Feb. 24, 2014
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No. 20/19 Iowa (19-7, 8-5) hits the road Tuesday for a game at Minnesota (17-11, 6-9). Tipoff is set for 6:06 p.m. (CT) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Iowa is slated to play three games in six days this week, including the first two on the road.
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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.
TV: Tuesday night’s game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will call the action.
|Game 27 | Iowa (19-7, 8-5) at Minnesota (17-11, 6-9)|
|Date||Tuesday, Feb. 25 | 6:06 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Minneapolis, Minn. | Williams Arena|
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage||Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series||Minnesota leads, 101-92|
GAME #27 STORYLINES
? Iowa is 6-0 in games following a loss. The Hawkeyes average 86.5 points, 19.3 assists, 8.2 steals, boast a +14 rebounding margin, and shoot 53 percent from the field (50 percent from 3-point range) and 77 percent from the foul line in the six games following a defeat.
? Roy Devyn Marble had 21 points and a career-high 11 assists Saturday versus Wisconsin. Marble became only the third player in the country with 20+ points and 10+ assists against an AP Top 25 opponent in 2013-14.
? Iowa is one of only three teams (Villanova and Wichita State) in the official NCAA RPI top 30 not to have lost to a team outside the RPI top 20.
? Iowa is 14-1 this season when making five 3-pointers or more, with the one loss coming in overtime vs. Villanova. Iowa is a perfect 7-0 in Big Ten play when sinking at least five triples.
? Iowa is one win from the 20-win threshold. Nine other past Hawkeye teams reached 20 victories during the month of February.
? Iowa’s seven losses have come to teams ranked in the top-25 by a combined 26 points, including two in overtime. The Hawkeyes have lost games by two (Michigan St – overtime), three (Iowa St), four (at Wisconsin), five (home vs. Wisconsin and Villanova – overtime) and seven points (Ohio St).
? Devyn Marble is the only active B1G player, and 1-of-9 in the country, to amass 1,550+ points, 350+ assists, 150+ steals, and 425+ rebounds. Marble, who is the only player to score 10+ points in every B1G game this season, has been named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 List.
WISCONSIN EDGES HAWKEYES
? Wisconsin finished Saturday’s game in Iowa City on an 8-2 run en route to a 79-74 win over the Hawkeyes in front of a sold out crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? The last five Iowa-Wisconsin games, including Saturday’s contest, have been decided by five points or less.
? Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Roy Devyn Marble (21), Josh Oglesby (17), Gabriel Olaseni (10), and Mike Gesell (10). Oglesby’s 17 points equaled a season high for the junior shooting guard, while Gesell reached double figures for the fourth-straight contest.
? Roy Devyn Marble registered the first career double-double, dishing out a career-high 11 assists to go along with his 21 points. The 11 assists are the most by an athlete in a Big Ten game this season and the most by a Hawkeye since Bryce Cartwright had 11 at Oregon (March 18, 2012). Saturday marked the eighth time this season that Marble scored 21 points or more. The senior surpassed Dean Oliver for ninth on Iowa’s career scoring chart after his 21-point performance against Wisconsin.
? Senior Zach McCabe started his first game of the season replacing senior Melsahn Basabe, who was ill and ultimately played only one minute. The start was the 40th of McCabe’s career.
? Iowa was 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line, which were season lows for the Hawkeyes in both makes and attempts.
? Iowa had only seven turnovers; it has averaged 6.5 turnovers the last two games.
? Wisconsin made eight 3-pointers, while Iowa sank four triples.
? The game featured three ties and nine lead changes.
Minnesota holds a 101-92 advantage in the series that began with a 47-10 Gopher win in 1902. The 193 meetings are the most Iowa has played against any opponent. The Gophers had won six straight in the series before the Hawkeyes have won four of the last five. Iowa won earlier this season, 94-73, in Iowa City on Jan. 19. The Gophers hold a 61-34 advantage in games played at Minnesota. Minnesota has won six of the last eight meetings in Williams Arena. The Gophers scored the last seven points in a 62-59 victory over Iowa last season in Minneapolis. Trailing by two points, Minnesota’s Austin Hollins sank a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass with 11 seconds left, which proved to be the game-winning shot.
LAST TIME VERSUS MINNESOTA
? Iowa trailed Minnesota by 10 points (43-33) with 1:13 left in the first half, but the Hawkeyes scored the final eight points of the half en route to a 94-73 victory over Minnesota on Jan. 19. The 21-point loss is the Gophers’ most lop-sided loss of the season.
? The 94 points by Iowa are its most against Minnesota in a non-OT game since scoring 99 points versus the Gophers on Feb. 18, 1989.
? Iowa won a game by 20-plus points after trailing at the half for the first time since March 1, 1997, versus Purdue (34-41 at half; won 84-62).
? Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Aaron White (18), Josh Oglesby (17), Roy Devyn Marble (16), Gabriel Olaseni (12), and Mike Gesell (11). White scored all 18 of his points in the second half, while Marble tallied 15 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes.
? Josh Oglesby netted a season-high 17 points, 14 in the first half, on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Oglesby made all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half.
? Iowa’s bench scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
? Zach McCabe led the team in steals (3), and also had eight points and three assists.
? Since starting the season 13-3, Minnesota has lost eight of its last 11 games — with two of those defeats coming in overtime (Michigan State) and triple overtime (Purdue).
? Minnesota lost its last game, 64-46, at Ohio State Saturday night. The Gophers led 28-18 at halftime, but were outscored 46-18 in the second half in Columbus.
? Three Gophers average double figures: Andre Hollins (14.8); DeAndre Mathieu (11.6); and Austin Hollins (10.9).
? Minnesota ranks first in the conference in steals (7.6); and fourth in free throw accuracy (.742), 3-pointers (6.9), and assists (13.8).
? The Golden Gophers have three players who have drained 38 triples or more, including two who have made 50 or more: Malik Smith (53), Andre Hollins (52), and Austin Hollins (38). Smith made eight 3-pointers in a four-point loss at Nebraska on Jan. 26, which is the most by a Big Ten player this season.
? Elliott Eliason ranks second in the league in rebounding (7.3), and third in blocked shots (2.2). Junior guard Andre Hollins ranks 10th in Big Ten scoring (14.8) and fourth in free throw percentage (.831). Junior DeAndre Mathieu ranks fourth in steals (1.9).
? Elliott Eliason and Iowa’s Aaron White each grabbed a Big Ten-best 17 rebounds in a game this season. White had 17 boards at Iowa State, while Eliason controlled 17 in a win over Lehigh in Minnesota’s season opener.
? Richard Pitino is in his first season as head coach at Minnesota and second year overall. Pitino began his head coaching career at Florida International.
? Iowa has posted four Big Ten road victories this season, including three straight.
? The last time Iowa won three straight conference road games was the 1997-98 season. Iowa will be gunning for its fourth consecutive road triumph Tuesday at Minnesota, something that has not happened at Iowa since the 1986-87 campaign (Tom Davis’ first season as head coach). Devyn Marble’s father was a sophomore on that squad.
? The last time Iowa had four conference road wins was 10 years ago during the 2003-04 season. The last time a Hawkeye team won five Big Ten road contests was during the 1997-98 campaign.
MARBLE NAMED TO NAISMITH TOP 30 LIST
Senior Roy Devyn Marble has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List. Marble currently ranks third in Big Ten scoring (17.8) and is the only player to score in double figures in every Big Ten game this season. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard is producing offensively and defensively, as he is the only Big Ten player to average 16.5+ points and have 45+ steals. The native of Southfield, Mich., is the only active Big Ten player, and one of nine in the country, to amass 1,550+ points, 325+ assists, 425+ rebounds and 150+ steals. The team co-captain has scored 26 or more points eight times in his career, including in big games against nationally ranked opponents Wisconsin and Michigan. Marble averages 28.8 points in the five career games when attempting eight 3-pointers or more. Marble is one of four Big Ten players on the list, joining Gary Harris and Keith Appling of Michigan State, and Nik Stauskas of Michigan.
CLOSING IN ON 20 VICTORIES
This season’s Iowa team is trying to become the 10th Iowa squad to reach 20 wins in the month of February. The Hawkeyes are one win away from reaching the 20-win threshold. Should Iowa win Tuesday at Minnesota, it would be the fourth-fastest at reaching 20 wins in school history (Feb. 4 in 1986-87; Feb. 14 in 2005-06; Feb. 22 in 1988-89).
BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,091) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,565) and Aaron White (1,212) in Iowa’s 1,000-point club against Northwestern on Jan. 9. Marble netted his 1,000th point in the 2013 regular season finale against Nebraska, while White passed 1,000 points against Notre Dame (Dec. 3) earlier this year. Basabe, White, and Marble become Iowa’s fifth trio of players on the same team to reach the 1,000-point threshold, and first trio since 2005.
MARBLES RISING AMONG FATHER-SON SCORING COMBOS
Iowa’s Roy Marble (1986-89) and Roy Devyn Marble (2011-present) are rising among the leading father-son scoring duo in collegiate history. Currently, the Marble’s (3,681) are second among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt’s of Iona (4,568). The Marble’s surpassed the Maravich’s (Pete and Josh, and Pete and Jaeson) for fifth place on the overall list after Saturday’s 21-point performance by Devyn Marble.
Iowa’s reserves played a large role in Iowa’s 19 victories. Overall, Iowa’s bench is averaging 32.5 points, 19.8 rebounds and three blocks. The Hawkeye reserves’ rebounding average is tops in the country, while its scoring and blocks rank third best. In victories, Hawkeye reserves average 36.4 points and 21.9 rebounds, while in losses Iowa’s bench averages 21.7 points and 14 rebounds.
RAISING THE BAR
Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White have each increased their scoring output each season in an Iowa uniform. Marble averaged 5.7 points as a freshman, 11.5 his sophomore campaign, 15.0 points as a junior, and 16.6 points this season as a senior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie, 12.8 points as a sophomore, and 12.9 points this year as a junior.
In the last four games, point guard Mike Gesell ranks second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) – bolstered by 53 percent shooting (18-of-34) from the field. The floor general has also valued the basketball, turning the ball over a combined six times, while dropping 20 dimes (5.0 average) in those three games. In 26 games this year, Gesell ranks first in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1). The sophomore currently sits at 500 career points, halfway to the 1,000-point club. Gesell posted 10 points, eight assists, and three steals in Iowa’s win over nationally-ranked Michigan. It marked just the fifth time since 1996-97 that a Hawkeye amassed 10+ points, 8+ assists and 3+ steals in a game (Andre Woolridge three times & Jeff Horner).
MARBLE EARNS WEEKLY PRAISE
Senior Roy Devyn Marble poured in 61 points to tie the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament record, earning Big Ten Player of the Week accolades by College Sports Madness. Marble averaged 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in the three games. College Sports Madness recognized Marble a second time on Feb. 9 after he led Iowa with 26 points in an 85-67 victory over Michigan. Marble earned his first Player of the Week honors by the Big Ten and was also recognized as Athlon Sports’ National Player of the Week on Jan. 13, after leading the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories at No. 3 Ohio State (84-74) and versus Northwestern (93-67). Marble averaged 18.5 points, shooting 60 percent from the field (12-of-20) and 3-point range (3-of-5). He averaged 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and three rebounds in the two victories. Marble averages 20 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists versus top teams in the B1G this year (Wisconsin, Michigan, MSU, OSU). Marble enters Tuesday’s game ninth in Iowa career scoring with 1,565 points. Marble is 13 points from eighth-place Adam Haluska (1,578). He has netted 21 or more points eight times this season, including 26 against Michigan on Feb 8 and 21 in Iowa’s last game versus Wisconsin. The senior averages 28.8 points in the five games in his career of attempting eight 3-pointers or more. The native of Southfield, Mich., averages 17.8 points, 2.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in conference play. Marble ranks 54th in the country in steals (1.8). Marble is the only Big Ten player to average 16.5+ points, 3+ assists and 1.8+ steals. Marble has 164 career steals; he is two thefts from tying Jeff Horner for seventh. Marble has come up huge down the stretch, averaging 11 points (79 percent FT and 44 percent FG) in the second half of Big Ten games this season.
ATTACKING THE RIM
Last season, Iowa ranked 20th in the country in free throw attempts per game (23.6). The Hawkeyes have improved on that number this season, averaging 29.1 foul shots per game, ranking seventh nationally. Iowa ranks third in the country in made free throws (21.1). Iowa attempted 43 and 40 free throws against Michigan State and Penn State, ranking 1-2 respectively, among Big Ten teams during conference play this season.
MARBLE TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Roy Devyn Marble tied the school record for 3-pointers in a half when he drained six in the first half vs. Michigan on Feb. 8. Marble tied Chris Kingsbury, who sank six in the first half versus Drake on Nov. 29, 1994, and Justin Johnson, who made six in the second stanza against Indiana on Jan. 2, 2008.
Junior Josh Oglesby, who missed the first 12 games of the season due to an injured foot, made his first four 3-point attempts of the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 22) and Minnesota (Jan. 19). The junior finished with 13 and 17 points, respectively. Oglesby made a season-high five 3-pointers in the first meeting against Minnesota on Jan. 19 in Iowa City. Oglesby has made at least one trey in six of the last seven games and 10-of-14 games this season. Oglesby averages 6.4 points per game this season and is shooting at a 47-percent clip from 3. Oglesby tied a season high of 17 points (8-of-12 FG, including 1-of-3 from 3-point range) in Iowa’s last game against Wisconsin. Oglesby scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Oglesby’s season highs of 17 this season came in home contests versus Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Last year, Iowa owned a +4.7 rebounding margin, while this season the Hawkeyes have a +9.1 advantage on the glass — a +4.4 margin of improvement from a year ago. Iowa’s rebounding margin of +9.1 ranks fourth in the country. Furthermore, Iowa ranks third in the country in defensive rebounding (28.88) and 22nd in offensive rebounding (13.7).
UTHOFF, OLASENI LEADING HAWKEYES OFF BENCH
Gabriel Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff are averaging a combined 15.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.65 blocks per game coming off the bench for the Hawkeyes. Uthoff ranks third on the team in scoring (8.2 and fourth in rebounding (5.0), while Olaseni ranks first on the squad in rejections (1.5) and third in rebounding (5.2). Uthoff’s 8.2 scoring average ranks third-best in the Big Ten for reserves behind Northwestern’s Tre Demps (11.1 ppg) and Malik Smith of Minnesota (9.1 ppg). Olaseni averages an offensive rebound every six minutes played. Nearly half of Olaseni’s rebounds are offensive (62 of 131); the center ranks second in the league (overall games) in offensive rebounding (2.5). Olaseni, leads the team with four double-doubles. The four double-doubles ties for the most in the nation by a reserve. Olaseni put up career highs at Illinois (15 points and 12 rebounds) on Feb. 1.
? Iowa is 13-0 when holding opponents to 70 points or less.
? Iowa is 8-1 in afternoon games this season.
? Iowa ranks ninth in the Sagarin ratings, 10th in the KenPom, 11th in the BPI, and 28th in the official NCAA RPI.
? All seven of Iowa’s losses have come by eight points or less to teams ranked in the RPI top 20. Iowa is one of three teams (Villanova and Wichita State) in the official NCAA RPI top 25 not to have lost to a team outside the RPI top 20.
? The Hawkeyes have out-rebounded 21 of their 26 opponents.
? Roy Devyn Marble ranks eighth on Iowa’s all-time steals chart (164). He is three steals from surpassing Jeff Horner for seventh.
? Roy Devyn Marble is coming up huge down the stretch, averaging 10.8 points (79.5 percent FT and 44 percent FG) in the second half of Big Ten games.
? Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina are the only teams with a road win against an AP top-three team this season. The Hawkeyes won at then-No. 3 Ohio State (84-74) on Jan. 12.
? Iowa’s win over No. 3 Ohio State on Jan. 12, marked Iowa’s first over a top-five team since an 83-65 victory at second-ranked Missouri on Dec. 15, 2001, in Columbia, Mo.
? Iowa handed Michigan (18 points) and Minnesota (21 points) their most lop-sided losses this season.
? Iowa has beaten multiple AP Top 10 Big Ten teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91.
? Iowa’s 18-point victory over Michigan was Iowa’s largest versus an AP Top 10 team since beating No. 2 Missouri by 18 on Dec 15, 2001.
? Roy Devyn Marble averages 15.6 points in Iowa’s 19 victories, and 19.3 points in its seven defeats.
? Iowa started 5-2, or better, in Big Ten play for the 12th time. Each of the previous 11 teams made the NCAA Tournament. Iowa’s 1969-70 team started 7-0, while its 1981-82 and 1986-87 squads started conference play 6-1.
? The last time an Iowa team started conference play 8-4 was the 2005-06 team, which started 9-3.
? Junior forward Aaron White ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.587) and fifth in free throw percentage (.821).
? Iowa has two of the Big Ten’s top five field goal percentage leaders: Aaron White (second, .587) and Melsahn Basabe (third, .564).
? Iowa was the last Big Ten team to lose at home this season, falling 71-69, to No. 6/7 Michigan State on Jan. 28.
? Iowa has made (552) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (517).
? Iowa has attempted 367 free throws in 13 Big Ten games, the most in the league. Wisconsin ranks second with 324 in 14 games.
? Iowa recorded its 10th win by 20-plus points at Northwestern on Jan. 25, the most of any Big Ten team this season.
? Iowa (4) and Michigan State (6) are the only Big Ten team to have at least four different players post a double-double.
? Iowa has had four or more players score in double digits in 14-of-26 games.
? The Hawkeyes are 2-6 in games decided by five or fewer points.
? Iowa is 33-4 when scoring 80 or more points, the last four seasons. The Hawkeyes are 39-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last four seasons – with the one loss coming to Michigan State (59-56) at the Big Ten Tournament last season.
? Iowa’s average starting lineup height is 6-foot-6. The Hawkeye lineup consists of two sophomores, one junior, and two seniors.
? Iowa has been credited with 20 or more assists seven times this season. The Hawkeyes rank 13th nationally in assists (16.3).
? Iowa held Michigan State leading scorer, Gary Harris, to a season-low nine points Jan. 28, in Iowa City.
? Iowa is 1-2 in overtime games. The Hawkeyes beat Xavier (77-74), but lost to Villanova (88-83) and Michigan State (71-69).
BASABE MOVIN’ ON UP
Senior Melsahn Basabe, who has posted three double-doubles this season, is averaging 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Basabe did not start the last game against Wisconsin, and only played one minute, due to illness. Basabe’s 735 career rebounds are the most among active Big Ten players. Since the start of the year, Basabe moved past Ryan Bowen for fourth place on Iowa’s career blocked shots list and currently has 140 rejections. Basabe led the team in blocked shots in each of his first three seasons with the Hawkeyes. Basabe led the Hawkeyes in scoring (16), rebounding (8) and blocks (4) at Penn State (Feb. 15). It marked the second time since the 1996-97 season a Hawkeye had 16+ points, 8+ rebounds and 4+ blocks in a game — with Basabe posting the other occurence his freshman season (2010-11).
Fran McCaffery has one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 65 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 130 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.
HAWKEYES RANK HIGH IN STATISTICS
Iowa leads the Big Ten in scoring (83.3) and scoring margin (+15.6). The Hawkeyes also rank second in the conference in rebounding margin (+9.1), field goal percentage defense (.391), assists (16.3), field goal percentage (.470), and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293). Iowa ranks third in the country in scoring margin (+15.6); fourth in rebounding margin (+9.1); sixth in scoring (83.3); 12th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293); 13th in assists (16.3); 16th in field goal percentage defense (.391); 22nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4); and 33rd in blocked shots (5.2). Individually, Mike Gesell ranks 12th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2) and Roy Devyn Marble ranks 54th in steals (1.9).
Junior Aaron White ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.6), and second in scoring (12.9). White is one of only two Big Ten players to average 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds or better (Northwestern’s Drew Crawford). White, who led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in each of his first two seasons, is looking to become the fifth player since 1960 to lead the Hawkeyes in rebounding three consecutive seasons. White would join Don Nelson (1960-62); Kevin Kunnert (1971-73); Bruce King (1975-77); and Greg Brunner (2004-06). White (164) currently is one rebound behind Melsahn Basabe (165). White became the 41st Hawkeye to surpass 1,000 career points with his 19th point scored with one second remaining at the free throw line versus Notre Dame (Dec. 3). He currently ranks 20th in Iowa scoring. White became the first Hawkeye since Luke Recker (Nov. 14, 2001) to post 18+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a game when he had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Wildcats on Jan. 9 in Iowa City. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, became the first Hawkeye in 10 years to amass 25 points and 17 rebounds in a game at Iowa State on Dec. 13. The last Hawkeye to accomplish the feat was Jared Reiner on March 1, 2003, at Indiana. The 17 rebounds are the most in a single-game since Greg Brunner cleared 23 against Minnesota on Jan. 18, 2006. White ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.592).
? Iowa finished its nonconference schedule 11-2 for the second straight season.
? Michigan won three straight games last month over top-10 ranked opponents (Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State). The Wolverines became first team since Iowa in 1987 to post three straight victories against top-10 teams.
? Iowa had three players (Basabe, Uthoff and Olaseni) post double-doubles in its victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. It marked the first time in 20 years three Hawkeyes recorded double-doubles, in the same game, in points and rebounds.
? Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble were named to the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament team.
? Iowa scored 80-plus points in each of its first five games for the fourth time in school history (also 1986-87, 1994-95 & 1997-98).
? Iowa played overtime games two days apart (Xavier and Villanova) for the third time in program history. The Hawkeyes played five extra minutes against Maryland (Dec. 25, 1984) and Cornell (Dec. 27, 1984), and Michigan (Jan. 9, 1992) and Illinois (Jan. 11, 1992).
? Iowa’s overtime win over Xavier marked its first overtime victory since March 7, 2009 (versus Penn State — double overtime).
? Iowa’s win over UTEP was the team’s seventh consecutive to start the season. The last time an Iowa team won seven straight to start a year was 2000-01; that team won its first nine.
? Iowa beat Minnesota, 94-73, on Jan. 19 in Iowa City. The 21-point loss is the Gophers’ most lop-sided loss of the season. The 94 points are its most against Minnesota in a non-OT game since scoring 99 points versus the Gophers on Feb. 18, 1989.
? Iowa’s 249 points and 19.0 assists average, in three games, are a Battle 4 Atlantis tournament records.
? Iowa’s win at Ohio State on Jan. 12, marked only the third time in the last four seasons that Ohio State allowed 80-plus points and the first time since 2008 that a team registered 84-plus points against the Buckeyes.
? In Iowa’s win at Ohio State on Jan. 12, it marked the first time since 1989 that Iowa had five double figure scorers in Columbus.
? Aaron White is the first Hawkeye since Jared Reiner (2002-03) to score at least 20 points and grab 15 or more rebounds in a game. White had 20 points and 15 rebounds in Iowa’s win over Nebraska-Omaha.
? The Hawkeyes erupted for 100-plus points for consecutive contests (Maryland-Eastern Shore and Abilene Christian) for the first time since the beginning of the 1997-98 campaign where Iowa topped the century mark three straight games (105 vs. Chicago State; 112 vs. North Texas; 101 vs. Long Island).
? In Iowa’s season opener, Jarrod Uthoff (14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks) became only the second Big Ten player since the 1996-97 season to register 14-plus points, seven-plus rebounds and four-plus blocks in his first career game (Ohio State’s Greg Oden, 2006-07).
? The Hawkeyes blocked 12 shots versus UNC Wilmington, one shy of the school record of 13 set last year vs. Illinois. Junior Gabriel Olaseni rejected five shots, all in the first half.
? Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to win improvements in each of his first three seasons, going from 11 wins, to 18, to 25 last year. McCaffery’s highest win total as a head coach is when he coached Siena to back-to-back 27-win seasons in 2009 and 2010.
? Darius Stokes earned a scholarship after being a walk-on the last three years. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is a redshirt junior.
? Okey Ukah has been added to the roster as a walk-on. The Iowa City native is a junior.
Junior Gabriel Olaseni has blocked at least three shots five times this season. His 39 blocks rank eighth in the Big Ten (1.5 average). The center rejected five shots in the season opener against UNC Wilmington. Sophomore Jarrod Uthoff has blocked 30 shots (1.15 average), a total that ranks 11th in the league. As a team, Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten, and 33rd nationally, in rejections (5.2).
HAWKEYES FINISH RUNNERS-UP AT BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
Iowa won its first two games over Xavier (77-74 in overtime) and UTEP (89-53) before being edged by Villanova in the championship game (88-83 in overtime) at the Battle 4 Atlantis holiday tournament held at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Hawkeyes rallied from a 15-point deficit in their first contest against Xavier to win, but surrendered a 15-point first-half advantage to Villanova in the championship. Both contests went to overtime. Iowa cruised to a 36-point victory over UTEP in the semifinals. Seniors Roy Devyn Marble and Zach McCabe were honored on the all-tournament team. Marble led all scorers averaging 20.3 points, while also averaging 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the three games. His 61 points in the three contests tie the tournament record with Minnesota’s Andre Hollins (2012), while his 24 points against Villanova are the most by a player in a Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. McCabe averaged 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (14-of-28) and 3-point territory (8-of-16).
Iowa traveled to France and the United Kingdom in August to compete in six exhibition games. The Hawkeyes posted a 5-1 record against professional teams, boasting a +22.0 scoring margin. Aaron White led the team, averaging 13.6 points, followed by Peter Jok (13.3), Melsahn Basabe (12.6) and Roy Devyn Marble (11.2). Prior to traveling with his teammates to Europe in August, White also competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Russia in July. The Hawkeye junior played in five countries in five months: Russia (July), England (August), France (August), United States (November), and Bahamas (November).
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MCCAFFERY IN COACHES CHARITY CHALLENGE
Infiniti, ESPN, NABC and the NCAA have teamed up again to produce a one-of-a-kind charity competition — the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The first and second rounds of the event has ended and thanks to your votes, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery has advanced to round three, guaranteeing at least $10,000 for his charity, Coaches vs. Cancer. McCaffery is one of 16 coaches to advance to the third round, with the top four advancing to the finals. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period by registering and voting on a custom microsite on ESPN.com/Infiniti. The tournament is divided into four rounds. The coaches with the most votes will advance to the next round and earn more money for their charity. Go to ESPN.com/Infiniti each day and vote for Fran McCaffery and his charity, Coaches vs. Cancer.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes remain on the road traveling to Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 27, to challenge Indiana (8 p.m. CT, ESPN) in a game rescheduled from last week.