|GAME 23: #16 Maryland (19-4, 7-3) at Iowa (14-8, 5-4)|
|When||Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 | 2:21 p.m. CT|
|Where||Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400), Iowa City, Iowa|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||BTN | Watch Online via BTN2GO
Announcers: Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 91 / XM 91|
|All-time Series||Maryland leads, 2-1|
|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 (14-8, 5-4) returns home Sunday to host No. 16/17 Maryland (19-4, 7-3). Tipoff is slated for 2:21 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). The game is sold out. Sunday will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams. 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.
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: Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo will call the action.
GAME #23 OPENING TIP
? Fran McCaffery and the Iowa coaching staff will be supporting Autism Speaks by wearing a puzzle piece pins during the game on Sunday.
? Entering this weekend’s slate of games, Iowa is tied with Oklahoma State and Texas for fourth nationally in games against Associated Press Top 25 teams with seven. Oklahoma is first with 10, followed by Kansas (9) and North Carolina (8).
? Iowa is 13-1 this year when scoring 64+ points, with the lone loss coming to Iowa St. (90-75).
? Aaron White and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky are the only Big Ten players to average 15+ points and 6+ rebounds this season.
? Aaron White is six points from surpassing Matt Gatens for seventh in Iowa all-time scoring.
? 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.
? 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 10.6 rebounds.
? Iowa was the first team in the country to post road wins over two ranked opponents: No. 12 North Carolina (60-55) on Dec. 3 and No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) on Dec. 30.
HAWKEYES OVERWHELM MICHIGAN ON THE ROAD
? Iowa scored the last 12 points of the first half, holding Michigan scoreless the last 6:57 of the half en route to a 72-54 win in Ann Arbor Thursday. The Hawkeyes, who won its first game in Ann Arbor since 2008, handed the Wolverines their largest home defeat since 2010.
? Iowa’s 18-point win is its largest against Michigan in Ann Arbor since winning by 18 on Feb. 8, 1954.
? All five Hawkeye starters reached double figures in scoring for the first time in a conference game since Feb. 7, 2004 (vs. Indiana). Jarrod Uthoff paced the Black and Gold with 16 points, followed by Mike Gesell (14), Aaron White (13), Adam Woodbury (11), and Peter Jok (10).
? Iowa shot a season-best 63 percent (32-of-51) from the field, including a blistering 72 percent (18-of-25) in the second half.
? Iowa dominated the frontcourt, outscoring Michigan 42-16 in the paint, and owning a 33-17 advantage on the glass.
? Junior center Adam Woodbury collected six assists to go along with his 11 points. Woodbury becomes just the third Big Ten 7-footer to post 10+ points and 6+ assists in a game since 1996-97.
? Iowa recorded a season-low six turnovers. The six turnovers are the second fewest by a Hawkeye team in the Fran McCaffery era (five on five occasions).
? Iowa has beaten Ohio State and Michigan both on the road in the same season for the first time since 1998-99.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Sunday will be the fourth meeting between Iowa and Maryland, with the Terrapins holding a 2-1 edge in the series. All three previous meetings were played on neutral floors, although Maryland’s 83-65 win in 1999 was played near Maryland’s campus in Baltimore. Iowa won the last meeting, 71-60, in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 2013. The first meeting was a 70-68 Maryland win in Honolulu in 1984. Sunday will be Maryland’s first visit to Iowa City and Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Maryland has alternated wins its last five contests. The Terrapins won their last outing, 64-58, at home over Penn State Wednesday night. Dez Wells poured in a game-high 23 points, while Jon Graham contributed 16 points off the bench.
? The Terrapins rank third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.395) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.311), and fourth in free throw percentage (.740).
? Freshman Melo Trimble ranks eighth in the league in scoring (15.2 ppg) and is second in free throw accuracy (.873). Junior Jake Layman ranks third in the conference in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and double-doubles (four), while also averaging 14 points.
? Maryland is 8-2 in games decided by nine points or fewer, including a 5-0 mark in games decided by six points or less.
? Fourteen of Maryland’s 19 victories have come at home. The Terrapins are 3-3 in true road games, including 2-3 on the road in the Big Ten.
? Sixty-nine percent of Maryland’s offense is scored by its starting five.
? Senior Evan Smotrycz (5.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg) began his collegiate career at the University of Michigan before transferring to Maryland prior to his junior season.
? Maryland and Iowa played one common nonconference opponent: Iowa State. The Hawkeyes fell to the Cyclones (90-75) on Dec. 12 in Iowa City, while the Terrapins beat Iowa State (72-63) on Nov. 25 in Kansas City in the championship of the CBE Classic.
LAST MEETING AGAINST MARYLAND
Iowa led by as many as 14 points in the first half en route to a 71-60 triumph over Maryland in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 2, 2013. Iowa shot 79 percent (19-of-24) from the foul line. Iowa forced 17 Maryland turnovers and converted those miscues into 27 points. The Terrapins only tallied two points off eight Hawkeye turnovers. Aaron White, playing as a sophomore, netted eight of his 10 points from the free throw line (8-of-10). He also snagged eight boards. Maryland’s Dez Wells had nine points and four rebounds.
UTHOFF, GESELL EARN ACADEMIC DISTINCTION
Juniors Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff have been named Capital One Academic All-District first team honorees for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom. The Hawkeye duo will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Gesell, a native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is a finance major maintaining a 3.93 grade point average. He leads the team in assists (77) and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Gesell averages 7.6 points per game. Earlier this fall, Gesell earned invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor Society for business students at the University of Iowa who have garnered GPA’s that place them in the top 10 percent of their class. Uthoff, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an economics major with a 3.34 GPA. Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.6), rebounding (6.4), steals (23), and assists (42). He is the only Division I player with 30+ 3-pointers, 30+ blocks, and 20+ steals. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6, following his performances in Iowa wins over No. 18 Ohio State and Nebraska. The last Iowa player to earn Academic All-District distinction was Adam Haluska in 2007, who also earned first team Academic All-America accolades. The Iowa women’s basketball team also had two players recognized (Sam Logic and Ally Disterhoft). The University of Iowa is one of only two schools to have two men and two women’s basketball student-athletes earn Academic All-District laurels.
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
Aaron White ranks first in the country in highest percentage of points scored from free throws (minimum 325 total points). The Hawkeye senior has scored 126 of his 329 points (38 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 1,650+ 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, who is ninth in Iowa history with 128 games played, ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding (797) and is fourth in scoring (1,630). He passed Reggie Evans for ninth on Iowa’s all-time rebounding chart in Iowa’s last outing at Michigan and is eight boards from surpassing Ryan Bowen (804) for eighth place. White ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.5), steals (1.5), and scoring (15.0), and is fourth in assists (1.5) this season. His rebounding and scoring averages rank sixth 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 this season, White is the only player in the nation to shoot better than 50 percent from the field (53 percent) and 80 percent from the charity stripe (80 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, 2012). He reached the 1,000-point milestone in his 82nd career game. White currently ranks eighth in Iowa scoring; he is six points from surpassing Matt Gatens (1,635) for seventh all-time.
Iowa has played 2,662 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,564-1,098 (.588). That includes a 999-352 (.739) record in home games, a 561-743 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 734-749 (.495) mark in Big Ten games and a 403-126 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.6 ppg) and steals (1.0), and first in 3-point shooting (35-of-92, .380). He is the only Division I player to have 35+ 3-pointers, 30+ blocks and 20+ steals. Uthoff was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6 by the Big Ten Conference after his performance in Iowa’s win 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 14 of Iowa’s 22 contests, including scoring a team-best 16 points in Iowa’s win at Michigan Thursday. Uthoff has made 26 of his team-leading 35 3-pointers in Iowa’s 14 victories. He is averaging 13 points and shooting 44 percent (43-of-98) 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).
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
Sunday will be Iowa’s ninth game against a ranked opponent. The Hawkeyes are 3-5 against opponents ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches polls this season. Iowa won at No. 12 North Carolina (60-55) on Dec. 3, 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 twice to No. 5 Wisconsin (82-50 on Jan. 20 and 74-63 on Jan. 31).
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa is 11-1 this season when scoring 70+ points and 12-1 when shooting at a higher percentage than its opponents.
? The Hawkeyes have won four true road games this season, equaling its road win total from a season ago. Iowa has four true road games remaining on its schedule.
? The Hawkeyes have had fewer than 10 turnovers in seven games this season (Iowa State, Longwood, Nebraska, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan). Iowa has averaged 8.2 turnovers the last five games. The Hawkeyes had a season-low six turnovers in their last contest Thursday night at Michigan.
? Three of Iowa’s next four games will be played in Iowa City.
? Iowa has reached the midway point of its conference schedule with a 5-4 record. Of the remaining nine games, the Hawkeyes will play seven games against teams that are currently below them in the standings.
? Iowa has made (358) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (355).
? According to ESPN, Iowa’s strength of schedule ranks 13th best in the country.
? 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.
? 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).
? 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 49-2 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.
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 10 games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 6.4 points per game for the season and 7.6 points since being inserted into the starting lineup. He has made at least one triple in 10 of the last 14 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 10 points. four assists and three rebounds in Iowa’s triumph at Michigan Thursday 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 73rd nationally, averaging 1.7 rejections per game. His 38 blocks are the fifth most by a Hawkeye senior in program history. He also ranks fifth in Iowa career blocks (125). Uthoff ranks eighth in the league in blocks (1.5), rejecting at least one shot in 17-of-22 games. As a team, Iowa ranks 45th in the country in rejections (4.8).
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.
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 remains home later in the week when the Hawkeyes welcome Minnesota to Mediacom Court Thursday. Tipoff for that contest is 6 p.m. (CT), with BTN providing the live telecast.