Hawkeyes to Host No. 15 Wisconin Thursday

Feb. 21, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

? Iowa has posted three wins over RPI top 25 teams this year (No. 13 Michigan, No. 18 Indiana and No. 11 Wisconsin). Thursday will be Iowa’s second straight game against a ranked foe.
? Thursday is “Matt Gatens Bobblehead Night” at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Iowa enters the midweek games tied with Northwestern for seventh in the standings.
? Iowa owns a +4.5 rebounding advantage in its six 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).
? Matt Gatens averaged 25.5 points, shooting 71 percent (12-of-17) from 3-point range, in Iowa’s two games last week.
? Matt Gatens has made his last seven 3-point attempts entering Thursday’s game vs. Wisconsin
? Iowa’s scoring average of 73.6 is its highest since the 2000-01 season (74.1).
? Iowa has collected three wins in the month of February (Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana). The last time the Hawkeyes had three or more February wins was in 2008 (four).
? 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 28 | #15 Wisconsin (20-7, 9-5) vs. Iowa (14-13, 6-8)
Date Thursday, Feb. 23 | 8:05 p.m.
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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All-Time Series Series Tied, 77-77

On Thursday, the Iowa men’s basketball team, in conjunction with the Hawks Nest and UI Student Government, will host another UI STUDENT FREE NIGHT when the Hawkeyes host No. 15 Wisconsin. All UI students receive FREE admission to Thursday’s game with a valid UI student ID. Students can pick up their free ticket ahead of time at the IMU Box Office (open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.) or at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Students planning to pick up their free ticket at Carver on Thursday should enter through the South entrance off Elliott Drive.

There are also lots of giveaways Thursday night:
? The first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a FREE Matt Gatens bobblehead
? The first 500 UI students will receive FREE pizza, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest
? The first 500 UI students will receive a FREE rally towel, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest
? The first 100 UI students will receive FREE ice cream, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest

In addition, Cambus will run extra basketball shuttles Thursday night, utilizing the Red and Blue Routes. The additional buses will begin at 7 p.m., and a bus will run every 10 minutes at every dorm to take students to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Hawkeye senior Matt Gatens scored 22 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to lift Iowa to a 78-66 victory over No. 18/20 Indiana Sunday in Iowa City. The win was Iowa’s third over a ranked opponent this season (No. 18 Indiana, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 13 Michigan). Gatens made seven 3-pointers, sinking seven in a row — his last attempt of the first half and all six in the final 20 minutes. The seven triples ties as the sixth-most in a single-game at Iowa. Melsahn Basabe provided a spark off the bench, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking a season-high five shots. Roy Devyn Marble had another strong game at point guard, scoring 10 points, snagging seven rebounds, and posting game bests in assists (seven) and steals (four). Josh Oglesby contributed 11 points; the freshman has two games in double figures in Big Ten play, both coming against Indiana. After yielding 103 points to Indiana in Bloomington on Jan. 29, the Hawkeyes held the Hoosiers to 66 points in Iowa City and forced 14 turnovers.

After 154 games played, the series between Iowa and Wisconsin is tied, 77-77. Wisconsin has won three of the last four and 13 of the last 16 meetings. The Hawkeyes snapped a three-game losing streak to the Badgers earlier this season with a 72-65 triumph in Madison on Dec. 31, 2011. Iowa will be looking for its first series sweep against Wisconsin since the 1994-95 season (96-84 in Iowa City; 84-77 in Madison). Iowa holds a 48-26 advantage in games played in Iowa City, but the Badgers have won eight of the last 11 meetings in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin escaped with a 62-59 overtime win in Iowa City a year ago. In fact, two of the last three meetings in Iowa City (2009 and 2011) have gone to extra time, with each team winning one. Iowa and Wisconsin have met three times at the Big Ten Tournament, with the Badgers winning twice. Wisconsin won in Chicago in 1999 and 2005 and Iowa won in Indianapolis in 2002.

? Wisconsin has had three six-game winning streaks this season. Iowa snapped the second six-game win streak with a 72-65 win in Madison on Dec. 31.
? The 72 points Iowa scored on Dec. 31 in its 72-65 win over Wisconsin are the most points the Badgers have allowed this season.
? The Badgers own a better conference road record (5-2) than at home (4-3) so far this season. Wisconsin has won four of its last five road contests, winning at Purdue, Illinois, Penn State and Minnesota (overtime).
? Wisconsin beat Penn State in Madison, 65-55, Sunday afternoon. The Badgers drained 11 triples en route to victory. Jared Berggren, Jordan Taylor and Josh Gasser all made three treys, while Ben Brust sank two. Wisconsin did allow 32 paint points, as 16 of Penn State’s 22 field goals came in the paint. The Badgers also grabbed 11 more rebounds than the Nittany Lions (38-27). Mike Bruesewitz recorded a career high with 12 rebounds.
? With Sunday’s win over Penn State, Wisconsin posted the 14th 20-win season in program history, 10 of which have come under coach Bo Ryan.
? Ten of Wisconsin’s last 12 league games have been decided by seven points or less (6-4), five of which have been decided by five points or fewer (3-2). Furthermore, the last six Badgers’ conference road games have been decided by seven points or less (4-2).
? The Badgers have held eight of their 14 league opponents to 60 points or less.
? Jordan Taylor leads Wisconsin in scoring (14.3) and assists (4.2). Taylor was an All-American point guard a year ago and a preseason All-American this season.
? Three Badgers average in double figures in scoring: Jordan Taylor (14.3), Ryan Evans (10.6) and Jared Berggren (10.5).
? Four Badgers have made 32 triples or more: Ben Brust (47), Jordan Taylor (43), Jared Berggren (35) and Josh Gasser (32).

Aaron White, Bryce Cartwright and Melsahn Basabe combined to score 49 points in a 72-65 victory at No. 11 Wisconsin on Dec. 31, 2011. The win was only Iowa’s third victory at the Kohl Center and first since 2000. Iowa became the second unranked Big Ten team to beat Wisconsin, at home, under Badger coach Bo Ryan. White and Cartwright came off the bench to lead the Hawkeyes in the second half. White scored 16-of-18 points in the final 20 minutes. Cartwright netted 10 of his season-high 17 points in the second stanza. He also had a game-high five assists. Matt Gatens grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with six points. Iowa’s defense held the Badgers to a season-low 11 percent shooting from 3-point territory as Wisconsin made just three of its 28 attempts. Iowa shot 58 percent (15-of-26) from the field in the second half; the Hawkeyes made six of their last seven field goals and five of their last six free throws in the final 6:23 to preserve the victory. The Hawkeyes pushed the ball, outscoring Wisconsin 14-2 in fast break points.

? Matt Gatens (1,503) ranks fourth among active Big Ten players in career scoring, while Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor ranks fifth (1,388).
? Iowa’s second (Roy Devyn Marble, 11.1), third (Aaron White, 10.4), fourth (Melsahn Basabe, 8.3) and fifth (Zach McCabe, 7.7) leading scorers’ are all underclassmen.
? The Hawkeyes rank first in the Big Ten in steals (7.9); third in scoring offense (73.6); and fourth in free throw percentage (72.1 percent).
? Iowa has made 446 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 ranks 46th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (1.2); 52nd in steals (7.9); and 62nd in assists (14.4). Individually, Matt Gatens is 28th in free throw percentage (.866), while Roy Devyn Marble is 38th in assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
? The Badgers rank first in the country in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.264) and scoring defense (51.1); second in fewest fouls (13.7) and turnovers (9.0) per game; fifth in field goal percentage defense (.374); 16th in scoring margin (+12.8); and 20th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Individually, Jordan Taylor ranks ninth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.85).
? Both head coaches, Bo Ryan and Fran McCaffery, were raised in the Philadelphia area. McCaffery is a Philadelphia native, who attended La Salle High School, while Ryan was raised in Chester, Pa., and attended Chester High School.
? Wisconsin’s Ben Brust scores 63.5 percent of his points (141-of-222) from 3-point territory, a percentage that ranks first in the conference. Iowa’s Josh Oglesby scores 58.2 percent of his points (99-of-170) from distance, which ranks third.
? Wisconsin’s roster is comprised of 17 student-athletes. The roster consists of two seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen. Five players hail from Illinois, four from Minnesota, three from Wisconsin, two from Ohio and Iowa, and one from Arizona.
? The two Iowans on the Badgers’ roster are Jarrod Uthoff (Cedar Rapids) and Zach Bohannon (Marion).
? Wisconsin freshman Traevon Jackson is the son of BTN color analyst Jim Jackson.
? Wisconsin Assistant Coach Gary Close was an assistant coach at Iowa for 13 seasons (1987-99) under Tom Davis. He later was the head boys basketball coach at Regina High School in Iowa City for three years, leading his team to the state tournament his last two years.

Iowa has posted five wins against teams ranked in the top 75 of the RPI, including three inside the top 25. The Hawkeyes have registered victories over Michigan (14), Indiana, (19), Wisconsin (23) and two wins over Minnesota (72).

Bryce Cartwright suffered another injury setback last week. The senior point guard sustained a sprained ankle in practice on Feb. 11. Cartwright was unable to play in Iowa’s last two games (at Penn State and vs. Indiana). His status for Thursday is uncertain. Cartwright has missed three contests this season due to an injury. In addition to missing the last two games with an injured ankle, he missed the Hawkeyes’ game at Northern Iowa (Dec. 6) due to an injured hamstring.

? After being outrebounding by a considerable margin in Bloomington (37-22) on Jan. 29, Iowa outrebounded Indiana by six (41-35) in Iowa City.
? Roy Devyn Marble posted personal bests in assists (seven) and steals (four) against Indiana. He also snagged seven rebounds; he is averaging six rebounds the last five games, grabbing seven boards or more three of the last four outings.
? Matt Gatens sank seven of Iowa’s nine 3-pointers. The last time the Hawkeyes sank nine triples in a game was the first two contests of the season (Chicago State and North Carolina A&T).
? The last time a Hawkeye went 7-of-10 (.700) from 3-point territory was Jeff Moe in a 126-94 win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 30, 1988.

The last two games in the second half (at Penn State and vs. No. 18/20 Indiana), Matt Gatens has averaged 20.5 points, shooting 11-of-13 (.846) from 3-point range and 14-of-18 (.778) from the field. Gatens netted 19 of his game-high 21 points in the final 20 minutes at Penn State. Trailing by 16 points in the second stanza, Gatens netted 11 straight points during the comeback, which Iowa got to within two points, but ultimately did not win the game. Sunday against Indiana, Gatens was white-hot in the second half, making 8-of-10 shots, including all six 3-point attempts, and finishing with 22 points in the half. Gatens made five straight triples in the second half at Penn State and seven consecutive treys against Indiana spanning the first and second halves.

Matt Gatens is one of four active Division I players with 1,500+ points, 425+ rebounds and 210+ made 3-pointers in a career.

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 (10.4) and first in rebounding (5.6).

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 currently sits 12th in Iowa career scoring with 1,503 points after his 30-point scoring outburst Sunday night versus No. 18 Indiana. He is within reach of moving up three more spots this week. Gatens is 13 points behind Greg Brunner for 11th (1,516 points), 19 from Don Nelson (1,522 points) and 22 from Andre Woolridge (1,525 points). Additionally, he is 10 triples from matching Chris Kingsbury (226 3-pointers) for second on the Hawkeyes’ all-time 3-pointers made chart. Gatens enters Thursday’s game with 216 treys. The 6-foot-5 guard will likely finish his career third in career 3-point attempts. His next 3-point attempt will be his 600th of his collegiate career. Gatens is only eight 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.

Thursday will be Iowa’s seventh game against a ranked opponent. The Hawkeyes have played six games (3-3) against ranked competition. The three wins are the most Iowa has collected in a season since winning nine during the 2005-06 campaign. The Hawkeyes beat No. 11 Wisconsin (72-65) on Dec. 31 in Madison, 13th-ranked Michigan (75-59) on Jan. 14 in Iowa City and 18th-rabked Indiana (78-66) on Feb. 19 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 six Big Ten wins, it has posted a +4.5 rebounding margin advantage. However, in its eight conference losses, Iowa has been outrebounded by 4.7 boards. Overall, Iowa is 11-2 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.

Iowa has 12 home wins this season (12-5), the most since collecting 13 home victories in 2009. Four of the Hawkeyes’ 12 victories have come in league play.

Aaron White was Iowa’s most productive player off the bench the first 21 games, but has started the last six. The freshman averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, the last 16 games. White earned his first career start at No. 16 Indiana on Jan. 31. He stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in Iowa’s triumph over Penn State (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 three games have been impressive, averaging a double-doube, 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. He posted back-to-back doubles at Northwestern (Feb. 9) and Penn State (Feb. 16) and was two points shy of notching his third straight Sunday versus No. 18 Indiana. The rookie scored 17 points (7-of-10 FG, 2-of-3 3-pt FG) and corralled a personal-best 12 boards against the Wildcats. White totaled 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with career-best three rejections at Penn State. White has scored in double digits 12 times, including 11 of the last 17 games. He is averaging a double-double the last four games (14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds). White has led the team in rebounding five of the last seven contests, including the last four. The 6-foot-8 wing player has scored 15 points or more eight 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 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.

Hawkeye fans have voted Roy Devyn Marble to the finals of the GEICO Play of the Year after his emphatic one-handed slam vs. Minnesota on Feb 1. Marble joins Syracuse’s CJ Fair, Louisville’s Peyton Siva, Lindsey Wilson’s Chase Spreen, Indiana’s Christian Watford, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, and Oral Roberts Damen Bell-Holter as this year’s first five finalists. Three more finalists will be selected before the winner is announced on GEICO presents Best of College Basketball 2012 on CBS March 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Iowa has three players shooting over 50 percent from the floor during league play. Aaron White has made 52 percent of his shots, which ranks ninth best in the Big Ten. Melsahn Basabe has made 55 percent of his field goal tries, while Zach McCabe has made 51 percent of his attempts.

Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been stellar the last 22 games. The sophomore has averaged 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists during that span. Also, he is shooting 44 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line during the 22-game stretch. He has amassed a solid assist-to-turnover ratio this season. He has 95 assists to only 41 turnovers, ranking fourth in the Big Ten (2.3) and 38th nationally. Marble has been credited with four assists or more 14 times this season, including collecting six or more the last two games (six at Penn State and a career-high seven vs. Indiana). 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, 4.0 rebounds, and has collected 95 assists and 41 steals. He has started the last 19. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 71.4 percent (85-of-119).

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 17 contests, including netting 15 points or more in eight of those outings.

In Iowa’s six Big Ten victories, opponents were just 41-of-146 (.391) from long distance and 135-of-345 (.391) overall from the field. Iowa made 147-of-330 (.445) from the field and 28-of-75 (.373) 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 had two of his best games of the season, both against Indiana. Oglesby came off the bench to score a career-best 24 points at Indiana on Jan. 29. 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 15th-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. On Sunday in the return game against the Hoosiers, Oglesby netted 11 points, five of which were scored at the free throw line. Oglesby started his first career game at Penn State (Feb. 16). The rookie played a season-high 27 minutes and had three points, three assists and three rebounds against the Nittany Lions. Oglesby has made 33 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 38.5 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 (99-of-170 points), which ranks third amongst Big Ten players. Oglesby has led the team in scoring four times (Northern Illinois, Creighton, Clemson and Indiana).

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 34 free throws (113-of-147, .769) in the final five minutes of games. Iowa has attempted 20 free throws or more 18 times this season, nine of which have come during league play, including seven of the last nine 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 6.4 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.

? Nine of Iowa’s 13 losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top 65.
? 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).
? Matt Gatens’ 30 points against Indiana (Feb. 19) ties as the second highest scoring output in a Big Ten game this season. Illinois’ Brandon Paul had 43 against Ohio State (Jan. 10), while Penn State’s Tim Frazier had 30 at Nebraska (Jan. 11) and John Shurna of Northwestern netted 30 at Purdue (Feb. 12).
? Iowa averages 80.9 points in its wins, compared to 65.6 points in its defeats, a differential of 15.3 points. The Hawkeyes own a +17.5 point differential in their scoring defense, and +10.4 rebounding and +6.2 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 17 home games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 11,490.
? 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 19 of Iowa’s 27 contests. Iowa’s bench averages 25.5 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 360-116 (.756) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 166-92 (.643) in Big Ten games and 194-24 (.890) in non-Big Ten contests.

Iowa has won 84 of its 119 games (.706) 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 2,652 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,591-1,061 (.600). That includes a 954-352 (.730) record in home games, a 547-719 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 709-726 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 360-116 (.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.

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Iowa will bus to Champaign, Ill., this weekend for its only regular season meeting against Illinois on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:06 p.m. (BTN) inside Assembly Hall.