|GAME 18: #25 Ohio State (14-4, 3-2) at Iowa (12-5, 3-1)|
|When||Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 | 1 p.m. CT|
|Where||Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||ESPN | Watch Online via WATCHESPN
Announcers: Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 84 / XM 84|
|All-time Series||Series tied, 77-77|
|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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Iowa (12-5, 3-1), winners of four of its last five games, hosts No. 25 Ohio State (14-4, 3-2) Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 1:05 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game is sold out. Saturday is a `Be Bold, Wear Gold’ game where fans are encouraged to wear gold clothing.
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 nationally on ESPN (WATCHESPN). Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich will call the action.
GAME #18 OPENING TIP
? Saturday is a `Be Bold, Wear Gold’ game. Hawkeye fans are encouraged to come to the game wearing gold clothing.
? Iowa has one Ohio native on its roster, Aaron White, who hails from Strongsville (Cleveland suburb).
? Iowa has a share of first place in the Big Ten 4+ games into the season for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
? Jarrod Uthoff is the only Division I player to have 25+ 3-pointers, 25+ blocks, and 20+ steals.
? 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.
? Jarrod Uthoff scored Iowa’s last seven points, including a game-winning 17-foot jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift Iowa to victory at Minnesota Tuesday night.
? Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 16.8 points and shooting 50 percent (24-of-48) in Big Ten play, after averaging 10.6 points and shooting 39.8 percent (51-of-128) in nonconference action.
? Iowa is 6-0 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 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds.
IOWA OUTLASTS MINNESOTA ON THE ROAD
? Iowa recorded its third true road victory of the season, edging Minnesota (77-75) in Minneapolis Tuesday night.
? Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Jarrod Uthoff (22), Peter Jok (13), and Aaron White (13).
? Jarrod Uthoff scored 11 of Iowa’s final 14 points, including the Hawkeyes’ last seven points. The junior drained a contested 17-foot jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift Iowa to victory.
? Minnesota’s DeAndre Mathieu drove the length of the court and attempted a game-tying layup at the buzzer; however the ball was still in his hand as time expired.
? In addition to scoring a game and career-high 22 points, Uthoff had five rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Uthoff becomes the first player to amass 22+ points, 5+ rebounds, 4+ assists, and 4+ blocks in a Big Ten contest since Minnesota’s Joel Przybilla versus Iowa on Jan. 12, 2000.
? Aaron White’s 13 points moved him into 10th all-time in Iowa career scoring, passing Dean Oliver (1998-2001).
? Iowa shot 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field in the first half, while Minnesota shot 62p percent from the field in the second half (18-of-29).
? The Hawkeyes rejected nine shots, four of which were denied by Jarrod Uthoff. The nine blocks are the most by Iowa since rejecting nine against Longwood on Nov. 29.
? Iowa made eight 3-pointers (8-of-16, .500), improving to 6-0 this season when making eight or more treys.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
? After playing 14 of its first 18 games at home, Ohio State will be playing four of its next six games away from Columbus. The Buckeyes are 1-2 in true road games, winning at Minnesota in overtime (74-72), and falling at Louisville (64-55) and Indiana (69-66).
? Ohio State cruised to a 71-52 home victory over Michigan Tuesday night. The Buckeyes shot 49 percent (28-of-57) from the field and outscored the Wolverines, 19-2, in fast break points. D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 21 points. Russell has topped 20 points in two of the last three games (Michigan and Minnesota).
? Both Iowa and Ohio State have played North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat the Buckeyes (82-74) on Dec. 20 in Chicago, while the Hawkeyes won in Chapel Hill (60-55) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3.
? Three Buckeyes average double figures in scoring: D’Angelo Russell (18.1 ppg), Marc Loving (11.7 ppg), and Sam Thompson (10.3 ppg). Iowa held Russell (13) and Loving (10) below their season averages when the team’s first met this season on Dec. 30.
? Shannon Scott leads the team in steals (42) and assists (131), while also averaging 8.3 points per contest. His 131 assists are the most of any Division I player in the country.
? The Buckeyes boast a +20.9 average margin of victory, which ranks third best in the country.
? Ohio State shoots 38 percent from 3-point range (134-of-350). D’Angelo Russell has made a team-best 48 triples, followed by Marc Loving (32), and Kam Williams (22).
? The Buckeyes rank fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (.509), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), 10th in assists (17.4), and 13th in scoring offense (81.2).
? Ohio State has played three games decided by six points or less (1-2).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
The all-time series between Iowa and Ohio State is tied, 77-77, after Iowa posted a 71-65 win at Ohio State on Dec. 30 to open league play. The road team has won four of the last five meetings, including the last three. Twenty-two of the last 31 meetings, including the last four, have been decided by 10 points or less, with 12 decisions by five points or less. Iowa holds a 47-27 overall advantage in Iowa City and a 17-12 record versus the Buckeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Ohio State has won the last five meetings in Iowa City, dating back to a narrow 60-58 win on March 3, 2009.
? Iowa opened Big Ten competition with a 71-65 win at No. 18/21 Ohio State on Dec. 30. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 12 points and notched its second consecutive win in Columbus.
? The last time Iowa won consecutive games in Columbus was Feb. 25, 2003, and Feb. 18, 2004.
? Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff paced the Hawkeyes, each scoring 18 points. White also led all rebounders with nine rebounds.
? Jarrod Uthoff tied career highs in assists (five) and 3-point field goals made (four). Uthoff scored five of his 18 points during a critical junction of the game. The Hawkeye junior drained a 3-pointer along the corner baseline to stretch a five-point advantage to eight with 2:19 remaining. He then sank a 17-footer on Iowa’s next possession with 1:35 left to seal the win.
? Iowa outrebounded Ohio State by eight (37-29). The Hawkeyes pulled down 15 offensive rebounds, the most since grabbing 17 offensive boards at North Carolina.
? Iowa outscored Ohio State, 17-11, at the free throw line. Aaron White was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.
? Iowa assisted on 17-of-23 field goals. Six different Hawkeyes had two or more assists.
? The Hawkeyes sank eight 3-pointers (8-of-22). Iowa is 6-0 this season when making eight or more triples in a game.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (774) and is third in scoring (1,569). White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.1), steals (1.6), and scoring (15.8), and is fourth in assists (1.8) this season. His rebounding and scoring averages rank fourth and eighth, respectively in the Big Ten this year. 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 (51 percent) and 80 percent from the charity stripe (83 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 10th in Iowa scoring; he is 10 points from surpassing Adam Haluska (1,578) for ninth all-time.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
The Hawkeyes are 2-3 against ranked opponents this season. Iowa won at No. 12 North Carolina (60-55) and at No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) on Dec. 30. The Hawkeyes fell to No. 10 Texas (71-57) and No. 23 Syracuse (66-63) in New York City, and at home to No. 13 Iowa State (90-75).
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 109 of his 268 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 three makes from surpassing Indiana’s Steve Alford (535) for seventh in conference history.
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (12.1 ppg) and steals (1.2), and first in 3-point shooting (29-of-75, .387). He is the only Division I player to have 25+ 3-pointers, 25+ blocks and 20+ steals. The redshirt junior 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 12 of Iowa’s first 17 contests, including pouring in a career-high 22 points in Iowa’s last outing at Minnesota on Tuesday. Uthoff has made 23 of his team-leading 29 3-pointers in Iowa’s 11 victories. He is averaging 16.8 points and shooting 50 percent (24-of-48) in Big Ten play, while averaging 10.6 points and shooting 39.8 percent (51-of-128) in nonconference action. In Iowa’s three true road games (North Carolina, Ohio State, and Minnesota) Uthoff is averaging 16 points and 7.7 rebounds. Uthoff 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 had 18 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high five assists in Iowa’s road win against the Buckeyes, while totaling 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four blocks at Minnesota. Uthoff became the first player to amass 22+ points, 5+ rebounds, 4+ assists, and 4+ blocks in a Big Ten contest since Minnesota’s Joel Przybilla versus Iowa on Jan. 12, 2000. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has two double-doubles this season (North Florida and Michigan State). He had 10 points and a person-best 12 boards against North Florida (Dec. 22), and 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds versus Michigan State (Jan. 8).
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).
Iowa has three true road wins (No. 12 North Carolina; No. 18 Ohio State; Minnesota) by Jan. 13, which is the fastest a Hawkeye team has posted three true road wins since the 1998-99 season (Drake, Dec. 1; Kansas, Dec. 8; Northwestern, Jan. 3). That 1998-99 Iowa team advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Junior Adam Woodbury helped celebrate his 21st birthday on Tuesday scoring nine points and snagging a game-high eight rebounds in Iowa’s win at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 in games played on his birthday (won 70-50 at Northwestern in 2013). Iowa also beat Ohio State (84-74) the night before his 20th birthday a year ago in Columbus.
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.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa has made (295) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (255).
? Iowa started Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
? Senior center Gabriel Olaseni is averaging 19.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 4.2 blocks per 40 minutes played.
? Gabriel Olaseni scored 18 points in consecutive games against Nebraska (Jan. 5) and Michigan State (Jan. 8). The London native became just the fifth Big Ten player since 2006 to record back-to-back 18-point games off the bench (Indiana’s Will Sheehey in 2012; Michigan’s DeShawn Sims in 2008; Minnesota’s Lawrence McKenzie in 2007; and Ohio State’s Deaquan Cook in 2006).
? Josh Oglesby has made 135 career 3-pointers. He is two 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 ninth in the country in free throw percentage (76.2); 23rd in blocked shots (5.4); 32nd in fewest fouls per game (15.8); 36th in offensive rebounding (13.2), 41st in assists (15.2), 47th in field goal percentage defense (39.0); and 60th in scoring defense (61.1).
? 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 versus Nebraska on Jan. 5. White has made the fifth-most free throws (109) in the country. Hoftsra’s Juan `Ya Green is first with 125.
? The Hawkeyes have had fewer than 10 turnovers in four games this season (Iowa State, Longwood, Nebraska, and Michigan State).
Iowa has played 2,658 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,562-1,096 (.588). That includes a 998-351 (.740) record in home games, a 560-742 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 732-747 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 402-125 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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 vs. North Florida. The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, has started the last five games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 6.1 points per game for the season and 8.0 points since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has made at least one triple in seven of the last nine games, including a personal-best four in Iowa’s win over UMBC on Dec. 6. Jok tallied 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, in Iowa’s win at Minnesota Tuesday night.
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 54th nationally, averaging 2.0 rejections per game. He also ranks sixth in Iowa career blocks (121), surpassing Michael Payne in Iowa’s last game at Minnesota. Olaseni denied three shots against Iowa State. Uthoff ranks seventh in the league in blocks (1.6), rejecting at least one shot in 14-of-17 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 32nd in the country in rejections (5.4).
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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will return to action Tuesday when it travels to Madison, Wisconsin, to take on the nationally-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at the Kohl Center. The game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN.