|Date||Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 8:05 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)|
|Radio | Listen Live||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
Iowa (14-13, 6-8) remains home for its second straight contest, hosting Indiana (15-12, 5-9) on Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 8:05 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). Both Iowa and Indiana enter Tuesday’s game looking to snap losing skids. The Hoosiers have lost their last four games, while the Hawkeyes have lost three straight.
Tickets are available at the Iowa Athletic Ticket Office: $28 for adults, and $15 for youth/UI students. The first 1,500 fans in attendance Tuesday night will receive a FREE Dale Jones bobblehead.
ON THE AIR
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: Jason Benetti, Dan Dakich, and Molly McGrath will call the game action on ESPN (WATCHESPN).
GAME #28 STORYLINES
• Both Iowa and Indiana enter Tuesday night’s game looking to snap losing streaks. The Hoosiers have lost their last four games, while the Hawkeyes have lost three straight.
• The first 1,500 fans in attendance on Tuesday will receive a FREE Dale Jones bobblehead.
• Tuesday features two of the top 3-point weapons in the Big Ten: Iowa’s Peter Jok and James Blackmon Jr. of Indiana. Blackmon ranks first in the league in 3-pointers per game (3.0) followed by Jok (2.6).
• Both Iowa and Indiana have amassed 30 Big Ten victories the last three seasons, a total that ties for fifth best: Wisconsin (39), Maryland (36), Purdue (35), and Michigan State (33).
• Peter Jok has made 198 career 3-pointers; he is two shy from becoming the sixth player to make 200 3-pointers at the University of Iowa.
• Tuesday features two of the league’s top scoring offenses. Indiana ranks second in scoring offense, averaging 80.3 points per game, while Iowa is third averaging 79.9 points per contest.
• Iowa has scored 66 points in each of its last two games (Michigan State, Illinois).
• Three of Iowa’s top four scorers this season are true freshmen. Tyler Cook is second (11.7), followed by Jordan Bohannon (9.2), and Cordell Pemsl (9.0).
• Peter Jok has had free throw streaks of 28, 27, 26, and 25 the last two seasons. Jok was six makes from tying Chris Street’s school record of 34 earlier this month.
• Five of Iowa’s final seven conference games 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 180+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 35+ steals, and 25+ 3-pointers (Iowa State’s Deonte Burton).
• Iowa is 8-1 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 6-1 when committing 12 turnovers or less.
• Jordan Bohannon is one of two freshmen nationally this season with 55 3-pointers and 120 assists (UCLA’s Lonzo Ball). Also, Bohannon owns the Iowa freshman single-season 3-point field goals made record with 59.
• After scoring in double figures once in 27 games last year, Brady Ellingson has netted double digits six times this season.
• Peter Jok has scored 25+ points nine times this year, a total that ties for the 11th most nationally. Jok ranks 26th in country – fourth among players from Power 5 conferences – in points per game (20.4). He also ranks eighth nationally in free throw accuracy (.915) and 78th in 3-pointers (2.6).
SHARING IS CARING
Iowa has assisted on 94 of its 129 field goals the last four games (73 percent). The Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten and tenth nationally in assists per game, averaging 17.4 per contest.
ILLINOIS RALLIES TO UPEND HAWKEYES IN IOWA CITY
Illinois shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half to rally and beat Iowa, 70-66, in Iowa City and sweep the regular season series.
• Three Hawkeyes netted double figures: Peter Jok (16), Tyler Cook (14), and Jordan Bohannon (11).
• Peter Jok led all rebounders with 10 boards to register his team-best fourth double-double of the season and his career.
• After forcing 21 turnovers in the previous game at Michigan State, Iowa’s defense forced 17 Illini errors on Saturday.
• Iowa outscored Illinois by 10 at the free throw line (17-7), making 77 percent of its attempts (17-of-22).
• The Illini shot 47 percent (27-of-57) from the field for the game, while the Hawkeyes shot 39 percent (21-of-54).
• Malcolm Hill scored a game-best 21 points, while Te’Jon Lucas, Jalen Coleman-Lands, and Michael Finke each scored 12 points.
• Indiana (RPI – 90) has lost six of its last seven games, with the one victory coming at home in triple overtime against Penn State (110-102).
• Five of Indiana’s nine losses in conference play have come by five points or fewer.
• The Hoosiers are 2-8 in games away from Bloomington, Indiana, this season, including a 1-6 mark in true road games. Indiana’s lone road victory came at Penn State (78-75).
• Indiana lost its last game played, 75-75, at Minnesota on Feb. 15, in Minneapolis. Akeem Springs of the Gophers made the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining in the contest. James Blackmon Jr. led the Hoosiers, amassing a team-best 22 points. Juwan Morgan had 14 points off the bench, while Thomas Bryant had eight points and a team-high ten rebounds.
• Indiana has three active players average in double digits in scoring: James Blackmon Jr. (17.0), Robert Johnson (13.2), and Thomas Bryant (13.1). OG Anunoby, who averages 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, is sidelined the remainder of the season due to injury.
• The Hoosiers rank eighth in the country in rebounding margin (+8.1), 31st in field goal accuracy (.481), 43rd in defensive rebounding (27.26), and 44th in blocked shots per game (4.8).
• James Blackmon Jr. ranks 26th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and 30th in 3-point field goal percentage (.417).
• Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in overall scoring (80.3) and field goal percentage (.481), third in rebounding margin (+8.1), and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.327).
• Indiana has trailed at halftime in each of its last four road games, losing all four contests (Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Minnesota).
• Tom Crean is in his ninth season as head coach at Indiana (163-131, .554).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Indiana holds a 100-75 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier win in 1909. The two teams have split the last 12 meetings. Indiana won both regular season meetings last season: 85-78 in Bloomington and 81-78 in Iowa City.
Tuesday will only be Indiana’s second visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena since January, 2013. Iowa leads 44-41 in games played at Iowa City, holding a 19-11 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won seven of the last ten meetings in Iowa City. Iowa’s last victory over the Hoosiers in Iowa City came on Feb. 19, 2012 (78-66).
• Indiana escaped Iowa City with an 81-78 win over Iowa on March 1, 2016, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• The Hoosiers shot 51 percent from the field, including shooting at a 73 percent clip from 3-point range (8-of-11) in the first half. Iowa shot 39 percent (26-of-67) from the field for the game.
• Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Jarrod Uthoff (18), Anthony Clemmons (14), and Ahmad Wagner (11).
• Iowa’s bench recorded 27 points. In addition to Wagner’s 11 points, Christian Williams netted a personal-best eight points.
• Indiana had four players score in double figures: Yogi Ferrell (20), Troy Williams (15), Thomas Bryant (12), Nick Zeisloft (11).
• The Hoosiers forced nine turnovers and scored 18 points off those Iowa miscues. The Hawkeyes forced 13 turnovers and scored seven points off the Indiana errors.
ROOKIE FLOOR GENERAL
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 (4.4), second in minutes played (28.5), free throw accuracy (.833) and 3-pointers made (59), and third in scoring (9.2). He has netted 17 or more points in five games and led the squad in assists a team-best 17 times.
Bohannon, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 6, has led the squad in scoring four times.
JOK NAMED FINALIST FOR JERRY WEST, SENIOR CLASS AWARDS
Peter Jok is one of ten finalists for both the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award and Senior CLASS Award.
The Jerry West Award recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball, while the Senior CLASS Award recognizes an individual with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Jok is the Big Ten leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points per game. He has scored 25 points or more nine times this season, including a career-best 42 against Memphis (Nov. 26). In addition to leading the Big Ten in scoring, he is first in free throw accuracy (.915) and second in 3-pointers made per game (2.6).
Jok and his teammates have assisted each spring in the “Iowa Day of Caring” and is on pace to graduate this spring.
PEMSL MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH PERCENTAGE SHOTS
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 13 times. In 27 total games, Pemsl has scored in double digits 12 times and is averaging nine points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting a Big Ten-best and 38th-best nationally 60.7 percent (91-of-150) from the field. He scored in double figures in eight of the 14 starts.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BAER
Sophomore Nicholas Baer ranks first on the squad in blocks (1.4) and steals (1.4), second in rebounding (6.0), and is third in assists (1.9). Baer is one of only two Division I players to amass 180+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 35+ steals, and 25+ 3-pointers made (Iowa State’s Deonte Burton).
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 180+ points, 160+ rebounds, 35+ blocked shots, and 35+ steals this season.
Baer is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4) and is tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.4). 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.
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 (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).
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 20.4 points this season as a senior (+4.3). The +9.1 improvement last year was tops among Big Ten players.
Jok returned to the lineup in Iowa’s last four games after missing the previous two games due to injury (back).
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 28, 27, 26, and 25 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 26th nationally in points per game (20.4), eighth in free throw accuracy (.915), and 78th in 3-pointers per contest (2.6). His 20.4 scoring average is fourth among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok has scored 25 points or more nine 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 198 career 3-pointers, which are the sixth most in program history. He is 14 triples from surpassing Adam Haluska (2005-07) for fifth place with 212.
With Big Ten-leading scorer Peter Jok missing time two weeks ago 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 6.8 points, 2.5 assists, 0.8 turnovers, and 1.8 rebounds the last six contests. He is shooting a white-hot 11-of-19 (.579) from 3-point range during the six-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. Against Nebraska, Ellingson totaled 11 points, five assists, one steal, and one rebound.
For the year, the sharp-shooter is shooting a Big Ten-best and eighth nationally 53 percent from 3-point territory (28-of-53), and 1.000% at the free throw line (18-of-18).
Ellingson has dished out a combined 20 assists and only three turnovers the last six weeks (11 games spanning Jan. 8 to Feb. 20).
Iowa has played 2,733 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,607-1,126 (.588). Iowa’s 1,607 wins are 39th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,027-359 (.741) record in home games, a 576-764 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 758-765 (.498) mark in Big Ten games and a 432-133 (.765) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• Iowa has won its last five games played on Feb. 21, dating back to 1991.
• 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. 6.
• 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.
A CLOSER LOOK AT IOWA’S FRESHMEN PRODUCTION
• 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 75 combined starts this season, which ranks second most in program history behind Iowa’s 2013 freshmen class (81 starts).
HAWKEYES SWEPT BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
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.
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.
BAER NOMINATED FOR GOOD WORKS TEAM
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 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
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, 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 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.