Hawkeyes Set to Host Dayton Tuesday in NIT Action

March 12, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

Game 34 | Dayton (20-12, 9-7) vs. Iowa (17-16, 8-10)
Date Tuesday, March 13 | 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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All-Time Series Iowa leads, 1-0

? Iowa (17-16) will host Dayton (20-12) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in the first round of the NIT. The Hawkeyes are the seven seed, while the Flyers are a two seed. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN (HD).
? Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for UI students and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the UI Ticket Office, over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS or online at hawkeyesports.com.
? Iowa will be playing a postseason game for the first time since 2006 (NCAA Tournament).
? Iowa has posted four wins over RPI top 25 teams (Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin twice). Only Michigan State (seven), Ohio State (six) and Michigan (five) have more in the Big Ten.
? Iowa’s eight Big Ten wins are the most in a single season since collecting nine during the 2006-07 campaign.
? Matt Gatens has scored 148 points the last seven games (21.1 ppg).
? Iowa combined for only 15 turnovers in the two Big Ten Tournament games last week vs. Michigan State and Illinois. ? Matt Gatens was named second team all-Big Ten by the media and third team by the media. Aaron White was selected to the coaches all-Big Ten Freshman team and was an honorable mention by the media.
? Matt Gatens is one of only two Hawkeyes to ever amass over 1,600+ points, 450+ rebounds, 250+ assists and 125+ steals. Roy Marble is the only other Hawkeye to accomplish the feat.
? Iowa is 9-1 when scoring 80 points or more, the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes are 14-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points, the last two years.

This marks Iowa’s sixth appearance in the NIT and first since 2004. Iowa also appeared in the 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004 tournaments. The Hawkeyes best finish in the NIT was in 1995 when Iowa advanced to the quarterfinals. The Hawkeyes have played nine games all-time in the NIT and hold a record of 4-5. Iowa’s nine NIT games have all been decided by nine points or less; its five NIT losses have come by a total of 14 points and the four victories have come by a total of 16 points.

? The winner of the Iowa-Dayton first round contest will meet Oregon (22-9) or LSU (18-14) in the second round. The date, time and TV information will be released at a later date.
? Iowa, as the seventh seed, is the lowest seed to host a 2012 first round NIT game. Dayton is unable to host due to it hosting the NCAA First Four Tuesday and Wednesday.
? Iowa and Dayton have played one common opponent this season: Minnesota. Iowa beat the Gophers twice, 64-62 on Jan. 4 in Minneapolis and 63-59 on Feb. 1 in Iowa City. Dayton beat Minnesota, 86-70, on Nov. 27 in the Old Spice Classic championship game in Orlando.
? This marks the seventh time Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has taken a team to the postseason as a head coach, including the second time in the NIT. McCaffery’s UNC Greensboro squad in 2002 lost in the NIT first round at Memphis. McCaffery took his 1988 Lehigh team, 2001 Greensboro squad, and 2008, 2009 and 2010 Siena teams to the NCAA Tournament. He also was an assistant coach at Notre Dame when the Irish advanced to the NIT finals in 1992.
? Iowa is one of three Big Ten teams selected to compete in the NIT. Northwestern is a No. 4 seed and will entertain Akron Tuesday at 8 p.m. (CT). Minnesota garnered a six seed and will play at LaSalle Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT).

“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “I’m so proud of our guys and how they persevered and grew throughout the season. We have a phenomenal leader and captain in Matt Gatens and we got great play from Bryce Cartwright. Our young guys really developed throughout the course of the season.”

Iowa has played Dayton once before. The Hawkeyes beat the Flyers, 61-54, on Dec 23, 1979 in the Dayton Classic. The Hawkeyes later advanced to the Final Four that season (1980). Iowa’s last matchup against an Atlantic 10 opponent came during the 2010-11 season. Iowa was defeated by Xavier, 86-73, in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 19. Iowa is 21-13 (.618) all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10.

Dayton finished its regular season with a 20-12 overall record and tied for fifth with four other teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 9-7 league mark. Dayton, like the Hawkeyes, went 1-1 in its conference tournament. The Flyers beat George Washington (67-50) in the first round before falling to Xavier (70-69) in the quarterfinals. The Flyers are led in scoring by junior Kevin Dillard, who was a second team all-Atlantic 10 honoree. Dillard is averaging 13 points and leads the team with 192 assists (six per game). He ranks second in the A-10 and 18th in the NCAA in assists per game. Senior Chris Johnson was an all-Atlantic 10 honorable mention pick and is second on the team with 12.6 points per contest. He also leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 46.7 percent (128-of-274) from the field. Johnson is the only college basketball player in the last 20 years to have 1,400 points, 800 rebounds, 300 offensive rebounds and 200 3-pointers, while shooting at least 80 percent from the free throw line. Archie Miller is in his first season as head coach at Dayton. He previously spent two years as an associate head coach at Arizona (2010-11) and two years as an assistant coach at Ohio State (2008-09).

? Dayton has played four overtime games this season (2-2), while the Hawkeyes did not play an overtime contest.
? Iowa is 2-3 against teams in the 2012 NIT field, while Dayton is 3-3.
? Iowa’s attendance numbers are up again this season, after a 20 percent bump a year ago. Last season, Iowa averaged 11,096 fans. Hosting 19 regular season home games this season, the Hawkeyes averaged 11,841.
? Dayton junior Josh Benson is out for the season after tearing his left ACL. He had surgery Jan. 18. Benson is Dayton’s third leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and scored a career high 21 points in the season opener against Western Illinois. At the time of his injury, Benson ranked third in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.610).
? Both Iowa’s and Dayton’s roster are perimeter oriented. Nine of Dayton’s 13 players are listed at 6-foot-7 or shorter. Iowa’s roster includes 13-of-17 players coming in at 6-foot-7 or under.
? Iowa has one player on its roster, who hails from Ohio. Freshman Aaron White is a native of Strongsville, which is three hours north of Dayton.
? Iowa went 6-5 against Big Ten competition since Feb. 1, including notching wins over No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 18 Indiana.
? Dayton ranks fourth in the nation in free throw percentage (.778); 48th in 3-pointers made (7.8); and 56th in assists (14.4). Individually, Kevin Dillard ranks 71st in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
? Iowa had six regular-season wins over teams that reached the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The six wins ties Michigan as the fourth most in the league. Michigan State had 10, while Indiana and Ohio State had seven. Wisconsin had five, while Purdue had four and Minnesota only had one.
? Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in steals (7.7); fourth in 3-point field goal accuracy (.369); fifth in free throw percentage (.716) and scoring offense (71.9).
? Iowa ranks 47th in assist/turnover ratio (1.15); 57th in the country in assists (14.5); and 65th in steals (7.7). Individually, Matt Gatens is 44th in free throw percentage (.859), while Roy Devyn Marble is 85th in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
? Iowa won five games in February, the most since the 1997-98 season (5).
? Iowa is 9-1 when scoring 80 points or more, the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes are 14-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points, the last two years.
? Iowa is the only Big Ten team with two players with 45+ steals (Roy Devyn Marble — 51 and Matt Gatens — 48). As a team, the Hawkeyes have amassed 253 steals, which are the most by an Iowa team since collecting 253 during the 2001-02 season.
? Iowa was 4-4 against ranked Big Ten teams and 5-7 versus unranked conference foes.
? Iowa’s second (Roy Devyn Marble, 11.0), third (Aaron White, 10.4), fourth (Melsahn Basabe, 7.7), fifth (Zach McCabe, 7.4) and sixth (Josh Oglesby 6.7) leading scorers are all underclassmen.
? Freshman Aaron White has netted 342 points this season, which is the same number of points scored by Melsahn Basabe during his rookie season a year ago.
? Matt Gatens’ 1,245 career field goal attempts rank fifth most by a Hawkeye. Acie Earl (1990-93) ranks fourth with 1,265 attempts.
? If LSU advances to the second round, the Iowa-Dayton winner will host the second round game due to arena conflicts at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Eventual Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan State knocked off Iowa in the quarterfinal round, 92-75, on March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes sprinted out of the gates and took an 18-15 lead at the 13:33 mark in the first half off Zach McCabe’s third 3-pointer in the first six-plus minutes of the contest. Michigan State responded with a 21-6 run over the next six minutes to gain a double-digit advantage. The eighth-ranked Spartans took a 55-39 lead at the half and held on throughout the final 20 minutes for the win. Michigan State outscored Iowa 44-20 in the paint and shot 58.2 percent (32-of-55) from the field. Freshman Josh Oglesby led Iowa with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point distance. Roy Devyn Marble and McCabe each had 13 points and Matt Gatens added 10 (7-of-7 FTs). The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from long range and finished at 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field.

? Iowa’s 10 triples against Michigan State in the quarterfinals is a school record for most 3-pointers in a Big Ten Tournament game.
? Iowa’s 64-61 win over Illinois on March 8 snapped a five-game losing streak in Big Ten Tournament games. The Hawkeyes’ previous last victory in a conference tournament game was against Ohio State in the 2006 title game.
? Bryce Cartwright amassed 19 assists in three career tournament games (2011 and 2012), which are the fourth most by a Hawkeye in Big Ten Tournament career action.
? Iowa’s 75 points against Michigan State in the quarterfinals tie for the fourth most by an Iowa team in a Big Ten Tournament game. Iowa also scored 75 against Ohio State on March 9, 2001.
? Matt Gatens scored a game-high 20 points vs. Illinois, marking the ninth time this year and 18th time in his career that the Iowa City native posted 20 points or more.
? Iowa’s 16 offensive rebounds versus Illinois in the first round are the second most by a Hawkeye team in a Big Ten Tournament game.
? The seven blocks by the Hawkeyes against the Spartans tie as the second most by an Iowa team in a conference tournament contest.
? Matt Gatens’ 20 points versus Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament first round is the most by a Hawkeye in a Big Ten Tournament game since Cully Payne had 25 against Michigan in 2010.
? Aaron White tied a career high with three steals against Illinois on March 8. White also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds against the Illini, marking the first time a freshman led Iowa in rebounding at a Big Ten Tournament game since Tyler Smith had seven in 2007 vs. Purdue.
? Iowa won only its third game of the season when trailing at halftime (3-13). Illinois led 31-27 at intermission.
? Iowa trailed with 14:14 in the Illinois game (44-37) and went on an 18-4 spurt to lead the Illini by seven (55-48) with 9:42 left and never looked back.

Iowa has posted seven wins against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, including four inside the top 25. The Hawkeyes have registered victories over Michigan (11), Indiana (16), and two wins over Wisconsin (22) and Minnesota (89). The Hawkeyes have four wins over top 25 teams; only Michigan State (seven), Ohio State (six) and Michigan (five) have more. Overall, Iowa has won six of its 11 games, including four over top 100 teams, two of which are ranked in the top 25 (No. 16 Indiana and No. 22 Wisconsin).

Senior Matt Gatens and freshman Aaron White earned postseason all-conference recognition by the Big Ten. Gatens was named to the second team by the media voting panel and was a third team pick by the coaches. He was also named Iowa men’s basketball’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. White was named to the coaches’ all-Freshman team and earned honorable mention recognition by the media. Gatens becomes the first Hawkeye since Tony Freeman earned third team honors in 2008 to be named to a first, second or third team. Adam Haluska was a first team selection in 2007. The all-Big Ten honor was the first of Gatens’ career. He was honorable mention in 2010 and was named to the all-Freshman team in 2009. White becomes the fourth Hawkeye to be named to the all-Freshman team the last four years (Gatens in 2009; Eric May in 2010; Melsahn Basabe in 2011; and White in 2012). Gatens leads the team in scoring (15.7), 3-pointers (72), free throws (110); ranks second in steals (48); and third in assists (62). White ranks first in team rebounding (5.5); second in blocks (23); and third in scoring (10.4) and steals (30).

Senior Matt Gatens becomes the first Hawkeye to lead the team in free throw percentage four consecutive seasons. Also, he becomes 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).

In Iowa’s nine wins over Big Ten competition, it has posted a +3.6 rebounding margin advantage. However, in its 11 losses against Big Ten competition, Iowa was outrebounded by 5.1 boards. Overall, Iowa is 13-3 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, and in the home finale against Northwestern.

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 (5.5). All three were named to the all-Big Ten Freshman team. Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, while Burke earned the award by the conference’s media panel.

An even more increased tempo by the Iowa Hawkeyes has led to 4.7 more points per game compared to last season, an increase that ranks second best in the Big Ten.

Freshmen Aaron White and Josh Oglesby have combined for 12 games of scoring 15 or more points this season. White has scored in double figures in 14 of the last 23 contests, including netting 15 points or more in eight of those outings.

Aaron White has seen his rebounding numbers increase in Big Ten play. The freshman averaged 4.8 boards in nonconference action and has crashed the boards even more in conference play, averaging a team-best 5.9. White has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding seven of the last 10 games, including a streak of five straight, which was the longest by a Hawkeye this season and the longest streak since Aaron Fuller led the team in six consecutive contests in 2010. White is averaging 6.9 rebounds over his last 11 games, including three games with 10+ rebounds. He ranks fifth in Big Ten rebounding since Feb. 1.

Iowa has posted 13 home wins this season (13-6), the most since collecting 13 home victories in 2009. Five of the Hawkeyes’ 13 victories came in league play.

NOTING Matt Gatens
? Named second team all-Big Ten by the media voting panel and third team by the league coaches.
? Is one of only two Hawkeyes (Roy Marble) to amass 1,600+ points, 450+ rebounds, 250+ assists and 125+ steals.
? Led Iowa in scoring in seven of the last eight games, including a streak of seven straight (Feb. 16-March 8). The last Hawkeye to lead the team in scoring seven consecutive games against Big Ten competition was Andre Woolridge in 1996-97 (Jan. 7-Feb. 4).
? Scored 55 points in two games the week of Feb. 20 (27.5 ppg.), earning co-Big Ten Player of the Week and NetScout Basketball’s Big Ten Player of the Week accolades. He has earned NetScout Basketball’s weekly honor the last two weeks. Additionally, America voted the senior the “Capital One Cup Impact Performer of the Week” on ESPN.com.
? Averaged 21.1 points per game the last seven contests.
? Has made 42.4 percent (72-of-170) of his 3-point attempts this season. That is the best percentage by a Hawkeye, with a minimum of 125 attempts, since Kent McCausland made 52 percent (70-of-134) during the 1996-97 season.
? Made a school-record 12 consecutive triples spanning the Indiana (Feb. 19) and Wisconsin (Feb. 23) contests.
? Scored 85 points in a span of three games (Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois). The last time a Hawkeye netted 85 points or more in three straight games against conference competition was Roy Marble (86) in 1989. Marble scored 30 at Michigan, 37 at Illinois and 19 vs. Indiana.
? Averaged 21.6 points per game in February, which ranked third in the Big Ten behind Northwestern’s John Shurna (22.8) and Tim Frazier of Penn State (21.8).
? Became the first Big Ten player to score 30+ versus two teams (Indiana and Wisconsin) ranked in the top 25 since 1996-97.
? Became the fourth Big Ten player in the last 10 seasons to score 30+ points in back-to-back games vs. league opponents.
? The 33 points against Wisconsin are the second-most by a Big Ten player in conference play this season (Illinois’ Brandon Paul had 43 versus Ohio State).
? Became the first Hawkeye since Adam Haluska in 2007 to score 30 points in consecutive games. Haluska netted 33 vs. Indiana and 34 at Minnesota. Gatens is one of five players to score 30+ points in consecutive Big Ten games since 2000-01 (Marcus Taylor of Michigan State in 2002; Minnesota’s Vincent Grier in 2005; Evan Turner of Ohio State in 2010; Iowa’s Adam Haluska in 2007).
? His 148 points the last seven games pushed the senior past Greg Brunner, Don Nelson, Andre Woolridge, Dean Oliver, Adam Haluska and Jess Settles. He enters Tuesday’s game against Dayton with 1,621 points and is 54 points from equaling Ronnie Lester for fifth on the scoring chart.
? His five 3-pointers at Illinois (Feb. 26) moved him past Chris Kingsbury (1994-96) and into second place on Iowa’s all-time 3-pointers made list. He enters Tuesday’s game versus Dayton with 236 career triples.
? Surpassed the 20-point plateau four consecutive games (Penn State, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois). The last time a Hawkeye netted 20+ points in four straight games against Big Ten competition was Andre Woolridge in 1997. Woolridge tallied 20 at Purdue, 21 vs. Wisconsin, 27 vs. Ohio State and 25 at Michigan.
? Made 40-of-113 (.354) from 3-point range the first 25 games of the season. Gatens has made 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from long distance the last seven outings.
? The 33 points scored against the Badgers are the second-most scored by a Wisconsin opponent in the last four years. Gatens and Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen (38 points against the Badgers in the 2011 NCAA Tournament) were the two highest scoring outputs since Davidson’s Stephen Curry tallied 33 points in the 2008 NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on March 28, 2008.
? Made 14 triples against Indiana and Wisconsin, which is the most ever by a Hawkeye in a two-game span. He sank a combined 19 treys spanning three contests (Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois), the most ever by a Hawkeye over a span of three games.
? Is averaging 15.7 points, the highest scoring average by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska averaged 20.5 points in 2007.
? Is only the third player to hit seven+ 3-pointers in back-to-back Big Ten games (versus Indiana and Wisconsin) since 1996-97.
? Has made a personal single-season best 72 triples, besting 58 he sank his sophomore campaign. He is shooting at a 43 percent clip from long distance this season, which is also a single-season best. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range as a freshman.
? His 72 treys ranks seventh best in a single season at Iowa. He is two triples from tying Kent McCausland (1998) for sixth.

Iowa won five of its eight February games, including winning two of the last four against ranked opponents (No. 18 Indiana and No. 15 Wisconsin). The five victories in February marked the most by a Hawkeye team since the 1997-98 campaign. Iowa held seven of its eight February opponents to fewer than 70 points and four of those below 40 percent from the field. The previous six teams the Hawkeyes faced averaged 81.2 points and 50.4 percent shooting. In eight February games, Matt Gatens averaged 21.6 points, bolstered by 34-of-58 (.586) shooting from long distance. The 21.6 February scoring average ranks third behind Northwestern’s John Shurna (22.8) and Tim Frazier (21.8) of Penn State. Aaron White averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Roy Devyn Marble averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

Matt Gatens has put up big numbers in the second half in eight of the last 10 games. Gatens has scored in bunches down the stretch to help Iowa post some big victories in the month of February. The senior scored 22 points in the second half vs. Indiana; 19 at Penn State; 15 vs. Wisconsin; 11 at Nebraska; 10 vs. Northwestern; and 11 vs. Illinois.

Thanks in large part to Matt Gatens’ 3-point shooting accuracy as of late, the Hawkeyes saw better 3-point shooting percentages during the month of February. Iowa made 40.9 percent of its 3-point attempts in the month of February, the third best mark in the Big Ten behind Purdue (.413) and Northwestern (.412).

Matt Gatens is one of four active Division I players with 1,600+ points, 450+ rebounds and 225+ made 3-pointers in a career.

Matt Gatens’ recent scoring surge (148 points the last seven games) has vaulted him past Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner, Don Nelson, Andre Woolridge, Adam Haluska and Jess Settles and into sixth place on Iowa’s career scoring chart. Gatens enters Tuesday’s NIT game versus Dayton with 1,621 career points. Additionally, his five triples at Illinois moved him past Chris Kingsbury (1994-96) and into second place on Iowa’s all-time 3-pointers made chart. Gatens enters Tuesday’s game against Dayton with 236 treys. Jeff Horner (2003-06) is the record holder with 262. Gatens, who was voted by the league’s media panel second team all-Big Ten, is one of only two players in school history to have 1,600+ points, 450+ rebounds, 250+ assists and 125+ steals. The senior has 1,621 points, 452 rebounds, 291 assists and 141 thefts. Roy Marble (1986-89) had 2,116 points, 668 rebounds, 288 assists and 183 steals. Gatens is only three steals from cracking the top 10 in career thefts at Iowa. He will finish his career in the top 15 in scoring and steals and top five in free throw percentage and 3-pointers.

Aaron White, who has been named to the coaches’ all-Big Ten Freshman team, was Iowa’s most productive player off the bench the first 21 games, but has started the last 12. 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 earned the weekly distinction. White has scored in double digits 15 times, including 14 of the last 23 games. White has led the team in rebounding eight of the last 13 contests. For the season he has amassed a team-best 180 boards, which are the sixth most by an Iowa freshman in a single season. He is only one board from matching Guy Rucker (1996-97) for fifth with 181. White’s numbers the last 10 games have been impressive, averaging 12 points and 6.9 rebounds. He posted consecutive doubles at Northwestern (Feb. 9) and Penn State (Feb. 16) and was two points shy of notching his third straight versus No. 18 Indiana (Feb. 19). 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. 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.

Since landing a spot in the starting rotation on Dec. 6 at Northern Iowa, Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been stellar. The sophomore has averaged 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a starter the last 25 games. Also, he is shooting 43 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line during the 25-game stretch. He has amassed a solid assist-to-turnover ratio this season. He has 118 assists to only 59 turnovers, ranking fifth in the Big Ten (2.0) and 85th nationally. Marble has been credited with four assists or more 16 times this season, including collecting six or more four of the last eight games (six at Penn State, seven vs. Indiana; a career-best eight against Wisconsin and six at Illinois). 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 games 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 points, 3.8 rebounds, and has collected 118 assists and a team-best 51 steals. He has started the last 25 contests. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 71.5 percent (98-of-137).

Last year, Iowa’s free throw percentage was 67.6 percent. This season, the Hawkeyes have improved in that area, shooting 71.6 percent, which ranks fifth 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 46 free throws (141-of-187, .754) in the final five minutes of games. Iowa has attempted 20 free throws or more 20 times this season (12-8 record in those games), 11 of which have come against Big Ten competition, including nine of the last 15 games.

? The Big Ten is the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI and Sagarin ratings. Iowa’s Sagarin rating is 94 and a strength of schedule of 28. Iowa’s RPI rating is 130, while its schedule strength is 70.
? Iowa is 7-5 in games decided by nine points or fewer and 10-10 in games decided by 10 or more points. Furthermore, Iowa is 3-1 in games decided by three points or less. The Hawkeyes have not played an overtime game this season. Iowa’s last overtime game was played on Feb. 19 in a 75-72 loss to Michigan in Iowa City.
? Iowa’s scoring average of 71.9 is its highest since the 2004-05 season (72.9).
? Iowa’s field goal percentage of .450 is its best since 2004-05 when it made .459 of its field goals.
? Iowa swept Wisconsin and Minnesota this season, marking the first time it swept both teams in the same season since the 1991-92 campaign.
? Iowa averages 78 points in its wins, compared to 65.5 points in its defeats, a differential of 12.5 points. The Hawkeyes own a +17 point differential in their scoring defense, and +9.9 rebounding and +5.3 assists margins in wins compared to losses.
? Iowa is 6-0 this season when Bryce Cartwright scores in double figures and has less than five turnovers.
? Iowa has made 525 free throws this season, the most it has sank in a single-season since 2005-06. Iowa made 589 free throws in 2001-02.
? Iowa and its opponents have exactly 479 assists after 33 games.
? Iowa’s field goal percentage this season is 45 percent, its best since shooting 45.9 percent during the 2004-05 campaign.
? The Hawkeyes were ranked ninth (.352) in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (overall games) in mid-January. Iowa has since vaulted to fourth (.369).
? Ten of Iowa’s 16 losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top 75.
? Iowa’s 32 assists against Central Arkansas (Dec. 19) tie for the second most in a single-game in school history.
? 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 22 of Iowa’s 33 games.
? 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 Iowa’s nine victories over Big Ten opposition, opponents were just 58-of-212 (.274) from long distance and 210-of-516 (.407) overall from the field. Iowa made 216-of-486 (.444) from the field and 52-of-132 (.394) from the 3-point range in those wins. Conversely, Hawkeye opponents shot 49 percent (284-of-575) from the field and 67-of-180 (.372) from 3-point territory, compared to 45 percent (232-of-512) from the field and 36 percent (53-of-148) from long distance for Iowa, in the Hawkeyes’ 10 conference defeats.

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.

Iowa has played 2,658 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,594-1,064 (.600). That includes a 955-353 (.730) record in home games, a 549-721 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 711-728 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 361-117 (.755) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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Freshman Josh Oglesby had three of his best games of the season against ranked opposition: two against Indiana and the other versus Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament. 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. 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 (Jan. 30, 2011). In the return game against the Hoosiers (Feb. 19), Oglesby netted 11 points. On March 9 against Michigan State, Oglesby tallied a team-best 20 points, bolstered by 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from long distance. Oglesby started his first career game at Penn State (Feb. 16). He tallied nine second-half points at Illinois (Feb. 26), netted eight points in Iowa’s victory at Nebraska (Feb. 29) and had five points, four rebounds and three assists in the regular season finale versus Northwestern (March 3). He contributed eight points and four rebounds in Iowa’s win over Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (March 8). The native of Cedar Rapids has started five of the last eight games. He is averaging 6.7 points in 33 games this season. Oglesby has made 44 triples, which tie Chris Kingsbury for the third most by a Hawkeye freshman in a single season at Iowa. Matt Gatens holds the record with 52 (2009). Oglesby is shooting 37 percent beyond the arc, which currently ranks as the sixth best percentage in a season by an Iowa rookie. Sixty percent of Oglesby’s scoring production has come from 3-point territory (132-of-220 points), which ranks third amongst Big Ten players. Oglesby has led the team in scoring five times (Northern Illinois, Creighton, Clemson, Indiana and Michigan State).

Iowa has compiled a 361-117 (.755) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 167-93 (.642) in Big Ten games and 194-24 (.890) in non-Big Ten contests.

Iowa has won 85 of its 121 games (.702) 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, 8-8 in 2011 and 13-6 in 2012.

Iowa played eight games against ranked competition this season (4-4), winning two of the last three. The four 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 and No. 15 Wisconsin (67-66) on Feb. 23 in Iowa City, 13th-ranked Michigan (75-59) on Jan. 14 in Iowa City and 18th-ranked 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, No. 16 Indiana (103-89) on Jan. 29 in Bloomington and No. 8 Michigan State (92-75) on March 9 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

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 4.7 more points this year compared to last season.

The winner of the Iowa-Dayton game will play the winner of LSU at Oregon. The date and time of the second round match-up will be determined at a later date.