Hawkeyes Host No. 6 Ohio State Saturday

Jan. 6, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

Ohio State Game Notes

? Iowa will only play its next three opponents once in the regular season (Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan). Iowa will play the Buckeyes and Wolverines in Iowa City.
? Iowa has won its last two games against ranked competition (No. 6 Purdue 67-65 on March 5, 2011, and at No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65 on Dec. 31, 2011).
? Iowa has one of the deepest benches in the Big Ten, averaging 30.6 points per game.
? The Hawkeyes vaulted 75 RPI points (193-118) according to realtimerpi.com after its last two road victories over 11th-ranked Wisconsin and Minnesota.
? Iowa’s scoring average of 76.7 is its highest since the 1997-98 season (80.2).
? The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes are 2-1 in league play after three games and enter this weekend in a six-way tie for sixth place in the conference standings.
? Iowa is 9-0 when scoring 80 points or more, under McCaffery, the last two seasons. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes are 11-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.
? Iowa is 7-0 this season when holding opponents to 68 points or less.
? In three Big Ten games, Iowa opponents are shooting 18.3 percent (9-of-29) from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks first by a wide margin.

Iowa won its second consecutive road game Wednesday night with a 64-62 victory, at Minnesota, in Williams Arena. The loss was the Golden Gophers first of the season at home (10-1). Matt Gatens, Zach McCabe and Aaron White led the visitors. Gatens led all scorers with 19 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. McCabe had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds, while White added 10 points and six boards. Iowa trailed 32-21 late in the first half, but closed the half on a 10-0 spurt to cut the deficit to one (32-31) and take momentum into the locker room. The Hawkeyes carried that energy into the second stanza building on an eight-point advantage late in the game before holding on for the two-point victory.

Game 17 | #6 Ohio State vs. Iowa
Date Saturday, Jan. 7 | 2:06 p.m.
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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All-Time Series Iowa leads, 75-74

? Wednesday was Iowa’s closet margin of victory. After not having a game decided by 10 points or fewer its first 12 contests of the season, the Hawkeyes’ last four contests have been decided by nine points or fewer. Iowa won three of those four games.
? The last time Minnesota hosted Iowa in its conference home opener was on Jan. 13, 2004. The Hawkeyes won that game, as well (83-68).
? Iowa has won five of its last six games. The last time the Hawkeyes won five of six contests was the start of the 2008-09 season.
? Iowa’s defense held its last two opponents (Minnesota and Wisconsin) to a combined 7-of-51 (.138) from 3-point range.
? After winning at No. 11 Wisconsin last Saturday (72-65), Iowa has now won two-straight Big Ten road games for the first time since 2007. The Hawkeyes won at Michigan on Jan. 31, 2007 (69-62) and at Minnesota on Feb. 7 (91-78). Iowa beat Indiana at home on Feb. 3 (81-75) in between those two road victories. The last time Iowa won consecutive road games in back-to-back games was 1998, beating Ohio State (61-46) on Jan. 14 and Minnesota (82-69) on Jan. 18.
? Iowa was credited with 10 steals for the eighth time this season.
? Iowa outscored Minnesota 14-6 at the foul line. Additionally, the Hawkeyes attempted 24 free throws to only 10 for the Golden Gophers.
? Iowa won for the first time this season when trailing at the half (1-6) and for only the third time under coach McCaffery (3-20).

Iowa holds a slim 75-74 advantage over Ohio State in the series that began with a 17-16 Ohio State win in 1915. Saturday will be the only regular season meeting between Iowa and Ohio State in 2012. Ohio State has won six straight and eight of the last nine meetings. Iowa’s last victory over the Buckeyes came on Feb. 2, 2008 (53-48) in Iowa City. Eighteen of the last 26 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, with 12 decisions by five points or less. Iowa holds a 47-25 overall advantage in Iowa City and a 17-10 record versus the Buckeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa had won four straight at Iowa City before the Buckeyes won 60-58 in 2009. Ohio State has won three of five neutral site meetings, with the teams splitting four meetings in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. The Buckeyes won a conference playoff game at the conclusion of the 1968 season at West Lafayette, Ind.

? Ohio State boasts a 14-2 overall record and 2-1 mark in Big Ten play entering Saturday’s contest against Iowa. The Buckeyes are 1-2 in road games this year, winning at South Carolina (74-66), but falling to nationally-ranked opponents Kansas (78-67) and Indiana (74-70).
? The Buckeyes won their most recent game, 71-40, over Nebraska on Tuesday night in Columbus. The win was Ohio State’s 35th straight home victory. Ohio State won by 31 points despite turning the ball over 19 times and shooting 2-of-17 (.118) from beyond the arc. Jared Sullinger posted a double-double, scoring 19 points and snagging 12 boards. Sullinger has 26 career double-doubles, eight this season.
? Ohio State ranks first in Big Ten scoring margin (+22.8), rebounds allowed (28.9), assists (17.2) and turnover margin (+6.4); second in scoring defense (55.4), scoring offense (78.1), field goal percentage (.495), rebounds (37.7) and rebounding margin (+8.7).
? Sophomore center Jared Sullinger ranks fifth in Big Ten scoring (16.4), second in rebounding (9.7) and first in free throw attempts (87). Sophomore point guard Aaron Craft ranks third in the league in assists (5.2) and first in steals (2.7). Senior guard William Buford ranks sixth in conference scoring (15.9) and second in free throw percentage (.875), while sophomore Deshaun Thomas ranks ninth in scoring (15.1).
? The Buckeyes are the only team with three players ranked in the top ten in conference scoring: Jared Sullinger (fifth), William Buford (sixth) and Deshaun Thomas (ninth).
? Aaron Craft has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball.

Top-ranked Ohio State beat the Hawkeyes 70-48 at Value City Arena in Columbus on Jan. 19, 2011. Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, paced by Andrew Brommer’s 12 points off the bench. The 12 points equaled a career high for Brommer. Melsahn Basabe contributed 11 points, while Bryce Cartwright had 10. Brommer was also a force defensively, grabbing a team-high six boards, rejecting three shots and drawing four charging fouls against Ohio State. Cartwright also dished out a game-high seven assists. Ohio State’s David Lighty scored a game-high 18 points, while William Buford had 15 and Jared Sullinger 13. The Buckeyes outscored the Hawkeyes 12-3 at the free throw line and drained five more triples than Iowa.

? Saturday features two of the Big Ten’s highest scoring offenses. Ohio State ranks second in the league averaging 78.1 points per game, while Iowa is third (76.7).
? Against Ohio State in their career, Matt Gatens averages 11.8 points, Eric May 11.3 points, and Melsahn Basabe 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
? Iowa’s second (Roy Devyn Marble, 10.9), third (Aaron White, 9.6), fourth (Melsahn Basabe, 9.4) and fifth (Zach McCabe, 7.4) leading scorers are underclassmen.
? Iowa’s roster includes one player from the state of Ohio: freshman Aaron White (Strongsville).
? After not playing a non-conference ranked opponent, four of Iowa’s first five Big Ten games are against ranked foes: Wisconsin (11), Ohio State (6), Michigan State (10) and Michigan (13). Last season, Iowa opened conference play with five of its first six against ranked competition.
? Ohio State ranks third in the nation in turnover margin (+6.3) and scoring margin (+22.8); fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), 12th in scoring defense (55.4), 14th in field goal percentage (.495), 17th in fewest turnovers (11.7) and 18th in rebounding margin (+8.6). Individually, Aaron Craft ranks eighth nationally in steals (2.7).
? Iowa ranks 18th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (1.3), 21st in fewest turnovers per game (11.6), 23rd in free throw percentage (.736), 25th in turnover margin (+3.6) and 36th in scoring offense (76.7). Individually, Roy Devyn Marble ranks second in the country in assist/turnover ratio (3.8).
? Coach McCaffery coached against Ohio State twice before taking over as head coach at Iowa. Coach McCaffery took his UNC Greensboro team to Columbus in 2001, falling 85-54. Two seasons ago, Coach McCaffery’s Siena team edged the Buckeyes (74-72) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
? Ohio State’s roster is comprised of 14 student-athletes. The roster consists of one senior, two juniors, six sophomore and five freshmen. Six players hail from Ohio, two from Illinois and Michigan, and one each from Florida, Indiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

Saturday will be Iowa’s second game against a ranked opponent in 2011-12. The Hawkeyes upset then-No. 11 Wisconsin (72-65) a week ago in Madison. Iowa has won its last two games against ranked foes, dating back to last year (67-65 win over No. 6 Purdue on March 5, 2011, and 72-65 victory at No. 11 Wisconsin). The Hawkeyes, who play sixth-ranked Ohio State Saturday, last beat a team ranked sixth on March 5, 2011 against Purdue (67-65) in Iowa City. Iowa has played eight ranked foes in each of the last two seasons.

Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.736); third in scoring (76.7) and steals (8.4); fourth in rebounding (36.8), and fifth in assists (15.4), turnover margin (+3.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Individually, Roy Devyn Marble ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (4.1); seventh in steals (1.6), and ninth in assists (3.6). Matt Gatens ranks fourth in free throw (.869); 10th in steals (1.5) and 16th in scoring (13.6). Melsahn Basabe ranks ninth in rebounding (6.0), while Bryce Cartwright ranks fifth in assists (4.0) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1).

Senior point guard Bryce Cartwright was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday by the websites College Sports Madness and NetScouts Basketball for his performances last week. It marked the second consecutive week that College Sports Madness honored a Hawkeye (Roy Devyn Marble). Cartwright helped lead Iowa to victory at Wisconsin. The senior scored 10 of his season-high 17 points in the second half to help give distance between Iowa and the Badgers down the stretch. He also had five assists and only one turnover in 31 minutes off the bench. For the week he shot 50 percent from the field and had nine assists to only two turnovers.

Last season, Roy Devyn Marble averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and was credited with 41 assists and 21 steals in 31 contests. He started the last six of 2010-11. Also, he shot 53 percent from the free throw line (35-of-66). This year, Marble has seen improved numbers, averaging 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and has collected 57 assists and 26 steals in 16 contests. He has started the last eight. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 70 percent (50-of-71). The 71 free throw attempts are tie Michigan State’s Keith Appling for the second most by a Big Ten student-athlete this season. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is first with 87 attempts.

Iowa has six players averaging 7.3 points or more. Matt Gatens is first on the team (13.6), followed by Roy Devyn Marble (10.9), Aaron White (9.6), Melsahn Basabe (9.4), Zach McCabe (7.4) and Eric May (7.3).

Iowa has four players averaging double figures over the last three games: Matt Gatens (12.0), Aaron White (11.7), Roy Devyn Marble (11.0) and Bryce Cartwright (10.3). Matt Gatens has also averaged 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists during that stretch. White shot 66.7 percent from the field (12-of-18) the last three contests.

Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been stellar the last 12 games. The sophomore has averaged a team-best 13.1 points and 3.8 assists during that span. Also, he is shooting 48 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line during the 12-game stretch. Since moving to the starting point guard spot, Marble has led Iowa in scoring five of the last eight games. As a starter this season, he is averaging 14.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds. He has amassed a staggering assist/turnover ratio this season. He has 57 assists to only 15 turnovers, ranking second in the Big Ten (3.8). He has posted 20 assists to five turnovers the last five games. Marble has been credited with four assists or more 10 times this season, including five or more in five of the last seven contests.

An even more increased tempo by the Iowa Hawkeyes has led to 10.3 more points per game compared to last season, an increase that ranks second best in the Big Ten.

Aaron White leads Big Ten reserves in rebounding. The Iowa freshman has pulled down 75 rebounds. Michigan State’s Derrick Nix ranks second (65), Austin Thornton of Michigan State is third (62), while Purdue’s Terone Johnson is fourth (48).

After a sluggish start to the season, sophomore Melsahn Basabe’s numbers in December were solid. Basabe has averaged 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in Iowa’s eight games in December. He shot 44-of-76 (.579) from the field in those contests. The previous seven contests, the native of Glen Cove, N.Y. averaged 6.4 points and four rebounds. Basabe has led the team in rebounding in six of the last nine contests. For the season, he ranks ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.0). Basabe has three double-doubles this season (North Carolina A&T, Brown and Boise State). His latest double-double, and ninth of his career, was a 14 point and 11 rebound performance in the Hawkeyes’ win over Boise State on Dec. 22.

Iowa has won five of its last six games when Melsahn Basabe pulls down 10+ rebounds, including a 3-0 mark in 2011-12. His three games with 10 or more rebounds ranks fifth best in the conference this season. Basabe is one of four active Big Ten players with at least 10 games of 10+ rebounds since the beginning of last season. Basabe has accomplished the feat 11 times.

Aaron White has been sensational coming off the bench. The freshman, who leads all Big Ten reserves in rebounding (4.7), averaged 14 points and 4.8 rebounds the last five games. White has scored in double digits five times, including five of the last six games. The last six games, White has averaged 12.4 points, shooting at a 63 percent clip (32-of-51) from the field. The 6-foot-8 wing player has scored 15 points or more four times, which is the third most by a Big Ten rookie this season. White was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in Iowa’s season opening victory over Chicago State (Nov. 11). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shined in his Hawkeye debut, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The 19 points are the most by an Iowa freshman in an 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.

Matt Gatens is one of five active Division I players with 1,300+ points, 390+ rebounds and 185+ made 3-pointers in a career.

Iowa has won 80 of its 113 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 in 2011.

Iowa has compiled a 356-114 (.757) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 162-90 (.643) in Big Ten games and 194-24 (.890) in non-Big Ten contests.

Last year, Iowa’s free throw percentage was 67.6 percent. This season, the Hawkeyes have improved in that area, shooting 73.6 percent, which ranks second best in the Big Ten. Twenty-two percent of Iowa’s offense this year has come from the foul line. Iowa has been aggressive to the basket the last seven games, attempting an average of 25 free throws during that span. The Hawkeyes have made 133-of-176 (.756) from the charity stripe the last seven games. The Hawkeyes have missed only 15 free throws (63-of-78, .808) in the final five minutes of games. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have missed only eight free throws (21-of-29, .724) in the final minute.

Fran McCaffery-coached teams have posted improved win totals and scoring output 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. His Lehigh team averaged 2.8 more points its second year compared to year one. His UNC Greensboro team had a +1.9 scoring increase and +1.8 at Siena. Currently, Iowa is averaging 9.5 more points this year compared to last season.

? The Big Ten is the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI and Sagarin ratings.
? Iowa averages 84.0 points in its wins, compared to 64.5 points in its defeats, a differential of 19.5 points. The Hawkeyes own a +14.8 point differential in their scoring defense, and +10.5 rebounding and +8.1 assists margins in wins compared to losses. ? Iowa has the same number of assists (54) and turnovers (54) in its four games away from home.
? Roy Devyn Marble has 57 assists to only 15 turnovers. His 3.8 assist/turnover ratio ranks first in the Big Ten and second nationally.
? Matt Gatens ranks 16th on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. The senior is only 22 points from tying James Moses (1989-92) for 15th place. Gatens has amassed 1,321 points entering Saturday’s contest versus No. 6 Ohio State.
? Freshman Josh Oglesby became the first Hawkeye reserve to lead the team in scoring, in back-to-back games (Northern Illinois and Creighton), 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.
? At least 10 players have seen action in 12 of Iowa’s 16 contests. Iowa’s bench averages 30.6 points.
? Iowa has had five players score in double figures three times (North Carolina A&T, Drake and Central Arkansas). The Hawkeyes had five players score 12 points or more in its win over North Carolina A&T (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).

In 13 nonconference games, Iowa opponents shot 35 percent (70-of-201) from long distance. However, through three games in league play, Hawkeye opponents are shooting just 18 percent (13-of-71) from 3-point territory.

Iowa has played 2,641 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,587-1,054 (.601). That includes a 950-350 (.731) record in home games, a 547-714 (.434) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 705-719 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 356-114 (.757) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

A pair of Iowa basketball players earned weekly recognition on Dec. 26. Forward Aaron White was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office, while guard Roy Devyn Marble was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the website College Sports Madness. White came off the bench and averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in Iowa’s victories over Central Arkansas (105-64) and Boise State (81-72). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shot 66.7 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the foul line. This marks the second time White has earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. The 6-foot-8 wing player was recipient of the award on Nov. 14, 2011, after his performance in Iowa’s season opener. Marble led Iowa in scoring in wins over Central Arkansas (19) and Boise State (18). He averaged 18.5 points, shooting 55.6% from the field and 85% from the foul line, and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per contest. The Southfield, Mich., native dished out 11 assists to only 2 turnovers in Iowa’s two wins last week. Marble was credited with a personal-best six assists versus Central Arkansas. His three steals, eight rebounds and three blocks against Boise State were also career highs.

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.

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.

Iowa men’s basketball assistant coach Kirk Speraw is one of 256 collegiate basketball coaches taking part in the second annual “Shots from the Heart”, which is an event created by Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer of collegeinsider.com to increase awareness for the growing problem of Heart Disease and raise money to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. Speraw posted a victory over Old Dominion’s Jim Corrigan in the first round of the tournament. He then advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Saddi Washington of Oakland University. In both rounds, Speraw sank all 25 of his free throws. Speraw’s next opponent is Ramon Williams of Ohio or Louisiana Tech’s Derrick Jones. The Sweet 16 and Round of Eight will occur in January, while the semifinals and finals are scheduled for February. To view the brackets and/or learn how you can contribute to the Skip Prosser Foundation” visit: collegeinsider.com.

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Iowa hits the road Tuesday when it travels to East Lansing, Mich., to face nationally-ranked Michigan State. Tuesday will be the only regular season meeting between the Hawkeyes and Spartans.