|GAME 21: #5 Wisconsin (18-2, 6-1) at Iowa (13-7, 4-3)|
|When||Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 | 11 a.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 91 / XM 91|
|All-time Series||Wisconsin leads, 81-79|
|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|
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Iowa (13-7, 4-3) returns to action Saturday when it faces Big Ten leader and fifth-ranked Wisconsin (18-2, 6-1). Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). The game is sold out.
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 #21 OPENING TIP
? Saturday is Iowa’s “Black & Gold Spirit Game”. Fans are encouraged to wear black or gold clothing depending on their section of seating. A map is listed on page two of the game notes.
? Saturday will be the second meeting in 11 days between Iowa and Wisconsin. Saturday is the shortest time between games in the series since playing twice in nine days in 1979.
? Iowa’s next home victory will be its 1,000th in program history. The Hawkeyes are 999-351 (.740) in home games dating back to 1902.
? Jarrod Uthoff is the only Division I player to have 30+ 3-pointers, 25+ blocks, and 20+ steals.
? The Hawkeyes are 7-1 when Gabriel Olaseni scores in double figures this season.
? Iowa is 6-0 this season when sinking eight or more 3-pointers.
? Aaron White is 10 points from surpassing Jess Settles for eighth on Iowa’s all-time scoring list.
? Iowa is averaging a double-double out of its center position of Adam Woodbury and Gabriel Olaseni. The duo combine to average 15.3 points and 10.9 rebounds.
? Three of Iowa’s next four games will be at home in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Iowa was 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.
HAWKEYES FALL AT PURDUE
? Iowa played its second straight road game five days last Saturday, falling 67-63 at Purdue.
? The Hawkeyes trailed by seven points (60-53) with five minutes remaining, but rallied to take a one-point advantage (63-62) on a Mike Gesell jumper with 1:18 left. Purdue’s Rapheal Davis drained a deep 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining, which proved to be the game-winner. Davis led all scorers with 24 points.
? Iowa’s Mike Gesell scored a season-high 18 points, including scoring 10 straight points sparking Iowa’s second half rally.
? Iowa senior Aaron White only played seven minutes (four points and two rebounds) leaving the game early in the second half with a stinger injury. His status for Saturday’s game is undetermined as of Wednesday.
? Senior Gabriel Olaseni tallied nine points and snagged a game and career-high 16 rebounds, 11 of which were offensive. Olaseni is the first Hawkeye with 10+ offensive rebounds in a game since Ryan Bowen had 10 against Virginia on March 13, 1997.
? Iowa grabbed a season-high 24 offensive rebounds. The 24 offensive boards are the most a Boilermaker team has surrendered since 2009 against Penn State.
? Peter Jok grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go along with his six points.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Saturday will be the 161st meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers own a narrow 81-79 advantage in the all-time series. The Badgers have won four straight over Iowa, including winning in Madison (82-50) 11 days ago. Iowa’s last win over Wisconsin came on Jan. 19, 2013 in Iowa City (70-66). Seven of the last eight meetings, dating back to 2011, have been decided by seven points or less, with five of the last six having been decided by five points or fewer. Additionally, two of the last eight contests have been decided in overtime, including a double overtime game. Iowa holds a 50-27 advantage in games played in Iowa City, with the Hawkeyes winning two of the last three. Two of the last six meetings in Iowa City (2009 and 2011) have gone to extra time, with each team winning one.
? Both Iowa and Wisconsin were idle this week after playing road games last Saturday. The Badgers posted a 69-64 win in overtime at Michigan.
? Three Badgers average double figures in scoring: Frank Kaminsky (17.2) ppg), Sam Dekker (12.7 ppg), and Nigel Hayes (12.4 ppg).
? Wisconsin is 8-1 away from Madison this season, including a 5-1 mark in true road contests. The Badgers lost at Rutgers (67-62) on Jan. 11. Senior point guard Traevon Jackson suffered a foot injury in the Rutgers game, 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 (13.1) and turnovers per contest (7.8); third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65); fifth in scoring margin (18.5); and seventh in scoring defense (55.1).
? Wisconsin is 5-1 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WISCONSIN
? No. 5 Wisconsin handed No. 25 Iowa its first true road loss of the season Tuesday night in Madison, 82-50.
? Junior Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 12 points, including making a half-court shot at halftime.
? Iowa shot 40 percent from 3-point range, sinking six of its 15 attempts.
? Four Badgers scored in double figures: Sam Dekker (17), Nigel Hayes (16), Bronson Koenig (13), and Frank Kaminsky (13).
? Sophomore guard Trey Dickerson played in his first Big Ten game on his 21st birthday and netted eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.
Iowa is tied with North Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Texas for third in the country in games against Associated Press Top 25 teams with six. Oklahoma is first with nine, followed by Kansas (8).
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
Aaron White ranks first in the country in highest percentage of points scored from free throws (minimum 300 total points). The Hawkeye senior has scored 122 of his 301 points (40.5 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 on Jan. 17. 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 18 makes from surpassing Northwestern’s Evan Eschmeyer (563) for fifth in conference history.
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (785) and is third in scoring (1,602). He surpassed Don Nelson for 10th on Iowa’s all-time rebounding chart in Iowa’s last game at Purdue. White was injured during the first half of last Saturday’s game at Purdue. His status for Saturday against Wisconsin is unclear. White ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.6), steals (1.6), and scoring (15.1), and is fourth in assists (1.6) this season. His rebounding and scoring averages rank eighth and ninth, 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 nation 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 (82 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 10 points from surpassing Jess Settles (1,611) for eighth all-time.
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.5 ppg) and steals (1.0), and first in 3-point shooting (32-of-87, .368). 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 13 of Iowa’s 20 contests, including pouring in a career-high 22 points at Minnesota (Jan. 13). Uthoff has made 24 of his team-leading 32 3-pointers in Iowa’s 13 victories. He is averaging 13.1 points and shooting 42 percent (33-of-79) in Big Ten play, while averaging 10.6 points and shooting 39.8 percent (51-of-128) in nonconference action. 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 1,600+ points, 750+ rebounds, 150+ assists, and 125+ 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 (16).
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
The Hawkeyes are 3-4 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, at home to No. 13 Iowa State (90-75) and at No. 5 Wisconsin (82-50) on Jan. 20.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa is 10-1 this season when scoring 70+ points and 11-0 when shooting at a higher percentage than its opponents.
? Iowa has made (341) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (318).
? 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 136 career 3-pointers. He is one 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’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).
? Iowa ranks 19th in the country in free throw percentage (74.5); 33rd in blocked shots (5.1); 41st in fewest fouls per game (16.2); and 32nd in offensive rebounding (13.25).
? 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 ninth-most free throws (122) in the country. BYU’s Tyler Haws is first with 138.
? The Hawkeyes have had fewer than 10 turnovers in five games this season (Iowa State, Longwood, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Purdue). Iowa has averaged only 7.7 turnovers the last three games.
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 eight games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 6.2 points per game for the season and 7.5 points since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has made at least one triple in eight of the last 12 games, including a personal-best four in Iowa’s win over UMBC (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 (Jan. 13). He had seven points and equaled a personal best with three steals in the Hawkeyes’ triumph over No. 25 Ohio State on Jan. 17 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 fourth in the Big Ten and 63rd nationally, averaging 1.8 rejections per game. He also ranks sixth in Iowa career blocks (123). He is two blocks from surpassing Ryan Bowen for fifth. Uthoff ranks eighth in the league in blocks (1.6), rejecting at least one shot in 16-of-20 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 33rd in the country in rejections (5.1).
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 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. Iowa ranks first, followed by Indiana and Tulsa.
Iowa has played 2,660 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,563-1,097 (.588). That includes a 999-351 (.740) record in home games, a 560-743 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 733-748 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 403-125 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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. Thank you fans for voting McCaffery, who is one of the top 24 coaches who have advanced to the next round of voting. 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 travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to face the Michigan Wolverines Thursday, Feb. 5, in the only regular season meeting. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Crisler Arena. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN.