Men's Hoops to Host Alcorn State Tuesday

GAME 10: Alcorn State (1-5) at Iowa (7-2)
When Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 | 8:05 p.m. CT
Where Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa
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Dec. 7, 2014

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Riding a five-game win streak, Iowa (7-2) remains home its second game of its three-game home stand Tuesday with a contest versus Alcorn State (1-5). Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400).

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: Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPNEWS. Bob Picozzi and Sean Harrington will call the action.

? Tuesday will be the first-ever meeting between Iowa and Alcorn State. The Hawkeyes are 10-0 all-time against current schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
? Iowa won its 399th game (399-123, .764) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes will be seeking win No. 400 in the arena Tuesday against Alcorn State.
? Tuesday is “Aaron White Bobblehead Night” and a “Four Pack Night.” The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free bobblehead. Also, fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks for $55 (must be purchased in advance).
? Iowa has won 30 straight nonconference home games, a streak that dates back to November 2011 (Clemson). The active streak ties Oregon for ninth in the country.
? Since the news of Gabriel Olaseni’s father’s death, the Hawkeye senior has averaged 10.5 points (making 62 percent of his field goals), 5.8 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks. Olaseni will be in uniform for Tuesday’s game. He tentatively plans to leave for his father’s services in London after the Iowa State game (Dec. 12).
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 46-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.

? Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures in a 77-47 win over Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) Saturday in Iowa City.
? Peter Jok and Gabriel Olaseni each netted 15 points off the bench to lead the home squad. Both point totals equaled career highs for Jok and Olaseni. Jok also posted personal bests in steals (three), and 3-pointers made (four) and attempted (six).
? Iowa forced a season-high 26 turnovers, collecting a season-best 16 steals. The 16 thefts are the second most by a Hawkeye team during the Fran McCaffery era (19 vs. SIUE in 2010). Iowa converted the UMBC miscues into 34 points.
? Iowa’s top-two leading scorers, Aaron White (14) and Jarrod Uthoff (11), each reached double figures. White has scored in double digits in every game this season.
? The Hawkeyes were 12-of-15 (.800) from the foul line. Iowa has made 33 of its last 39 free-throw attempts (.846) the last two games combined.
? Iowa assisted on 20 of its 29 field goals, with Mike Gesell dishing out a game-best seven helpers. The seven assists tie a season best for the junior guard.
? UMBC did not have a player reach double digits; Cody Joyce led the team with nine points.

Iowa enters Tuesday’s game ranked sixth in the country in field goal percentage defense (.338) and 22nd in scoring defense (56.1). The Hawkeyes have held their last four opponents (Northern Illinois, Longwood, North Carolina, and UMBC) to 33 percent shooting or lower and five opponents overall (North Dakota State). Last year, Iowa opponents shot 41.5 percent from the field.

? Alcorn State last played a week ago Tuesday, falling 72-51 at Troy.
? The Braves and Hawkeyes have played one common opponent: Texas. Alcorn State lost 85-53 at Texas, while Iowa fell 71-57 to the Longhorns in New York.
? Alcorn State has one victory, beating Dillard University (95-73) at home on Nov. 24.
? The Braves have four players average double figures in scoring: Leantwan Luckett (16.2), Reginald Johnson (12.0), Tyrel Hunt (11.5), and Marquis Vance (10.7). Vance also leads the squad in rebounding, pulling down 6.5 boards per contest.


Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (719) and is third in scoring (1,442). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.3), steals (1.8), and scoring (15.7), and third in assists (2.3) 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 55 percent from the field and 87 percent from the foul line after nine 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.

Center Adam Woodbury averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore. Through nine games as a junior, Woodbury is averaging 8.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He is shooting 60 percent (34-of-57) from the field this year. Woodbury has already surpassed his double-digit scoring total (five) from a year ago (four). The native of Sioux City, Iowa, ranks sixth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.596).

Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.1 ppg) and is second in steals (1.6) through nine games. The redshirt junior averaged 14 points, six rebounds, and three steals in Iowa’s two games in New York. He drained a personal-best four triples in Iowa’s victory over Hampton (Nov. 14). He has reached double figures in six of Iowa’s first nine 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.

After a sluggish sophomore campaign, Anthony Clemmons has had a strong start to his junior season. Clemmons has started the first nine games, averaging 6.6 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 nine games this year (10-of-25, .400).

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.

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.

? Iowa has made (146) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (145).
? Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.338) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.268), second in scoring defense (57.1), blocked shots (6.1) and stelas (9.3), third in free throw percentage (.753), and sixth in assists (16.4).
? Six different Hawkeyes have led the team in scoring, while five different players have led the squad in rebounding through nine games.
? Aaron White ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (7.3), seventh in free throw shooting (.873), and 12th in scoring (15.7). Mike Gesell ranks 11th in the Big Ten in assists (3.9). Gabriel Olaseni is second in the conference in blocked shots (27). Adam Woodbury is sixth in field goal percentage (.596).

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 2.7 rejections per game. He also ranks seventh in Iowa career blocks (111). Uthoff ranks fourth in the league in blocks (2.0), rejecting at least one shot in 8-of-9 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 25th in the country in rejections (6.1).

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 2,650 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,557-1,093 (.588). That includes a 995-349 (.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 399-123 (.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,, 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.

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.

Iowa concludes its three-game home stand when it hosts nationally-ranked Iowa State on Friday. The game will tipoff at 7:06 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game is sold out.

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