|GAME 9: Maryland-Baltimore County (0-7) at Iowa (6-2)|
|When||Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 | 12:07 p.m. CT|
|Where||Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||Mediacom Connections (MC22) | Watch Online via BTN Plus on BTN2GO
Announcers: Rob Brooks, Mac McCausland, Jess Settles
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 112 / XM 192|
|All-time Series||Iowa 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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Riding a four-game win streak, Iowa (6-2) returns home for a three-game home stand beginning Saturday with a contest against Maryland-Baltimore County (0-7). Tipoff is scheduled for 12:07 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. TV: Saturday’s game will be televised in the state of Iowa on Mediacom Connections (MC22) and will also be available digitally on BTN Plus on BTN2GO. Rob Brooks, Mac McCausland, and Jess Settles will call the action.
GAME #9 QUICK HITS
? Saturday will be only the second meeting between Iowa and Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Iowa beat the Retrievers, 98-91, in Iowa City on Dec. 15, 1990.
? Saturday is only Iowa’s third game against a team from the America East Conference.
? Iowa has won 29 straight nonconference home games, a streak that dates back to November 2011 (Clemson). The active streak ties Oregon for ninth in the country.
? After going 2-10 in its first ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, Iowa has won its last two — beating Notre Dame in Iowa City in 2013 and North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2014.
? Aaron White and Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice ate the only Big Ten players to amass 125+ points, 60+ rebounds, and 10+ steals through eight games in 2014-15.
? Since the news of Gabriel Olaseni’s father’s death, the Hawkeye senior has averaged nine points (making 60 percent of his field goals), 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks. Olaseni will be in uniform for Saturday’s game against UMBC.
? Through eight games, Iowa’s strength of schedule ranks 22nd in the country.
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 45-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
HAWKEYES WIN AT #12 NORTH CAROLINA
? Mike Gesell scored the game’s last five points the final 1:16 of the game to lift the Hawkeyes to a 60-55 win over No. 12 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Gesell led all scorers in the game with 16 points.
? Iowa improved to 2-0 in games played in Chapel Hill, winning on Wednesday and also in 1989.
? Aaron White scored all 10 of his points from the free throw line, going a perfect 10-of-10. It marked the second time in his career that he sank all 10 of his free throw attempts (vs. Northwestern in 2014). White was 0-of-6 from the field.
? Adam Woodbury netted 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. It marked the fifth time in eight games that the Hawkeye junior reached double figures in scoring.
? Jarrod Uthoff led the team in rebounding, pulling down 11 boards, which equaled a career high. He also matched a personal best with a game-high five rejections.
? Despite shooting only 33 percent from the field, Iowa converted 87.5 percent of its free throw attempts (21-of-24).
? North Carolina owned the glass in the first half, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds to Iowa’s one. The Hawkeyes had a much better second half on the boards, controlling 16 offensive rebounds, compared to eight for the Tar Heels.
? Wednesday was Iowa’s first road win over a ranked ACC team since beating No. 6 North Carolina on Jan. 7, 1989.
? Iowa starters scored 53 of its 60 points.
? Iowa’s win clinched the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the Big Ten Conference.
? Free Iowa basketball ornaments for the first 1,500 fans.
? Bring a new toy to donate to the UI Children’s Hospital and receive $5 off Saturday’s game or any future game (while supplies last).
? “Ugly Sweater Day” — fans are encouraged to wear their best ugly sweater for a chance to win prizes.
SCOUTING MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY
? Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) enters Saturday’s game with a 0-7 record. Saturday will be the Retrievers third game of the week, falling at Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday (65-52) and George Washington on Thursday (83-60).
? Saturday will be UMBC’s sixth road game of the season.
? Wayne Sparrow is the lone Retreiver to average double figures in scoring (10.9 ppg). Jourdan Grant leads the squad in steals (15) and assists (25), while also scoring 7.4 points per contest.
? UMBC is shooting only 58 percent (79-of-137) from the free throw line.
? In their last loss at George Washington Thursday night, three Retrievers tallied double figures: Malcolm Brent (15), Charles Taylor (10), and Will Darley (10). UMBC committed 21 turnovers, with George Washington converting those miscues into 19 points. More than half (35) of UMBC’s 60 points came from its bench.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (714) and is third in scoring (1,428). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.6), steals (1.6), and scoring (15.9), and third in assists (2.5) this season. 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 is already on pace to accomplish the feat a second consecutive season, shooting 54 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line after eight games. 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 player all-time to 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. White currently ranks 15th in Iowa scoring.
STRONG START FOR WOODBURY
Center Adam Woodbury averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore. Through eight games as a junior, Woodbury is averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He is shooting 61.5 percent (32-of-52) from the field this year. Woodbury has already surpassed his double-digit scoring total (five) from a year ago (four).
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.1 ppg) and tied for first in steals (1.6) through eight 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 5-of-8 games. Uthoff drained a personal-best four triples in Iowa’s victory over Hampton (Nov. 14). He has reached double figures in five of Iowa’s first eight contests. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tallied eight points and equaled career bests in rebounding (11) and blocked shots (five) in Iowa’s five-point victory at No. 12 North Carolina.
CLEMMONS RETURNS TO FORM
After a sluggish sophomore campaign, Anthony Clemmons has had a strong start to his junior season. Clemmons has started the first eight games, averaging 7.4 points. Reaching double figures just once a season ago, Clemmons has already netted double digits three times. He was 6-of-16 (.375) from 3-point territory last season and has already surpassed that total through eight games this year (20-of-23, .435).
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.
WHITE NOMINATED FOR GOOD WORKS TEAM
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. Among the nominees is University of Iowa basketball student-athlete Aaron White. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities. College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the 158 NABC nominees, distinguished voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in blocked shots (6.3), field goal percentage defense (.338) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.275), second in scoring defense (57.2), third in free throw percentage (.749) and steals (8.5), and fifth in assists (16.0).
? Five different Hawkeyes have led the team in scoring and rebounding through eight games.
? Aaron White ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (7.6) and 10th in scoring (16.7).
Senior Gabriel Olaseni denied a game-high four shots in Iowa wins over Hampton (Nov. 14) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 26). He denied a career-high five shots in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois. Olaseni ranks second in the Big Ten, averaging 2.6 rejections per game. Uthoff ranks fourth in the league in blocks (2.1), rejecting at least one shot in 7-of-8 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 18th in the country in rejections (6.3).
ROSTER CHANGES FOR 2014-15
Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe, and Zach McCabe (3,684 combined points) 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.
Iowa has played 2,649 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,556-1,093 (.587). That includes a 994-349 (.740) record in home games, a 558-741 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 729-746 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 398-123 (.764) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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.
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.
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 remains home next Tuesday when it entertains Alcorn State. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNEWS.