|GAME 74: Iowa (11-5, 2-1) at Minnesota (11-6, 0-4)|
|When||Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 | 8:06 p.m. CT|
|Where||Williams Arena — Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||BTN | Watch Online via BTN2GO
Announcers: Cory Provus and Shon Morris
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 132 / XM 195|
|All-time Series||Minnesota leads, 102-92|
|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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After being idle last weekend, Iowa (11-5, 2-1) returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Minneapolis to compete against Minnesota (11-6, 0-4). Tipoff is slated for 6:05 p.m. (CT) at Williams Arena.
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: Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Cory Provus and Shon Morris will call the action.
GAME #17 OPENING TIP
? The last three meetings between Iowa and Minnesota in Minneapolis have been decided by six points or fewer, dating back to 2012.
? Iowa became the first team in the country to post road wins over ranked opponents: No. 12 North Carolina (60-55) on Dec. 3 and No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) on Dec. 30.
? Tuesday will be the Hawkeyes’ third true road contest of the season. Iowa is 2-0 in true road games, winning at No. 12 North Carolina and No. 18 Ohio State.
? Aaron White became Iowa’s all-time leader in free throws made (527). He broke the record vs. Nebraska on Jan. 5.
? Aaron White is the only Hawkeye basketball player to ever record 1,500+ points, 750+ rebounds, 150+ assists and 100+ steals.
? Iowa is 5-0 this season when sinking eight or more 3-pointers.
? Iowa is averaging a double-double out of its center position of Adam Woodbury and Gabriel Olaseni. The duo combine to average 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds.
? Jarrod Uthoff has made 21 of his team-leading 27 3-pointers in Iowa’s 11 victories.
? Beginning Tuesday at Minnesota, three of Iowa’s next four games will be on the road.
MICHIGAN STATE TOPS IOWA IN LAST OUTING
? Michigan State rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit (39-28) to beat Iowa, 75-61, last Thursday night in Iowa City.
? Jarrod Uthoff posted his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career (12 points and 10 rebounds).
? Gabriel Olaseni tied a career high with 18 points for the second consecutive contest. The senior was 8-of-9 from the foul line.
? Michigan State outscored the Hawkeyes 36-6 beyond the 3-point scoring arc. The Spartans made 12 triples, including shooting 8-of-9 from long distance in the second half, while Iowa was held to two treys on 2-of-12 shooting.
? Mike Gesell reached doubel figures for the fifth time this season, netting 10 points.
? Iowa outscored Michigan State 15-9 at the free throw line.
? The Hawkeyes valued the basketball, turning the ball over just nine times for the second consecutive contest. Thursday marked the fourth game this season that Iowa had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game (Iowa had seven turnovers against Iowa State and Longwood, and nine versus Michigan State).
? After going 11-2 in the nonconference portion of its schedule, Minnesota has started league play 0-4 for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Three of the four games to start conference play came on the road, while three of the four defeats have come be five points or fewer, including one in overtime (Ohio State).
? Michigan rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to upend Minnesota, 62-57, last Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Andre Hollins and Carlos Morris led the Gophers scoring 18 points and 16 points, respectively. The Wolverines forced 17 Gopher turnovers and converted those miscues into 22 points.
? The Gophers are 9-1 at home this season, winning all nine nonconference contests. Minnesota dropped a narrow 74-72 contest to Ohio State a week ago Tuesday in overtime in Williams Arena.
? Minnesota has three players average double digits in scoring: Carlos Morris (12.9 ppg); Andre Hollins (12.8 ppg); and Maurice Walker (12.4 ppg). Walker also leads the squad in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and ranks 10th nationally in field goal percentage (61.4). DeAndre Mathieu ranks 33rd in the nation in assists (5.5 apg) and 12th in steals (1.6 spg).
? The Gophers shoot 48 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point territory, and shoot at a 64 percent clip from the free throw stripe. Andre Hollins is Minnesota’s top 3-point threat, making 39-of-96 triples (40.6 percent). Nate Mason averages 1.5 treys per game coming off the bench, shooting at a 46 percent clip (25-of-55).
? The Gophers rank second in the country in steals (11.4), fourth in assists (18.1), sixth in turnover margin (5.4), 19th in scoring (78.5), and 20th in 3-point percentage (39.7).
? Beginning Tuesday, five of Minnesota’s next seven contests will be at home.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Minnesota holds a 102-92 advantage in the series that began with a 47-10 Gopher win in 1902. The 194 meetings are the most Iowa has played against any opponent. The Gophers had won six straight in the series before the Hawkeyes have won four of the last six. The two teams split last season’s two meetings, with each team winning on its home floor. The Gophers hold a 62-34 advantage in games played at Minnesota. Minnesota has won seven of the last nine meetings in Williams Arena. The Gophers won a shootout, 95-89, last season in Minneapolis. The last three meetings in Minneapolis have all been decided by six points or fewer, dating back to 2012.
LAST SEASON AGAINST MINNESOTA
? Josh Oglesby averaged 16.5 points, shooting 9-of-16 (.563) from 3-point range, in two games against Minnesota last season.
? Iowa trailed Minnesota by 10 points (43-33) with 1:13 left in the first half, but the Hawkeyes scored the final eight points of the half en route to a 94-73 victory over Minnesota in Iowa City on Jan. 19. The 21-point loss was the Gophers’ most lop-sided loss last season. The 94 points by Iowa were the most against Minnesota in a non-OT game since scoring 99 points versus the Gophers on Feb. 18, 1989.
? Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Aaron White (18), Josh Oglesby (17), Devyn Marble (16), Gabriel Olaseni (12), and Mike Gesell (11). White scored all 18 of his points in the second half.
? Josh Oglesby netted a season-high 17 points, 14 in the first half, on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Oglesby made all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half.
? Iowa’s bench scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
? Minnesota shot 61 percent from the field (30-of-49), including 58 percent from 3-point range (11-of-19) in a 95-89 win over Iowa in Minneapolis on Feb. 25.
? Junior Josh Oglesby spelled Basabe, who did not play due to illness, in the starting rotation. Oglesby netted 16 points, bolstered by 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
? Devyn Marble tallied a team-high 24 points – 19 of which came in the first half. Aaron White netted 21 and game highs in steals (three) and rebounds (nine).
? Point guard Mike Gesell had 13 points, six assists and no turnovers. Gesell has scored 11+ points in all four games played in his career against the Gophers.
? Aaron White averages 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in six games played vs. Minnesota.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (768) and is third in scoring (1,556). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.2), steals (1.6), and scoring (15.9), and is fourth in assists (1.7) 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. Again, White is the only player in the country to shoot better than 50 percent from the field (52 percent) and 80 percent from the charity stripe (85 percent). 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 11th in Iowa scoring; he is six points from surpassing Dean Oliver (1,561) for 10th all-time.
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
Aaron White ranks first in the country by a wide margin in highest percentage of points scored from free throws (minimum 250 total points). The Hawkeye senior has scored 104 of his 255 points (41 percent) from the charity stripe. White went 12-of-15 (.800) from the foul line in Iowa’s win over Nebraska on Jan. 5. His fifth make was his 517th free throw, which surpassed Roy Marble as Iowa’s all-time leader in free throws. He currently ranks eighth in Big Ten annals and is nine makes from surpassing Indiana’s Steve Alford (535) for seventh in conference history.
UTHOFF TABBED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Jarrod Uthoff was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6 by the Big Ten Conference office. The honor is the first of Uthoff’s career. Uthoff (6-9, 210) led Iowa to its first 2-0 start in league play since the 2002-03 season with wins at No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) and vs. Nebraska (70-59). The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shot at a 50 percent clip from the field (11-of-22), including (7-of-14) from 3-point territory, averaging 16.5 points, seven rebounds, 3.5 assists, and one block. Uthoff tallied 18 points, including sinking a 3-pointer and a 17-foot jumper on back-to-back possessions in the final 2:19 of the game, to preserve Iowa’s victory at Ohio State. He also matched career highs in assists (five) and 3-point field goals (four). The small forward contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block, and a steal in Monday’s 11-point triumph over Nebraska.
Aaron White is one of only two active Division I players (Oklahoma’s TaShawn Thomas) to have 1,500+ points, 750+ rebounds, 150+ assists, and 100+ steals. He is the only Hawkeye ever to post those numbers in the program’s history. Also, his 13 career double-doubles ranks second among active Big Ten players; Michigan State’s Branden Dawson ranks first (15).
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.4 ppg) and is second in steals (1.3), and first in 3-point shooting (27-of-71, .380). The redshirt junior had 18 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high five assists in Iowa’s road win against the Buckeyes. He drained a personal-best four triples in Iowa’s victory over Hampton (Nov. 14) and at No. 18 Ohio State (Dec. 30). He has reached double figures in 11 of Iowa’s first 16 contests. Uthoff has made 21 of his team-leading 27 3-pointers in Iowa’s 11 victories. 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. He posted his third double-double of his career and first of the season in Iowa’s win over North Florida on Dec. 22, registering 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. He registered his second double-double of the year in Iowa’s last outing versus Michigan State last Thursday, scoring 12 points and grabbing a team-best 10 rebounds.
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.
Sophomore Peter Jok made his first start of his career on Dec. 22 against North Florida. The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, finished that contest with 12 points. Jok remained in the starting lineup at Ohio State, vs. Nebraska and against Michigan State. Jok is averaging 5.7 points per game. He has made at least one triple in six of the last eight games, including a personal-best four in Iowa’s win over UMBC on Dec. 6.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa has made (276) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (239).
? Iowa started Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
? Senior center Gabriel Olaseni is averaging 23 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes played.
? Josh Oglesby has made 134 career 3-pointers. He is three treys from surpassing B.J. Armstrong for 10th on Iowa’s all-time 3-point list.
? Iowa has had three players post double-doubles this year (Adam Woodbury, Gabriel Olaseni, and Aaron White). Only Michigan State has had more (four).
? Iowa is 36-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 48-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
? Iowa ranks seventh in the country in free throw percentage (76.7), 30th in fewest fouls per game (15.8); 35th in blocked shots (5.2); and 46th in scoring defense (60.3), assists (15.2), and field goal percentage defense (38.5).
? Iowa’s 26-of-28 (.929) performance at the free throw line vs. North Florida is the best percentage by an Iowa team (min. 25 attempts).
? Aaron White has attempted 10+ free throws in five games this season, including attempting 15 in Iowa’s last game versus Nebraska on Monday. White has made the fourth-most free throws (104) in the country. Hoftsra’s Juan `Ya Green is first with 122.
Senior Gabriel Olaseni denied a game-high four shots in Iowa wins over Hampton (Nov. 14), Northern Illinois (Nov. 26) and North Florida (Dec. 22). He denied a career-high five shots in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois. Olaseni ranks third in the Big Ten and 55th nationally, averaging 2.0 rejections per game. He also ranks seventh in Iowa career blocks (119). Olaseni denied three shots against Iowa State. Uthoff ranks 10th in the league in blocks (1.5), rejecting at least one shot in 13-of-16 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 35th in the country in rejections (5.2).
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.
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.
ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
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, ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or going to unitedcenter.com. 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.
MCCAFFERY IN COACHES CHARITY CHALLENGE
Infiniti, ESPN, NABC and the NCAA have teamed up again to produce a one-of-a-kind charity competition — the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. For 10 weeks, 48 coaches compete in a round robin bracket tournament for the chance to win $100,000 for charity. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery is one of 48 collegiate coaches taking part in this challenge. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period by registering and voting on a custom microsite on ESPN.com/Infiniti. The tournament is divided into four rounds. The coaches with the most votes will advance to the next round and earn more money for their charity. Visit ESPN.com/Infiniti each day and vote for McCaffery, using multiple email addresses, and his charity — Coaches vs. Cancer.
Iowa has played 2,657 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,561-1,096 (.588). That includes a 998-351 (.740) record in home games, a 559-742 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 731-747 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 402-125 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will return to Iowa City this weekend and host No. 25 Ohio State on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.