Men's Hoops Hosts Minnesota Sunday Night

GAME 25: Minnesota (6-18, 0-12) at #4/5 Iowa (19-5, 10-2)
When Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 | 6:36 p.m. CT
Where Carver-Hawkeye Arena – Iowa City, Iowa
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Feb. 12, 2016

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No. 4/5 Iowa (19-5, 10-2), winners of 12 of its last 14 games, host Minnesota (6-18, 0-12) on Sunday in the only regular season meeting. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:36 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are available by contacting the UI Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS: $33 for adults, and $20 for youth/UI students.

Radio: Sunday night’s game will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin will handle 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 will be televised to a national audience on BTN (BTN2GO). Cory Provus and Shon Morris will call the action.

? Sunday will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
? The last time Iowa was in first place in the Big Ten this deep in the season was Feb. 23, 2006.
? Iowa and Villanova are the on
ly teams in the country ranked in the Top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Hawkeyes are fourth in offense and 17th in defense.
? Senior Mike Gesell became the 45th Hawkeye to score 1,000 career points. Gesell reached the milestone Thursday evening at Indiana. ? Iowa has won 15 straight home games, dating b
ack to last February. The Hawkeyes are 12-0 at home this year, averaging 84.2 points and a +18 average margin of victory in those games. ? Iowa is one win from posting win No. 20. Iowa has won 20+ games each of the past three seasons.
? Iowa has six wins against the RPI Top 50 (FSU, Wichita State, Purdue — 2x, Michigan State — 2x).
? Iowa has five wins over AP Top 25 teams this season, the most in the country.
? The Hawkeyes have won nine of their 10 league games by double figures — the most of any major conference school in the nation.
? Jarrod Uthoff is the only player from a Power 5 conference with 440+ points, 150+ rebounds, and 65+ blocks.
? Iowa’s five losses this year have come by a combined 25 points; each loss coming by single digits.

Iowa is ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press Poll and fifth in the USA Today Coaches Poll released this past Monday. Iowa’s No. 3 ranking (Jan. 25) is its highest during the Fran McCaffery era and highest since earning a No. 3 ranking in the Associated Press Poll on Dec. 8, 1987. For the third time in school history, Iowa’s football and men’s basketball teams earned a Top 5 ranking in the same season (1984-85 and 1960-61). It marked the first time in school history that football and men’s basketball were ranked as high as No. 3 in the same season. Iowa men’s basketball lost at No. 7 Maryland on Jan. 28; it was the first regular season Big Ten defeat by either the football, wrestling, or men’s basketball since the men’s basketball team lost at Northwestern in overtime on Feb. 16, 2015 — a span of 345 days.

Fran McCaffery notched victory No. 115 as Iowa’s head coach last Sunday at Illinois, surpassing Bucky O’Connor (1950, 1952-58) for fifth on Iowa’s all-time coaching win total. Rollie Williams (1930-42, 1951) ranks fourth in victories with 139.

Senior Jarrod Uthoff was on the cover of the Feb. 8, 2016, regional cover of Sports Illustrated. The article inside the magazine focused on the All-America candidate and the nationally-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Uthoff is the first Iowa basketball player since George Peeples on Jan. 24, 1966, to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. George Kittle and the UI football team were on the Sports Illustrated cover this past November. It marks the first time in school history that Iowa football and men’s basketball were featured on Sports Illustrated covers in the same season.

Iowa reached the halfway point of its Big Ten schedule with a first-place record of 10-1. The 10-1 mark was the program’s best start in Big Ten play since going 10-1 to start conference play the 1981-82 season. Since Iowa’s 1969-70 team that went 14-0, only this year’s squad and the 1981-82 team have started a Big Ten season, 10-1. Six of Iowa’s first 12 games have come against ranked opponents, including four of six road games versus ranked opposition (Purdue, Michigan State, Maryland, and Indiana).

? Minnesota enters Sunday’s game on a 13-game losing skid, losing its last nonconference game and the first 12 Big Ten contest. The Golden Gophers have lost five of its last six games by single digits, including an overtime game against Illinois on Jan. 23.
? Minnesota lost its last outing, 82-74, to Michigan this past Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Nate Mason netted a team-best 19 points to go along with five assists. The Golden Gophers out-rebounded the Wolverines by five (33-28) and made 16 of its 19 free throw attempts (.867). Michigan was 14-of-25 (.560) from 3-point range, while Minnesota was 4-of-19 (.211) from long distance.
? Four Golden Gophers average double figures in scoring this season: Nate Mason (13.7); Joey King (11.3); Jordan Murphy (10.9); and Carlos Morris (10.3).
? Minnesota is 1-7 in road games, with the lone win coming at Missouri State (74-69) on Nov. 20.
? The Golden Gophers have three players who have made 25 or more 3-pointers this season: Joey King (49); Nate Mason (35); and Carlos Morris (25).
? Minnesota’s Joey King leads the Big Ten in free throw accuracy (.881); Nate Mason is third in the league and 50th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7); Jordan Murphy is seventh in the conference in rebounding (7.8).
? Richard Pitino is in his third season as head coach at Minnesota (49-46, .516).

Minnesota holds a 103-93 advantage in the series that began with a 47-10 Gopher win in 1902. The 196 meetings are the most Iowa has played against any opponent. The two teams split last year’s two meetings, with the road team winning each game. Iowa holds a 55-41 advantage in games played in Iowa City and a 20-10 advantage at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won 10 of the last 15 meetings in Iowa City, including three of the last four.

? Minnesota recorded a 64-59 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Feb. 12, 2015.
? Iowa trailed by three points and had an opportunity to level the score down the stretch, but Maurice Walker forced a Mike Gesell turnover in the lane with 11 seconds left.
? Iowa had three players score in double figures: Jarrod Uthoff (17), Peter Jok (16), and Aaron White (13).
? The Hawkeyes out-rebounded the Gophers by eight (38-30).
? Iowa shot 81 percent from the free throw line (13-of-16).
? Minnesota’s Andre Hollins led all scorers with 20 points. Nate Mason contributed 12 points off the bench in the winning effort for the Gophers.
? Minnesota limited Iowa to 19 first-half points. Iowa shot 35 percent (8-of-23) from the field in the first half, but 50 percent (13-of-26) in the second stanza.
? The Gophers forced 16 turnovers and converted those Iowa miscues into 19 points.

? No. 22 Indiana edged fourth-ranked Iowa, 85-78, Thursday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. The Hoosiers led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but the Hawkeyes rallied in the second half to take a four-point lead with 9:35 left in the contest. Indiana outscored Iowa, 29-18, the remainder of the contest to register the win.
? Both Iowa and Indiana were 29-of-63 (.460) from the field, however the Hoosiers were 18-of-21 (.857) from the foul line compared to 13-of-23 (.565) for the Hawkeyes.
? Adam Woodbury scored 13 points and equaled a career high in rebounds with 15 to record his seventh double-double of the season and fifth in the last eight games. He has grabbed 10 or more boards in five of the last six games.
? Mike Gesell netted his 1,000th career point with his first bucket of the game in the first half. Gesell finished with 17 points — his highest point total since netting 22 vs. Nebraska on Jan. 5.
? Jarrod Uthoff led all scorers with 24 points, marking the 12th time this season he has scored 20 or more points.
? Iowa’s starting five scored all 78 points, with all five netting double figures. Four of Indiana’s starting five scored in double figures with Yogi Ferrell leading the squad with 14 points.
? Indiana grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 26 second-chance points — a season high for Iowa opponents.

Jarrod Uthoff is just the third Hawkeye to accumulate 1,000+ points and 150+ blocks. Uthoff enters Sunday’s game with 1,121 points and 158 blocks. The other two of the club are Acie Earl (1,779 points and 365 blocks) and Greg Stokes (1,768 points and 228 blocks). Earl and Stokes played four years, while Uthoff is in the middle of his third season. Mike Gesell is about to become the fourth Hawkeye to total more than 1,000 points, 500 assists, and 150 steals. Gesell enters Sunday’s game with 1,015 points, 497 assists, and 146 steals. B.J. Armstrong (1,705 points, 517 assists, and 178 steals), Dean Oliver (1,561 points, 561 assists, and 205 steals), and Jeff Horner (1,502 points, 553 assists, and 166 steals) are the other Hawkeyes to accomplish the feat.

Iowa averaged 11.1 turnovers in 2015, which is the best average for fewest turnovers in program history since turnovers became an official stat in 1980. So far this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 9.9 turnovers, which ranks 11th-best nationally. The Hawkeyes have recorded nine or fewer turnovers in seven of their last 11 contests. Iowa ranks 16th nationally in turnover margin (+3.4). Senior Jarrod Uthoff had a career-high eight turnovers in Iowa’s conference opener win over Michigan State on Dec. 29. Since that contest, Uthoff has totaled two turnovers in 11 games (367 minutes of game action).

Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been named to a couple mid-season All-American lists. He averages 18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks. NBC and ESPN both named the 6-foot-9, 221-pound forward to their second team list. Uthoff is also on the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, Oscar Robertson Trophy Top 20 Watch List and is one of 31 players on the Lute Olson Award Watch List. Uthoff is the only player in from a Power 5 conference to amass 440+ points, 150+ rebounds, and 65+ blocks.

Through 24 games, Iowa’s bench is averaging 20 points, 14.5 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and 1.8 blocks.

Fourth-year starter Mike Gesell is having a career season leading the team at point guard. The native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is averaging career bests in scoring (8.8), rebounds (3.4), assists (6.0), field goal percentage (.436), and 3-point accuracy (.387). Gesell was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 11 after posting his first career double-double (22 points and 10 assists) in a 77-66 victory over Nebraska (Jan. 5). Gesell matched career highs in free throws made (11) and attempted (13). He scored 19 of his 22 points and dished out seven of his 10 assists in the second half. After netting a career-best 25 points (7-of-10 FG, 11-of-13 FT) to lift Iowa to an 83-70 win over No. 1 Michigan State, the senior had seven points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in Iowa’s victory at No. 14 Purdue on Jan. 2. His efforts earned him national and Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Jan. Jan. 4, by the website College Sports Madness.

Iowa sold out 20 home games the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes ranked 20th in national attendance in 2015, averaging 14,101 fans. It is the second straight season and 21st time that Iowa has cracked the top 20 in the national attendance rankings. Iowa averages 13,444 fans in 2015-16, which includes four sellout crowds (Michigan State; Michigan; Purdue; Northwestern).

Iowa returned 134 of a possible 170 starting positions from the previous year (78.8 percent), the second-highest total during the Fran McCaffery era. Iowa’s starting five (Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons, Peter Jok, Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury) have a combined 19 years of college basketball experience.

Peter Jok collected his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career on Jan. 18. Jok led Iowa to a pair of wins at No. 4 Michigan State and Michigan at home. Jok averaged 19.5 points, shooting at a 58 percent clip from the field (14-of-24), including a blistering 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, helped snap an 18-game losing skid at Michigan State (Jan. 14) — Iowa’s last win at the Breslin Center came in 1993. Jok netted 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half against the Spartans. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard netted 14 of his 16 points in the second half and had four rebounds in an 82-71 win against Michigan in Iowa City. Iowa has garnered four weekly honors from the Big Ten Conference this season, including capturing back-to-back Player of the Week laurels; senior Mike Gesell earned the honor last week. It marks the first time Hawkeye players earned consecutive Player of the Week accolades since Adam Haluska (Jan. 30) and Jeff Horner (Feb. 6) earned co-Player of the Week honors in 2006. It is the first time in school history that two Hawkeyes earned the weekly honor in consecutive weeks without sharing the award with another Big Ten student-athlete. Only twice in school history has three different Hawkeyes earned Big Ten Player of the Week distinction in the same season, 2015-16 (Gesell, Jok, and Uthoff) and 2000-01 (Reggie Evans, Dean Oliver, and Luke Recker — twice).

Iowa’s victory over Michigan State on Dec. 29, marked the first time it has ever beaten a No. 1 team at home (0-2, 1993 vs. Indiana and 2005 vs. Illinois). It was Iowa’s first win against a No. 1 ranked team since beating top-ranked Connecticut in New York City in 1999. Iowa became just the ninth unranked team in the last 20 seasons to beat an AP No. 1 by 13 or more points. The state of Iowa is just the second state ever to have three teams beat the top-ranked team in the country. UNI toppled UNC on Nov. 21 and Iowa State downed Oklahoma on Jan. 18). Four teams from North Carolina beat No. 1 teams in 1997-98.

Iowa averaged 5.6 3-pointers made per game a year ago. Through 24 games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 8.7 triples, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 45th nationally. Iowa’s Peter Jok ranks sixth in the league averaging 2.4 triples per game. The Hawkeyes are 9-1 this year when Jok sinks at least three triples in a game. Iowa made 12 triples in four games this season (Coppin State, Marquette, Dayton, and UMKC). The last time the Hawkeyes made 12+ 3-pointers in a game four times in a season was in 2009-10 (five times). Additionally, eight of Iowa’s top 11 treys made in a game during the McCaffery era have occurred the first 20 games this season. Iowa has made 10 or more triples 11 times this season. Last year, Iowa shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc, which ranked 11th in the league. This season, the Hawkeyes are shooting at a 39.7 percent clip — 15th best in the nation. Iowa’s 3-point percentage (.397) is its best in a season since the 1997-98 season (40.1 percent).


Iowa has two senior point guards (Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons) and a junior shooting guard (Peter Jok) on this year’s roster. Gesell and Clemmons rank 37th and 68th nationally, respectively, in assist-to-turnover ratio. Clemmons is third on the team in scoring (9.0), while Gesell in tied for fourth (8.8). Clemmons was named the team’s Most Improved Player last spring after leading the team in 3-point accuracy (.373) and posting single-season bests in rebounding, steals, scoring, and free throw percentage in 2014-15. Clemmons is averaging 9.3 points and 3.5 assists over the last 12 games. Gesell is a four-year starter, who has 1,015 points, 497 assists, and 146 steals. The Hawkeye senior is 20 assists from tying B.J. Armstrong for fourth in Iowa career assists.

After forward Dale Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 1, Nicholas Baer has seen his minutes increase. The redshirt freshman walk-on has taken advantage of the opportunity. Baer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Dec. 21) after his performance against Drake (Dec. 19). He scored 13 points making five of his 10 field goal attempts, including going 3-of-5 from 3-point range. The native of Bettendorf, Iowa, also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a personal-best six shots while playing a career-high 30 minutes in Iowa’s 70-64 victory over Drake at the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic in Des Moines. Baer’s six blocks, four of which came in the first half against the Bulldogs, broke the Wells Fargo Arena record in a college basketball game. The six rejections in a game were also the most by an Iowa freshman since Melsahn Basabe denied six shots against Ohio State in 2011. Baer’s six blocks helped Iowa establish a school record for total blocks in a game with 14, besting the previous mark of 13 set against Illinois on March 5, 2013. Baer is averaging 15 minutes off the bench, averaging 4.9 points, shooting at a 43 percent clip from 3-point range (22-of-51) and 2.6 rebounds. Baer’s 18 blocked shots on the season rank second best on the team. He has scored in double figures and grabbed five or more rebounds four times this season (UMKC, Drake, Tennessee Tech, and Michigan State).

Last season, freshman Dom Uhl was listed a 6-foot-8 and 195 pounds. After a year in the weight room, the sophomore forward checks in a 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds entering this season. Uhl earned the team’s Newcomer Award last year. Uhl is averaging 18 minutes, seven points, and 3.9 rebounds per game this year. He has scored in double figures seven times this season. Uhl posted his first career double-double against UMKC (Dec. 5) with 14 points and a personal-high 10 boards. He had nine points, two rebounds, and a steal at No. 7 Maryland (Jan. 28). Uhl is shooting 54 percent (14-of-26) from behind the arc in conference play. He pulled down team bests in rebounds three times this season (Drake, Tennessee Tech, and Nebraska).

Senior Jarrod Uthoff scored 30 first-half points at No. 2/4 Iowa State (Dec. 10), while also grabbing six rebounds, blocking two shots and collecting a steal. Uthoff made 11-of-13 shot attempts, including 5-of-6 from 3-point territory, while also going 3-of-4 from the charity stripe the first 20 minutes of action. He finished the contest with 32 points.

Jarrod Uthoff has amassed 1,121 points. The senior had his 19-game double-digit scoring streak snapped on Jan. 28, scoring nine points at nationally-ranked Maryland. Uthoff has scored 20 or more 12 times this year, including seven of the last 11 games (Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan, Rutgers, Purdue, and Northwestern). Uthoff’s 11 20-point games prior to the month of February are the most by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska in 2006-07 (12). Uthoff ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.6) and first in blocks (2.8), and is second on the Hawkeyes in 3-pointers (49) and rebounding (6.4). His 2.8 blocks per game ranks 10th best in the nation. Uthoff is the second Big Ten player since 1996-97 to have 150+ blocks and 115+ 3-pointers made (Minnesota’s Michael Bauer, 1999-2004). He is also the second player nationally the last 20 years to average two blocks and two 3-pointers per game (Duke’s Shane Battier in 2000-01).

Senior guard Anthony Clemmons has been a lock-down defender for the Hawkeyes, holding the player he guards to below their average nearly every time. Clemmons held Michigan State’s Bryn Forbes to five total points in two games, limited Rapheal Davis to 10 total points in two games, Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn to six points and Melo Trimble of Maryland to 11 points.

Iowa enters Sunday’s contest against Minnesota with 19 overall wins. Iowa has won 20 games or more the past three seasons — its longest streak in 15 years. If the Hawkeyes reach the 20-win plateau this season, it will mark the first time since 1996-99 seasons that Iowa has posted four consecutive 20-win campaigns.

Iowa’s senior class has totaled 86 victories in its four years (25 in 2013; 20 in 2014; 22 in 2015; and 19 so far in 2016). The 86 wins tie the 1998 class for fourth most by a senior class in school history; Iowa’s 1989 class ranks first with 97 wins, followed by 95 in the class of 1988 and 87 in the class of 1983. Iowa’s senior class has won 57 home games the past four seasons, which includes winning all 12 home games already contests as seniors. Iowa’s 2015 senior class registered a school-record 59 home wins during their four-year careers. Iowa has three remaining home games on its schedule (Feb. 14 vs. Minnesota; Feb. 24 vs. Wisconsin; March 1 vs. Indiana). Iowa’s senior class has won at least once at 12 Big Ten arenas. The only gyms in the conference this class has played in and not won a game are the XFINITY Center (Maryland) and the Kohl Center (Wisconsin). This class has won at Penn State (three times), Ohio State (twice), Northwestern (twice), Illinois (twice), Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Rutgers, and Michigan. Also, the 2016 Iowa senior class has beaten every Big Ten team at least once during their careers.

Point guard Mike Gesell has done an outstanding job directing the Hawkeye offense his entire Hawkeye career. Gesell owns two of Iowa’s top four assist-to-turnover ratio’s since the 1996-97 season. His 3.05 ratio in 2013-14 ranks first, while his 2.21 ratio in 2014-15 ranks fourth. Dean Oliver’s 2.75 ratio in 2000-01 is second, followed by Ryan Luehrsmann’s 2.21 in 1997-98 ranking third. The native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, ranks 18th in the country in assists (6.0) and 37th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). Gesell collected a career-best 12 assists in Iowa’s win over Coppin State and had 10 helpers in Iowa’s win vs. Tennessee Tech. He has been credited with nine or more assists eight times this season and 10 more three times. Gesell is the first Hawkeye with three 10-assist games in a season since Jeff Horner in 2005-06. He is on pace to surpass Andre Woolridge, who ranks second in career assists. He poured in a game and career-best 25 points in lifting Iowa to an 83-70 win over No. 1 Michigan State and posted his first career double-double in Iowa’s win over Nebraska (22 points and 10 assists).

? Iowa has won nine Big Ten games by double digits — the most by any major conference school in the country. It’s also the most by any Hawkeye team since the 1996-97 season.
? Iowa is 50-7 when scoring 80 points or more, the last six seasons. The Hawkeyes are 60-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last six years.
? Iowa has won 12 of its last 18 true road games, dating back to last season. The Hawkeyes are 4-2 in Big Ten road games this season.
? Iowa has had a player score 20 points or more in 11 of its last 13 games, including three players (Jok, Uthoff, and Clemmons) total 20 or more points at Rutgers (Jan. 21). It marked the first time since 2000 (vs. Missouri) that Iowa had three players reach 20 points in a game: Luke Recker (23), Dean Oliver (22), and Reggie Evans (20). It is the first time three Hawkeyes poured in 20 points in a Big Ten game since 1989 (vs. Northwestern): Roy Marble (22), Ed Horton (21), and B.J. Armstrong (21).
? Iowa went 7-1 during the month of January, with the only loss coming by six points at No. 7 Maryland. The last time Iowa won seven games in the month of January was the 1986-87 season (7-2).
? Iowa posted a 6-1 record during the month of December, with the only loss coming by one point at No. 2/4 Iowa State on Dec. 10.
? Iowa has five wins versus AP Top 25 teams this season, which is the most in the country this season and tied for second-most by the Hawkeyes over the last 20 seasons.
? Iowa swept Purdue for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.
? Iowa swept both Purdue and Michigan State, boasting a +12.3 average margin of victory in the four games.
? Only four times over the last two decades has Iowa swept the regular season series with the opponent ranked in both games — two of the four times have taken place this season (Michigan State and Purdue).
? Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in second chance points scored per game (13.5).
? Iowa ranks second in the league, averaging 17.1 points off turnovers.
? Iowa earned its first win over a ranked Big Ten opponent (Purdue) while being ranked in the Top 10 since beating No. 16 Ohio State while ranked No. 8 on Feb 13, 1989.
? Iowa has become the first team since Duke and Kentucky in 1965 to beat the same top-5 opponent by 10 in same year (No. 1 and No. 4 Michigan State by 13 and 17 points, respectively).
? Iowa defeated top-15 teams in back-to-back games (No. 1 Michigan State and No. 14 Purdue) for the first time since Nov., 2004 (beat No. 12 Louisville and No. 15 Texas).
? Iowa beat two ranked Big Ten (No. 1 Michigan State and No. 14 Purdue) teams in the same week for the first time since 1987.
? Adam Woodbury has led Iowa in rebounding the last eight contests, including controlling a career-high 15 boards vs. Penn State and at Indiana the last two weeks.
? Eighteen of Iowa’s 24 games played this season have been contested under two hours.
? Iowa has posted road wins over a Big Ten ranked opponent each of the last three seasons.
? Iowa swept Michigan State for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Hawkeyes’ win in East Lansing on Jan. 14, was their first since 1993, snapping an 18-game losing streak at the Breslin Center. Iowa’s 17-point win over Michigan State is its largest victory over the Spartans in East Lansing since a 75-57 win March 12, 1983.
? Iowa is only the second Big Ten team in the last 20 seasons to start 2-0 in conference play with both victories coming against ranked opponents (2009-10 Michigan State).
? Iowa’s win over Purdue on Jan. 2 is its first in West Lafayette, Indiana, since Feb. 1, 2006. Its victory at No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 14, is its first since Jan. 28, 1993.
? Iowa has won 38 of its last 39 nonleague home games, dating back to Nov., 2011. The lone loss came to Iowa State in 2014.
? Iowa won 21 regular season games last season, the most by a Hawkeye team since 2006 (22).
? Iowa’s win over Florida State on Dec. 2, clinched the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have clinched the Challenge for the Big Ten each of the last two years.
? Iowa has competed in postseason play the last four years: NIT second round in 2012; NIT runner-up in 2013; NCAA first round in 2014; NCAA third round in 2015. The Hawkeyes tied for third place in the Big Ten last season — its best finish in nine years.
? The Hawkeyes won seven true road games last season, including winning its final six regular-season Big Ten games for the first time since 1955. The seven total road wins were the most by a Hawkeye team since 1987.
? Iowa’s 12 conference wins last season are the most by a Hawkeye team since 1997. Also, its third place finish was its best in nine seasons.
? Iowa’s 83-52 effort over Davidson in the NCAA Second Round was the program’s first tournament win since 2001. It also marked the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament 7/10 match-up.
? Iowa has had a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in each of the last two seasons: Devyn Marble in 2014 and Aaron White in 2015.

Iowa’s length has affected a number of opponent shot attempts this season. The Hawkeyes have blocked 131 shots this season (5.5), which ranks third in the conference and 19th nationally. Uthoff has put together back-to-back 50+ block seasons, totaling 56 last season and 68 this year. He is the first Hawkeye since Erek Hansen in 2005 and 2006 to register more than 50 rejections in consecutive seasons. Iowa ranks first in the nation in 23 blocked shots on 3-point attempts, with Jarrod Uthoff blocking 13 of the 23. Uthoff’s 13 blocks on opponent 3-point attempts ranks him ahead of 344 Division I teams.

The last couple seasons, Adam Woodbury split time at the center position with Gabriel Olaseni. With Olaseni having graduated, Woodbury’s minutes have increased. The 7-foot-1 center averaged 21 minutes per game a year ago alongside Olaseni. In his career when playing 28 minutes or more, Woodbury averages 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The senior has played over 28 minutes eight times this year. Woodbury has totaled seven double-doubles this season, which ties three other players for the most in the league. Woodbury is the first Hawkeye to record a double-double in three straight games (Rutgers, Purdue, and Maryland) since Greg Brunner in 2005-06. He has led the team in rebounding the last eight games, including snagging a career-best 15 boards against Penn State and at Indiana this past Thursday night. Woodbury is averaging 12 rebounds per game over the last seven games. He is the second Hawkeye the past 20 years to grab 84 or more rebounds in a seven game span (Reggie Evans in 2000-01 and 2001-02). Woodbury grabbed 13 defensive rebounds against Penn State on Feb. 3 — the most by a Hawkeye since Kurt Looby (Nov. 13, 2006 versus The Citadel).

Peter Jok started 2015 with a new number, changing from No. 3 last year to No. 14 this season. Jok ranks second on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and second in free throw accuracy (.821, 55-of-67). He has scored 20 or more points seven times (20 at Marquette; a career-best 24 vs. Florida State; 21 vs. Tennessee Tech; 23 at Michigan State; 29 at Rutgers; 26 vs. Northwestern; 23 at Illinois). Jok equaled a career best with five 3-pointers made at Rutgers (Jan. 21). Jok’s 29-point outburst at Rutgers ties for seventh most by a Hawkeye during the Fran McCaffery era. After averaging seven points per game a season ago, Jok has surged 8.3 points this year averaging 15.3 points per contest. The +8.3 improvement ranks second behind Penn State’s Payton Banks among Big Ten players over the last two seasons. The Hawkeye junior averaged 21 points in two games against Michigan State early in conference play. His 23 points at Michigan State (Jan. 14) and 16 against Michigan (Jan. 17) earned Jok Big Ten Player of the Week accolades. Jok is one of four Hawkeyes since 2005-06 to average two or more 3-pointers and one steal per game in a season (Jeff Horner in 2006; Adam Haluska in 2007; Matt Gatens in 2012).

Despite having four returning starters, plus another who has starting experience, Iowa welcomes 10 newcomers to its 2015-16 roster. The 10 newcomers includes two players who received redshirts last season (Nicholas Baer and Brady Ellingson). Iowa’s 10 newcomers ties for third most among Division I schools: Portland State and Tennessee State have 11, followed by Iowa, UTEP, and Nebraska with 10. The Hawkeyes add five freshmen (Isaiah Moss, Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton, Ahmad Wagner, and Christian Williams), and three junior college transfers (Dale Jones, and Michael and Steven Soukup). Jones is out of action the remainder of this season due to suffering a knee injury at practice on Dec. 1.

Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff were named 2016 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. It marks the second straight year that Gesell and Uthoff earned the academic all-district distinction. Gesell, a native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, garnered a cumulative grade point average of 4.11 this past fall taking leisure studies graduate classes after earning a finance degree in May 2015. The team co-captain ranks 18th nationally in assists (6.0) and is 39th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). Gesell is averaging career bests in rebounds (3.4), assists (6.0), field goal percentage (.422), and 3-point accuracy (.367). Gesell scored career point No. 1,000 Thursday at Indiana. Uthoff, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, posted a 4.00 cumulative grade point average last semester taking leisure studies graduate classes after earning his degree in economics in May 2015. Uthoff has scored in double figures in all but one game this season, including netting 20 points or more 11 times. The team co-captain leads the Big Ten in blocked shots (2.9) and is third in scoring (18.4). He became the third Hawkeye in school history to amass 1,000 points and 150 blocks in a career (Acie Earl and Greg Stokes). Uthoff is the second player nationally the last 20 years to average two blocks and two 3-pointers per game (Duke’s Shane Battier in 2000-01). Gesell was a third team Academic All-America his junior year.

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff was one of five players named to the 2015 Advocare Invitational All-Tournament Team. Uthoff joined Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett and Jalen Reynolds, Scoochie Smith of Dayton, and Justin Robinson of Monmouth (MVP). Uthoff averaged 20 points in three games (Dayton, Notre Dame, and Wichita State), reaching double figures in the first half in all three games. The Hawkeye senior also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, and shot at a 50 percent clip (23-of-46).

Iowa finished its nonconference schedule with a record of 9-3. Fran McCaffery‘s last four Hawkeye teams, including this season, won at least nine nonleague games: 2016 (9); 2015 (9); 2014 (11); 2013 (11). Iowa’s 2012 team won eight nonconference contests.

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week along with Maryland’s Melo Trimble on Dec. 14. The honor is the second of Uthoff’s career. Uthoff shot 61 percent from the field (22-of-36), including a blistering 69 percent from 3-point range (9-of-13), and 86 percent from the free throw line (6-of-7) in two games, averaging nearly a double-double (29.5 points and nine rebounds). The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, scored a career-high 27 points in a 90-56 win over Western Illinois, and then bested that performance with a personal-best 32 points at No. 2/4 Iowa State. The Hawkeye senior scored 24 of his 27 points in the first half against the Leathernecks and 30 of his 32 in the first 20 minutes against the Cyclones. Uthoff’s 32 points are the most by a Hawkeye since Matt Gatens had 33 against Wisconsin in 2012, and the most by a Big Ten player this season against a ranked opponent.

Senior Mike Gesell is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.

Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White were selected in the second round of the NBA Draft each of the past two seasons — Marble in 2014 by Orlando and White in 2015 by Washington. The Hawkeyes are one of four Big Ten schools to have multiple players drafted by NBA teams the last two years.

Iowa posted a 22-12 record last season, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season. For the first time in 15 years, Iowa won 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons. The last time Iowa won at least 20 games four straight seasons was 1995-1999 — Tom Davis’ last five seasons as Iowa’s head coach.

Check out the Iowa basketball team’s website,, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program., 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.

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 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. McCaffery is one of 24 coaches who earned enough votes to advance to the second round of voting. Visit each day and vote for McCaffery, using multiple email addresses, and his charity — Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The American Cancer Society honored Fran and Margaret McCaffery with the Fighting Spirit Award, Sept. 30, in Troy, New York, at the 10th Anniversary Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball. The McCaffery’s were honored for bringing attention and their tremendous amount of fundraising for cancer research. McCaffery was also honored with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award during Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis last April. The honor is awarded annually to a college coach who has been engaged vigorously in the Coaches vs. Cancer program’s fundraising, education and promotional initiatives and has demonstrated leadership in the fight to save more lives from cancer. The McCaffery’s helped raise $176,000 at October’s cancer research fundraiser, which will benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult Program Fund in Johnson County. The McCaffery family committed $22,000 this year and an additional $10,000 per year for the duration of his contract at Iowa.

Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staff in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 67 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 130 years of collegiate coaching under their belts — the most experience of any Division I college basketball program in the country.

Iowa hits the road for a contest at Penn State on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 5:30 p.m. (CT) at the Bryce Jordan Center and will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO).

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