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2014 IOWA BASKETBALL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS
? Iowa won 20 games or more in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05/2005-06.
? Iowa returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Hawkeyes, who played in their 23rd tournament, fell 78-65 in overtime to Tennessee in the first round.
? Fran McCaffery is one of 12 coaches to guide four different teams to the NCAA Tournament.
? Iowa finished sixth in the Big Ten standings for the second consecutive season. McCaffery has posted upper division finishes in each of the past two seasons at Iowa and 14-of-18 seasons as a head coach. He has posted 20 wins or more six of the last eight seasons, including the last two at Iowa (2013 and 2014).
? Iowa’s senior class amassed 53 home wins during its four-year career. The 53 wins tie for fourth in program history. Iowa’s 1988, 2008 and 2009 seniors won 54 home games.
? Iowa scored 2,689 points, which are the fifth most in program history.
? Iowa attempted 660 free throws — the third most in program history.
2014 INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS
? Roy Devyn Marble (first) and Aaron White (third) were all-conference honorees. Marble is Iowa’s first all-conference first team honoree since Adam Haluska in 2007.
? Roy Devyn Marble is believed to be only the second Big Ten player (Gary Grant of Michigan) since 1985-86 with 1,650+ points, 375+ assists, 450+ rebounds, and 175+ steals.
? Roy Devyn Marble finished his Hawkeye career in the top 10 in nine different categories.
? Aaron White was the only player in the country to shoot better than 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line in 2013-14. White, who amassed 1,301 points, became just the fourth Hawkeye to accumulate 1,300+ points as a junior, joining Roy Marble (1,441), Ronnie Lester (1,423) and Jess Settles (1,303).
? Junior Gabriel Olaseni is one of only four players in the country (minimum 160 rebounds) with more offensive rebounds (82) than defensive (81).
? Peter Jok shot at a 34.8 percent clip from 3-point range, which is eighth best for an Iowa freshman.
? Melsahn Basabe denied 26 shots, which ties for ninth best for a Hawkeye senior.
MARBLE, WHITE EARN POSTSEASON RECOGNITION
Roy Devyn Marble was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media voting panel, while Aaron White was recognized on the third team. Marble becomes the first Hawkeye since Adam Haluska in 2007 to be named to the first team. Marble was also honored on the NABC first-team All-District team and the USBWA All-District squad.
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE
Iowa’s attendance has increased each season since Fran McCaffery’s arrival in Iowa City, improving 57 percent since 2010. The Hawkeyes averaged 11,635 in 16 games in 2011; 11,908 fans in 19 contests in 2012; 13,625 in 20 games in 2013; and 14,976 in 17 games this season. Iowa’s attendance boost from 2012 to 2013 ranked as the eighth-largest in the country. The Hawkeyes sold out 11 games in 2014, including 8-of-9 Big Ten games. Overall, an average of 15,276 fans attended Iowa’s 33 games. The 15,276 average is the second-best average in program history. Iowa averaged 15,314 fans in 28 games in 1990.
VARIETY OF WEAPONS
Iowa had five players who average 7.2 points or more. Senior Roy Devyn Marble led the way averaging 17 points per contest, followed by Aaron White (12.8), Mike Gesell (7.8), Jarrod Uthoff (7.6), and Melsahn Basabe (7.2). Josh Oglesby (6.6), Gabriel Olaseni (6.5) and Zach McCabe (6.1) averaged six points or better.
TENNESSEE EDGES HAWKEYES IN OVERTIME IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
? Iowa led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Tennessee rallied to send the game to overtime and ultimately prevail 78-65 in an NCAA Tournament first round game played at Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
? Two Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Adam Woodbury (16) and Peter Jok (10). Woodbury, whose 16 points are a career high, joins Kevin Boyle as the only Hawkeyes with 16+ points, 8+ rebounds and 1+ assist in their first career NCAA Tournament game. Jok joins Kenyon Murray as the only Iowa freshman to score 10+ points and shoot 80+% in an NCAA Tournament contest.
? Iowa’s reserves outscored Tennessee’s bench 35-4. The Volunteers were led by starting power forward Jarnell Stokes, who posted a double-double (18 points and 13 rebounds).
? The Hawkeyes shot 87 percent (13-of-15) from the foul line. Tennessee attempted twice as many free throws as Iowa (25-of-30, .833).
? Zach McCabe finished his Hawkeye career with nine points and six rebounds.
MARBLES RISING AMONG FATHER-SON SCORING COMBOS
Iowa’s Roy Marble (1986-89) and Roy Devyn Marble (2011-present) finished their collegiate careers second (3,810) among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt’s of Iona (4,568). The Marble’s are sixth overall.
GESELL JOINS ELITE GROUP
Through two seasons, guard Mike Gesell became just the third Hawkeye to ever amass 550+ points, 200+ assists, 150+ rebounds and 75+ steals. Gesell has 553 points, 217 assists, 155 rebounds and 83 steals. Gesell joins Jeff Horner (632 points, 204 assists, 292 rebounds and 78 steals) and Dean Oliver (631 points, 267 assists, 184 rebounds and 93 steals).
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks this season, climbing as high as 10th in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls on Jan. 20. Iowa began the season receiving votes in both polls.
BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,119) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,694) and Aaron White (1,301) 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.
ATTACKING THE RIM
Iowa nearly made (660) more free throws than its opponents attempted (686). Furthermore, the Hawkeyes attempted 476 free throws during league play; 52 more than second place Wisconsin (424). Iowa’s 27.2 free-throw attempts average, ranked 15th nationally. The Hawkeyes ranked ninth in the country in made free throws (20.0). Iowa made 38 free throws against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 10, which tie as the fourth most in a single-game in program history. Junior Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school’s free-throw makes record. White currently ranks seventh with 423 career makes, while senior Roy Devyn Marble is sixth (432). White (562) is also climbing Iowa’s free-throw attempts chart, ranking seventh. White made all 10 free throw attempts against Northwestern on Jan. 9 — he is 1-of-8 Hawkeyes ever to make all free throw attempts in a game played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (minimum 10 attempts).
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.
Point guard Mike Gesell scored in double figures in seven of the last 11 games, which included a stretch of five straight games — the longest stretch of his career. In 33 games, Gesell ranked first in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). The sophomore has 553 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 Feb. 25. He netted 15 points in Iowa’s win over Purdue on March 1 and contributed 11 points and, assists, four rebounds and two steals against Illinois in the regular season finale.
MARBLE FINISHED HIS IOWA CAREER STRONG
Roy Devyn Marble led the Hawkeyes in scoring in seven of the last 10 games, including netting 20+ points in 6-of-7 games — the longest stretch of his career. His scoring average (17.0) was the highest by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska averaged 20.5 points during the 2007 season. Marble (329, 18.3 ppg) concluded conference play second in league scoring, just five points behind Nebraska’s Terran Pettaway (334, 18.6 ppg). Marble is one of only two Hawkeyes to amass 550+ points, 100+ rebounds, 100+ assists and 60+ steals as a senior (B.J. Armstrong). Marble, who was first team All-Big Ten and all-district by the USBWA and NABC, finished his Iowa career fifth in all-time scoring with 1,694 points. He netted 21 or more points 12 times this season, including 26 against Michigan on Feb. 8 and 21 versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. The native of Southfield, Mich., averaged 18.3 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in conference play. Marble was the only Big Ten player to average 17+ points, 3+ assists and 1.6+ steals. 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 averaged 20.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists versus top teams in the Big Ten standings this year (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State). The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard averaged 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 game at Indiana on Feb. 27. His 10 steals in six Big Ten Tournament games tie as second best by a Hawkeye, while his 12.7 scoring average, 27 free-throw attempts and 21 free-throw makes rank fifth best.
Junior Aaron White ranked first on the team in rebounding (6.7), and second in scoring (12.8), and third in steals (32) and assists (60). White was the only Big Ten player to average 13+ points and 7+ rebounds during league play this season. White became the first Hawkeye ever to register 1,300+ points, 650+ rebounds, 100+ steals and 100+ assists by his junior season White is the only player in the country to shoot better than 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line. He shot 58 percent from the field and 81 percent from the charity stripe. White became the fifth player, since 1960, to lead the Hawkeyes in rebounding three consecutive seasons. White joins 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 reached the 1,000-point milestone in his 82nd career game. He currently ranks 18th 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.
Iowa’s reserves played a large role in Iowa’s 20 victories. Overall, Iowa’s bench averaged 30.6 points, 18.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. The Hawkeye reserves’ rebounding average was tops in the country, while their scoring and blocks rank third best. In victories, Hawkeye reserves average 35.9 points and 21.7 rebounds, while in losses Iowa’s bench averages 22.5 points and 14.5 rebounds.
? Iowa was 13-2 when holding opponents to 70 points or less.
? Iowa ranked 25th in the Sagarin, 26th in the BPI, 28th in the KenPom ratings, and 56th in the official NCAA RPI.
? Iowa averaged 81.5 points per game, its highest scoring average since the 1994-95 Iowa team averaged 83.6 points. The 81.5 points are the second-highest scoring average by a Fran McCaffery-coached team; his 1987-88 Lehigh squad averaged 82 points.
? Iowa averaged 11.4 more points this season (81.5 ppg) compared to last (70.1 ppg).
? The Hawkeyes out-rebounded 23 of their 33 opponents.
? Aaron White and Gabriel Olaseni each posted a team-best four double-doubles. The four double-doubles tie for the ninth most in the Big Ten this season.
? Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina were 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 was 15-6 this season when making five 3-pointers or more. Iowa was 8-3 in Big Ten play when sinking at least five triples.
? Iowa handed Michigan (18 points) and Minnesota (21 points) their most lop-sided losses this season.
? Iowa beat multiple AP Top 10 Big Ten teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91.
? Iowa’s 18-point win over Michigan was Iowa’s largest vs. an AP Top 10 team since beating No. 2 Missouri by 18 on Dec 15, 2001.
? Roy Devyn Marble averaged 15.9 points in Iowa’s 20 victories, and 18.7 points in its 13 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 ranked first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.584) and ninth in free throw percentage (.807).
? 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 recorded its 10th win by 20-plus points at Northwestern on Jan. 25, the most of any Big Ten team this season.
? The Hawkeyes were 2-8 in games decided by five or fewer points.
? Iowa is 34-6 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 was credited with 20 or more assists seven times this season. The Hawkeyes ranked 11th nationally in assists (16.1).
? Iowa held Michigan State leading scorer, Gary Harris, to a season-low nine points Jan. 28, in Iowa City.
? Iowa was 1-3 in overtime games. The Hawkeyes beat Xavier (77-74), but lost to Villanova (88-83), Michigan State (71-69), and Tennessee (78-65).
? Iowa was 9-1 in afternoon games this season.
? Iowa was 9-2 when wearing its white uniforms this season.
Last year, Iowa owned a +4.7 rebounding margin, while this season the Hawkeyes had a +7.0 advantage on the glass — a +2.3 margin of improvement from a year ago. Iowa’s rebounding margin of +7.0 ranked 11th in the country. Iowa ranked 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding (26.9) and 22nd in offensive rebounding (13.5).
HAWKEYES RANK HIGH IN STATISTICS
Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring (81.5) and scoring margin (+11.2). The Hawkeyes also ranked second in the conference in rebounding margin (+7.0), assists (16.1), turnover margin (+2.1), and blocked shots (5.0). Iowa ranked ninth in the country in ninth in scoring (81.5); 11th in rebounding margin (+7.0) and assists (16.1); 12th in scoring margin (+11.2); 20th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4); and 40th in blocks (5.0). Individually, Mike Gesell ranked 12th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and Roy Devyn Marble ranked 62nd in steals (1.8).
BASABE MOVED UP
Senior Melsahn Basabe finished his career as one of only 10 Hawkeyes to ever amass 1,100+ points and 750+ rebounds. Basabe posted three double-doubles this season, averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. After playing only one minute vs. Wisconsin and missing the Minnesota game due to illness, Basabe returned to action at Indiana (Feb. 27), scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Basabe’s started his 100th game of his career against Northwestern at the Big Ten Tournament. Basabe’s 752 career rebounds were the most among active Big Ten players this season. Since the start of the year, Basabe moved past Ryan Bowen for fourth place on Iowa’s career blocked shots. He finished his career with 148 and in fourth place. Basabe led the team in blocked shots in each of his first three seasons with the Hawkeyes. Additionally, he collected 11 blocks in his career at the Big Ten Tournament, third most by a Hawkeye (15 by Erik Hansen and 12 by Greg Brunner). 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).
Junior Josh Oglesby, who missed the first 12 games of the season due to an injured foot, came on strong towards the end of the season. 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 Feb. 25 — marking the first time since his third and fourth game his freshman season that he reached double figures in consecutive games. 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 made at least one trey in 12 of the last 14 games and 16-of-21 games in 2013-14. Furthermore, he made two or more triples in four of the last seven contests. Oglesby averaged a single-season best 6.6 points per game this season and is shot at a 40-percent clip from 3. Oglesby was one of Iowa’s top perimeter players in league play, scoring 6.7 points and boasting a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in the 18-game conference slate.
Junior Gabriel Olaseni blocked at least three shots five times this season. His 43 blocks ranked 10th in the Big Ten (1.3 average). The center rejected five shots in the season opener against UNC Wilmington. Sophomore Jarrod Uthoff denied 34 shots (1.1 average), a total that ranked 11th in the league. As a team, Iowa ranked second in the Big Ten, and 40th nationally, in rejections (5.0).
IOWA HISTORY Iowa has played 2,641 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,550-1,091 (.587). That includes a 987-349 (.739) record in home games, a 557-739 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 729-746 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 393-123 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
UTHOFF, OLASENI, OGLESBY LEADING HAWKEYES OFF BENCH
Gabriel Olaseni, Josh Oglesby, and Jarrod Uthoff averaged a combined 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game coming off the bench for the Hawkeyes. Uthoff ranked fourth on the team in scoring (7.6) and fourth in rebounding (4.6); Olaseni ranked first on the squad in rejections (1.3) and third in rebounding (4.9); while Oglesby averageed 6.6 points and 1.5 rebounds. Uthoff poured in 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range, and 4-of-4 from the foul line against Northwestern at the Big Tn Tournament. The three triples equal a personal best for the redshirt sophomore. Olaseni averaged an offensive rebound every six minutes played. More than half of Olaseni’s rebounds were offensive (82 of 163); the center was second in the league (overall games) in offensive rebounding (2.5). Olaseni, shared the team lead with four double-doubles. Olaseni’s four double-doubles are the most by a Big Ten reserve in 2013-14. Olaseni put up career highs at Illinois (15 points and 12 rebounds) on Feb. 1.
WINNING ON THE ROAD
? Iowa 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.
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).
? Iowa finished its nonconference schedule 11-2 for the second straight season.
? 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.
? 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 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 in 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.
? Darius Stokes earned a scholarship after being a walk-on the last three years. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native went through “Senior Day” ceremonies. Stokes plans on transferring in an effort to get more playing time at another institution.
? Okey Ukah has been added to the roster as a walk-on. The Iowa City native is a junior.
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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.
LOOKING TO 2014-15
Iowa will return 11 letterwinners, including three starters in 2014-15. Nine of Iowa’s 11 returnees next season will be upperclassmen. The Hawkeyes will return 63 percent of their scoring and 71 percent of their rebounding.
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.
IOWA TO PLAY IN SPORTS 2K CLASSIC IN NOVEMBER
Highlighting the field for the 20th annual 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project are Syracuse, Texas, California, and Iowa. Each of these four teams will host a pair of regional round games on campus from Nov. 14-17 before heading to the Madison Square Garden for the Championship Rounds on Nov. 20 and 21.