Men's Hoops Plays at Michigan State on Saturday

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Date  Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 | 5:06 p.m. (CT)
Location  East Lansing, Michigan | Breslin Center (14,797)
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Iowa (14-11, 6-6) concludes a two-game road trip Saturday at Michigan State (14-10, 6-5). Tipoff is slated for 5:06 p.m. (CT) at the Breslin Center (14,797) in East Lansing, Michigan. The Hawkeyes enter this weekend’s action in sixth place in the Big Ten standings, while Michigan State is fifth.
    Saturday concludes a stretch of three games in seven days, two of which are on the road for Iowa.

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 Jon Crispin will call the action on BTN (BTN2GO).

•    Iowa, which won 76-59 in East Lansing a year ago, seeks its first two-game win streak at Michigan State since 1988-89.
•    Both Iowa and Michigan State have three freshmen in their respective starting lineups.
•    Peter Jok has made 25 straight free throws, nine shy of the school record (34 by Chris Street).
•    Five of Iowa’s final seven conference games, including both games this week, are one-plays; games against teams the Hawkeyes will face only once during the regular season.
•    Nicholas Baer is one of only two Division I men’s basketball players this season to amass 150+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 35+ steals, and 20+ 3-pointers (Memphis’ Dedrick Lawson).
•    Iowa is 8-0 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 6-0 when committing 12 turnovers or less.
•    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 55 3-pointers and 115 assists (UCLA’s Lonzo Ball). Also, Bohannon’s two 3-pointers at Minnesota on Wednesday boosted his single-season total to 56, which increases his Iowa freshman single-season record.
•    Sophomore Brady Ellingson has recorded 20 assists and only two turnovers the last nine games, including 15 assists and two turnovers in Iowa’s last four games.
•    Ahmad Wagner has started ten games this year, including Iowa’s last four games. The Hawkeyes are 8-2 in games in which he has started.
•    Big Ten leading scorer Peter Jok (20.9 ppg) returned to the lineup in Iowa’s last two games after missing the previous two contests due to injury (back).
•    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 (11.5), followed by Jordan Bohannon (9.5), and Cordell Pemsl (9.1).
•    Peter Jok has scored 25+ points nine times this year, a total that ties for the eighth most nationally. Jok ranks 21st in country – fourth among players from Power 5 conferences – in points per game (20.9). He also ranks fourth nationally in free throw accuracy (.928) and 53rd in 3-pointers (2.8).
•    Peter Jok, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, is currently averaging 20.9 points per game, including 18.7 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 56 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 last 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 66 of its 87 field goals the last two games (76 percent). The Hawkeyes assisted on 24-of-30 field goals at Rutgers, 22-of-27 field goals versus Nebraska, and 20-of-30 baskets at Minnesota on Wednesday evening.
    The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in assists per game, averaging 17.7 per contest.

Iowa rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but the Hawkeyes ultimately fell, 101-89, in double overtime Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
•    Three Hawkeyes scored in double digits: Peter Jok (28), Isaiah Moss (19), and Jordan Bohannon (12).
•    Iowa assisted on 20 of its 30 field goals (67 percent), paced by Bohannon’s eight assists.
•    Minnesota was paced by Akeem Springs and Jordan Murphy, each scoring 25 points.
•    Each team has won four games in the last eight meetings between the two teams.
•    Overtime again for Iowa, which played their third extra session(s) game of the season.
•    Uhl posted four points and five rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes.
•    The 190 total points are the most scored in a game between Iowa-Minnesota since 1994 (203). 

•    Saturday will be Iowa’s tenth game of the season against an RPI Top-50 team (Michigan State is ranked 50th in the RPI).
•    Michigan State is 3-3 in Big Ten games decided by nine points or fewer.
•    Michigan snapped the Spartans’ two-game win streak on Tuesday in Ann Arbor with an 86-57 win. The Wolverines shot a scorching 75 percent (21-of-28) from the field in the first half, including 73 percent (8-of-11) from 3-point range. Miles Bridges (15), Nick Ward (13), and Eron Harris (10) led Michigan State in scoring.
•    Michigan State is 10-2 in home games this season, with the two setbacks coming to nationally-ranked Purdue (84-73) and Northeastern (81-73).
•    Three Spartans average double figures: Miles Bridges (16.2 ppg), Nick Ward (13.0 ppg), and Eron Harris (11.5 ppg).
•    Eron Harris (41-of-101, .406), Miles Bridges (32-of-79, .405), Joshua Langford (24-of-52, .462), and Alvin Ellis III (28-of-70, .400) are the Spartans’ main 3-point threats.
•    Michigan State ranks 14th in the country in assists per game (17.2), 35th in 3-point accuracy (.388), 37th in field goal percentage (.478), and 43rd in field goal percentage defense (.407). Individually, Lourawls Nairn, Jr. ranks tenth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3), Cassius Winston ranks 47th in assists per game (5.2), while Nick Ward is 102nd in total free throw attempts (135).
•    Tom Izzo is in his 22nd season as head coach at Michigan State (538-215, .714).

Michigan State holds a 71-55 advantage over Iowa in the series that began with a Spartan victory in 1938. After losing nine straight games to the Spartans, the Hawkeyes won both regular season meetings against Michigan State last season. It marked Iowa’s first regular season sweep over the Spartans since 1993.
    The Spartans hold a 43-18 advantage in games played in East Lansing. Iowa snapped an 18-game losing streak at East Lansing, Michigan, with an impressive 76-59 win on Jan. 14, 2016, inside the Breslin Center last season. Iowa is 3-20 at the Breslin Center, which opened in 1989-90. 

•    Iowa completed the season sweep over MSU for the first time since 1993 with a dominating, 76-59, victory over the fourth-ranked Spartans in East Lansing on Jan. 14, 2016.
•    Iowa outscored Michigan State 35-14 the last 16:07 of the first half to build a 22-point halftime advantage (47-25). The 22-point deficit was Michigan State’s largest at home since at least the 1996-97 season and its biggest anywhere in the regular season since trailing at Michigan by 23 points at halftime in 1997.
•    Iowa’s 17-point win over Michigan State was its largest victory over the Spartans in East Lansing since a 75-57 win March 12, 1983.
•    Jarrod Uthoff (15 points, 10 rebounds) recorded his fifth career double-double. Peter Jok led the Hawkeyes, offensively, with 23 points, while Lansing native Anthony Clemmons tied a season high with 13 points.
•    Iowa made 10 treys, nine in the first half, while holding the Spartans to 19 percent (4-of-21) from 3-point range.
•    The Hawkeyes only turned the ball over nine times, once in the second half.
•    Sixteen of the 17 Hawkeyes on last year’s roster were not born the last time Iowa won at Michigan State (Okey Ukah).

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 (4.7), second in minutes played (28.9), free throw accuracy (.875) and 3-pointers made (56), and third in scoring (9.5). He has netted 17 or more points in five games and led the squad in assists a team-best 17 times. 
    The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week has led the squad in scoring four times this season, including two of Iowa’s last three 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 20.9 points per game. He has scored 25 points or more nine times this season, including a career-best 42 against Memphis (Nov. 26) and 28 at Minnesota this past Wednesday night. In addition to leading the Big Ten in scoring, he is first in free throw accuracy (.928) 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 22nd-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 (6.0), and is third in assists (2.0). Baer is one of only two Division I players to amass 150+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 35+ steals, and 20+ 3-pointers made (Memphis’ Dedrick Lawson).
    Baer’s 37 blocked shots currently ranks third best in a single-season by an Iowa sophomore, three rejections behind Erek Hansen Basabe (40) for second.
    Baer is the only reserve in the Big Ten with 160+ points, 150+ rebounds, 35+ blocked shots, and 35+ steals this season.
    Baer is 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 nine 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 20.9 points this season as a senior (+4.8). The +9.1 improvement last year was tops among Big Ten players.
    Jok returned to the lineup in Iowa’s last game two games (Nebraska and Minnesota) after missing the previous two games due to injury (back). Jok finished with 12 points against Nebraska and netted 26 of his game-best 28 points in the final 30 minutes at Minnesota on Wednesday.
    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, 26, and 25 the last two seasons, with the 25-in-a-row streak still active. The school record for consecutive free throws made is 34 set by Chris Street (Jan. 2-Jan. 16, 1993).
    Jok ranks 21st nationally in points per game (20.9), fourth in free throw accuracy (.928), and 53rd in 3-pointers per contest (2.8). His 20.9 scoring average is fourth among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok has scored 25 points or more nine times this year, which ties for eighth nationally.
    Jok is the first Hawkeye with four 30-point games in a season since Adam Haluska (5) in 2006-07.
    Jok has made 196 career 3-pointers, which are the sixth most in program history. He is 16 triples from surpassing Adam Haluska (2005-07) for fifth place with 212.

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 9.8 points, 3.75 assists, 0.5 turnovers, and 2.8 rebounds the last four contests. He is shooting a white-hot 11-of-16 (.688) from 3-point range during the four-game span.
    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 Big Ten-best 56 percent from 3-point territory (28-of-50) and 1.000% at the free throw line (18-of-18).
    Ellingson has dished out five assists and committed no turnovers in two of Iowa’s last three games (Rutgers and Nebraska). In fact, the guard has dished out a combined 20 assists and only two turnovers the last month (nine games spanning Jan. 8 to Feb. 8).

•    Iowa’s women’s basketball team beat MSU on Thursday in Iowa City, 87-83, in overtime.
•    Nine of the 14 Big Ten teams have six or more losses in conference play entering this weekend’s competition.
•    Ryan Kriener became the 10th different Hawkeye to have reached double figures in a game this season after netting 14 at Northwestern (Jan. 15).
•    Iowa is 61-12 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 versus 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 straight 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 69 combined starts this season, which ranks second most in program history behind Iowa’s 2013 freshmen class (81 starts).

Iowa has played 2,731 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,607-1,124 (.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 576-763 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 758-763 (.498) 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.