|GAME 19: #25/RVIowa (13-5, 4-1) at #6/5 Wisconsin (16-2, 4-1)|
|When||Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 | 8:05 p.m. CT|
|Where||Kohl Center — Madison, Wisconsin|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||ESPN | Watch Online via WATCHESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, and Sam Ponder
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 84 / XM 84|
|All-time Series||Wisconsin leads, 80-79|
|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|
Jan. 19, 2015
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No. 25 Iowa (13-5, 4-1), winners of five of its last six games, travels to play No. 5/6 Wisconsin (16-2, 4-1) Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
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 ESPN (WATCHESPN). Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, and Sam Ponder will call the action.
GAME #19 OPENING TIP
? Iowa is 3-0 this season in true road games, winning at No. 12 North Carolina (60-55), No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) and Minnesota (77-75).
? Iowa is ranked No. 25 in this week’s Associated Press poll. Iowa State is ranked ninth and Northern Iowa is 20th, marking the first time in history that the state of Iowa has had three ranked teams at once.
? The last five meetings between Iowa & Wisconsin have been decided by five points or less.
? Only two Big Ten players average 16+ points and 7+ rebounds — Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (17.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg) and Aaron White of Iowa (16.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg).
? The Hawkeyes have scored 70 or more points against Wisconsin five of the last six meetings, including the last four contests.
? A Hawkeye has scored 22 points in each of Iowa’s last two games — both wins. Jarrod Uthoff had 22 points at Minnesota Tuesday, while Aaron White netted 22 against Ohio State Saturday.
? Jarrod Uthoff is the only Division I player to have 30+ 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.
? 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 16 points and 10.8 rebounds.
HAWKEYES SWEEP OHIO STATE
? Iowa led start-to-finish en route to a 76-67 triumph over Ohio State Saturday in Iowa City. The win secured a regular season sweep over the Buckeyes (Iowa won at Ohio State, 71-65, on Dec. 30) — its first since the 2003-04 campaign.
? In 80 minutes played against the Buckeyes this season, Ohio State led for just seven seconds in those two games.
? Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Aaron White (22), Adam Woodbury (13), and Mike Gesell (11).
? Adam Woodbury posted his second double-double of the season and his career, scoring a season-high 13 points to go along with a team-best 10 rebounds. Woodbury has led the team in rebounding in each of the last two games (at Minnesota & vs. Ohio State).
? In a three-minute span of the second half (13:54-10:51), Aaron White scored 12 straight points. He scored 18 of his 22 points in the second stanza. The Ohio native has tallied 20+ points four times this season and 14 times in his career.
? The Hawkeyes earned 35 free throw attempts after the Buckeyes were whistled for 24 fouls. Iowa made 25 of its 35 free throw attempts (.714). Aaron White was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, with every attempt coming in the final 14 minutes.
? All nine Hawkeyes who played scored. Iowa shot 51 percent (24-of-47) from the field.
? No Iowa player saw more than 30 minutes of action against Ohio State. Mike Gesell played the most minutes (30).
? Aaron White and Peter Jok each collected three steals. The three steals equaled a career best for Jok.
? Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell tallied 27 of the Buckeyes’ 67 points.
? Wisconsin was idle last weekend, having won its last game 70-55 over Nebraska on Jan. 15, in Madison. Five Badgers tallied double figures, led by Frank Kaminsky’s 22 points. Wisconsin drained 11 triples, while holding Nebraska to five 3-pointers.
? The Badgers are 9-1 in home games this season with their only setback coming against nationally-ranked Duke (80-70) on Dec. 3. Wisconsin has sold out every home game this season.
? Frank Kaminsky ranks first on the team in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg), blocked shots (1.9 bpg), and steals (1.1 spg). Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes rank second in scoring, each averaging 12.3 points per game.
? Senior point guard Traevon Jackson suffered a foot injury in Wisconsin’s loss at Rutgers on Jan. 11, and is out indefinitely. Jackson averaged 9.4 points and 2.9 assists in 17 games prior to the injury.
? Wisconsin ranks first in the country in fewest fouls per game (13.4) and turnovers per contest (8.2); fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56); sixth in scoring defense (54.9) and scoring margin (18.4).
? Wisconsin is 4-1 in games decided by eight points or fewer this season.
? Wisconsin Assistant Coach Gary Close was an assistant coach at Iowa for 13 seasons (1987-99) under Tom Davis. He later was the head boys basketball coach at Regina High School in Iowa City for three years, leading his team to the state tournament his last two seasons.
? The football series between Iowa and Wisconsin is also close, with the Badgers owning a narrow 44-42-2 series edge.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Tuesday will be the 160th meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers own a slim 80-79 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have split the last six meetings. The Badgers swept the Hawkeyes in both meetings last season, winning 75-71 in Madison and 79-74 in Iowa City. The last seven meetings, dating back to 2011, have been decided by seven points or less, with each of the last five meetings having been decided by five points or fewer. Additionally, two of the last seven contests have been decided in overtime, including a double overtime game. Wisconsin holds a 51-28 advantage in games played in Madison. The Badgers have won 11 of the last 12 meetings in the Kohl Center. Iowa is 3-11 at the Kohl Center, winning there in 2011 (72-65), 2000 (61-55), and 1998 (79-76).
LAST SEASON AGAINST WISCONSIN
? A total of nine points separated Wisconsin and Iowa in two meetings a year ago. The Badgers won both contests; 75-71 in Madison and 79-74 in Iowa City.
? Wisconsin averaged nine 3-pointers made in the two games, while Iowa averaged four.
? Iowa’s Aaron White had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser contributed 14 points in the contest played in Madison.
? Iowa center Gabriel Olaseni averaged nine points and five rebounds off the bench in the two meetings last season.
? The Hawkeyes held Frank Kaminsky to nine points in the game played in Madison, but the center had 21 points against Iowa in Iowa City a year ago.
? Iowa’s Josh Oglesby had 17 points off the bench in the game played in Iowa City.
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
Aaron White ranks first in the country in highest percentage of points scored from free throws (minimum 250 total points). The Hawkeye senior has scored 119 of his 290 points (41 percent) from the charity stripe. White went 10-of-12 (.833) from the foul line, all in the second half, in Iowa’s win over Ohio State last Saturday. On Jan. 5 against Nebraska, he surpassed Roy Marble as Iowa’s all-time leader in free throws. He currently ranks sixth in Big Ten annals and is 21 makes from surpassing Northwestern’s Evan Eschmeyer (563) for fifth in conference history.
Monday was the 22nd anniversary of former Hawkeye Chris Street’s death. Street was killed in an auto accident in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1993, at approximately 7 p.m., 15 games into his junior season. His number (40) is retired. He was voted MVP of 1992 San Juan Shootout and all tournament at 1992 Amana Hawkeye Classic. Street made 34 straight free throws over his last six games, breaking Iowa record of 33 straight set by Ben McGilmer over eight-game period in 1969. He led team the team in rebounding (9.5) and was third in scoring (14.5) as a junior. Street was an honorable mention all-league honoree as a sophomore. In honor of Street, The Chris Street Award, was started in 1993 and is presented annually to “A Hawkeye player who best exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street.” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close, was an assistant on the Hawkeye staff when Street was killed.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (780) and is third in scoring (1,591). He is five rebounds from surpassing Don Nelson for No. 10 on Iowa’s all-time rebounding chart. White ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.1), steals (1.7), and scoring (16.1), and is fourth in assists (1.8) this season. His rebounding and scoring averages rank fifth 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 (52 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 ninth in Iowa scoring; he is 21 points from surpassing Jess Settles (1,611) for eighth all-time.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa is ranked No. 25 is this week’s Associated Press poll. The Hawkeyes are 3-3 against ranked opponents this season. Iowa won at No. 12 North Carolina (60-55), at No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) on Dec. 30 and completing the season sweep against the 25th-ranked Buckeyes (76-67) in Iowa City on Jan. 17. 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).
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.
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 (30-of-77, .390). He is the only Division I player to have 30+ 3-pointers, 25+ blocks and 20+ steals. Uthoff was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6 by the Big Ten Conference office after his performance in Iowa’s at No. 18 Ohio State (Dec. 30) and vs. Nebraska (Jan. 5). Uthoff averaged 16.5 points, seven rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in those two games. 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 18 contests, including pouring in a career-high 22 points at Minnesota last Tuesday. Uthoff has made 24 of his team-leading 30 3-pointers in Iowa’s 13 victories. He is averaging 14.8 points and shooting 47 percent (26-of-55) 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 personal-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).
Junior Adam Woodbury played two spectacular games last week during his birthday week. Woodbury, who turned 21 last Tuesday, scored nine points and snagged a game-high eight rebounds in Iowa’s win at Minnesota (Jan. 13). The junior kept the momentum going Saturday against Ohio State posting his second career double-double (13 points and a team-best 10 rebounds). Woodbury nearly averaged a double-double last week (11.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg).
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa has made (320) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (276).
? Iowa started Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
? 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.
? 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 ranks 11th in the country in free throw percentage (75.8); 23rd in blocked shots (5.3); 33rd in fewest fouls per game (16.0); 40th in field goal percentage defense (38.9); 41st in offensive rebounding (13.1); 50th in assists (14.8); and 58th in scoring defense (61.4).
? 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 six games this season and 12 times in his career. Only two active players in the country have accomplished that feat more than White. The Hawkeye senior has made the fourth-most free throws (119) in the country. Hoftsra’s Juan `Ya Green is first with 134.
? The Hawkeyes have had fewer than 10 turnovers in four games this season (Iowa State, Longwood, Nebraska, and Michigan State).
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 six games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 6.2 points per game for the season and 7.8 points since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has made at least one triple in seven of the last 10 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 last Tuesday. He had seven points and equaled a personal best with three steals in the Hawkeyes’ triumph over No. 25 Ohio State last Saturday in Iowa City.
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 60th nationally, averaging 1.9 rejections per game. He also ranks sixth in Iowa career blocks (122). He is three blocks from surpassing Ryan Bowen for fifth. Uthoff ranks 10th in the league in blocks (1.6), rejecting at least one shot in 14-of-18 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 23rd in the country in rejections (5.3).
Iowa has played 2,659 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,563-1,096 (.588). That includes a 999-351 (.740) record in home games, a 560-742 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 733-747 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 403-125 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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 remains on the road, traveling to Purdue on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 11:06 a.m. (CT) at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.