|GAME 22: Iowa (13-8, 4-4) at Michigan (13-9, 6-4)|
|When||Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 | 6 p.m. CT|
|Where||Crisler Center — Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||ESPN | Watch Online via WATCHESPN
Announcers: Rece Davis and LaPhonso Ellis
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 91 / XM 91|
|All-time Series||Michigan leads, 91-59|
|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 (13-8, 4-4) returns to action Thursday when faces Michigan (13-9, 6-4) in the only regular season meeting. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Crisler Center. The Hawkeyes have lost their last three games, while the Wolverines have lost two of their last three.
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: Thursday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN (WATCHESPN). Rece Davis and LaPhonso Ellis will call the action.
GAME #22 OPENING TIP
? Iowa is tied with Oklahoma State, and Texas for fourth in the country in games against Associated Press Top 25 teams with seven. Oklahoma is first with nine, followed by Kansas and North Carolina each with eight.
? Iowa is 12-1 this year when scoring 64+ points, with the lone loss coming to Iowa St. (90-75).
? Iowa has one Michigan native on its roster, junior Anthony Clemmons, who is from Lansing.
? Aaron White and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky are the only Big Ten players to average 15+ points and 6+ rebounds this season.
? Jarrod Uthoff is the only Division I player to have 30+ 3-pointers, 30+ blocks, and 20+ steals.
? The Hawkeyes are 7-2 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 15.5 points and 10.8 rebounds.
? 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.
No. 5 WISCONSIN BEATS HAWKEYES
? Iowa dropped its second game to No. 5 Wisconsin in 12 days last Saturday, 74-63, in Iowa City.
? The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 15,400 fans, Iowa’s third sellout of the season.
? Four Badgers averaged in double figures, led by preseason All-American Frank Kaminsky’s 24 points.
? Two Hawkeyes netted double figures: Aaron White (15) and Gabriel Olaseni (12).
? Three Hawkeyes were injured the week prior (Aaron White, shoulder; Gabriel Olaseni, ankle; Mike Gesell, arm), but were able to play in the game. In fact, White played a career-high 38 minutes.
? Wisconsin grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and was able to convert those second chance opportunities into 16 points.
? Iowa shot 48 percent (23-of-48) from the field, while holding Wisconsin to 44 percent (23-of-52). It marked the first time in 12 games this season that Iowa lost when shooting at a higher percentage than its opponent.
? The Hawkeye bench contributed 17 points, 12 by senior center Gabriel Olaseni.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Michigan holds a 91-59 advantage in the series that began with a 19-15 Wolverine win in 1912. The Wolverines have won 11 of the last 14. The two teams split last year’s two meetings with each team winning on their home floor. The Wolverines hold a 51-22 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor, winning the last five. Iowa’s last win in Ann Arbor came on Jan. 19, 2008 (68-60).
? Michigan has lost two of its last three contests in overtime, falling 69-64 to No. 5 Wisconsin and this past Sunday at Michigan State, 76-66.
? Three Wolverines scored in double figures in their last outing at Michigan State: Spike Albrecht (18), M-A Abdur-Rahkman (18), and Zak Irvin (11). Michigan was outscored 10-0 in the extra session against the Spartans.
? The Wolverines are 10-4 in home games, including 4-1 in league home contests.
? Thirty-five percent of Michigan’s field goals are of the 3-point variety, making 175 of its 497 field goals from behind the 3-point arc. Michigan ranks second in the league and 40th nationally in triples per game (8.0).
? Michigan lost leading scorer Caris LeVert (14.9 ppg) to a season-ending injury on Jan. 17 in a home victory over Northwestern.
? Zak Irvin (13.5 ppg) and Derrick Walton (10.7) are Michigan’s next top leading scorers. Walton missed Michigan’s last game at Michigan State due to injury.
? Michigan ranks ninth in the country in fewest turnovers per game (10.0) and personal fouls per contest (14.5). The Wolverines also rank 21st nationally in free throw percentage (74.3).
? Michigan has played three overtime games in the Big Ten (1-2), while Iowa has not played an overtime game since Jan. 28, 2014, against Michigan State.
? Redshirt freshman Mark Donnal (4.0 ppg and 2.7 rpg) is the younger brother of Andrew Donnal, who finished up his collegiate career playing on offensive the line at Iowa.
? Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan previously served as an Iowa assistant coach for three seasons (2007-10).
LAST SEASON AGAINST MICHIGAN
In the first meeting last season, Michigan held on for a 75-67 win in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines outscored the Hawkeyes 24-6 in 3-point shooting. Aaron White tallied 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in defeat to pace the Black and Gold. The Hawkeyes defended their home court on Feb. 8, with an 85-67 overwhelming win over Michigan. Iowa senior Roy Devyn Marble drained six 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 26 points. Iowa’s Mike Gesell equaled a career high with eight assists in the home win. In the two games against Michigan last season, White averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds.
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 125 of his 316 points (40 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 15 makes from surpassing Northwestern’s Evan Eschmeyer (563) for fifth in conference history.
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 (17).
Aaron White ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (792) and is third in scoring (1,617). He enters Thursday’s game only three rebounds from surpassing Reggie Evans for ninth on Iowa’s all-time rebounding chart. White ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.6), steals (1.6), and scoring (15.0), and is fourth in assists (1.6) this season. His rebounding and scoring averages rank seventh 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 (81 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 eighth in Iowa scoring; he is 19 points from surpassing Matt Gatens (1,635) for seventh all-time. White passed Jess Settles in career scoring last Saturday against No. 5 Wisconsin.
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.4 ppg) and steals (1.1), and first in 3-point shooting (33-of-89, .371). He is the only Division I player to have 30+ 3-pointers, 30+ 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 21 contests, including pouring in a career-high 22 points at Minnesota (Jan. 13). Uthoff has made 24 of his team-leading 33 3-pointers in Iowa’s 13 victories. He is averaging 12.6 points and shooting 41 percent (36-of-88) 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).
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.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa is 10-1 this season when scoring 70+ points and 11-1 when shooting at a higher percentage than its opponents.
? Iowa has made (354) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (344).
? 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 trey 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).
? 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 Hawkeyes have had fewer than 10 turnovers in six games this season (Iowa State, Longwood, Nebraska, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin). Iowa has averaged only 8.8 turnovers the last four games.
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 nine games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 6.2 points per game for the season and 7.3 points since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has made at least one triple in nine of the last 13 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 68th nationally, averaging 1.8 rejections per game. He also ranks fifth in Iowa career blocks (125). He surpassed Ryan Bowen for fifth in Iowa’s last game versus No. 5 Wisconsin. Uthoff ranks eighth in the league in blocks (1.6), rejecting at least one shot in 16-of-21 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 2,661 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,563-1,098 (.587). That includes a 999-352 (.739) record in home games, a 560-743 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 733-749 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 403-126 (.762) 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 returns 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 returns to Iowa City to host Maryland in the only regular season meeting between the two schools. Tipoff is set for 2:15 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.