|GAME 30: Iowa (19-10, 10-6) at Indiana (19-10, 9-7)|
|When||Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 6:04 p.m. CT|
|Where||Assembly Hall — Bloomington, Indiana|
|Shop||Herky’s Locker Room|
|Television||ESPN | Watch Online via WATCHESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, and Quint Kessenich
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | Listen | Sirius 84 / XM 84|
|All-time Series||Indiana leads, 98-74|
|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|
March 2, 2015
Iowa (19-10, 10-6), winners of six of its eight games and four straight, travels to Bloomington, Indiana, Tuesday to face Indiana (19-10, 9-7). Tipoff is slated for 6:04 p.m. (CT) at Assembly Hall.
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 night’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN (WATCHESPN). Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, and Quint Kessenich will call the action.
GAME #30 OPENING TIP
? Tuesday will be the only regular season meeting between Iowa an Indiana. Iowa & Indiana met only once last year, with that game also played in Bloomington (Indiana won, 93-86).
? According to ESPN, Iowa’s strength of schedule ranks 28th strongest in the country, which ranks third among Big Ten teams (Wisconsin – 20; Michigan State – 23).
? Junior Mike Gesell was named third team Academic All-America (3.93 GPA) last week.
? Iowa is 18-1 this year when scoring 64+ points, with the lone loss coming to Iowa St. (90-75).
? Aaron White combined to score 50 points and 23 rebounds in Iowa’s two wins last week (25 ppg and 11.5 rpg). White’s performances garnered the senior Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
? Iowa is 6-3 in road games this season, with five of the wins coming in league play. The six overall road wins tie Michigan State for second best in the Big Ten (Wisconsin – eight). Iowa’s six road victories are the most by a Hawkeye team since the 2002-03 campaign.
? In Iowa’s two wins last week (Illinois and Penn State), Iowa’s senior class combined for 88 points (Aaron White 50, Gabriel Olaseni 20, and Josh Oglesby 18).
? Iowa is averaging a double-double out of its center position of Adam Woodbury and Gabriel Olaseni. The duo combine to average 15 points and 10 rebounds.
HAWKEYES WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME, OUTLAST PENN STATE
? Iowa won its fourth straight game Saturday evening with an 81-77 triumph in overtime at Penn State. The win was the Hawkeyes’ first ever overtime win in State College.
? The win improved Iowa’s league record to 10-6. It marks the most conference wins during the Fran McCaffery era (2010-present).
? Five Hawkeyes posted double figures: Aaron White (21), Mike Gesell (14), Gabriel Olaseni (12), Josh Oglesby (12), and Jarrod Uthoff (11). Oglesby’s 12 was a season high, bolstered by a season-high four 3-pointers.
? Aaron White became just the third Hawkeye to register 21+ points and 14+ rebounds in a Big Ten road game since 1996-97 (Jared Reiner at Indiana in 2003 and Greg Brunner at Indiana in 2004). White also grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with his 21 points. It is White’s team-best third double-double of the year and 15th of his career.
? The Hawkeyes made their first 14 free throws of the contest and seven of eight in overtime. Iowa was 25-of-27 (.926) from the charity stripe for the game. Gabriel Olaseni was a perfect 8-of-8, while Aaron White was 6-of-6 the last 29 seconds in overtime.
? Guard Mike Gesell registered 14 points, seven assists, and a career-high five steals.
? Iowa (8-of-21, .381) improved to 8-1 this season when making at least eight triples.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 4
? Iowa has won four straight contests, dating back to Feb. 19.
? Iowa’s overtime victory over Penn State on Saturday was the Hawkeyes’ fourth consecutive over the Nittany Lions.
? Aaron White has pulled down 10+ boards in four games each of his four years as a Hawkeye.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Indiana holds a 98-74 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier win in 1909. Iowa won five of six between 2010-12 before Indiana won the last three meetings. Indiana holds a 58-28 advantage in games played at Bloomington. The Hoosiers have won the last three games played at Assembly Hall. Last year’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 18, but due to Assembly Hall roof damage, the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers rescheduled the contest for Feb. 27, which Indiana won 93-86.
? Indiana has alternated wins and losses its last nine games, dating back to Jan. 28. The Hoosiers lost their last contest at Northwestern (72-65) on Feb. 25.
? The Hoosiers are 15-2 at home this season, including a 6-1 mark at Assembly Hall during league play. Indiana’s two defeats at home this season came to Eastern Washington (88-86 on Nov. 24) and Purdue (67-63 on Feb. 19).
? Indiana is 6-3 in Big Ten games decided by eight points or fewer. After winning their first six by eight points or less, the Hoosiers have dropped their last three.
? Indiana has had a week to prepare for the Hawkeyes, losing its last game (72-65) to Northwestern on Feb. 25 in Evanston, Illinois. Indiana drained 12 triples, but were 7-of-16 (.438) from the free throw line. Northwestern shot 51 percent from the field (25-of-49). Indiana’s Troy Williams posted a double-double (21 points and 14 rebounds).
? The Hoosiers have three players average double figures: Yogi Ferrell (16.0 ppg), James Blackmon (15.8 ppg), and Troy Williams (13.7 ppg). Ferrell also leads the squad in assists (146). Williams leads the team in rebounding (7.0) and steals (30).
? Three Hoosiers have made 50+ 3-pointers: Yogi Ferrell (70), James Blackmon (65), and Nick Zeisloft (51). Indiana’s 9.3 triples made per game ranks ninth in the country, while its 41 percent (271-of-659) shooting behind the arc ranks fourth best in the nation.
? Yogi Ferrell’s free throw percentage (.870, 87-of-100) ranks 45th in the country, while Troy Williams’s field goal percentage (.577, 146-of-253) ranks 19th nationally.
? Indiana concludes its regular season with two games at home, beginning Tuesday with Iowa. The Hoosiers will play their home finale Saturday against Michigan State.
? The Hoosiers average 16,149 in their 17 previous home games.
LAST MEETING AGAINST INDIANA
Indiana beat the Hawkeyes, 93-86, in a rescheduled game due to Assembly Hall roof damage on Feb. 27, in Bloomington, Indiana. Iowa had three players score in double figures: Roy Devyn Marble (20), Aaron White (19) and Melsahn Basabe (14). Aaron White controlled a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 19 points. Iowa outrebounded Indiana by seven (40-33). The Hawkeyes netted 52 points in the paint in defeat.
UTHOFF, GESELL EARN ACADEMIC DISTINCTION
Juniors Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff were named Capital One Academic All-District first team honorees for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom. Gesell was also tabbed third team Academic All-America last week becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the national distinction since Adam Haluska (first team) in 2007. 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 (109) and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Gesell averages 7.4 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 (12.0), rebounding (6.2), assists (56), and steals (31). He is the only Division I player with 45+ 3-pointers, 45+ blocks, and 30+ 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 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.
Iowa was 6-2 in the month of February, marking the first time since 1989 that the Hawkeyes posted six wins during the shortest month of the year. Iowa boasted a +12.3 scoring margin during the month of February, averaging 70.9 points per game, while allowing 58.6 points. The Hawkeyes shot 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range in February. Jarrod Uthoff was 16-of-36 (.444) from 3-point territory, while Aaron White shot at an 84 percent clip (43-of-51) from the foul line in February.
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
Aaron White ranks first in the country in highest percentage of points scored from free throws (minimum 425 total points). The Hawkeye senior has scored 168 of his 446 points (37.7 percent) from the charity stripe. On Jan. 5 against Nebraska, White surpassed Roy Marble as Iowa’s all-time leader in free throws. He currently ranks fourth in Big Ten annals and is 24 makes from equaling Kiwane Garrus of Illinois (615) for third in conference history. White has attempted 10+ free throws in nine games this year, including the last two contests, and 15 times in his career. Only two active players in the nation have accomplished that feat more than White.
Aaron averaged 25 points and 11.5 rebounds in Iowa’s two wins last week, which garnered the Hawkeye senior his first ever Big Ten Player of the Week honor. White, who is fourth in Iowa history with 1,747 points, 868 rebounds, and 135 games played, ranks first among active conference players in rebounding (868) and is fourth in scoring (1,747). He is the only Hawkeye ever to amass 1,700+ points and 850+ rebounds. White is one of 16 players named to the first-ever Karl Malone Award watch list. He ranks first on the team in rebounding (7.4), steals (1.3), and scoring (15.4), and is fifth in assists (1.5) this season. White is one of only two Big Ten players to average 15+ points and 7+ rebounds (Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky). His rebounding and scoring averages rank third 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 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 (51.4 percent) and 80 percent from the charity stripe (81.6 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. In Iowa’s 10 conference wins, White is averaging 18.7 points per game, compared to 8.8 in the six defeats (White saw limited action in loss at Purdue due to injury). White currently ranks fourth in Iowa scoring; he is 22 points from surpassing Greg Stokes (1,768) for third all-time.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
? Iowa is 15-1 this season when scoring 70+ points and 16-2 when shooting at a higher percentage than its opponents.
? The Hawkeyes have won six true road games this season. The last time Iowa won seven true road games was during the 1990-91 campaign.
? The Hawkeyes are 9-2 when Gabriel Olaseni scores in double figures this season.
? Iowa is 8-1 this season when sinking eight or more 3-pointers.
? Iowa is the only team post a win at Ohio State this year (18-1).
? Josh Oglesby is 6-of-10 (.600) from 3-point range the last two games combined.
? In conference statistics rankings, Iowa ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.454) and 3-point accuracy (.367).
? Junior guard Anthony Clemmons has amassed 19 assists and only five turnovers off the bench the last five games.
? Iowa has had fewer than 10 turnovers in nine games this year. Iowa had a season-low four turnovers at Northwestern (Feb. 15).
? Iowa has beaten Ohio State and Michigan both on the road in the same season for the first time since 1998-99.
? 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.
? Iowa has nearly made (465) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (473).
? Iowa has reached sell out status in four games this season. The Hawkeyes average 14,025 fans through 17 home games.
? Aaron White’s 29 points on Feb. 25, are the most by an Iowa player vs. Illinois since James Moses had 30 in 1991. Also, White became just the second player since 1997 to register 29+ points and 9+ rebounds against Illinois (Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2010).
? Iowa’s 34-point win over Rutgers is the largest by a Big Ten team in league play this year and the biggest by an Iowa team in conference play since a 91-57 win over Northwestern in 1998.
? Iowa’s 18-point win against Michigan in Ann Arbor is its largest since winning by 18 on Feb. 8, 1954.
? All five starters reached double figures at Michigan for the first time in a conference game since Feb. 7, 2004 (vs. Indiana).
? Adam Woodbury collected six assists to go along with his 11 points at Michigan. Woodbury became just the third Big Ten 7-footer to post 10+ points and 6+ assists in a game since 1996-97.
? 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 four players post two or more double-doubles this year (Adam Woodbury, Jarrod Uthoff, Gabriel Olaseni, and Aaron White). Iowa and Michigan State are the only Big Ten schools to have four players with multiple double-doubles this season.
? Iowa is 38-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 53-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.
After allowing 70.3 points a year ago, the Iowa defense has improved this season, allowing 8.3 fewer points per game (62.0). Also, opponents shot .415 from the field last season compared to .393 in 2014-15.
STEALS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
In Iowa’s 18 wins, the Hawkeyes average 7.8 steals per game compared to 4.2 in their 10 defeats. The +3.6 steals per game difference in wins versus losses is second in the Big Ten behind Minnesota (+5.8). The +3.6 differential also is the eighth largest in the country.
Aaron White is the only active Division I player to have 1,700+ points, 850+ rebounds, 175+ assists, and 125+ steals. He is the only Hawkeye ever to post those numbers in the program’s history. Also, his 15 career double-doubles ranks second among active Big Ten players; Michigan State’s Branden Dawson ranks first (18).
UTHOFF PRODUCING ON THE WING
Jarrod Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (12 ppg) and steals (1.1), and first in 3-point shooting (49-of-125, .392). He is the only Division I player to have 45+ 3-pointers, 45+ blocks and 30+ steals. Uthoff has made 34 of his team-leading 49 3-pointers in Iowa’s 19 victories. He is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, shooting 46 percent (43-of-93) from the field and 100 percent (16-of-16) from the foul line, in Iowa’s eight conference road games, while averaging 11 points, shooting 40 percent (32-of-79) from the field, in its eight league home contests. The redshirt junior, who has led the team in scoring in four of the last eight games, poured in a game and career-high 25 points in Iowa’s loss at Northwestern (Feb. 15). His career-high fifth 3-pointer came with four seconds remaining in regulation to even the score and send the game to overtime. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native 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. Uthoff drained four triples in Iowa’s victory over Hampton (Nov. 14) and at No. 18 Ohio State (Dec. 30). He has reached double figures 19 times this season. He averages 14 points per contest over the last six games. Uthoff tallied eight points and equaled career bests in rebounding (11) and blocked shots (five) in Iowa’s win at No. 12 North Carolina. He had 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four blocks at Minnesota on Jan. 13. 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. Uthoff 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).
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 17 games, beginning with that North Florida contest. Jok is averaging 7.3 points per game for the season and 8.7 points since being inserted into the starting lineup, which ranks third during the 17-game stretch. He has made at least one triple in 15 of the last 21 games, including multiple 3-pointers in five of the last eight contests. Jok netted a career-high 16 points vs. Minnesota (Feb. 12) and 14 points against Nebraska (Feb. 22) in Lincoln.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
The Hawkeyes are 4-5 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, and beat No. 16 Maryland (72-55) in Iowa City on Feb. 8. 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).
OLASENI: B1G SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
Senior Gabriel Olaseni is a strong candidate for the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year. Olaseni ranks third on the Hawkeyes in scoring (8.3), second in blocked shots (46) and free throw shooting (82-of-106), fourth in rebounding (4.8). Olaseni denied a game-high four shots three times this season. He denied a career-high five shots in Iowa’s win over Northern Illinois. His 42 blocks are the fifth most by a Hawkeye senior in program history.
WHITE NAMED TO KARL MALONE AWARD WATCH LIST
Iowa senior Aaron White is one of 16 players named to the first-ever Karl Malone Award watch list. Named after Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. White ranks third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and ninth in scoring (15.4 ppg). He is seeking to become the first Hawkeye in nine years to finish the season leading the team in scoring and rebounding (Greg Brunner in 2006). White is the only active Division I player, and the only Hawkeye ever, with 1,700+ points, 850+ rebounds, 175+ assists, and 125+ steals. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, is also the only Division I player to shoot better than 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line the last two seasons. White ranks fourth in Iowa career rebounding (868) and scoring (1,747), 14th in double-doubles (15), and first in free throws made (591) and attempted (768). Malone attended La. Tech due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996). White is one of three from the state of Iowa (UNI’s Seth Tuttle and Georges Niang of Iowa State).
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.
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.
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.
Iowa has played 2,669 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,569-1,100 (.588). That includes a 1,002-353 (.739) record in home games, a 563-744 (.431) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 739-751 (.496) mark in Big Ten games and a 406-127 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa returns to Iowa City for its home finale against Northwestern on Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 11:06 a.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be televised nationally on BTN. Iowa’s senior class of Kyle Denning, Josh Oglesby, Gabriel Olaseni, and Aaron White will be recognized prior to the game at midcourt.