Men's Hoops Tips Off Season Friday Night

Nov. 6, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

? Tickets can be purchased at the UI Ticket Office. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for youths and UI students. Friday is a women-men’s basketball doubleheader with the women hosting Northern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. Fans with a men’s ticket are welcome to attend the women’s game with their men’s ticket.
? Friday will be Iowa’s Dance Marathon Recognition Night.
? Fran McCaffery is 9-7 in season openers, including a 6-1 mark in home openers. The Hawkeyes beat Chicago State a year ago 96-53 in their season opener in Iowa City.
? Iowa’s first four regular season games of 2012-13 will be at home. The Hawkeyes will play three times on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena next week: Central Michigan (Nov. 12); Howard (Nov. 15); and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17).
? Iowa is 3-0 all-time against UT-Pan American, having most recently played the Broncs in 2006 in Iowa City (W, 62-46).
? Iowa is 9-2 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’s average starting lineup height is 6-foot-6. The Hawkeye starting lineup consists of two freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors.

Game 1 | UT-Pan American at Iowa
Date Friday, Nov. 9 | 8:07 p.m.
Location Iowa City, IA | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
TV Mediacom (MC22)
Radio Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series Iowa leads, 3-0

The Iowa Hawkeyes open the 2012-13 season Friday night, hosting UT-Pan American. Tip-off is slated for 8:07 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). Friday’s opener will be played as part of a basketball doubleheader; the Iowa women are scheduled to entertain Northern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to Friday’s basketball games in advance. Tickets to the women’s game cost $10 for adults. Boys and girls high school aged and younger, and UI students are admitted free. Tickets to the men’s game cost $14 for adults and $5 for boys and girls high school aged and younger, and UI students. Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, and at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show.
Television: Friday’s game will be televised in the state of Iowa on Mediacom’s MC22 channel. Rob Brooks and Mac McCausland will call the action. Fans can also access the game online on via the BTN Digital Network. Hawkeye All-Access subscribers can watch live video streams of UI events on the BTN Digital Network at no extra charge. Fans can also access the game via

Hawkeye fans can purchase a season ticket for $320. UI Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $270, while the price is only $80 for UI students. There are also two mini-season ticket packages. There is a six-game weekday package ($120) and a six-game weekend package ($125). Single-game tickets to home non-conference games, except Iowa State, are also on sale at this time. Fans can purchase tickets at the UI Ticket Office, calling 1-800-IAHAWKS or online at

Women’s and men’s basketball fans will have access to the following parking lots on Friday:

? Lot 33 located east of Carver-Hawkeye Arena
? Lot 75 located south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena (the south end of lot 75 will be held for use by fans of the UI football team who have the appropriate pass to park recreational vehicles)
? Lot 43 North located west of the UI Recreation Building (the north end of Lot 43 North will be held for use by fans of the UI football team who have the appropriate pass to park recreation vehicles)
? Lot 43 located west of Kinnick Stadium (the east end of Lot 43 will be held for use by fans of the Iowa football team who have assigned parking spaces for football games as a result of their lease of a private viewing space in the Kinnick press box)
? Lot 65
? UI Parking ramps 3 and 4

The UI will begin charging a $5 parking fee at all of the aforementioned parking lots at 6:30 p.m. Fans of the Iowa football team will have access to their assigned parking lot beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Iowa scored the game’s first 22 points en route to a 100-54 exhibition victory over Quincy on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The Hawkeye bench outscored Quincy’s entire team, 56-54. Thirteen Hawkeyes played 10 minutes or more, while eight played at least 15 minutes. Freshman point guard Mike Gesell scored a game-high 18 points, while sophomore Josh Oglesby netted 15 points and junior Melsahn Basabe contributed 10 points. Junior Zach McCabe snagged a game-high eight boards to go along with seven points, while May collected four steals and had three assists to go along with his 15 points. Iowa forced 31 turnovers and converted those Quincy miscues into 41 points. The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Hawks by 14 (46-32) and outscored the visitors 23-11 at the foul line.

Three of Iowa’s starters are from the Sioux City area. Junior Zach McCabe and freshman Adam Woodbury hail from Sioux City, Iowa, while freshman Mike Gesell is a native of South Sioux City, Neb.

? After Friday night’s game, UTPA will travel to Peoria, Ill., to play Bradley on Monday. The Broncs Midwest tour will then take them to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the four-game EMU “Ice Man” Classic.
? UTPA has four players from the Chicago area on its roster.
? The Broncs return five of their six leading scorers from a year ago. Brandon Provost paced UTPA last season averaging 13.4 points, while Aaron Urbanus (8.6), Ruben Cabrera (6.2), Jesus Delgado (5.1), and Josh Cleveland (4.7) all return this season. UTPA graduated its leading rebounder (Earl Jefferson, 4.8 rpg) and assists leader (Nick Weiermiller, 108 assists) from a year ago.
? UTPA averaged 62.3 points per game and 5.1 steals a year ago. Brandon Provost ranked 76th in the country in triples (73) last season.
? Ryan Marks enters his fourth season at the helm of UTPA (168-156, .519).

Iowa posted 14 home wins last season (14-6), the most since collecting 14 home victories in 2007. Five of the Hawkeyes’ 14 home victories came in league play.

Fran McCaffery guided Iowa to 18 wins (18-17) in his second season as head coach of the Hawkeyes, with four of the 18 victories coming against top 20 opponents. McCaffery was one of only four Big Ten coaches to record four or more wins over ranked opponents, and the only coach to do so with an unranked team. McCaffery’s seven-win improvement in his second season, ties Pops Harrison (1943-44) for the fourth best improvement following his second year as Iowa head coach. Steve Alford (2000-01) and Lute Olsen (1975-76) rank first (+9), while George Raveling (1984-85) is third (+8). Furthermore, the seven-win improvement ranked third-best in the Big Ten in 2012 behind Indiana (+12) and Michigan State (+10). Iowa improved by four wins in conference play from 2011 (four) to 2012 (eight), its best improvement since 1994-95. Tom Davis’ 1994 team won five, while his 1995 squad collected nine victories.

Iowa posted eight wins against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, including four inside the top 25. The Hawkeyes registered victories over Michigan (13), Indiana (17), Dayton (81) and two wins each over Wisconsin (23) and Minnesota (90). The Hawkeyes had four wins over top 25 teams; only Michigan State (seven), Ohio State (seven) and Michigan (five) had more.

Sophomore Aaron White has been named preseason third team All-Big Ten by the website College Sports Madness, while Adam Woodbury was named by as a top 30 freshman to make an impact. White, who was named to the 2012 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team, averaged 11.1 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds a year ago. White’s 389 points rank as the fifth-most by a Hawkeye freshman, while his 199 rebounds rank fourth and 23 blocks rank eighth. Woodbury, is a three-time All-State honoree, and was tabbed MVP of the NBA Top 100 Camp in 2011. The 7-foot-1 center topped 1,000 career points and rebounds in his prep career for Sioux City East High School.

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 48 years of head coaching experience. Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Strom is in his 32nd season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Additionally, Iowa’s video coordinator, Al Seibert, has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.

Iowa welcomes five newcomers to the fold for 2012-13. The newest Hawkeyes include guards Anthony Clemmons, Pat Ingram and Mike Gesell; forward Kyle Meyer and center Adam Woodbury. The class ranks 25th in the nation by

Iowa has played 2,659 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,595-1,064 (.600). That includes a 956-353 (.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 362-117 (.756) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Since landing a spot in the starting rotation at UNI on Dec. 6, 2011, Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been phenomenal. The sophomore averaged 12.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a starter the last 27 games. Also, he shot 44.6 percent from the field and 72 percent from the foul line as a starter. Marble finished last year on a high note, scoring a career-high 31 points, bolstered by 7-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, and had five rebounds and five assists in Iowa’s NIT second round loss at Oregon. The 31 points are the most ever by a Hawkeye in an NIT game and the most in a postseason game since Ed Horton netted 32 in a double overtime loss to NC State in the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. He amassed a solid assist-to-turnover ratio last season: 126 assists to only 61 turnovers, ranking fifth in the Big Ten (2.1) and 69th nationally. Marble was credited with four assists or more 17 times last season, including collecting six or more four of the last 10 games (six at Penn State, seven vs. Indiana; a career-best eight against Wisconsin and six at Illinois). Marble averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and was credited with 41 assists and 21 steals in 31 contests his freshman campaign. He started the last six games of 2010-11. Also, he shot 53 percent from the free throw line (35-of-66). As a sophomore, Marble saw much improved numbers, averaging 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, while collecting 126 assists and a team-best 53 steals. He started the last 27 contests. From the foul line in 2011-12, the sophomore saw significant improvement, shooting 72 percent (102-of-133).

Check out the Iowa basketball team’s new website,, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program., 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. will be updated throughout the year with exclusive videos, including and game highlights, along with news stories and other content.

The state of Iowa’s four NCAA Division I institutions will host the inaugural Hy-Vee Big Four Classic, a men’s college basketball doubleheader at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Dec. 15. Tickets, priced at $25, $50 and $70, can be purchased at, the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office, all Dahl’s Foods Locations and by calling 866-55-DAHLS.

Iowa remains home for three more games: Central Michigan (Nov. 12); Howard (Nov. 15); and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17). Iowa opens the season with four games in nine days. Fans earn $5 admission to Monday’s game against Central Michigan by showing their Iowa-Purdue football ticket stub. Also, FREE pizza will be given away to the first 100 UI students in attendance. Monday will be Central Michigan’s regular season opener. The Chippewas play Lake Superior State in an exhibition on Nov. 7.