Feb. 28, 2014
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No. 20/19 Iowa (19-9, 8-7) returns home after a two-game road trip to host Purdue (15-13, 5-10) on Sunday in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). The game is sold out — Iowa’s 10th of the season.
ON THE AIR
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: Sunday afternoon’s game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Mike Couzens and Stephen Bardo will call the action.
|Game 29 | Purdue (15-13, 5-10) at Iowa (19-9, 8-7)|
|Date||Sunday, March 2 | 1:10 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena|
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage||Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series||Purdue leads, 86-72|
GAME #29 STORYLINES
? Both Iowa and Purdue enter Sunday’s game looking to snap three-game losing streaks.
? Iowa is looking to win 20 games in consecutive seasons for first time since 2004-05/2005-06.
? Iowa has won 29-straight home games against unranked opponents, dating back to the Dayton game on March 13, 2012 — the third-longest active streak in the Big Ten.
? Iowa is 14-2 this season when making five 3-pointers or more, with the two losses coming vs. Villanova and Minnesota. Iowa is 7-1 in Big Ten play when sinking at least five triples.
? Iowa is 15-0 in games decided by double digits and 4-9 in games decided by single digits. The Hawkeyes have lost games by two, three, four, five (twice), six, seven (twice) and eight points.
? Aaron White has led Iowa in rebounding 11 times, including each of the last three outings.
? Roy Devyn Marble is the only active B1G player, and 1-of-9 in the country, to amass 1,600+ points, 350+ assists, 150+ steals, and 450+ rebounds. Marble, who is the only player to score 10+ points in every B1G game this season, was named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 List.
? Mike Gesell has scored in double figures five of the last six contests (11.3 average), dishing out 33 assists (5.5 average) during that span.
? Guard Josh Oglesby has averaged 13 points the last three games — scoring in double digits in back-to-back games (17 vs. Wisconsin and 16 at Minnesota).
HAWKEYES FALL AT INDIANA
? Indiana won its third straight game over Iowa in Bloomington with a 93-86 win Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
? Iowa had three players score in double figures: Roy Devyn Marble (20), Aaron White (19) and Melsahn Basabe (14).
? Melsahn Basabe returned to action after missing the last two games due to illness. The senior scored 14 points in 20 minutes.
? Junior Aaron White controlled a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 19 points. White posted his fourth double-double of the season and 12th of his career.
? Iowa outrebounded Indiana by seven (40-33). The Hoosiers entered the game as the Big Ten’s leading team in rebounding margin.
? Roy Devyn Marble (5) and Mike Gesell (7) combined for 12 of Iowa’s 17 assists.
? Iowa equaled a season high against Big Ten competition with 10 steals. Aaron White tied a season high with three steals, while Marble also collected three thefts.
? Iowa netted 52 points in the paint — the most by the Hawkeyes in conference play and the second most during the season (54 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson).
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 17.0 points this season as a senior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie, 12.8 points as a sophomore, and 13.4 points this year as a junior.
Purdue holds an 86-72 advantage in the series. The Boilermakers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings. Each team defended their home court last year: Purdue beat Iowa, 65-62, in overtime in West Lafayette, while Iowa defeated the Boilermakers, 58-48, in Iowa City. Iowa holds a 49-27 advantage in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won nine of the last 15 meetings in Iowa City and hold a 15-12 edge in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
LAST SEASON VERSUS PURDUE
? The Hawkeyes lost, 65-62, in overtime at Purdue on Jan. 27, 2013. Iowa had an opportunity to win in the game in regulation, but a Roy Devyn Marble jumper in the lane misfired as time expired.
? Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White each averaged 15 points in the two games against the Boilermakers. Both shared game-high scoring honors with 18 points in Iowa’s 58-48 win over Purdue in Iowa City. White scored 11 of his 18 points from the foul line in the 10-point victory.
? Mike Gesell played only one game against Purdue last season, missing the other due to injury. Gesell had 18 points in 39 minutes of action in Iowa’s 65-62 overtime loss at Purdue.
? Iowa (16) collected twice as many steals as Purdue (8) in last season’s two meetings.
? Purdue has lost seven of its last nine games, with the two victories coming over Indiana (82-64) and Minnesota (77-74 in three overtimes) at home.
? Sunday is the first of back-to-back road games for Purdue. The Boilermakers will play at Wisconsin Wednesday before concluding the regular season at home vs. Northwestern.
? Purdue lost its last game in heartbreaking fashion against Michigan, 77-76 in overtime in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III hit a baseline shot as time expired to lift the Wolverines to victory. All five Purdue starters scored in double figures, led by Terone Johnson’s 22 points and Ronnie Johnson’s 21.
? The Boilermakers are 2-6 in true road games, winning at Illinois (66-58) and at West Virginia (73-70).
? Purdue has three players average double figures in scoring: Terone Johnson (12.1), Ronnie Johnson (11.2), and A.J. Hammons (10.4).
? A.J. Hammons leads the team with four double-doubles — the same number as Iowa’s Aaron White, who notched his fourth double-double Thursday at Indiana.
? Purdue ranks first in the Big Ten in blocked shots (5.4) — the Hawkeyes are second behind the Boilermakers in rejections averaging 5.2.
? Purdue head coach Matt Painter was on the World University Games committee for Team USA last summer and nominated Aaron White for the tryouts. White ultimately made the squad and competed in Russia.
VARIETY OF WEAPONS
Iowa has five players who average eight points or more. Senior Roy Devyn Marble leads the way averaging 17 points per contest, followed by Aaron White (13.4), Melsahn Basabe (8.0), Mike Gesell (8.0) and Jarrod Uthoff (8.0). Josh Oglesby (6.9), Gabriel Olaseni (6.8) and Zach McCabe (6.1) average six points or better.
? Iowa has posted four Big Ten road victories this season. The last time Iowa had four conference road wins was 10 years ago during the 2003-04 season.
? Iowa won three straight conference road games (Northwestern, Illinois and Penn State) this season. The last time Iowa accomplished that feat was the 1997-98 season.
? Iowa has one road game remaining — at Michigan State (March 6). 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 was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List. Marble has averaged 21.2 points the last five games, including scoring 20+ points in each of the last three games (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana). Marble currently ranks second in Big Ten scoring (18.4) 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 17+ points and have 50+ steals. The native of Southfield, Mich., is the only active Big Ten player, and one of nine in the country, to amass 1,600+ points, 325+ assists, 450+ 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 has scored 20+ points in 4-of-5 games. The last time Marble topped 20 points in 4-of-5 games was last March in the NIT (four straight).
BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,105) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,609) and Aaron White (1,252) 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 (3,725) are second among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt’s of Iona (4,568). The Marble’s are sixth overall.
Point guard Mike Gesell has scored in double figures in five of the last six games, which included a stretch of five straight games — the longest stretch of his career. He has averaged 11.3 points per game the last six outings, while dropping 33 dimes (5.5 average). In 28 games this year, Gesell ranks first in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1). The sophomore has 519 career points, just past 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 and Jeff Horner). He had 13 points, six assists and no turnovers at Minnesota on Tuesday night, and seven assists, six points and two steals at Indiana.
Last year, Iowa owned a +4.7 rebounding margin, while this season the Hawkeyes have a +8.7 advantage on the glass — a +4.0 margin of improvement from a year ago. Iowa’s rebounding margin of +8.7 ranks fifth in the country. Iowa ranks sixth in the nation in defensive rebounding (28.2) and 20th in offensive rebounding (13.8).
Iowa’s reserves played a large role in Iowa’s 19 victories. Overall, Iowa’s bench is averaging 31.4 points, 19.4 rebounds and 2.9 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 20.8 points and 14 rebounds.
MARBLE FINISHING HIS IOWA CAREER STRONG
Marble has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in four of the last five games, including netting 20+ points in each of the last three games. His scoring average this season (17.0) is the highest by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska averaged 20.5 points during the 2007 season. Marble enters Sunday’s game eighth in Iowa career scoring with 1,609 points. He surpassed Adam Haluska after his 24-point performance at Minnesota last Tuesday. Marble is only two points from seventh-place Jess Settles (1,611). He has netted 21 or more points nine times this season, including 26 against Michigan on Feb 8 and 21 versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. The native of Southfield, Mich., averages 18.4 points, 3.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in conference play. Marble is the only Big Ten player to average 17+ points, 3+ assists and 1.8+ steals. The 18.4 scoring average ranks second behind Nebraska’s Terran Petteway (19.0 ppg), in conference games only. Marble had 21 points and a career-high 11 assists — his first career double-double — versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. Marble became only the third player in the country with 20+ points and 10+ assists against an AP Top 25 opponent in 2013-14. It marked just the third time the last 18 years an Iowa player posted 20+ points and 10+ assists in a game (Jeff Horner in 2004 and Jake Kelly in 2009). The 11 assists were the most by a Hawkeye since Bryce Cartwright had 11 at Oregon March 18, 2012. The senior guard averages 20 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists versus top teams in the Big Ten standings this year (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State). Marble averages 28 points in the six career games when attempting eight 3-pointers or more. Marble surpassed Jeff Horner for seventh place on Iowa’s all-time steals list in Iowa’s last game at Indiana on Thursday. 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 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, has come on strong as of late. Oglesby has scored in double figures in back-to-back games (17 vs. Wisconsin and 16 at Minnesota) for the first time since his third and fourth games his freshman season (16 vs. Northern Illinois and 14 vs. Creighton). Oglesby made his first four 3-point attempts in his season debut following injury against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 22) and then once again against Minnesota (Jan. 19). The junior finished with 13 and 17 points, respectively. Oglesby made a season-high five 3-pointers against Minnesota on Jan. 19 in Iowa City. Oglesby has made at least one trey in eight of the last nine games and 12-of-16 games this season. Oglesby averages 6.9 points per game this season and is shooting at a 46-percent clip from 3. Oglesby tied a season high of 17 points (8-of-12 FG, including 1-of-3 from 3-point range) against Wisconsin on Feb. 22. Oglesby scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Oglesby followed up that performance scoring 16 points (5-of-10 FG, including 4-of-9 from 3-point territory) in a starting role at Minnesota on Tuesday.
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 28.5 foul shots per game, ranking 11th nationally. Iowa ranks third in the country in made free throws (20.8). 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.
? Iowa is 13-0 when holding opponents to 70 points or less.
? Iowa is 8-1 in afternoon games this season.
? Iowa ranks 12th in the Sagarin and KenPom ratings, 18th in the BPI, and 28th in the official NCAA RPI.
? All nine of Iowa’s losses have come by eight points or fewer. The Hawkeyes have dropped games by two, three, four, five (twice), six, seven (twice) and eight points this season.
? The Hawkeyes have out-rebounded 22 of their 28 opponents.
? Roy Devyn Marble ranks seventh on Iowa’s all-time steals chart (167). Marble surpassed Jeff Horner for seventh in Iowa’s last game at Indiana.
? 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 had four or more players score in double digits in 15-of-28 games.
? 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 19.9 points in its nine 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 (.600) and sixth in free throw percentage (.818).
? Iowa has two of the Big Ten’s top five field goal percentage leaders: Aaron White (second, .600) and Melsahn Basabe (third, .570).
? 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 (583) nearly more free throws than its opponents have attempted (584).
? Iowa has attempted 411 free throws durIng league play, the most in the league. Wisconsin ranks second with 348.
? 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.
? The Hawkeyes are 2-6 in games decided by five or fewer points.
? Iowa is 33-6 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 12th 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 eight points and 6.2 rebounds per game. After playing only one minute vs. Wisconsin and missing the Minnesota game due to illness, Basabe returned to action Thursday at Indiana, scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Basabe’s 737 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 occurrence his freshman season (2010-11).
UTHOFF, OLASENI LEADING HAWKEYES OFF BENCH
Gabriel Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff are averaging a combined 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game coming off the bench for the Hawkeyes. Uthoff ranks fourth on the team in scoring (8.0) and fourth in rebounding (4.8), while Olaseni ranks first on the squad in rejections (1.4) and third in rebounding (5.0). Uthoff’s 8.0 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 (67 of 141); the center ranks fourth in the league (overall games) in offensive rebounding (2.4). 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.
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.
Junior Aaron White ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.8), and second in scoring (13.4). White is one of only two Big Ten players to average 13+ points and 6.5 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 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 18th in Iowa scoring after surpassing Jeff Moe in Iowa’s last game. 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 (.600).
HAWKEYES RANK HIGH IN STATISTICS
Iowa leads the Big Ten in scoring (83.6) and scoring margin (+14.0). The Hawkeyes also rank second in the conference in rebounding margin (+8.7), assists (16.3), and blocked shots (5.2). Iowa ranks fifth in the country in rebounding margin (+8.7); sixth in scoring (83.6); eighth in scoring margin (+14.0); 12th in assists (16.3); 27th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4); 32nd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.304); and 34th in blocks (5.2). Individually, Mike Gesell ranks 15th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and Roy Devyn Marble ranks 66th in steals (1.8).
? Iowa finished its nonconference schedule 11-2 for the second straight season.
? Michigan won three straight games in January 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 40 blocks rank eighth in the Big Ten (1.4 average). The center rejected five shots in the season opener against UNC Wilmington. Sophomore Jarrod Uthoff has blocked 32 shots (1.1 average), a total that ranks 11th in the league. As a team, Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten, and 34th 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).
Check out the Iowa basketball team’s website, HawkeyeBasketball.com, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program. HawkeyeBasketball.com, 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. HawkeyeBasketball.com will be updated throughout the year with exclusive videos, including and game highlights, along with news stories and other content.
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.
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE
Iowa’s attendance has increased each season since Fran McCaffery’s arrival in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes averaged 11,635 in 16 games in 2011; 11,908 fans in 19 contests in 2012; and 13,625 in 20 games last season. Iowa’s attendance boost from 2012 to 2013 ranked as the eighth-largest in the country. Iowa averages 14,919 fans this season. Iowa’s remaining two home games have reached sellout status. Iowa has sold out nine previous contests this season (Penn, Notre Dame, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan). The additional two sell outs will give the Hawkeyes 11 sellouts, their most since the 2001-02 season (16).
“HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery”
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin for the “Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery” radio call-in show. The next show will take place Monday (March 3) at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m. Fans can call in and ask the coach a question by calling 1-877-464-2957.
2014-15 BIG TEN SCHEDULE STRUCTURE ANNOUNCED
The Big Ten Conference office announced the single-plays and home-and-away opponents for the 2014-15 men’s basketball league schedule. Maryland and Rutgers begin conference play in the Big Ten next season. The conference schedule will remain at 18 games, with each team playing five teams twice (home and away) and eight teams once (four at home and four on the road). Iowa will play the following five teams twice next season: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers will visit Iowa City for the only regular season meeting. Iowa will travel to Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play its final road game Thursday at nationally-ranked Michigan State (8:05 p.m. CT, ESPN).