Iowa (3-5) remains home on Monday to host Stetson (4-5). Tipoff is set for 6:01 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• Tickets are available through the Iowa Athletics Ticket Office: $18 for adults and $5 for youth/UI students. Fans can also take advantage of a “Family 4 Pack” for $55, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks (must be purchased in advance).
• Monday is “Ugly Sweater Day” — the first 1,000 UI students will receive an ugly sweater t-shirt.
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games are 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: Monday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPNU (WATCHESPN). Roy Philpott and Sean Harrington will call the action.
GAME #9 STORYLINES
• Fans who bring a new toy to donate to the UI Children’s Hospital will receive $5 off Monday’s game ticket.
• Monday will be the first ever meeting between Iowa and Stetson.
• Freshmen Cordell Pemsl and Jordan Bohannon have each scored 74 points to tie for third in scoring on the Hawkeyes.
• Iowa has won 40 of its last 43 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Peter Jok, who scored his 1,000th career point against Memphis, has scored double digits in all eight games, including netting 27 or more points in five of the contests. Jok ranks third in country — first among players from Power 5 conferences — in scoring per game (25.0).
• Peter Jok poured in 42 points against Memphis on Nov. 26. The 42 points are the most by a Hawkeye in 40 years and tie for the fourth most in a single-game in program history, tying Bruce King’s 42 points against Pittsburgh in 1976.
• In their first career starts, Jordan Bohannon (23) and Cordell Pemsl (18) combined to score 41 of Iowa’s 78 points at Notre Dame. Bohannon was 7-of-15 from long distance; the 15 attempts tied Justin Jackson for the second most 3-point attempts in a single-game in Iowa history.
• Cordell Pemsl ranks first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, making 76 percent of his shot attempts (29-of-38).
• Peter Jok was named to the preseason 10-player All-Big Ten first team, while also being named to the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award and 2017 Naismith Trophy and John Wooden Award watch lists.
• Iowa has competed in postseason play the last five years (NCAA 2014-16; NIT 2012-13).
• The Hawkeyes won 22 games, tied for third place in the Big Ten, and won an NCAA Tournament game each of the last two seasons.
• Iowa has won 20 or more games in four consecutive seasons — its longest streak in 15 years.
• Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to upper division finishes in the Big Ten in each of the last four seasons. McCaffery, who is one of just 12 Division I head coaches to take four different programs to the NCAA Tournament, has accumulated 16 first division finishes in 20 years as a head coach. McCaffery has posted 10 seasons of 20 or more wins as a head coach.
• Iowa is 53-10 when scoring 80 points or more, the last six seasons. The Hawkeyes are 61-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last six years.
2 HAWKEYES SIDELINED DUE TO INJURIES
Forwards Dale Jones and Tyler Cook are sidelined due to hand injuries suffered during the month of November.
Jones suffered a fracture in his right wrist in Iowa’s game against Seton Hall (Nov. 17) and is expected to miss approximately 8-9 weeks. The Hawkeye senior sustained the injury minutes after making his season debut against the Pirates. Jones, who transferred to Iowa in 2015 after three years at Tyler Junior College in Texas, has played limited minutes in only seven games during his Hawkeye career.
Cook fractured his right index finger during a practice on Thanksgiving at the Emerald Coast Classic and is expected to miss approximately three weeks. The Hawkeye freshman had surgery on Nov. 29 in Iowa City. Cook, who started the first six games of his collegiate career, ranks second on the team in scoring (13.7 points per game) and rebounding (5.3 rebounds per game).
HAWKEYES FALL TO OMAHA ON SATURDAY
Omaha shot 48 percent from the field en route to a 98-89 win over Iowa on Saturday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• Three players accounted for 80 percent of the Hawkeyes’ offense: Peter Jok (33), Jordan Bohannon (20), and Cordell Pemsl (18).
• In their second straight start of their collegiate careers, Jordan Bohannon and Cordell Pemsl scored in double figures.
• The Mavericks owned a 47-39 rebounding edge, with 19 of the 47 rebounds coming on the offensive glass and scoring 20 points on those second chance opportunities.
• In addition to scoring a game-high 33 points, Peter Jok led all rebounders with 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
• Saturday was the second game played without starting forward Tyler Cook, who is out of action most of this month due to a fractured finger.
• Both teams went 21-of-27 from the free throw line. Iowa’s Peter Jok made all 12 free-throw attempts for the second time in three games. After going 10-of-23 from the foul line the first seven games of the season, Cordell Pemsl made 6-of-7 attempts from the charity stripe against Omaha.
• The loss was just Iowa’s fourth loss in 43 games against current members of The Summit League.
• Stetson comes to Iowa City having won two of its last three games, most recently beating Florida College (101-69) on Saturday.
• Five players scored in double figures in its most recent contest against Florida College. Luke Doyle netted a team-best 21 points, while Angel Rivera dished out 13 assists to only one turnover. As a team, Stetson made 15 (15-of-31) 3-pointers.
• Three starters average double figures in scoring: Derick Newton (18.6), Divine Myles (15.6), Luke Doyle (12.0), and Angel Rivera (10.0).
• Two Hatters have made 22 or more 3-pointers this season: Derick Newton (26) and Luke Doyle (22). As a team, Stetson makes 34.6 percent (84-of-243) of its 3-point attempts.
• Monday will be Stetson’s fourth true road game of the season, losing its first three at East Carolina (73-60), Air Force (85-72) and Central Florida (81-45).
• Stetson averages 78.2 points per game; the Hatters have scored 100+ points in two home games this year (116-112 loss to Citadel and a 101-69 win over Florida College).
• Monday will be Iowa’s second game of the season against a school from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
• The Hatters are coached by Corey Williams, who is in his fourth season as a collegiate head coach, all at Stetson (32-73). Williams played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 1989-92. He finished his career eighth on OSU’s career scoring charts with 1,320 points.
PETER JOK SCORCHING THE NETS
After averaging 7.0 points per game as a sophomore, Peter Jok averaged 16.1 points last year as a junior (+9.1), and is averaging a Big Ten-best 25.0 points so far this season as a senior (+8.9). The 9.1 improvement last year was tops among Big Ten players.
Jok was named to the preseason All-Big Ten first team, while also being named to the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award and 2017 Naismith Trophy and John Wooden Award watch lists. Jok has scored 27 points or more five times this season, including scorching the nets for 42 points in Iowa’s against Memphis and 33 against Omaha this past Saturday.
Jok was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 21 after averaging 28.5 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists against Seton Hall and UTRGV. Jok made all 10 free throw attempts and shot 59 percent (20-of-34) from the field, including 44 percent (7-of-16) from 3-point range in the two-game span.
Jok, who scored career point No. 1,000 against Memphis, made his first 24 free throw attempts this season before misfiring on his first attempt Tuesday at Notre Dame. Jok has had free throw streaks of 27 and 26 the last two seasons. The school record for consecutive free throws made is 34 set by Chris Street (Jan. 2-Jan. 16, 1993).
Jok ranks third nationally in points per game (25.0) and 3-pointers per game (3.88). His 25.0 scoring average is tops best among players from Power 5 conferences.
CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA ENHANCEMENTS
The Iowa Athletic Department upgraded Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s video boards, sound system, lighting, digital scorestable displays, and playing surface this past summer.
A new four-sided centerhung video system is the centerpiece of the installation. The two main centerhung displays measure approximately 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide and the other two centerhung displays measure 9.5 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. The project also upgraded the auxiliary displays located near the ceiling at each side of the arena.
• Eight different Hawkeyes have reached double figures in scoring through eight games this season.
• After scoring in double figures once in 27 games last year, sophomore Brady Ellingson has netted double digits twice this season.
• Iowa surpassed the century mark for the 97th time in program history with a 116-84 win over Savannah State on Nov. 13. The 116 points equal the seventh most points scored in a game in program history.
• Peter Jok joined Reggie Evans (twice) and Aaron Fuller as the only Hawkeyes to post 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in a single game the last 20 years. Jok totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds against Seton Hall (Nov. 17). His efforts earned the team captain Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 21.
• Iowa posted school records in 3-pointers made (18) and attempted (43) in its victory over Savannah State on Nov. 13.
• Peter Jok scored 27 points in Iowa’s opener vs. Kennesaw State. The 27 points are the most by a Hawkeye in a season opener since Adam Haluska poured in 29 against The Citadel in 2006.
• Freshman Tyler Cook (10) joined Aaron White as the only two players to grab 10 or more rebounds in their first game as a Hawkeye in the past 20 years.
NICHOLAS BAER PLAYED OVERSEAS IN AUGUST
Nicholas Baer averaged 8.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and two steals in four games (3-1) overseas on the USA East Coast All-Star Team.
This marked the sixth consecutive year that a Hawkeye traveled overseas with the USA East Coast basketball team. In 2011, Matt Gatens and Bryce Cartwright traveled overseas; Zach McCabe went in 2012; Jarrod Uthoff was on the roster in 2013; Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury competed in 2014; while Dom Uhl traveled with the team in 2015.
RECENT GRADUATES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL
A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Melsahn Basabe (Greece), Anthony Clemmons (Austria), Mike Gesell (Denmark), Jarryd Cole (France), Matt Gatens (NBA D-League: Iowa Energy — injured), Devyn Marble (Greece), Gabriel Olaseni (Italy), Darius Stokes (Australia), Jarrod Uthoff (NBA D-League: Raptors 905), Aaron White (Russia), and Adam Woodbury (NBA D-League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
BAER NOMINATED FOR GOOD WORKS TEAM
Nicholas Baer is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The Hawkeye sophomore visited a local third grade class last Wednesday.
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.
THE HY-VEE CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE
The state’s four NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams will be in action in the same venue for the fifth consecutive year at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The first game of the doubleheader will feature Northern Iowa and Iowa beginning at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Iowa State and Drake will play the second game at 6 p.m., with the game being broadcast on Mediacom.
Tickets, which range in price from $30-75, are on sale exclusively through Hy-VeeTix.com, 844-55-HYVEE, 22 Hy-Vee Stores in Des Moines and Ames, or the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office. Tickets are good for admission to both games of the doubleheader.
One of the marquee basketball events in the Midwest, The Hy-Vee Classic has sold out each of the last two years.
ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are on sale. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., March 8-12.
Lower level tickets may be purchased through the UI Ticket Office. General public tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
All-session tickets for the lower level at the Verizon Center are available for $400 through the Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets general public tickets are available for $200 or $250 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the Verizon Center box office only. Orders will be limited to eight 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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will remain home for its in-state rivalry game against Iowa State on Thursday (7 p.m.). Tickets are available for that contest at the UI Athletics Ticket Office.