|GAME 5: Pepperdine (3-0) vs. Iowa (2-2)|
|When||Monday, Nov. 24, 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, Jess Settles
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius TBD / XM TBD|
|All-time Series||Iowa leads, 2-0|
|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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Iowa (2-2) returns home to host Pepperdine (3-0) Monday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400).
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’s game will be streamed on ESPN3.com (WATCHESPN). Shawn Kenney and former Hawkeye Jess Settles will call the action. The game will not be televised.
GAME #5 QUICK HITS
? Monday will be the third meeting between Iowa and Pepperdine and the first since 1994. Iowa leads the all-time series, 2-0.
? Monday is “Dollar Dog Night” and “UI Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night” (free admission for UI faculty and staff with a valid ID, and $5 for their guests).
? Aaron White was named to the 2K Classic All-Tournament team after averaging a double-double against No. 10 Texas and No. 23 Syracuse in New York (19 points and 10 rebounds).
? Jarrod Uthoff netted a career-high 20 points in Iowa’s loss to No. 23 Syracuse on Friday.
? Adam Woodbury averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds in Iowa’s two games in New York.
? Aaron White, Jarrod Uthoff, and Adam Woodbury accounted for 88 of Iowa’s 120 points (73 percent) against Texas and Syracuse in New York.
? Iowa is scheduled to play three home games in six days this week.
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 41-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
? Aaron White has 1,368 career points. He is five points from surpassing Ed Horton (1,372 points) for 15th place on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart.
HAWKEYES DROP TWO IN NEW YORK
? Iowa lost, 71-57, to No. 10 Texas and dropped a narrow, 66-63, decision to No. 23 Syracuse last week in New York City.
? Iowa led 30-24 at half against the Longhorns, but Texas outscored the Hawkeyes 47-27 in the second half.
? Senior Aaron White posted career highs in free throws made (14) and attempted (16) against Texas. The 14 free throws made equal the most by a Hawkeye in the Fran McCaffery era (Devyn Marble made 14 against Northern Iowa in 2012).
? Aaron White scored 23 points against the Longhorns, which marks the 11th time in his career that the Strongsville, Ohio, native topped 20 points.
? Aaron White followed up his 23-point performance against Texas with a double-double effort versus Syracuse. White posted 15 points and controlled 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the year and 13th of his career.
? Adam Woodbury tallied 10 points against Texas and had 12 versus Syracuse.
? Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes in assists in each game, dishing out four versus Texas and a season-best seven against Syracuse.
? In addition to pouring in a career-high 20 points against Syracuse, Uthoff had six rebounds and three steals in each of the two games in New York.
? Iowa trailed Syracuse by 15 points with 12 minutes left, but rallied back to close within one point on three occasions in the final three minutes, but were unable to claim the lead.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 26
? Iowa has won 26 straight nonconference home games, a streak that dates back to November 2011 (Clemson). The active streak ties Oregon for 11th in the country.
Pepperdine enters Monday’s game against Iowa with a 3-0 mark, notching wins over Fresno State (89-74), Cal Lutheran (76-61) and San Jose State (63-44). Returning All-West Coast Conference performer Stacy Davis averages a team-best 17.7 points, making 12 of his 13 free throw attempts (92 percent) this season. Jett Raines averages 15 points, bolstered by 19-of-31 (61 percent) shooting from the field, and pulling down a team-best 8.7 rebounds, while Jeremy Major averages 12.7 points. Pepperdine owns a +9.7 rebounding margin and average 9.3 steals per contest. Pepperdine freshman Nate Gehring is an Iowa native. Gehring hails from Waukee and went to Waukee High School. Pepperdine is coached by Marty Wilson, who is in his fourth year as head coach and his 18th season in Malibu. He began his career at Pepperdine as a student-athlete (1985-89) and continued as an assistant coach (1991-96, which included a brief stint as interim head coach), and then returning as the associate head coach for three seasons (2009-11). He was then elevated to head coach following Tom Asbury’s retirement after the 2010-11 season. Pepperdine’s women’s team played in Iowa City over the weekend, finishing third in the four-team Hawkeye Challenge.
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 was 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 10 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.
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (13.3 ppg) and first in steals (1.8) through four games. The redshirt junior averaged 14 points, six rebounds, and three steals in Iowa’s two games in New York. He has drained two 3-pointers or more in all four games. Uthoff is shooting at a 50 percent clip (19-of-38) from the field, including 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point territory. He drained a personal-best four triples in Iowa’s victory over Hampton (Nov. 14). Uthoff has reached double figures in three of Iowa’s first four contests.
STRONG START FOR WOODBURY
Center Adam Woodbury averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore. So far through four games as a junior, Woodbury is averaging 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds. He is shooting 63 percent (17-of-27) from the field this year.
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).
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). Through four games this season, Iowa is averaging 25.2 free throw attempts and 18.8 makes. Iowa has made more free throws (75) than its opponents have attempted (66). Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school’s free-throw makes record. White currently ranks fifth with 434 career makes. White (596) is also climbing Iowa’s free-throw attempts chart, ranking sixth. He attempted 20 foul shots in New York last week.
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, averaging seven more boards than their opponents through four games. Iowa ranked 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding (26.9) and 22nd in offensive rebounding (13.5) a year ago.
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 563 career points, just past halfway to the 1,000-point club. Gesell leads the team in assists (4.2) through four games this year.
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. Iowa’s bench is averaging 23 points after four games in 2014-15. The Hawkeye reserves tallied 37 points against Hampton and 36 versus North Dakota State.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (688) and is fourth in scoring (1,368). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (8.8) and scoring (16.8), and second in assists (3.5) through four games in 2014-15. White is seeking to become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in scoring and rebounding since Greg Brunner in 2006 (14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game). 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 16th in Iowa scoring.
Iowa has played 2,645 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,552-1,093 (.587). That includes a 989-349 (.739) record in home games, a 557-741 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 729-746 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 395-123 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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 Iowa’s season-opening triumph over Hampton and another two versus North Dakota State on Nov. 17. Uthoff ranks second in blocks (1.5), rejecting at least one shot in all four games. As a team, Iowa ranked second in the Big Ten, and 40th nationally, in rejections (5.0) in 2013-14.
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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa returns to action Wednesday when it faces Northern Illinois (2-0). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.