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Date  Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 | 8:06 p.m. (CT)
Location  Minneapolis, Minnesota | Williams Arena
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Iowa (14-10, 6-5) hits the road for a two road games this week, beginning Wednesday at Minnesota (16-7, 4-6). Tipoff is slated for 8:06 p.m. (CT) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes enter this week’s action in sixth place in the Big Ten standings, while Minnestota is tied for eighth.
    Iowa is in the middle of a stretch of playing three games in seven days, two of which will be played on the road.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, while Bob Hansen provides expert analysis. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show.
TV: Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo will call the action on BTN (BTN2GO).

•    Iowa enters Wednesday’s game at Minnesota riding a season-best three-game Big Ten win streak, notching wins over Ohio State, Rutgers, and Nebraska. The active three-game win streak is second best in the league behind Wisconsin (7).
•    Five of Iowa’s final seven conference games, beginning Wednesday at Minnesota, will be one-plays; games against teams the Hawkeyes will face only once during the regular season.
•    Redshirt sophomore Nicholas Baer is one of only two Division I men’s basketball players this year to amass 35+ blocked shots, 30+ steals, and 20+ 3-pointers (Memphis’ Dedrick Lawson).
•    Jordan Bohannon is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week after averaging 16 points, three assists, 2.5 rebounds, and one steal in victories last week over Rutgers and Nebraska.
•    Jordan Bohannon is one of two freshmen nationally this season with 50 3-pointers and 100 assists (UCLA’s Lonzo Ball). Also, Bohannon’s four 3-pointers versus Nebrasksa on Sunday boosted his single-season total to 54, which is a new Iowa freshman single-season record.
•    Sophomore Brady Ellingson has recorded 18 assists and no turnovers the last eight games, including ten assists and no turnovers in Iowa’s last two games (Rutgers and Nebraska).
•    Ahmad Wagner has started nine games this year, including Iowa’s last three games against OSU, Rutgers, and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes are 8-1 record in games in which he has started.
•    Big Ten leading scorer Peter Jok (20.6 ppg) returned to the lineup in Iowa’s win over Nebraska on Sunday after missing the previous two contests due to injury (back).
•    Iowa is 8-0 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 6-0 when committing 12 turnovers or less.
•    After scoring in double figures once in 27 games last year, Brady Ellingson has netted double digits six times this season, including netting 11 points in Iowa’s win over Nebraska on Sunday.
•    Three of Iowa’s top four scorers this season are true freshmen. Tyler Cook is second (11.9), followed by Jordan Bohannon (9.4), and Cordell Pemsl (9.1).
•    Iowa freshmen averaged 47.3 points the last three games — all wins.
•    Peter Jok has scored 25+ points eight times this year, a total that ties for the 11th most nationally. Jok ranks 27th in country – fourth among players from Power 5 conferences – in points per game (20.6). He also ranks sixcth nationally in free throw accuracy (.922) and 53rd in 3-pointers made (2.8).
•    Peter Jok, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, is currently averaging 20.6 points per game, including 18.4 per contest in conference play. The last Big Ten player to average at least 21 points per game was Minnesota’s Kris Humphries (21.7) in the 2003-04 campaign.

Point guard Jordan Bohannon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced Monday by the conference office.
    Bohannon (6-foot, 182 pounds) led Iowa to a pair of victories last week over Rutgers (83-63) and Nebraska (81-70). The native of Marion, Iowa, averaged 16 points, three assists, 2.5 rebounds, and one steal in the two games. He shot a blistering 69 percent from 3-point range, making nine of his 13 attempts. Bohannon’s 3-point barrage helped him break Iowa’s single-season 3-point field goal record by a freshman. He has made 54 this season, breaking the previous mark of 52 by Matt Gatens in 2009.
    Bohannon helped engineer Iowa’s offense at Rutgers, posting the Hawkeyes’ first true road victory of the season. Bohannon had a game-best 17 points, making 5-of-7 from long distance, and dished out four assists with no turnovers.
    In Iowa’s win over Nebraska on Sunday in Iowa City, he tallied a team-best 15 points, making 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and equaled a personal-best five rebounds to go along with two assists and one steal.
    The honor is the first of Bohannon’s career and marks the fourth time a Hawkeye men’s basketball player has earned weekly praise by the Big Ten Conference this season.

Iowa has assisted on 46 of its 57 field goals the last two games (81 percent). The Hawkeyes assisted on 24-of-30 field goals at Rutgers and 22-of-27 field goals versus Nebraska.
    The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in assists per game, averaging 17.6 per contest.

Iowa avenged an early season double-overtime road loss to Nebraska on Sunday with an 81-70 victory over the Huskers in Iowa City. Sunday was Iowa’s third straight Big Ten win. 
•    Senior guard Peter Jok returned to the lineup after missing the last two games due to injury (back). Jok finished with 12 points, bolstered by 8-of-8 at the free throw line.
•    Iowa assisted on 22 of its 27 field goals (81 percent). Brady Ellingson dished out five assists and had no turnovers for the second straight contest.
•    Nebraska outscored Iowa 22-7 in second-chance opportunities, however the Hawkeyes outscored the Huskers 27-9 via the 3-point shot and 18-13 at the free throw line.
•    Ten of Iowa’s players who saw action scored. Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Jordan Bohannon (15), Tyler Cook (13), Peter Jok (12), and Brady Ellingson (11). Bohannon has led the team in scoring each of the last two games.
•    Three Huskers netted double digits: Jack McVeigh (16), Tai Webster (14), and Jordy Tshimanga (10).
•    Iowa improved to 8-0 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 6-0 when committing 12 turnovers or less. 

•    Wednesday will be Iowa’s ninth game of the season against an RPI Top-50 team and fifth against an RPI Top-25 team (Minnesota is ranked 24th in the RPI).
•    Five of Minnesota’s six losses in Big Ten play have come by seven points or less, including three by two points or less.
•    After losing five straight contests, Minnesota posted a 68-59 road win at Illinois last Saturday afternoon. Four Gophers starters tallied double figures: Reggie Lynch (15), Akeem Springs (14), Nate Mason (13), and Amir Coffey (13). The difference in the nine-point game was Minnesota (7) making three more 3-pointers than Illinois (4).
•    Minnesota is 12-3 in home games this season, with two of the setbacks coming in overtime to Michigan State and Wisconsin, and the other loss to Maryland.
•    Four Gophers average double figures: Nate Mason (14.0), Amir Coffey (12.2), Dupree McBrayer (11.0), and Akeem Springs (10.0).
•    Minnesota ranks second in the country in blocked shots per game (6.4), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.303), 18th in defensive rebounds per game (28.3), 19th in field goal percentage defense (.394), and 40th in fewest personal fouls per game (16.7). Individually, Reggie Lynch ranks fourth in the country in blocks per contest (3.09), while Nate Mason is 21st in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and assists per game (5.2).
•    Richard Pitino is in his fourth season as head coach at Minnesota (67-58, .536).

Minnesota holds a 103-94 advantage in the series that began with a 47-10 Gopher win in 1902. The 197 meetings are the most Iowa has played against any opponent.
    Iowa has won six of the last nine meetings, including last season’s only game, 75-71, in Iowa City on Feb. 14, 2016. The two teams have split the last 12 meetings.
    The Gophers hold a 62-35 advantage in games played at Minnesota. The two teams have split the last four meetings in Minneapolis. The last four meetings at Williams Arena have all been decided by six points or fewer, dating back to 2012. Iowa won the last meeting between the two teams in Minneapolis, 77-75, on Jan. 13, 2015.

•    Iowa posted a 75-71 win over Minnesota on Feb. 14, 2016, in Iowa City in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
•    Jarrod Uthoff recorded a double-double (24 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks). He became the third player to record 20+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 5+ blocks in a Big Ten game in the last 20 years. His 15 rebounds were a career high, while his six blocks equaled a personal best. 
•    Peter Jok led all scorers with 27 points, bolstered by four 3-pointers. Mike Gesell matched a career high in assists with 12. 
•    Iowa had 10 offensive rebounds but did not register a second chance point.
•    Four Golden Gophers scored in double figures: Nate Mason (14). Dupree McBrayer (12), Jordan Murphy (11), and Joey King (10).

After having two veteran point guards graduate last spring (Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons), Jordan Bohannon has done a fantastic job directing the Hawkeye offense as a freshman. Bohannon ranks first on the team in assists (4.5), second in minutes played (28.2), free throw accuracy (.875) and 3-pointers made (54), and third in scoring (9.4). He has netted 17 or more points in five games, including Iowa’s win at Rutgers last week, and led the squad in assists a team-best 16 times. 
    The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week has led the squad in scoring four times this season, including Iowa’s last two games (17 at Rutgers and 15 versus Nebraska).

Peter Jok is one of ten finalists for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.
    Jok is the Big Ten leading scorer, averaging 20.6 points per game. He has scored 25 points or more eight times this season, including a career-best 42 against Memphis on Nov. 26. In addition to leading the Big Ten in scoring, he is first in free throw accuracy (.922) and second in 3-pointers made per game (2.8).
    In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.  The winner of the 2017 Jerry West Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.

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 (Italy), Gabriel Olaseni (Italy), Darius Stokes (Australia), Jarrod Uthoff (NBA D-League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Aaron White (Russia), and Adam Woodbury (NBA D-League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants).

Freshman Cordell Pemsl has had a great start to his collegiate career. The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has started 14 games, while coming off the bench ten times. In 24 total games, Pemsl has scored in double digits 11 times and is averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting a Big Ten-best and 25th-best nationally 62.3 percent (86-of-138) from the field. He has scored in double figures in eight of the 14 starts. 

Sophomore Nicholas Baer ranks first on the squad in blocks (1.5), steals (1.4) and rebounding (6.2), and is third in assists (1.95). Baer is one of only two Division I players to amass 35+ blocked shots, 30+ steals, and 20+ 3-pointers made (Memphis’ Dedrick Lawson).
    During Iowa’s three-game win streak, Baer is stuffing the stat sheet averaging 5.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 1.7 steals.
    Baer’s 35 blocked shots currently ranks fourth best in a single-season by an Iowa sophomore, one rejection behind Melsahn Basabe (36) for third.
    Baer is the only reserve in the Big Ten with 160+ points, 145+ rebounds, 35+ blocked shots, and 30+ steals this season.
    Baer is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4) and blocked shots (1.5). The native of Bettendorf, Iowa, has led the team in steals eight times this year, being credited with three steals or more in a game a team-best six times.    
    Baer posted his first career double-double in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 17, with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. He has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in two of his last six games (11 at Nebraska and 10 versus No. 17/19 Purdue).

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.

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 20.6 points this season as a senior (+4.5). The +9.1 improvement last year was tops among Big Ten players.
    Jok returned to the lineup in Iowa’s last game versus Nebraska on Sunday after missing the last two games due to injury (back). Jok finished with 12 points, making all eight free throw attempts.
    Jok was named to the preseason All-Big Ten first team, while also being named to the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, Naismith Trophy and John Wooden Award watch lists, and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Jok scorched the nets for 42 points against Memphis and 33 against Omaha on Dec. 3. Jok nearly had a triple-double against Stetson (15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and a double-double against No. 25/25 Iowa State (23 points and nine rebounds).
    Jok has been recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week twice this season (Nov. 21 and Dec. 12). He averaged 28.5 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists against Seton Hall and UTRGV for the Nov. 21 award. Jok averaged a team-best 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and five assists in contests versus Stetson and No. 25 Iowa State for the Dec. 12 distinction.
    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 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 27th nationally in points per game (20.6), sixth in free throw accuracy (.922), and 53rd in 3-pointers per contest (2.8). His 20.6 scoring average is fourth among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok has scored 25 points or more eight times this year, which ties for 11th nationally.
    Jok is the first Hawkeye with four 30-point games in a season since Adam Haluska (5) in 2006-07.
    Jok has made 193 career 3-pointers, which are the seventh most in program history. He is only one triple from surpassing Brody Boyd (2001-04) for sixth place with 193.

With Big Ten-leading scorer Peter Jok missing time last week due to injury, Iowa needed other players to fill the void on the perimeter. One of those players has been sophomore Brady Ellingson.
    The 6-foot-4, 193-pound reserve averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, no turnovers, and 2.3 rebounds during Iowa’s three-game win streak. He is shooting a white-hot 10-of-14 (.714) from 3-point range during the win streak.
    Ellingson tallied 17 points, bolstered by a career-high five 3-pointers (5-of-7) against Ohio State. He also posted personal bests in minutes played (25), rebounds (4), assists (3), and steals (1). At Rutgers, the native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, had a career high in assists (5), to go along with six points and two rebounds. In Iowa’s last game versus Nebraska, Ellingson totaled 11 points, five assists, one steal, and one rebound.
    For the year, the sharp-shooter is shooting a team-best 56.3 percent from 3-point territory (27-of-48) and 1.000% at the free throw line (18-of-18).
    Ellingson has dished out five assists and committed no turnovers in each of Iowa’s last two games. In fact, the guard has dished out a combined 18 assists and no turnovers the last month (eight games spanning Jan. 8 to Feb. 7).

•    Eight of the 14 Big Ten teams have six or more losses in conference play entering this week’s competition.
•    Ryan Kriener became the 10th different Hawkeye to have reached double figures in a game this season after netting 14 at Northwestern on Jan. 15.
•    Iowa is 61-11 when scoring 80 points or more, the last seven seasons. The Hawkeyes are 64-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last seven years.
•    Iowa has scored 90 points or more six times this season.
•    Iowa has had four players earn weekly praise by the Big Ten. Peter Jok was named Player of the Week on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, Isaiah Moss was tabbed Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12, while Jordan Bohannon was Freshman of the Week on Feb. 5.
•    Iowa has amassed 30 Big Ten wins the last three seasons, a total that is fifth best in the conference: Wisconsin (37), Maryland (34), Purdue (32), and Michigan State (31).
•    After scoring in double figures once in 27 games last year, Brady Ellingson has netted double digits six times this season.
•    Peter Jok totaled 29 points, six rebounds, and a career-best eight assists vs. No. 17/19 Purdue on Jan. 12. Jok became just the third Big Ten player with at least 29 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in a game versus a ranked foe in the last 20 years (Minnesota’s Nate Mason in 2017 and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State in 2016). Additionally, he is the first Hawkeye to post those numbers in any game since Adam Haluska had 31 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds vs. Coppin State in 2006.
•    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.
•    Jordan Bohannon was 7-of-15 from long distance at Notre Dame; the 15 attempts tied Justin Jackson for the second most 3-point attempts in a single-game in Iowa history.
•    Peter Jok tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record against Omaha, making all 12 free throw attempts. The perfect 12-of-12 mark tied Luke Recker (2001 vs. Kansas State), Val Barnes (1992 vs. Ohio State), and Roy Marble (1988 vs. Northern Iowa).
•    Iowa played in back-to-back overtime games (Michigan and Nebraska) for the first time since Dec. 25 and Dec. 27, 1984.
•    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 in a game in school history and are the most points by a Big Ten team this season.
•    Iowa posted school records in 3-pointers made (18) and attempted (43) in its victory over Savannah State on Nov. 13.
•    Iowa made all 13 of its free throw attempts at No. 15 Purdue on Dec. 28. The last time a Hawkeye team made all of its free throws (min. 10 attempts) was at Virginia (15-of-15) in the NIT quarterfinals on March 27, 2013.
•    Isaiah Moss was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12. It marked the first time a rookie Hawkeye was honored by the conference office since Nicholas Baer on Dec. 21, 2015.
•    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.
•    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.
•    The 183 points in the Iowa-Nebraska double overtime game on Jan. 5 are the most points scored in the 28-game series history.
•    Iowa athletic teams swept Iowa State in four competitions Dec. 7-10 (women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s swimming, and wrestling). The Hawkeyes lead the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 14-7. With only three athletic events remaining, Iowa has clinched the series for 2016-17.
•    Iowa has won 44 of its last 47 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
•    The Hawkeyes won 22 games, tied for third in the Big Ten, and won an NCAA Tournament game each of the last two seasons.
•    Iowa has competed in postseason play the last five years (NCAA 2014-16; NIT 2012-13).
•    Iowa has won 20 or more games in four consecutive seasons — its longest streak in 15 years.

•    For the first time in program history, Iowa has had four freshmen score at least 20 points in a game: Tyler Cook (24 vs. Seton Hall); Jordan Bohannon (23 at Notre Dame); Isaiah Moss (21 versus Stetson); Cordell Pemsl (21 versus Stetson). 
•    For the first time in school history, Iowa has had five freshmen reach double figures in scoring in a game: Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon, Cordell Pemsl, Ryan Kriener, and Isaiah Moss.
•    Iowa freshmen have accumulated 66 combined starts this season, which ranks second most in program history behind Iowa’s 2013 freshmen class (81 starts).

Iowa has played 2,730 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,607-1,123 (.588). Iowa’s 1,607 wins are 39th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,027-358 (.741) record in home games, a 576-762 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 758-762 (.499) mark in Big Ten games and a 432-132 (.765) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Peter Jok and Isaiah Moss were named Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, on Dec. 12. It marked the first time Iowa swept the weekly men’s basketball accolades (weekly freshman honors began in 2010).
    Jok collected the third Big Ten weekly honor of his career and second this season. Jok helped lead the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories over Stetson (95-68) and No. 25 Iowa State (78-64). He averaged a team-best 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and five assists in the two contests. 
    In Iowa’s upset over 25th-ranked Iowa State, Jok lead all scorers and rebounders with 23 points and nine rebounds. Against Stetson, the team captain flirted with a triple-double recording 15 points, eight rebounds, and dishing out a career-high seven assists without committing a turnover.
    Moss (6-5, 205 pounds) earned his first conference weekly recognition after averaging 17.5 points and five rebounds in Iowa’s two victories. The native of Chicago scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to help Iowa upend the 25th-ranked Cyclones. 
    Moss tallied personal bests in scoring (21), steals (2), and rebounds (6) in the Hawkeyes’ triumph over Stetson. The shooting guard shot at a 50 percent clip from 3-point range in the two games (6-of-12), including going 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from long distance against the Hatters.

Nicholas Baer is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. 
    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.

All-session tickets for the 2017 Big Ten Basketball Tournament are on sale. The Big Ten 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,, 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 features a discounted student ticket program. Students of Big Ten universities are 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 are available in balcony sections.