Nov. 24, 2011
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? Iowa will entertain IPFW Saturday at 12:07 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Saturday will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
? Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 for adults and $5 for UI students and youths.
? Saturday is the first of four trading card nights. Fans can get the first installment of trading cards when they enter Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Iowa is 5-0 when scoring 80 points or more under McCaffery the last two seasons. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes are 10-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.
? Iowa has had a different player led the team in rebounding its first five games: Aaron White (Chicago State), Melsahn Basabe (North Carolina A&T), Devon Archie (Northern Illinois), Eric May (Creighton) and Zach McCabe (Campbell).
? After scoring seven points in 16 minutes in the opener versus Chicago State, senior guard Matt Gatens has reached double figures in Iowa’s last four contests, averaging 18 points in those four games.
? Roy Devyn Marble has a staggering 16.0 assist/turnover ratio through five games. The sophomore guard has 16 assists to only one turnover. The 16.0 ratio is best in the Big Ten.
? Matt Gatens has missed only one free throw this year (16-of-17, .941).
CAMPBELL BEATS IOWA 77-61
Campbell kept its undefeated record intact Wednesday night after a 77-61 victory over Iowa on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The loss was Iowa’s second straight after falling to Creighton in Des Moines on Sunday. The Fighting Camels used an 18-4 scoring surge late in the first half to build a 16-point advantage (38-22). However, the Hawkeyes scored the last nine points of the half cut the deficit to seven (38-31). Iowa got to within five points (54-49) midway through the second stanza but were unable to get any closer as Campbell pulled away down the stretch sinking 10-of-13 (.769) from the foul line the last four minutes. Matt Gatens led Iowa in scoring, totaling 17 points, while Roy Devyn Marble posted a season-best 14 points and had a team-high four assists. Iowa shot 36 percent (24-of-66) from the field, while the Camels shot a blistering 62 percent (28-45). Eighteen of Campbell’s 28 field goals came inside the paint. The Camels missed only seven field goals in the second half, shooting 65 percent (13-of-20).
? Senior Andrew Brommer returned to action Wednesday after reinjuring his knee in the North Carolina A&T game. The center played nine minutes collecting three rebounds and four points off the bench.
? Roy Devyn Marble’s four assists equaled a career high.
? Zach McCabe came off the bench to grab a team and season-high seven rebounds.
? Iowa missed only two free throws, making 10 of 12 attempts (.833). Iowa has shot at an 80 percent clip or better from the foul line twice this year (Chicago State, .844 and Campbell, .833).
? Campbell missed only seven field goals in the second half, shooting 65 percent (13-of-20).
? Campbell’s Eric Griffin registered game highs in points (23), rebounds (13) and blocks (6). Griffin only missed one field goal, making 10 of his 11 shot attempts.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK – – 13
Matt Gatens played all 40 minutes in Iowa’s loss to Campbell on Wednesday. It marked the 13th time the senior was on the court 40 minutes or more in a contest.
? Tony Jasick is in his first season as college head coach, owning a 3-0 mark. Jasick, 33, is the fifth-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I.
? IPFW is located in Fort Wayne, Ind. IPFW is a member of the Summit League. The Hawkeyes are 27-3 against Summit League competition: South Dakota (10-0), Western Illinois (8-0), South Dakota State (7-2), Oakland (1-0), Oral Roberts (1-0) and North Dakota State (0-1).
? IPFW opened with an 83-72 win over Nebraska-Omaha before dropping its second game at 13th-ranked Xavier (86-63). The Mastodons beat Judson Monday (85-59) before traveling to Iowa City for Saturday’s game.
? IPFW will have had four days to prepare for Iowa, with its last game coming Monday against Judson.
? Guard Frank Gaines, who is a preseason All-Summit League honoree, has had a solid start to the season. He’s averaging a conference-best 22.3 points per game, bolstered by 23-of-26 (.885) shooting from the foul line. Gaines has made 23 of the team’s 49 free throws. His performances garnered the junior College Sports Madness.com Summit League Player of the Week accolades.
? Trey McCorkle is averaging 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Mastodons. McCorkle posted a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) in IPFW’s win over Judson.
? The Mastodons have made only 16 triples, shooting 27 percent (16-of-60).
Iowa has six players averaging 7.8 points or more. Matt Gatens is first on the team (15.8), followed by Eric May (11.2), Melsahn Basabe (8.2), Josh Oglesby (8.0), Aaron White (7.8) and Zach McCabe (7.8).
STEALING THE ROCK
Iowa is averaging 10.3 steals this season, collecting 10 steals or more in four of the five games. Last season, the Hawkeyes averaged 6.7 thefts.
Freshman Josh Oglesby led Iowa in scoring against Northern Illinois and Creighton, netting a career-high 16 points against the Huskies and 14 versus the Bluejays. Oglesby becomes the first Hawkeye reserve to lead the team in scoring, in back-to-back games, since Ricky Davis paced Iowa with 25 and 18 on the road at Wisconsin (Feb. 3) and Michigan State (Feb. 7), respectively, in 1998. Like Oglesby, Davis accomplished the feat as a freshman. After shooting 1-of-9 (.111) from the field the first two games, the Cedar Rapids native shot 13-of-20 (.650) the last two outings.
IMPROVEMENT UNDER McCAFFERY IN SECOND YEAR OF PROGRAM
Fran McCaffery-coached teams have posted improved win totals from their first year to second with McCaffery as a head coach. At Lehigh, his team improved by two wins (13 in 1986 to 15 in 1987). His UNC Greensboro team had four more victories from 2000 (15) and 2001 (19). At Siena his team improved by five victories, registering 15 in 2006 to 20 in 2007.
DIALING UP LONG DISTANCE
Iowa made a combined 31 triples its first three games. The 31 treys are the most by a Hawkeye team to start the season. Iowa made 30 triples to start the 1994-95 campaign, making seven against Morgan State, 14 versus Drake and nine against Pepperdine.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring (79.8), assists (17.6) and steals (10.2), and fourth in free throw percentage (.738) and turnover margin (+6.0).
SINKING THE FREEBEES
Starters Matt Gatens (16-of-17), Melsahn Basabe (19-of-22) and Bryce Cartwright (7-of-8) are a combined 42-of-47 (.894) from the free throw line. As a team, the Hawkeyes rank fourth in the Big Ten, making 74 percent of their attempts (76-of-103). Gatens ranks third in Big Ten career free throw percentage. Iowa is 13-of-14 (.929) from the foul line in shots attempted the final five minutes of games.
Iowa has the most experienced starting backcourt duo in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are the only league team with two starting senior guards, Bryce Cartwright and Matt Gatens.
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 47 years of head coaching experience. Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Strom is in his 31st season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Also, former Hawkeye standout and professional basketball player Ryan Bowen is the video coordinator. Bowen was on four NBA rosters (Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Oklahoma City).
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Seven of Iowa’s first eight contests will be played at home, with the non-home game during the stretch being played on a neutral floor in Des Moines versus Creighton.
? Coach McCaffery has played at least 10 players in each of Iowa’s first five games. Also, Iowa’s bench averages 35.6 points its first five outings.
? Iowa’s 61.9 percent (13-of-21) 3-point percentage and 26 assists against Northern Illinois are the best of any Big Ten team this season.
? Iowa had five players score 12 points or more in its win over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 14. It marked only the fourth time the Hawkeyes had five players tally 12 points or more in a game (UW-Green Bay in 2003, Michigan in 2004, SIU-Edwardsville in 2010 and North Carolina A&T in 2011).
? Matt Gatens’ 17 points Wednesday night propelled him past Chad Calabria (1968-70), John Johnson (1969-70), Sam Williams (1967-68) and Val Barnes (1991-93) into 21st place on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. The senior is only six points from tying Bill Logan (1954-56) and Dave Gunther (1957-59) and seven from matching Kevin Boyle (1979-82). Gatens has 1,182 points entering Saturday’s contest versus IPFW.
? Iowa saw an increase in its attendance numbers in 2010-11. Compared to 2009-10, last year’s Hawkeyes averaged 2,085 more fans than the previous season, an increase of 20%. Iowa averaged 9,550 fans two years ago, compared to 11,635 last year.
WHITE TABBED BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Iowa freshmen Aaron White was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in Iowa’s season opening victory over Chicago State (Nov. 11). White shared the weekly honor with Indiana’s Cody Zeller. White shined in his Hawkeye debut, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the field and sank all five free throw attempts. The 19 points are the most by an Iowa freshman in a season opener, equaling Dick Ives’ 19 scored against Nebraska in his debut on Dec. 10, 1943. Furthermore, White’s performance marked the first time a Hawkeye posted a double-double, in a season opener, since Dean Oliver had 10 points and 12 assists in a victory over Chicago State in 1997. It was the first time a Hawkeye freshman had a double-double, points and rebounds, since Jess Settles had 13 points and 11 rebounds versus Drake in 1993.
WELCOME NEW HAWKEYES
Iowa has six new faces on the team this season: Gabriel Olaseni, Josh Oglesby, Aaron White, Stephen McCarty, Kyle Denning and Christopher Rickert. Olaseni, Oglesby and White are on scholarship, while Denning, McCarty and Rickert are walk-ons.
HAWKEYES ARE TOUGH AT HOME
Iowa has won 75 of its 106 games (.708) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) over the last eight seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won 10 of its last 20 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, 9-9 in 2010 and 8-8 this season.
IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa has compiled a 351-112 (.758) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 162-89 (.645) in Big Ten games and 189-23 (.892) in non-Big Ten contests.
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ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information regarding how to purchase tickets within Iowa’s block, contact the UI Athletic Ticket Office. Conseco Fieldhouse is the site of the men’s tournament from March 8-11, featuring 22 games over eight days. Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the lower and club levels are available for $325 through Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the upper levels are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets. In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of 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. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will call Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home this March and again in 2014 and 2016. The 2012 tournament marks the eighth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will remain at home to face Clemson Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.