Men's Hoops to Face Northwestern at Big Ten Tournament

March 12, 2013

Iowa-Northwestern Game Notes

Iowa (20-11, 9-9) earned the No. 6 seed at this week’s Big Ten men’s basketball tournament and will square-off against 11th-seeded Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) Thursday in the first round. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m. (CT) at the United Center in Chicago. The winner will face No. 3 seed Michigan State at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday. That contest will be televised on BTN. The tournament is sold out.

Radio: All Iowa games at the Big Ten Tournament will be 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: Thursday night’s game will be televised on ESPN2 (WatchESPN). Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Samantha Ponder will call the action.

Game 32 | Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) vs. Iowa (20-11, 9-9)
Date Thursday, March 14 | 8 p.m. (CT)
Location Chicago, Ill. | United Center
Radio Hawkeye Radio Network
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All-Time Series Iowa leads, 110-57

? Iowa has been the No. 6 seed at the Big Ten Tournament only once before, 2001. That year, the Hawkeyes won four games in four days, becoming the only team to accomplish the feat at a Big Ten Tournament. Coincidentally, Iowa also played Northwestern in the first round that year.
? Iowa enters the Big Ten Tournament winners of six of its last eight games. The last time an Iowa team finished the regular season winning 6-of-8 Big Ten contests was the 1995-96 season.
? Roy Devyn Marble has averaged 17.6 points the last seven games, which is the fourth-best scoring average in the Big Ten since Feb. 9. Marble became just the sixth Hawkeye ever to amass 1,000+ points, 300+ rebounds and 200+ assists as a junior.
? Iowa has four top-50 RPI wins and six top-100 RPI victories.
? Six of Iowa’s eight Big Ten losses have come by margins of four points or less, including three by three points or less. Two of those three defeats came in overtime (one in double overtime).
? Roy Devyn Marble (coaches) and Aaron White (media) are third team All-Big Ten honorees.
? Aaron White is one of only three Big Ten players to average 13.6 points and 6.2 or more rebounds. The other two are Cody Zeller of Indiana and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State.
? Fran McCaffery notched career victory No. 300 in Iowa’s last game vs. Nebraska on March 9; the Hawkeyes’ next triumph will give McCaffery his 50th win at Iowa.

? Iowa avenged its road loss at Nebraska earlier in the season with a 74-60 win on “Senior Day” in Iowa City last Saturday afternoon.
? Leading by two points (46-44) with 14:21 left in the game, the Hawkeyes went on a 17-0 run the next 8:30 minutes to pull away from the Huskers.
? Four Hawkeyes scored double digits; Aaron White (19), Adam Woodbury (12), Melsahn Basabe (11) and Anthony Clemmons (11). Basabe tallied his 11th career double-double and second of the year, grabbing a season-high 13 boards to go along with his 11 points.
? Iowa improved to 10-1 this season when Aaron White scores 16 points or more.
? The win gave head coach Fran McCaffery his 300th career victory.
? Roy Devyn Marble drained a 3-pointer at the 16:04 mark of the first half to put the junior over the 1,000 career point mark. He becomes the 41st Hawkeyes to reach the milestone and 29th to accomplish the feat in three years or less.
? The Hawkeyes finished with nine conference wins and in sixth place in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007.
? Iowa finished with a season-high field goal percentage of 57.1% (28-of-49). The Hawkeyes assisted on 21 of their 28 field goals. The Black and Gold shot 72.7 percent in the second half, making 16 of its 22 attempts.
? The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Huskers by 17 (39-22), their best rebounding margin in a Big Ten game this season.

Iowa has posted a 14-13 record in Big Ten Tournament games. The Hawkeyes earned tournament titles in 2001 and 2006 and lost in the title game in 2002. Only Ohio State (19-9), Illinois (23-13), Michigan State (18-12) and Wisconsin (15-13) have more wins and a higher winning percentage than the Hawkeyes. Ohio State and Michigan State have won three tournament titles, while Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State have two tournament titles (Ohio State was forced to vacate its 2002 title). Iowa has played ten different teams in the event, having met each team except Nebraska at least once. Iowa is the only team to claim the tournament title by winning four games in four days, that taking place in 2001 (was also a No. 6 seed). Iowa has been eliminated by the tournament champion in four of the 13 tournaments it did not win, including Michigan in the 1998 quarterfinals, Michigan State in the 2000 quarterfinals and 2012 quarterfinals, and Ohio State in the 2002 title game. The Hawkeyes lost five straight Big Ten Tournament games (2007-11) before knocking off Illinois (64-61) last season in the first round.

This marks the second time in tournament history that Iowa has been the sixth seed. Iowa has never been the top seed, third seed or 11th seed. Iowa was a No. 6 seed in 2001, beating 11th-seed Northwestern (72-55); No. 3 seed Ohio State (75-66); seventh-seeded Penn State (94-74); and No. 4 seed Indiana (63-61). The Hawkeyes are 1-0 in first round contests as a six seed.

Teams seeded sixth at previous Big Ten Tournaments are 14-1 against No. 11 seeds in the first round; the lone loss was in 1999. Overall sixth-seeds are 26-14 at the tournament. Sixth-seeds have advanced to the semifinals seven times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011). Not only that, but three times has a six seed advanced to the championship, including two of the last three years.

Iowa holds a 110-57 advantage over Northwestern in the series that began with a 24-23 Wildcat win in 1905. After losing five straight to the Wildcats, the Hawkeyes swept the season series in 2013, winning 70-50 in Evanston on Jan. 13 and 71-57 in Iowa City on Feb. 9. Iowa has won 27 of the last 40 in the series. Eleven of the last 17 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, with eight decided by five points or less. The last, and only, time the Hawkeyes were a No. 6 seed at a Big Ten Tournament before was the 2001 tournament, in which Iowa beat Northwestern (72-55) at the United Center in the first round and ultimately became the only Big Ten school to win four games in four days and win the tournament championship. The 2001 contest is the only previous neutral-site meeting between Iowa and Northwestern.

? Northwestern enters the Big Ten tournament having lost eight straight and have lost 10 of its last 11. The Wildcats have lost by an average of 15.1 points during the eight-game losing skid.
? The Wildcats dropped their regular season finale, 71-61, at nationally-ranked Michigan State. Only seven Wildcats saw significant minutes in the game. Kale Abrahamson (16), Alex Marcotullio (11), Tre Demps (11) and Alex Olah (10) paced Northwestern in scoring in defeat. Abrahamson’s 16 points are a personal best.
? Northwestern is 3-3 in games decided by six points or less, which includes a three-point overtime win against Illinois State (Nov. 24).
? The Wildcats are 5-7 in games away from home. Northwestern’s last road victory came on Jan. 17 at Illinois (68-54).
? Senior Drew Crawford, who averaged 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds the first 10 games of the season, is out for the season because of a shoulder injury. Senior Jared Swopshire, who is the team’s leading rebounder (6.7) and third-leading scorer (9.7), injured his knee in the Iowa game on Feb. 9 and is also out for the remainder of the year.
? Senior Reggie Hearn ranks 15th in the Big Ten in scoring at 13.2 points per game.
? Thirty-seven percent of Northwestern’s offense comes from beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats have five players who have made 30+ 3-pointers: Dave Sobolewski (46), Kale Abrahamson (34), Reggie Hearn (36), Alex Marcotullio (32), and Tre Demps (31).
? The Wildcats rank third in Big Ten assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and 3-pointers made (7.6); fourth in assists (14.6); fifth in 3-point accuracy (.342); and sixth in turnover margin (+1.1).
? Sophomore point guard Dave Sobolewski ranks sixth in the league in assists (3.9).
? The Wildcats have been outerebounded by a -6.5 margin, while the Hawkeyes pull down +4.6 more rebounds than their opponents.

? Iowa posted its first win in Evanston this year since a 67-62 triumph in 2008. The Hawkeyes held Northwestern to 50 points on Jan. 13, its fewest output against Iowa since scoring 48 in a 65-48 Iowa victory on Feb. 23, 1999 in Iowa City.
? Iowa’s Josh Oglesby scored in double figures in three Big Ten games this season, twice against the Wildcats. Oglesby netted 12 of his season-high 14 points in the second half, draining a season-best four triples in the second stanza on Jan. 13. The junior had 10 points against Northwestern in Iowa City on Feb. 9.
? Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble averaged 14.5 points in the two games versus Northwestern, scoring eight in Evanston and 21 in Iowa City.
? Sophomore Aaron White scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line, while freshman Adam Woodbury tied a career high with nine rebounds in only 12 minutes of action, both in the Jan. 13 contest.
? Iowa registered seven dunks in the win at Northwestern on Jan. 13. Aaron White had four of Iowa’s seven slams.
? Northwestern’s 15 first-half points on Jan. 13 were the second-fewest by an Iowa conference opponent this season.
? Iowa led by as many as 19 points in the second half en route to a 71-57 triumph over Northwestern on Feb. 9 in Iowa City. The win marked Iowa’s first season sweep over the Wildcats since 2008.
? Northwestern senior Jared Swopshire sustained a season-ending knee injury in the game in Iowa City on Feb. 9.

Iowa has lost six Big Ten games by four points or less for the first time since 1984. Four of the six defeats (MSU, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) have come with the Hawkeyes having a late with under two minutes left. Iowa is the first team since Penn State in 1998-99 to have played six Big Ten games decided by six points or less. In total, Iowa played a Big Ten-leading eight games decided by four points or less (2-6).

Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White earned postseason all-conference recognition by the Big Ten. Marble was named to the coaches’ third team, while White was voted to the media’s third team. Marble was a media honorable mention selection, while White made the coaches’ honorable mention list. The All-Big Ten honor is the first for Marble, while White was tabbed on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team a year ago. White leads the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.2), free throws made (165) and attempted (224) and steals (35), and ranks second in scoring (13.6). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, is one of only three Big Ten players to average 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds or more. White has led the team in scoring a team-best 15 times, rebounds 11 times and steals nine times. Marble is Iowa’s leading scorer, averaging 14.1 points, and has made the most 3-pointers (38). The native of Southfield, Mich., has netted double figures a team-best 23 times this season, including 20+ points seven times. Additionally, he has led the squad in assists a team-best 12 times.

The Hawkeyes have assisted on 63.8 percent of their field goal makes (475 assists on 744 field goals), a rate that is 17th-best in the country.

Iowa ranks 13th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.291); 19th in field goal percentage defense (.387); 26th in assists (15.3); and 34th in blocks (4.9).

? Fran McCaffery won his 300th career game as a head coach on March 9, when Iowa registered a 74-60 triumph over Nebraska in the regular season finale. McCaffery has posted season win improvements in each of his first three seasons the last four schools he has coaches (Lehigh, UNC-Greensboro, Siena, and Iowa).
? Iowa’s win over Nebraska on March 9 was its 20th of the season, marking the program’s first 20-win season since the 2005-06 campaign (25-9).
? Roy Devyn Marble became the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000+ points, 300+ rebounds, and 200+ assists by his junior season. Marble netted his 1,000th career point in Iowa’s last game versus Nebraska. His father, Roy (1986-89) is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer (2,116); the duo became the first father/son duo to record 1,000+ points at the same school in the Big Ten.
? Iowa blocked a school-record 13 shots in Iowa’s 63-55 win over Illinois on March 5; nine of the 13 blocks came in the first half.

Roy Devyn Marble has led or shared the team lead in scoring seven of Iowa’s last eight games, averaging 17.6 points. He scored 20 points or more in four of thse eight contests. Iowa has won six of its last eight games for the first time since 1996. During the last eight games, the junior is shooting 45 percent (44-of-97) from the field and 91 percent (41-of-45) from the free throw line. The 17.6-point average the last eight outings, ranks as the fourth-best Big Ten scoring average since Feb. 9. Marble, who is a third team All-Big Ten performer, became the 41st player in Iowa history to score 1,000+ points and 29th Hawkeye to accomplish the feat in three years or less. The native of Southfield, Mich., also became just the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000+ points, 300+ rebounds, and 200+ assists as a junior. Marble’s father, Roy (1986-89), is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,116 points. The Marbles are believed to become the first father-son duo to join the 1,000-point club in Big Ten history.

Iowa’s Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble are fourth-highest scoring duo in the Big Ten, averaging 27.3 points.

Iowa has had an attendance figure of 10,500 fans or greater in all 18 home contests, including sellouts of 15,400 against Indiana on Dec. 31, Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Minnesota on Feb. 17, and Nebraska on March 9. Iowa averaged 13,428 fans this season, which is its best average attendance figure since the 2001-02 season (15,207).

? Iowa enters this week’s slate of games ranked 30th by; 35th by Sagarin; 49th in the BPI and 72nd in the RPI.
? Iowa is 8-7 all-time in games played in the United Center; 7-6 in Big Ten Tournament games; 1-0 versus Texas Tech (2004); 0-1 against Duke (2001). Iowa went 4-0, winning the Big Ten Tournament championship, in 2001.
? Iowa has won 21 of its last 24 home games, including 16-of-18 this season, dating back to Feb. 1, 2012. The Hawkeyes’ two losses this season have come to nationally ranked teams (Indiana and Michigan State).
? Iowa has won 17 straight home games, dating back to last season, against unranked opponents. That streak is third-best in the Big Ten (Ohio State, 67; Michigan State, 31).
? The Hawkeyes have won each of their last 29 games when holding opponents to 61 or fewer points, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
? Iowa is 14-2 when scoring 70 points or more; 17-1 when having a higher field goal percentage than its opponents; 17-4 when recording more rebounds than its opponents.
? Iowa ranks eighth in the country in free throws made (17.5) and 15th in attempts (24.1).
? Freshman Adam Woodbury had a good week helping Iowa to a pair of home wins against Illinois and Nebraska. The 7-foot-1 center averaged 10 points (10-13, .769 FG) and four rebounds.
? Sophomore Gabriel Olaseni had a stellar couple games last week, averaging five blocks, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and three points in Iowa’s two victories.
? Hawkeye reserves are averaging 24.2 points per game. The Hawkeyes have played 10 players or more in all but two games this season (Iowa State and Illinois).
? Roy Devyn Marble averages 15.4 points in Hawkeye wins this year and 11.7 in losses.
? Iowa shoots 31 percent (107-of-343) from 3-point territory in its victories, but 28 percent (55-of-199) from long distance in losses this season.
? For the second time in the last two decades, the men’s basketball team has nine players logging 16 minutes or more per game, and 10 players averaging 10 minutes or more. Iowa’s 1998-99 team, that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, had 10 players average 17 minutes or more.
? Co-captain Eric May has posted his best offensive rebound average, assist rate, turnover rate, and free throw percentage of his career this season. May has led or shared the team lead in rebounding in two of the last four contests.
? Last season, Iowa had eight different players post double digits in one game or more. This year, 11 different players have scored double figures for the Hawkeyes.
? Iowa has nearly made more free throws (543) than its foes have attempted (549).
? The Hawkeyes averaged 10 blocks in two games last week (Illinois, 13; Nebraska, 7).

Melsahn Basabe’s play has been so good the last month that he was moved to the starting lineup in Iowa’s win vs. Penn State (Jan. 31). The junior has averaged 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in his last 15 games. Basabe posted his first double-double of the season in Iowa’s win over Penn State (10 points and 10 rebounds) on Jan. 31, and his second in the regular season finale versus Nebraska (11 points and 13 rebounds). Overall, Basabe ranks fourth in team scoring (7.1), first in blocks (1.1) and third in rebounding (4.7). He grabbed career rebound No. 500 in Iowa’s win over Purdue on Feb. 27. Basabe ranks fourth among active players in the Big Ten in blocks (111).

Iowa’s win over Nebraska last weekend gives the Hawkeyes their 20th win of the season. The 20 victories surpasses last season’s total (18-17). The last time Iowa had 18 or more wins in back-to-back seasons was 2005-06. Also, it marks the program’s first 20-win season since the 2006 campaign (25-9). In four stops as head coach, Fran McCaffery, has engineered win improvement in each of the first three seasons. Iowa and Michigan rank second in the Big Ten with three consecutive season win improvements. Indiana ranks first with a four-season streak. Fran McCaffery has now posted seven 20-win seasons as a head coach, including five in the last seven years.

Aaron White has averaged a team-best 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds the last 12 games. White, who is a third-team All-Big Ten performer, scored a career-high 27 points against Penn State (Jan. 31), moving to the small forward position. The sophomore is one of just three Big Ten players to average better than 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds this season, with the other two being Cody Zeller of Indiana and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. White has scored 39 percent (165/422) of his points from the free throw line, which ranks fourth-best in the country. White leads the team in rebounding and will become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in rebounding both his freshman and sophomore seasons since Michael Payne in 1981-82 (7.4 rpg) and 1982-83 (7.5 rpg). White led Iowa last season (5.7 rpg) and ranks first this year (6.2 rpg). Iowa is 10-1 this season when White scores 16 points or more.

Last year, Iowa allowed opponents 72.5 points per contest. This season, Iowa is yielding 63.1 points. The 9.4 point differential from last year to this season ranks 13th-best in the nation. Iowa is holding its opponents to a much lower field goal percentage this season, compared to a year ago. Hawkeye opponents are shooting at a 38.7 percent clip this season, compared to 45.7 percent last season. The 38.7 field goal percentage defense is the lowest clip the Hawkeyes have held their opponents since the 2005-06 season (38 percent, 732-of-1924). Additionally, the seven percent improvement ranks second-best in the country. Iowa is on pace to record just its second sub-.400 defensive field goal percentage (.380 in 2005-06) in the last 50 years.

Iowa has improved its 3-point field goal percentage defense by 5.4 percent this season compared to last. That improvement is tops in the Big Ten and eighth-best in the country. Additionally, the Hawkeyes are on pace to shatter a new school record in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The current single-season record is 31.8 percent set in 2005-06; opponents are shooting 29.1 percent from long distance this season.

Mike Gesell is one of only four Hawkeye freshmen to total 240 points, 75 rebounds and 75 assists in a single season. Gesell suffered a right foot injury, missing Iowa’s last four games. It is hopeful he will return for the Big Ten Tournament, March 14-17.

Iowa has attempted 25 or more free throws eight times during Big Ten play and 16 times total this season. The Hawkeyes rank eighth in the country in free throws made (17.5) and 15th in attempts (24.1). Aaron White, who ranks 17th in the country and second in the Big Ten in free throw attempts (7.2), has attempted double-digit foul shots in seven games this season, including two of the last five games. White is 165-of-224 (.737) from the foul line, which is the most makes and attempts by a Hawkeye sophomore in school history. The 224 attempts rank overall as the 10th-most by a Hawkeye in a single-season. He is two attempts from ninth (Roy Marble, 226 in 1989). White was a perfect 8-of-8 in Iowa’s regular season finale versus Nebraska on March 9. Roy Devyn Marble has made 29 of his last 30 free throw attempts, dating back to the Minnesota game (Feb. 17). He was 10-of-10 is Iowa’s win over Illinois on March 5.

Iowa established a school single-game record for blocks in a game when it rejected 13 against Illinois on March 5. The 13 blocks are the most in a Big Ten game in 2013 and match Minnesota’s 13 against North Florida, for all games, this season in the league. Gabriel Olaseni’s seven blocks equal Jared Berggren’s seven set against Iowa on Feb. 6 for the most by a Big Ten player this season. The seven swats are the most by a Hawkeye in a game since Melsahn Basabe had five vs. Indiana on Feb. 19, 2012. Iowa has blocked 151 shots this season, the most since the 2005-06 campaign (167).

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

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.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Park Tavern, located at 1645 W. Jackson Blvd. downtown Chicago. Additional huddles will be scheduled contingent on Iowa advancing in the tournament. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.

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.

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Iowa trailed Gardner-Webb by 23 points (38-15) with 13 seconds left in the first half on Nov. 17 in Iowa City. Sophomore Josh Oglesby drained three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with one second remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 20 (38-18) at halftime. The Hawkeyes rallied in the second half and ultimately won by nine points (65-56), which is a 32-point swing. The comeback is believed to be the largest in school history. The last team in the country to overcome a 20+ halftime deficit was Harvard, which trailed Brown by 22 points (53-31) and won 85-78 on Feb. 12, 2011. The last Big Ten team to overcome a 20+ halftime deficit was Illinois, which trailed at Clemson by 20 points (47-27) and won 76-74 on Dec. 2, 2009. Iowa also overcame a 16-point first-half deficit on Sunday to Minnesota and ultimately won by 21 points — a 37-point swing!