Men's Hoops Returns to Action Monday Night

Nov. 10, 2012

Iowa Game Notes

? Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for youths and UI students. Fans earn $5 admission to Monday’s game by showing their Iowa-Purdue football ticket stub from the weekend.
? FREE pizza will be awarded to the first 100 UI students who are in attendance on Monday.
? Iowa blocked 10 shots vs. UT-Pan American on Friday night, the most by an Iowa team since Nov. 14, 2005 (Md.-Eastern Shore).
? A crowd of 14,859 watched Iowa’s season-opening win over UT-Pan American. The attendance figure is Iowa’s largest since 2001 (15,500 vs. Md. Eastern Shore).
? Fran McCaffery improved to 10-7 in season openers, including a 7-1 mark in home openers.
? Iowa’s first four games are at home, including three contests this week: Central Michigan (Nov. 12); Howard (Nov. 15); and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17).
? This marks the second time in three years under Fran McCaffery that the Hawkeye head coach has started two freshmen in the season opener (Basabe and McCabe in 2010).
? Iowa is 10-2 when scoring 80 points or more, the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 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 2 | Central Michigan at Iowa
Date Monday, Nov. 12 | 6:36 p.m.
Location Iowa City, IA | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Radio Hawkeye Radio Network
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All-Time Series First Meeting

Iowa will play its second game in four days when it hosts Central Michigan on Monday. Tip-off is slated for 6:36 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for youth and UI students. Fans earn $5 admission to Monday’s game by showing their Iowa-Purdue football ticket stub. Also, FREE pizza will be given away to the first 100 UI students in attendance.

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: Monday’s game will be televised on BTN. Eric Collins, Sean Harrington and Kara Lentz will call the action. Fans can also access the contest online at or the BTN2GO app.

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 are also on sale. Fans can purchase tickets at the UI Ticket Office, calling 1-800-IAHAWKS or online at

? Iowa defeated UT-Pan American, 86-55, on Friday night in the season opener on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Four starters netted double figures: Aaron White (16), Zach McCabe (14), Roy Devyn Marble (11) and Adam Woodbury (10). White also collected a career-high four steals, while McCabe equaled a personal best with four 3-pointers.
? Melsahn Basabe grabbed a game-high 10 boards, marking the 12th time the junior controlled double-digit boards in his career.
? The Hawkeyes outscored the Broncs, 17-4 at the foul line.
? Iowa forced 19 turnovers, scoring 22 points off those UTPA miscues.
? Twelve Hawkeyes scored at least two points, including eight with five points or more.

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.

Monday will be the first meeting between Iowa and Central Michigan. The Hawkeyes are 22-7 all-time against current teams in the Mid-American Conference.

? Monday will be Central Michigan’s regular season opener. The Chippewas beat Lake Superior State, 86-76, in an exhibition last week. Four Chippewas tallied double figures, led by forward Zach Saylor’s 17 points. Kyle Randall, Chris Folwer and Austin Keel each netted 13. CMU shot 52 percent from the floor and outscored Lake Superior State, 21-10 at the foul line.
? Chris Folwer scored his 13 points via a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field, including 1-1 from 3-point range in CMU’s exhibition.
? Central Michigan has six freshmen on its roster, along with one sophomore, three juniors and four seniors.
? The Chippewas went 11-21 a year ago, including a 5-11 mark in the Mid-American Conference.
? Olivier Mbaigoto is the Chippewas’ top returning scorer from a year ago (7.1 ppg).

Central Michigan is coached by Keno Davis, a 1995 Iowa graduate, and son of former Hawkeye head coach Tom Davis. Davis served as an undergraduate coach under his father at Iowa from 1991-95, and as an assistant coach at Drake from 2003-07 before becoming the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2007. After guiding Drake to a 28-5 record and being named Associated Press Coach of the Year, Davis took the same position at Providence, where he coached for three seasons (2008-11). Also, former Hawkeye Kevin Gamble is an assistant coach on the staff. Gamble was a member of two Iowa NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1987 squad in which Gamble hit the game-winning shot against Oklahoma to send the Hawkeyes to the Elite Eight. Gamble went on to have a productive NBA career playing for Portland, Boston, Miami and Sacramento.

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 2,660 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,596-1,064 (.600). That includes a 957-353 (.731) 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 363-117 (.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 two more games: Howard (Nov. 15); and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17).