Men's Hoops to Entertain Northern Illinois

GAME 6: Northern Illinois (2-0) at Iowa (3-2)
When Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 | 7:32 p.m. CT
Where Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa
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Nov. 25, 2014

Iowa (3-2) remains home to host Northern Illinois (2-0) Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:32 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400).

? Free trading cards for the first 1,000 fans in attendance
? Free admission for 2014 Iowa men’s basketball campers and $5 admission for their guests
? Discounted tickets available for UI Alumni Association members (must order in advance)

? Wednesday will be the seventh meeting between Iowa and Northern Illinois. Iowa leads the all-time series, 6-0.
? Iowa has won 27 straight nonconference home games, a streak that dates back to November 2011 (Clemson). The active streak ties Wichita State and Oregon for 10th in the country.
? Iowa is scheduled to play three home games in six days this week.
? Junior Mike Gesell tallied season highs in points (15), steals (3), 3-pointers (3-of-3) and rebounds (4) in Monday’s win over Pepperdine.
? 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).
? Junior Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds the last three games.
? Adam Woodbury averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds in Iowa’s two games in New York.
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 42-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
? Aaron White scored 17 points vs. Pepperdine to raise his career scoring total to 1,385 points and surpass Ed Horton (1,372 points) for 15th place on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart.

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: Wednesday’s game will be streamed on (WATCHESPN). Shawn Kenney and Kevin Lehman will call the action. The game will not be televised.

? Iowa used an 11-0 run in the second half to pull away and defeat Pepperdine, 72-61.
? Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Aaron White (17), Jarrod Uthoff (15), and Mike Gesell (15).
? Mike Gesell posted season highs in points (15), steals (3), rebounds (4), and 3-pointers (3-of-3).
? Iowa’s defense forced 19 turnovers and converted the miscues into 22 points. The Hawkeyes were credited with a season-best 12 steals. Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in steals per game (9.4).
? Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons were a combined 5-of-6 (.833) from 3-point range.

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 five games this season, Iowa is averaging 25.4 free throw attempts and 18.4 makes. Iowa has made as many free throws (92) as its opponents have attempted (92). Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school’s free-throw makes record. White currently ranks fifth with 441 career makes. White (604) is also climbing Iowa’s free-throw attempts chart, ranking sixth. He has averaged 9.3 attempts the last three games.

Northern Illinois enters Wednesday’s game against Iowa with a 2-0 mark, notching wins over Aurora (86-56) and Idaho (78-67). Returning Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team honoree Aaric Armstead averages a team-best 16.5 points, netting 10 of his 11 free throw attempts (91 percent) this season. Senior Jordan Threloff averages 14 points, shooting 69 percent (9-of-13) from the field, and pulling down a team-leading 12.5 rebounds. The Huskies are coached by Mark Montgomery, who is in his fourth season at the helm. He began his career as a student-athlete (1988-92) at Michigan State. Following his collegiate career, Montgomery played four years of professional basketball in Europe. He began his coaching career at Central Michigan in 1997 before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2001. After six seasons as an assistant with the Spartans, he was elevated to associate head coach in 2007. Montgomery was hired by Northern Illinois in 2011 where he holds a 27-68 record.

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.

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.

Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (13.6 ppg) and first in steals (1.8) through five 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 4-of-5 games. Uthoff is shooting at a 47 percent clip (25-of-53) from the field, including 48 percent (11-of-23) 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 four of Iowa’s first five contests. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tallied 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists in Iowa’s win over Pepperdine.

Center Adam Woodbury averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore. So far through five games as a junior, Woodbury is averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. He is shooting 56 percent (20-of-36) from the field this year.

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).

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). Gesell leads the team in assists (4.0) through five games this year.

Iowa has played 2,646 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,553-1,093 (.587). That includes a 992-349 (.740) 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 396-123 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (697) and is fourth in scoring (1,385). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (8.8) and scoring (16.8), and second in assists (3.0) through five 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 15th in Iowa scoring.

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. He leads the Hawkeyes averaging 2.2 rejections per game. Uthoff ranks second in blocks (1.2), rejecting at least one shot in 4-of-5 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,, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program., 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.

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 the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office, all Dahl’s Foods Locations and by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS.

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,, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or going to 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.

Iowa returns to action Saturday when it hosts Longwood. Tipoff is slated for 1:07 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be televised in the state of Iowa on Mediacom Connections (MC22) and streamed digitally on the Internet at BTN Plus on BTN2GO.

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