Hawkeyes to Host No. 18 Indiana Sunday

Feb. 17, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

? Tickets are $25 for adults, and $15 for UI students and youth. ? Sunday will be Iowa’s sixth game against a ranked opponent (2-3).
? Free black and gold wigs will be distributed to the first 500 UI students on Sunday.
? Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota all lost their respective midweek games and enter this weekend’s action in a four-way tie for seventh place in the Big Ten standings.
? Iowa is the only team in the country with eight players with 135 field goal attempts or more.
? Iowa owns a +3.5 rebounding advantage in its five Big Ten victories, while it has been outrebounded by 4.7 boards in its eight conference losses.
? Iowa has collected 10 steals or more in 10 games. The 10 games with 10 or more steals lead the Big Ten. Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in steals (7.9).
? Iowa has won four games over top 65 RPI teams, two of which have come on the road.
? Iowa’s scoring average of 73.4 is its highest since the 2000-01 season (74.1).
? Iowa has made 431 free throws this season, the most it has sank in a single-season since 2006-07. Iowa made 448 free throws in 2006-07.
? Iowa is 9-1 when scoring 80 points or more, under McCaffery, the last two seasons. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes are 13-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.

Game 27 | Indiana vs. Iowa
Date Sunday, Feb. 19 | 5:06 p.m. (CT)
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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All-Time Series Indiana leads, 95-73

A furious second half rally fell short in a 69-64 Hawkeye loss at Penn State Thursday night in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions led by as many as 16 points in the final stanza, but the visitors had a late surge. Iowa cut the deficit to two on two occasions with a couple minutes remaining, but ultimately fell short. Matt Gatens scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, including a stretch of scoring 11-straight points during Iowa’s comeback. The senior made five consecutive 3-pointers in the second half. Freshman Aaron White had another solid outing scoring 16 points, grabbing a game-best 10 rebounds and matching a personal best with three blocked shots. The double-double was the third of the season for White. Sophomore Roy Devyn Marble played all 40 minutes at point guard due to senior Bryce Cartwright missing the game due to an injured ankle. Marble had 13 points, a game and season-best six assists and equaled a personal best with eight boards. Penn State had four players score in double figures: Tim Frazier (18), Cammeron Woodyard (13), Jermaine Marshall (10) and Jon Graham (10).

? Matt Gatens’ five 3-pointers equaled a career high, a feat he has accomplished five times, the first time his senior year. He has made four 3-pointers or more 14 times in his career.
? Roy Devyn Marble’s six assists matched a season high (Central Arkansas and Purdue). He has been credited with five assists or more seven times this season.
? Iowa attempted 27 free throws (made 18), while Penn State attempted 28 (made 22). The Hawkeyes were 4-of-8 from the charity stripe the last three minutes, while the Nittany Lions made 3-of-4 the last 30 seconds.
? Bryce Cartwright missed his second game of the season due to injury. He missed Iowa’s game at Northern Iowa (Dec. 6) due to an injured hamstring.
? Thursday’s loss was only Iowa’s second setback by five points or less this season. Iowa is 2-2 in games decided by five points or fewer.
? Matt Gatens increased his career 3-point total to 209. He enters Sunday’s contest three behind Adam Haluska for fourth on the Hawkeyes’ all-time triples chart.
? Aaron White averaged a double-double the last three outings (16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds). He shot 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range (5-of-10), and 82 percent (9-of-11) at the foul line during this stretch.

Indiana holds a 95-73 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier win in 1909. Iowa has won 10 of the last 15 meetings. Indiana snapped a four-game Iowa winning streak in the series earlier this year with a 103-89 win on Jan. 29 in Bloomington. Iowa leads 43-39 in games played at Iowa City, holding an 18-9 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won six of the last seven in Iowa City. The two teams have met twice at neutral sites (the Big Ten Tournament), with Iowa winning both, once in Chicago (2001) and once in Indianapolis (2002).

? Indiana is 20-6 overall and 8-6 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are 4-5 in true road contests, losing four of their last five away from Bloomington. ? Indiana won its last game, 71-66, over Northwestern Thursday night in Bloomington. Cody Zeller, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo led the Hoosiers. Zeller tallied 23 points and had seven boards, while Oladipo and Watford each netted 12 points. The Hoosiers made 15-of-18 (.833) from the foul line. ? The Hoosiers are 10-0 this season when scoring 75 points or more. ? Indiana is 5-2 in games decided by six points or less. ? The Hoosiers have three players who have made 30 triples or more: Jordan Hulls (53), Christian Watford (37) and Matt Roth (30). ? Indiana’s Matt Roth ranks first in Big Ten 3-point accuracy (.545). Victor Oladipo ranks fourth in steals (1.5), while Cody Zeller ranks first in field goal percentage (.656), fifth in blocks (1.3), and sixth in rebounding (6.4), and scoring (15.7). ? Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring offense (78.4), field goal percentage (.495) and 3-point percentage (.427); second in free throw percentage (.751); fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.326); and sixth in steals (6.8) and 3-pointers (6.5). ? Indiana has four players average double figures in scoring: Cody Zeller (15.7), Christian Watford (12.3), Jordan Hulls (11.7) and Victor Oladipo (10.9).

? Iowa is 9-1 when scoring 80 points or more, under McCaffery, the last two seasons. The lone defeat came at Indiana (103-89) on Jan. 29 in Bloomington.
? Nine of Iowa’s 13 losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top 65.
? Iowa’s second (Roy Devyn Marble, 11.1), third (Aaron White, 10.2), fourth (Melsahn Basabe, 8.4) and fifth (Zach McCabe, 8.1) leading scorers are all underclassmen.
? The Hawkeyes rank first in the Big Ten in steals (8.0); and third in scoring offense (73.8) and free throw percentage (72.3 percent).
? Iowa ranks 45th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (1.2); 53rd in steals (7.9); and 58th in assists (14.5). Individually, Matt Gatens is 33rd in free throw percentage (.862), while Roy Devyn Marble is 46th in assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
? Iowa’s Aaron White, Minnesota’s Rodney Williams and Illinois’ Myers Leonard are the only players to rank in the top 25 in conference scoring and the top 10 in rebounding and top five in blocked shots. White ranks 21st in scoring (11.8), sixth in rebounding (6.2) and fifth in blocks (1.2).
? The Hoosiers rank third in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.427); fourth in field goal percentage (.495); 18th in scoring offense (78.4) and scoring margin (+12.5); and 25th in free throw percentage (.751). Individually, Cody Zeller ranks second nationally in field goal percentage (.656).
? Matt Gatens sank his 200th career triple in the second half in Iowa’s win over Penn State on Feb. 4. Gatens enters Sunday’s game with 209 treys. He is only three triples from matching Adam Haluska (2005-07) for fourth on Iowa’s all-time list.
? Indiana’s roster is comprised of 17 student-athletes. The roster consists of five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. Nine players hail from Indiana, two from Illinois and Maryland, and one each from Ohio, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky.
? Indiana assistant Tim Buckley was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa during the 2006-07 season when the Hawkeyes posted a 17-14 overall record.

Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes with a 103-89 win on Jan. 29 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The loss was Iowa’s first under McCaffery, the last two seasons, when scoring 80 points or more (9-1). Indiana turned a one-point game (32-31) into a 17-point halftime advantage (54-37) with a 22-6 surge the last seven minutes of the half. Iowa shot a season-best 63 percent (34-of-54) from the field, including a blistering 79 percent (19-of-24) in the second stanza. The last time an Iowa team shot better than 60 percent was in a game versus Michigan (.653, 32-of-44) on Feb. 4, 2006. Iowa’s 63 percent field goal percentage ties for the second-most allowed by Indiana since 1996-97 (Kentucky shot 68.9 percent in 2000 and Ohio State shot 63 percent in 2009). Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures, led by Josh Oglesby. The freshman scored a personal-best 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Senior Matt Gatens tallied 20 points, while Roy Devyn Marble had 13 points to go along with five assists and zero turnovers.

Bryce Cartwright had another injury setback this week. The senior point guard suffered a sprained ankle in practice on Feb. 11. Cartwright was unable to play in Iowa’s last contest at Penn State (Feb. 16) and his status for Sunday is uncertain. Thursday was the second game this season that Cartwright missed due to an injury. He missed the Hawkeyes’ game at Northern Iowa (Dec. 6) due to an injured hamstring.

ESPN.com released a midseason report on the nation’s top freshmen. Included in the list is Iowa’s Aaron White. White is ranked No. 15. Indiana’s Cody Zeller is second and Trey Burke of Michigan is seventh. White ranks third in Iowa scoring (10.5) and first in rebounding (5.5).

Senior Matt Gatens will likely become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in free throw percentage four consecutive seasons. Also, he is on pace to become only the seventh Hawkeye since 1939, and the first to do so since Acie Earl (1991-93), to lead the team in scoring three straight seasons. Other former Hawkeyes leading the squad in scoring three consecutive years include: Dick Ives (1944-46); Bill Logan (1954-56); Dave Gunther (1957-59); Don Nelson (1960-62); Greg Stokes (1983-85); Acie Earl (1991-93).

Matt Gatens ranks 13th on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. The senior is 29 points from tying Jeff Horner (2003-06) for 12th place. Gatens’ 12 points against Nebraska (Jan. 26) helped him surpass Ed Horton (1986-89) for 13th on the chart. He has amassed 1,473 points entering Sunday’s contest versus Indiana. The senior was 5-of-7 from 3-point territory in Iowa’s last game at Penn State and now has 209 career triples, which is fifth best in school history. Additionally, he ranks third in career 3-point attempts with 589. Gatens is only 11 steals from cracking the top 10 chart in career thefts at Iowa. The native of Iowa City will finish his career in the top 15 in scoring and steals and top five in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made.

Sunday will be Iowa’s sixth game against a ranked opponent. The Hawkeyes have played five games (2-3) against ranked competition. The Hawkeyes beat No. 11 Wisconsin (72-65) on Dec. 31 in Madison, and 13th-ranked Michigan (75-59) on Jan. 14 in Iowa City. Iowa fell to No. 6 Ohio State (76-47) on Jan. 7 in Iowa City, No. 6 Michigan State (95-61) on Jan. 10 in East Lansing and No. 16 Indiana (103-89) on Jan. 29 in Bloomington.

In Iowa’s five Big Ten wins, it has posted a +4.2 rebounding margin advantage. However, in its eight conference losses, Iowa has been outrebounded by 4.7 boards. Overall, Iowa is 10-2 in games this season when having the edge on the glass. The two losses when the Hawkeyes had a positive rebounding margin came on the road at Iowa State and Northwestern.

Aaron White was Iowa’s most productive player off the bench the first 21 games, but has started the last five. The freshman averaged 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, the last 15 games. White earned his first career start at No. 16 Indiana on Jan. 31. He totaled nine points against the Hoosiers. He had nine points and seven rebounds in Iowa’s win over Minnesota on Feb. 1 and stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in the Black and Gold’s triumph over Penn State on Feb. 4. His efforts earned him Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week accolades, which is the third time (Nov. 14, Dec. 26 and Feb. 6) he has earned the weekly distinction. White’s numbers the last two games have been impressive, posting back-to-back doubles. At Northwestern on Feb. 9, the rookie scored 17 points and corralled a personal-best 12 boards. He shot 7-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc. In the last outing at Penn State, White totaled 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with career-best three rejections. White has scored in double digits 12 times, including 11 of the last 16 games. He is averaging a double-double the last three games (16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds). White has led the team in rebounding four of the last six contests, including the last three. The 6-foot-8 wing player has scored 15 points or more eight times, including three straight, which is the third most by a Big Ten rookie this season. The rookie nearly posted double-doubles versus Nebraska (Jan. 26), finishing with 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds and versus Penn State (Feb. 4), registering 17 points and a team-best nine boards. White was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in Iowa’s victory over Chicago State (Nov. 11). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shined in his Hawkeye debut, leading all scorers and rebounders with a personal-best 19 points and 10 boards. 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.

Iowa has posted four wins against teams ranked in the top 65 of the RPI, including two inside the top 25. The Hawkeyes have registered victories over Michigan (14), Wisconsin (24) and two wins over Minnesota (65).

Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been stellar the last 21 games. The sophomore has averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists during that span. Also, he is shooting 46 percent from the field and 72 percent from the foul line during the 21-game stretch. He has amassed a solid assist-to-turnover ratio this season. He has 88 assists to only 39 turnovers, ranking fifth in the Big Ten (2.3) and 46th nationally. Marble has been credited with four assists or more 13 times this season. Last season, 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 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and has collected 82 assists and 36 steals. He has started the last 17. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 72.9 percent (78-of-107).

Roy Devyn Marble’s emphatic one-handed slam vs. Minnesota on Feb. 1 is nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year. Each week, four incredible college basketball plays will be nominated as the GEICO Play of the Year. Each week’s winner will be determined by fan voting through the official Facebook page (facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball). The eight finalists will compete in a week-long competition to determine the GEICO Play of the Year. Fans can share their vote and cast their vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, Feb. 20, at 11:59 a.m. (ET).

Iowa has had four players average 4.5 rebounds or better the last four contests: Aaron White (9.5), Roy Devyn Marble (5.8), Bryce Cartwright (4.7) and Zach McCabe (4.5). The Hawkeyes have had a +4.8 rebounding margin during the four-game span.

Matt Gatens is one of five active Division I players with 1,450+ points, 425+ rebounds and 205+ made 3-pointers in a career.

Sophomore Zach McCabe has been a solid contributor to Iowa’s front court this season. McCabe ranks fifth in team scoring (7.9) and third in rebounding (4.5). His scoring has increased during league play, averaging 8.5 points. McCabe has scored in double figures in four of the last eight games. He tallied 11 points and chased down seven boards in Iowa’s win over Michigan (Jan. 14). He posted 20 points, a career high, in consecutive games at Purdue and versus Nebraska. The last time a Hawkeye netted 20 points or more in back-to-back games was Matt Gatens, who had 22 and 21 against Louisiana Tech and Illinois, respectively, in 2010. He netted 10 points and had five boards in Iowa’s win over Penn State on Feb. 4. McCabe has pulled down seven rebounds or more seven times, including a personal-best 10 versus Minnesota on Feb. 1. He has led the team in rebounding six times this season.

Freshmen Aaron White and Josh Oglesby have combined for 11 games of scoring 15 or more points this season. White has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 16 contests, including netting 15 points or more in eight of those outings.

In Iowa’s five Big Ten victories, opponents were just 35-of-130 (.269) from long distance and 115-of-292 (.394) overall from the field. Iowa made 120-of-267 (.449) from the field and 19-of-57 (.333) from the 3-point range in those wins. Conversely, Hawkeye opponents shot 51.1 percent (238-of-466) from the field and 56-of-145 (.386) from 3-point territory, compared to 45 percent (192-of-423) from the field and 37 percent (42-of-115) from long distance for Iowa, in the Hawkeyes’ eight conference defeats.

Freshman Josh Oglesby was locked in when Iowa played at No. 16 Indiana on Jan. 29, coming off the bench to score a career-best 24 points. The native of Cedar Rapids missed only four of his 12 field-goal attempts. His previous high was 16 points against Northern Illinois on Nov. 17. The six triples tie for the 14th-most in a single game for the Hawkeyes. Additionally, the 24 points are the most by a Hawkeye freshman in a game since Melsahn Basabe posted 25 at Michigan, almost a year to the day, on Jan. 30, 2011. Oglesby started his first career game this past Thursday at Penn State. The rookie played a season-high 27 minutes and had three points, three assists and three rebounds against the Nittany Lions. Oglesby has made 31 triples, which are the fourth most by a Hawkeye freshman in a single season at Iowa. Matt Gatens holds the record with 52 (2009). Oglesby is shooting 35.2 percent beyond the arc, which currently ranks as the seventh best percentage in a season by an Iowa rookie. Fifty-eight percent of Oglesby’s scoring production has come from 3-point territory (93-of-159 points), which ranks fourth amongst Big Ten players. Oglesby has led the team in scoring four times (Northern Illinois, Creighton, Clemson and Indiana).

Iowa has three players shooting over 50 percent from the floor during league play. Aaron White has made 53.3 percent of his shots, which ranks 10th best in the Big Ten. Melsahn Basabe has made 53 percent of his field goal tries, while Zach McCabe has made 52.1 percent of his attempts.

Last year, Iowa’s free throw percentage was 67.6 percent. This season, the Hawkeyes have improved in that area, shooting 72.1 percent, which ranks fourth best in the Big Ten. Twenty-two percent of Iowa’s offense this year has come from the foul line. The Hawkeyes have missed only 31 free throws (105-of-136, .772) in the final five minutes of games. Iowa has attempted 20 free throws or more 17 times this season, eight of which have come during league play, including six of the last eight games.

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 6.2 more points this year compared to last season.

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. Additionally, Iowa’s new video coordinator, Al Seibert, has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.

? The Big Ten is the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI and Sagarin ratings.
? For the second straight year, Iowa has won its first two games in the month of February. Last year, the Hawkeyes beat Michigan State (Feb. 2) and Indiana (Feb. 5); this season Iowa topped Minnesota (Feb. 1) and Penn State (Feb. 4).
? Iowa averages 81.2 points in its wins, compared to 65.6 points in its defeats, a differential of 15.6 points. The Hawkeyes own a +17.7 point differential in their scoring defense, and +10.3 rebounding and +6.6 assists margins in wins compared to losses.
? Iowa’s attendance numbers are up again this season, after a 20 percent bump a year ago. Last season, Iowa averaged 11,096 fans. Through 16 home games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 11,378.
? 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.
? After winning at No. 11 Wisconsin on Dec. 31 (72-65) and on the road at Minnesota (64-62) on Jan. 4, Iowa 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.
? At least 10 players have seen action in 18 of Iowa’s 26 contests. Iowa’s bench averages 25.8 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).

Iowa has compiled a 359-116 (.756) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 165-92 (.642) in Big Ten games and 194-24 (.890) in non-Big Ten contests.

Iowa has won 83 of its 118 games (.703) 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 played 2,651 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,590-1,061 (.600). That includes a 953-352 (.730) record in home games, a 547-719 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 708-726 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 359-116 (.756) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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 has advanced to the Round of Eight. To view the brackets and/or learn how you can contribute to the Skip Prosser Foundation” visit: collegeinsider.com.

Check out the Iowa basketball team’s new website, HawkeyeBasketball.com, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program. HawkeyeBasketball.com, allows fans a chance to go behind the scenes with the Hawkeye basketball program on and off the court. The site is complete with exclusive videos, photo galleries and content featuring the basketball program. HawkeyeBasketball.com will be updated throughout the year with exclusive videos, including game highlights and player features, along with news stories and other content.

“HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery”
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin Monday nights for the “Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery” radio call-in show. The show takes place at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m. Fans can call in and ask the coach a question by calling 1-877-464-2957.

All-session tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Bankers Life 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. Bankers Life 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 through Ticketmaster or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office only. 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 Bankers Life 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 Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Iowa remains home Thursday when it hosts nationally-ranked Wisconsin at 8 p.m. (ESPN2). The Hawkeyes will bus to Champaign next weekend for a Sunday afternoon contest against Illinois (5:06 p.m., BTN). The game at Illinois is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.