|GAME 2: North Dakota State (0-1) vs. Iowa (1-0)|
|When||Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 | 7:02 p.m. CT|
|Where||Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||ESPN3 | Watch Online ESPN3.com
Announcers: Shawn Kenney, Kevin Lehman
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius TBD / XM TBD|
|All-time Series||North Dakota leads, 1-0|
|Iowa Team Info||Game Notes (PDF) | Media Guide | 2014-15 Stats (HTML) | 2014-15 Stats (PDF)|
|Big Ten Info||B1G Notes (PDF) | Media Guide | Conference Stats|
|Social Media||@IowaHoops | #Hawkeyes | IowaHoops | Facebook|
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2K CLASSIC REGIONAL ROUND GAME QUICK HITS
? Tickets can be purchased at the UI Ticket Office. Tickets are $17 for adults, and $5 for youth and UI students.
? Iowa enters Monday’s game riding a 25-game nonconference home win streak, dating back to November 2011 (Clemson). The active streak ties Oregon for 12th in the country.
? Friday’s win was Fran McCaffery‘s 75th as head coach at Iowa. McCaffery signed a one-year contract extension last week to be the Hawkeyes’ head coach through the 2019-2020 season.
? Monday will be the second meeting between Iowa and North Dakota State. The Bison beat the Hawkeyes, 21-17, in Iowa City in 1933.
? Iowa opened its season with a 90-56 season-opening victory over Hampton on Friday in Iowa City. Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures, led by senior Aaron White’s 19 points.
? Iowa is 35-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last four seasons. The Hawkeyes are 40-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last four years.
? It was a good weekend for Hawkeyes from Strongsville, Ohio. Aaron White posted 19 points, six assists and seven rebounds in Friday’s season opener against Hampton, while tight end Ray Hamilton scored his first two career TD’s for the Iowa football team in Saturday’s win at Illinois.
No. 25 Iowa (1-0) remains home Monday to host North Dakota State (0-1) in a 2K Classic Regional Round Game. Tipoff is slated for 7:02 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). Iowa opens the season playing four games in eight days.
? Four Pack Night – Purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks for $55 (must be ordered prior to game day)
? Free mini NCAA Tournament appearance banners for the first 2,500 fans
? Veterans Appreciation Day
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.
Webstream: Monday evening’s game will be streamed digitally online at ESPN3.com (WATCHESPN). Shawn Kenney and Kevin Lehman will call the action.
HAWKEYES OVERWHELM HAMPTON IN OPENER
? Iowa closed the first half on an 18-4 run and never looked back en route to a 90-56 win over Hampton in its season opener Friday night in Iowa City.
? The 90 points are the most for an Iowa team in a season opener since scoring 96 against Chicago State in 2011.
? Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Aaron White (19), Jarrod Uthoff (13), Gabriel Olaseni (12), Anthony Clemmons (12), and Peter Jok (11).
? Aaron White netted 19 points, dished out a game-high six assists, and had seven rebounds in only 21 minutes of action.
? Jarrod Uthoff scored 12 of his 13 points via the 3-point shot, draining a personal-best four triples on five attempts (80 percent).
? Peter Jok snagged a career-high eight rebounds and scored all 11 of his points in the final 13 minutes.
? Anthony Clemmons started for the first time in 50 games played. The junior guard made both 3-point attempts and also grabbed five rebounds.
? Iowa’s perimeter defense held the Pirates to 4-of-18 shooting (22 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WOUNDED WARRIOR HONORARY CAPTAIN
Josh Mulder will serve as the honorary captain for Monday’s 2K Classic Regional Round Game in Iowa City. Mulder, a native of Vinton, Iowa, joined the Marines Corps after high school graduation. Mulder served four years in the United States Marine Corps, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines 1st Marine Division at Camp Horno in Camp Pendleton, California, as an infantryman, specializing in mortars. Mulder was deployed from late 2008 to early 2009 with the 31st MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) where we went to Okinawa, Japan to learn Jungle Warfare. From there he went to the Philippines where he trained the Philippine Marines and then it was on to Korea for a month of Trench Warfare training. He was then deployed to the Helmand Province, Garmsir District, Afghanistan from April-November 2009. Mulder is a junior here at the University of Iowa and is majoring in exercise science with the plan to graduate and work with the Wounded Warrior Project. Traveler, his service dog, will also be in attendance.
SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA STATE
North Dakota State (NDSU) dropped its season opener, 85-50, at No. 10 Texas on Friday. The Longhorns limited the Bison to 17-of-62 shooting (27 percent), and Texas owned a 51-32 rebounding advantage. NDSU was paced by senior guard Lawrence Alexander, who tied his career high with four 3-pointers. Junior Kory Brown added 10 points, while freshman Paul Miller had seven. Junior forward Chris Kading controlled a team-best seven rebounds. NDSU was picked to finish fifth in The Summit League preseason poll. Alexander was recognized on the The Summit League’s preseason first team, while Brown was selected to the second team. David Richman is led by by first-year head coach David Richman. Richman replaced Saul Phillips, who was hired by Ohio University, after seven years as the head coach of the Bison. Richman has been a member of the NDSU coaching staff for four 20-win seasons.
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 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
? 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.
? 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.
In recognition of Mike Gesell’s outstanding academic record in the Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa, the junior has been invited to become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national scholastic honor society for business students. This honor is reserved for students who have earned GPAs that place them in the top 10 percent of their class. The UI chapter, established in 1920, is one of the ten oldest in the nation.
ROSTER CHANGES FOR 2014-15
Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe, and Zach McCabe exhausted their eligibility after last season, while forwards Kyle Meyer and Darius Stokes transferred. Iowa welcomes five newcomers: Brady Ellingson, Trey Dickerson, Dom Uhl, and walk-ons Nicholas Baer and Charlie Rose. After spending the last three seasons as a walk-on, guard Kyle Denning has been rewarded with a scholarship for his senior season by head coach Fran McCaffery.
GESELL JOINS ELITE GROUP
Through two seasons, 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
The Hawkeyes are ranked 25th in the USA Today/Coaches Preseason Poll and are receiving votes in the Associated Press preseason rankings. Iowa was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks in 2013-14, climbing as high as 10th in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls on Jan. 20, 2014.
ATTACKING THE RIM
Iowa’s 27.2 free-throw attempts average last season, ranked 15th nationally. The Hawkeyes ranked ninth in the country in made free throws (20.0). Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school’s free-throw makes record. White currently ranks seventh with 423 career makes. 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, 2014 — he is 1-of-8 Hawkeyes ever to make all free throw attempts in a game played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (minimum 10 attempts).
Point guard Mike Gesell scored in double figures in seven of the last 11 games in 2014, 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.
Last year, Iowa owned a +7.0 rebounding margin, which ranked 11th in the country. The Hawkeyes are off to a good start on the glass in 2014-15, pulling down 18 more rebounds than Hampton (48-32) on Friday night. Iowa ranked 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding (26.9) and 22nd in offensive rebounding (13.5) a year ago.
Iowa’s reserves played a large role in Iowa’s 20 victories last year. 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. On Friday, the Hawkeye bench scored 37 points, grabbed 23 rebounds, blocked five shots and collected four steals.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (672) and is fourth in scoring (1,320). White ranked first on the team in rebounding (6.7), and second in scoring (12.8), and third in steals (32) and assists (60) last season. White was the only Big Ten player to average 13+ points and 7+ rebounds during league play in 2014. White became the first Hawkeye ever to register 1,300+ points, 650+ rebounds, 100+ steals and 100+ assists by his junior season. White was the only player in the country to shoot better than 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line in 2014. 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). He is seeking to become the first Hawkeye to ever lead the Hawkeyes in rebounding all four seasons. 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. 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, 2013. 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.
Josh Oglesby, who missed the first 12 games last year due to an injured foot, came on strong towards season end. 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, 2014. 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, 2014 — 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, 2013) and then once again against Minnesota (Jan. 19, 2014). Oglesby finished with 13 and 17 points, respectively. Oglesby made a season-high five 3-pointers against Minnesota on Jan. 19, 2014. 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 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 last season. His 43 blocks ranked 10th in the Big Ten (1.3 average). Sophomore Jarrod Uthoff denied 34 shots (1.1 average), a total that ranked 11th in the league. Olaseni denied a game-high four shots in Friday’s season-opening triumph over Hampton. Uthoff added one rejection. As a team, Iowa ranked second in the Big Ten, and 40th nationally, in rejections (5.0).
ATTACKING THE RIM
Iowa’s 27.2 free-throw attempts average last season, ranked 15th nationally. The Hawkeyes ranked ninth in the country in made free throws (20.0). Iowa was 23-of-33 (70 percent) in Friday’s opener. Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school’s free-throw makes record. White currently ranks seventh with 430 career makes. He is one from equaling Ronnie Lester for sixth and two makes from matching Devyn Marble for fifth all-time. White (572) is also climbing Iowa’s free-throw attempts chart, ranking seventh. White made all 10 free throw attempts against Northwestern on Jan. 9, 2014 — he is 1-of-8 Hawkeyes ever to make all free throw attempts in a game played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (minimum 10 attempts).
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.
Fran McCaffery has one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 66 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 130 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.
HY-VEE BIG FOUR CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE
The state of Iowa’s four NCAA Division I institutions will host the third annual Hy-Vee Big Four Classic, a men’s college basketball doubleheader at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Dec. 20. Tickets, priced at $25, $50 and $70, can be purchased at dahlstickets.com the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office, all Dahl’s Foods Locations and by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS.
ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are on sale. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago, March 11-15. The event will feature a five-day format for the first time in conference history. Lower level tickets may be purchased through the UI Ticket Office. Upper level tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or going to unitedcenter.com. All-session tickets for the 100 and 200 levels at the United Center are available for $375 through the Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the 300 level are available for $275 or $200 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the United Center box office only. Orders will be limited to four all-session tickets. The tournament will continue to feature a discounted student ticket program. Students of Big Ten universities will be able to purchase tickets for $20, good for only the session or sessions featuring their school. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in balcony sections and orders will be limited to one ticket per student.