attempted over seven free throws a game more than last year’s average, a differential that ranks second best in the Big Ten.

Furthermore, the Hawkeyes have made (161) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (159), which is a staple of a Fran McCaffery coached team.

Junior Matt Gatens tore a tendon in his left, non-shooting hand, Oct. 26 during practice. The shooting guard had surgery Oct. 28. Gatens had a hard cast removed on Nov. 10. He missed Iowa’s first two games (South Dakota State and UL Monroe), but returned to the lineup on Nov. 19.

Gatens looks to have regained his shooting touch. In his last two games, he is averaging 17 points and 3.5 rebounds. Gatens netted a team-high 15 points against Iowa State. He sank his first four field goals, including three triples against the Cyclones. In Iowa’s last game at Drake, he scored a game and season-high 19 points.

Despite his slow start, he now ranks second in team scoring (10.6) and assists (23).

The 6-5 shooting guard averaged 27 minutes, 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, starting all three games at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas in his first three games back from injury.

Gatens earned all-Big Ten recognition as a freshman and sophomore. He was a member of the all-Big Ten Freshman team in 2009 and an honorable mention all-conference selection a year ago.

After a fantastic rookie season, Eric May has carried his strong play into his sophomore campaign. May ranks first in team scoring (11.3) and steals (2.18) and fourth in rebounding (4.4).

May has been shooting the ball extremely well, making 46% (49-106) of his field goal attempts, including 48% (13-27) from 3-point range. May missed only two 3-point attempts in three games at the Paradise Jam (6-8, .750). He ranks first in the Big Ten in steals and sixth in 3-point percentage. Furthermore, he ranks 24th in the country in steals.

The native of Dubuque, Iowa, scored 13 points and amassed a game and personal-high seven steals in Iowa’s 111-50 win over SIUE. The seven thefts are the most by a Big Ten player this season and equal the fourth-most by a Hawkeye in a single-game in school history. He followed up that performance with six steals at Wake Forest. For the season, he has accumulated 24 steals, 10 shy of his season total in 32 games a year ago.

Jarryd Cole has improved his play the last three games. Cole posted his fourth career double-double (10 points and 15 rebounds) against Northern Iowa Dec. 7. Against Iowa State on Dec. 10, he grabbed eight boards to go along with five points. The Kansas City, Mo., native had his second double-digit rebounding performance in three games when he snagged a game-high 11 boards at Drake on Dec. 18.

Cole has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in three of Iowa’s last four contests. In fact, his 15 rebounds are the third most by a Big Ten student-athlete this season (19 by Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger vs. South Carolina and 16 by Minnesota’s Trevore Mbakwe vs. Cornell and St. Joseph’s). Furthermore, the 15 boards are the most by a Hawkeye since Greg Brunner snagged 23 vs. Minnesota on Jan. 18, 2006.

Zach McCabe and Melsahn Basabe are two of only four Big Ten rookies to amass at least 95 points and 50 rebounds. McCabe has accumulated 100 points and 55 rebounds, while Basabe has 95 points and 73 boards. Joining McCabe on the list is Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger with 185 points and 96 rebounds and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan’s 111 points and 76 boards.

Basabe ranks first among conference rookies in blocks (1.45), third in rebounding (6.6) and sixth in scoring (8.6). McCabe ranks fourth in rebounding (5.0) and fifth in scoring (9.1) among Big Ten freshmen.

Zach McCabe has looked good in his first 11 games in a Hawkeye uniform. The freshman, who is averaging 23 minutes per contest, ranks fourth in team scoring (9.1) and third in rebounding (5.0) off the bench. McCabe is Iowa’s second-best free throw shooter, making 80% (24-30) of his attempts. He led the team in scoring three times (UL Monroe, Alabama and SIUE) and rebounding three times (Alabama, Long Beach State and Wake Forest).

? Iowa has seen an increase in its attendance numbers compared to last year. Compared to the first six home games a year ago, the Hawkeyes are averaging 2,521 more fans than a year ago. Iowa averaged 8,500 fans the first five games last season, compared to 11,021 this year.
? Iowa is 6-0 when holding opponents to 60 points or less, 6-1 when having a better field goal percentage than the opposition and 4-1 when dishing out more assists.
? Eric May and Zach McCabe have been Iowa’s most accurate shooters through 11 games. The duo have combined to shoot 43% (27-63) from beyond the arc. The rest of the Hawkeyes are shooting a combined 26% (31-120).
? Iowa’s six freshmen average a combined 25.1 points per game, an average that ranks third best in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (37.7) and Michigan (32.3). Two of Michigan’s freshmen are redshirts.
? Iowa’s 111 points and 19 steals against SIU-Edwardsville (SIUE) are the most by a Big Ten team this season. Additionally, Iowa’s free throws made (27) against SIUE rank second most in a single-game by a Big Ten team this season.
? Iowa’s 61-point margin of victory (111-50) over SIUE equals the sixth-largest win in school history. It was Iowa’s largest margin of victory since the Hawkeyes beat Pepperdine in 1966 by the very same score. Additionally, the 61-point win marks the ninth time in school history Iowa won by 60 points or more.
? Iowa’s 111 points vs. SIUE are the most it has scored since posting 112 vs. North Texas (112-64) on Nov. 16, 1998.
? Iowa collected 19 steals against SIUE, a total that ties for fifth most in a single-game in school history.
? Eric May had seven steals, which ties four other Hawkeyes for the fourth most in a single-game.
? Melsahn Basabe rejected seven shots vs. Iowa State, a total that equals the third most in a game by a Hawkeye.
? After not playing a non-conference ranked opponent, five of Iowa’s first six Big Ten games will come against ranked opponents: Illinois (12), Purdue (17), Minnesota (20) and twice against Ohio State (2).

Bryce Cartwright has started the last six games at point guard since starter Cully Payne had surgery to repair a sports hernia.

The 6-1 guard ranks third in team scoring (9.5), first in assists (46) and third in steals (12). As a starter, he is averaging 10 points and 5.3 assists.

Cartwright’s talents began to emerge in Iowa’s last game of the Paradise Jam (Nov. 22) against Long Beach State. The junior transfer tallied 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half against the 49ers. Cartwright shot 8-16 (.500) from the field and collected three rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals.

Cartwright started his first career game as a Hawkeye vs. SIUE (Nov. 26). The native of Compton, Calif., had 11 points, four assists and two steals. At Wake Forest, he scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and dished out a game-high five assists. Against Idaho State, Cartwright posted game highs in points (15) and assists (8). The eight helpers matched a personal best. He followed up that performance with six dimes in Iowa’s victory over in-state rival Northern Iowa. Cartwright dished out a game-high seven assists against Iowa State.

Iowa ranks second in Big Ten rebounding (40.0) and offensive rebounding (13.82), third in rebounding margin (+6.8) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293), fourth in steals (8.18).

Individually, Eric May ranks first in steals (2.18) and sixth in 3-point accuracy (.481, 13-27). Matt Gatens ranks third in free throw accuracy (.875, 21-24). Melsahn Basabe ranks seventh in field goal percentage (.545, 36-66), ninth in blocks (1.45) and 11th in rebounding (6.6). Bryce Cartwright ranks ninth in assists (4.18).

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 222 straight games.

For the second straight season, the Big Ten won the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 6-5. Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue notched victories for the Big Ten. Wake Forest, Duke, Boston College, Virginia and Maryland recorded wins for the ACC.

Iowa’s roster of 15 players includes three who won four state titles. Matt Gatens won a state title for Iowa City HS in 2008. Eric May won a state title for Dubuque Wahlert in 2008, while Zach McCabe’s Bishop Heelan captured the state title in 2009 and 2010.

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“HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery”
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin during the season for the “Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery” radio call-in show. The show takes place each Monday at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m.

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All-session tickets for the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament (March 10-13) are now on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at or by calling (800) 745-3000, and through the Conseco Fieldhouse box office and

All-session tickets for the lower and club level are available for $300 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 will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of the 11 Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

Iowa will leave for Christmas Break and then return in eight days to open Big Ten Conference play against Illinois on Dec. 28 (8:05 p.m.) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.