Men's Basketball to Play UNI in Des Moines

GAME 12: Iowa (8-3) vs. Northern Iowa (9-1)
When Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 | 6:36 p.m. CT
Where Wells Fargo Arena — Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa (8-3), winners of six of its last seven games, travel to Des Moines to face Northern Iowa (9-1) Saturday. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 6:36 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The contest will be the nightcap of the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Iowa State and Drake will tipoff the basketball doubleheader at 4 p.m. That game will be televised on Mediacom Connections in the state of Iowa. Tickets to the doubleheader are available for $25-$70. They can be purchased at the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office.

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 nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Wayne Randazzo and former Hawkeye Jess Settles will call the action.

? Iowa is 2-0 all-time in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic, beating UNI in 2012 and Drake in 2013.
? Iowa has won six of its last seven games entering Saturday’s game against Northern Iowa.
? The two teams have split its last four meetings, dating back to 2009. UNI won twice on its home floor (2009 and 2011), while Iowa won in Iowa City in 2010 and in Des Moines on a neutral floor in 2012, in the inaugural Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.
? Gabriel Olaseni left for London and his father’s memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 13, and is scheduled to return to the States on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
? There will be a Hawkeye Hoops Huddle Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Ctr., Level 3, Rooms 305-310 — located at 730 3rd St., in Des Moines.
? Iowa senior Josh Oglesby and UNI junior Wes Washpun were teammates at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and UNI’s Taylor Olson played together at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.
? Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.356) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.280), and second in free throw percentage (.760) and blocked shots (5.8).
? Iowa is averaging a double-double out of its center position of Adam Woodbury and Gabriel Olaseni. The duo combine to average 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds through 11 games.

? Iowa State snapped Iowa’s 31-game home win streak against nonconference opponents with a 90-75 win in Iowa City on Dec. 12.
? Iowa shot a season-best 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line and committed a season-low seven turnovers.
? Aaron White led the team in scoring, netting 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line.
? Sophomore Peter Jok posted a season-best 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and making both free throw attempts.
? Iowa’s bench contributed 31 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
? The game was played in front of a sold out crowd of 15,400 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Naz Long led Iowa State, scoring 21 points.

Iowa enters Saturday’s game ranked 13th in the country in field goal percentage defense (.356) and 38th in scoring defense (58.1). The Hawkeyes have held five of the last six opponents (Northern Illinois, Longwood, North Carolina, UMBC, and Alcorn State) to 33 percent shooting or lower and six opponents overall (North Dakota State). Last year, Iowa opponents shot 41.5 percent from the field.

? Northern Iowa (UNI) won its first nine games of the season before dropping a 93-87 decision in overtime at VCU on Saturday, Dec. 13.
? Two Panthers average double figures in scoring: Seth Tuttle (14.8 ppg) and Wes Washpun (12.2 ppg). Tuttle also leads the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
? Wes Washpun nearly tripled his scoring average in UNI’s loss at VCU. The junior guard entered the game averaging 10.5 ppg, and netted a career-best 27 points.
? The Panthers shot 49 percent (31-of-63) from the field, including 46 percent (11-of-24) from 3-point range, in Saturday’s road game at VCU.
? UNI is 4-1 away from Cedar Falls this season, including a 2-0 mark in neutral site games. The Panthers beat Virginia Tech (73-54) and Northwestern (61-42) in Cancun over Thanksgiving break.
? The Panthers have three players who have made 10+ 3-pointers: Paul Jesperson (14), Matt Bohannon (14), and Nate Buss (10). As a team, UNI is shooting at a 39 percent clip from long distance.
? UNI has played four teams from the state of Virginia, beating Richmond (55-50), George Mason (71-65 in OT) and Virginia Tech (73-54), but falling to VCU (93-87 in OT).
? The Panthers beat North Florida, 66-49, on Nov. 22, in Cedar Falls. The Hawkeyes host North Florida on Monday, Dec. 22, in Iowa City.

? Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell combined to score 53 of Iowa’s 80 points in an 80-73 win over UNI on Dec. 15, 2012, in Des Moines at the inaugural Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.
? Devyn Marble’s 30 points was one point shy of his career best of 31. The 30 points established a new Wells Fargo Arena record for a Division I men’s basketball player.
? Marble went 14-of-19 from the free throw line, which are also both arena records for Division I men’s games. Additionally, the 19 free-throw attempts ties for the 10th most by a Hawkeye in a single game.
? Point guard Mike Gesell scored 23 points, bolstered by 4-of-6 treys. To this day, the 23 points still stands as Gesell’s career high.
? Iowa made 12 triples, which ranks as the second most by an Iowa team in McCaffery’s tenure. The Hawkeyes held UNI to 3-of-16 (.188) shooting from long distance.
? Iowa assisted on 18 of its 21 field goals, and only had two second-half turnovers after committing 13 in the first stanza.

Iowa is 2-1 in games played at Wells Fargo Arena. The Hawkeyes lost to Creighton (82-59) in 2011, but beat UNI (80-73) in 2012 and Drake (83-66) in 2013. Iowa’s Peter Jok (Valley HS) and Josh Oglesby (Washington HS), Jarrod Uthoff (Jefferson HS) and Adam Woodbury (East HS) all played in Wells Fargo Arena as preps at the state tournament. Wells Fargo Arena, which opened its doors in 2005, has been selected to host two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The capital city and Iowa State University will host the second and third rounds games next season. The arena hosted the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, which included legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s last game, and the NCAA wrestling championships in 2013.


Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (730) and is third in scoring (1,475). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.0), steals (1.5), and scoring (15.8), and third in assists (2.0) 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 88 percent from the foul line after 11 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 11 games as a junior, Woodbury is averaging eight points and 5.9 rebounds. He is shooting 53 percent (37-of-70) from the field this year. Woodbury has already surpassed his double-digit scoring total (five) from a year ago (four).

Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.1 ppg) and is second in steals (1.5). 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 seven of Iowa’s first 11 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 11 games, averaging 5.9 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 this year (10-of-26, .385).

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 (174) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (169).
? Iowa has had three players post doubled-doubles this year (Adam Woodbury, Gabriel Olaseni, and Aaron White). Only Michigan State has more players notch double-doubles (four).
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 47-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
? Peter Jok is averaging 11.3 points and four rebounds in Iowa’s last three games.
? Iowa ranks 13th in the country in field goal percentage defense (35.6), 15th in free throw percentage (76.0), 22nd in fewest fouls per game (15.4), 23rd in blocked shots (5.8), and 29th in assists (16.2).
? Aaron White ranks eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.0), third in free throw percentage (.885), and 10th in scoring (15.8). Mike Gesell ranks eighth in the Big Ten in assists (4.1). Gabriel Olaseni is second in the conference in blocked shots (25).
? Aaron White has attempted 10 free throw or more in four games this season. White has made the third-most free throws (69) in the country. Maryland’s Melo Trimble is first with 78.

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 2.5 rejections per game. He also ranks seventh in Iowa career blocks (115). Olaseni denied three shots against Iowa State last Friday. Uthoff ranks eighth in the league in blocks (1.7), rejecting at least one shot in 9-of-11 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 23rd in the country in rejections (5.8).

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.

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.

Iowa will play its final nonconference game on Monday, Dec. 22, when it hosts North Florida. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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