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|Date||Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 8 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)|
|Radio | Listen Live||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
Iowa (18-14) earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host eighth-seeded South Dakota (22-11) on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). The winning team will face the winner of No. 4 seed TCU and fifth-seeded Fresno State in the second round.
Tickets are available for $20 for adults and $5 for youth and UI students.
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games in the NIT 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 Brown and Bryndan Manzer will call Wednesday’s NIT first round game on ESPN2 (WATCHESPN).
IOWA NIT STORYLINES
• Iowa enters the NIT having won seven of its last 11 games.
• The Hawkeyes are 3-0 in home NIT games under Fran McCaffery (2012 and 2013).
• Iowa has five RPI Top-50 wins this season: Purdue (19), Iowa State (21), Michigan (25), Maryland (34), and Wisconsin (36). The Maryland and Wisconsin wins came on the road.
• Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 games or more in six straight seasons. Furthermore, McCaffery’s 136 victories rank second behind Tom Davis (152) for most in the first seven seasons as Iowa’s head coach.
• Peter Jok is the first Big Ten player to win at least one game in all 14 Big Ten arenas during his collegiate career. Winning at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin (March 2), completed the sweep for Jok.
• Nicholas Baer is the only Division I men’s basketball player this year to amass 235+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 40+ 3-pointers. He is one of only two Big Ten players to accomplish the feat over last 20 years, joining Michigan State’s Draymond Green (2012).
• Jordan Bohannon is one of only 10 freshmen nationally over the last 25 years to register 150+ assists and 75+ 3-pointers. Bohannon and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell (2015) are the only two Big Ten freshman to ever accomplish the feat.
• Peter Jok (.9202, 150-of-163) is closing in on the Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record held by Steve Alford of Indiana (.9206, 116-of-126) in 1985.
• Peter Jok broke Iowa’s single-game free throw record vs. Indiana, sinking 22-of-23 (Feb. 21).
• Jordan Bohannon sank eight 3-pointers (8-of-10) in Iowa’s win at No. 24/24 Maryland. The eight triples are the most by a freshman in a single game in Iowa history and one shy of the single-game school record.
• Senior Peter Jok (76) and freshman Jordan Bohannon (79) are the first Iowa duo to sink 75-or-more 3-pointers in the same season in school history.
• Freshmen Cordell Pemsl, Jordan Bohannon, Tyler Cook, and Isaiah Moss account for 43.8 percent of Iowa’s offense. Three of Iowa’s top four scorers this season are true freshmen; Tyler Cook is second (11.9), followed by Jordan Bohannon (10.3), and Cordell Pemsl (9.2).
• Peter Jok has scored 30+ points five times this year, a total that ties Washington’s Markelle Fultz for the most by a player from a Power 5 conference. Jok ranks sixth among players from Power 5 conferences in scoring (19.8). He also ranks fourth nationally in free throw accuracy (min. 100 free throws made), making 92 percent of his attempts (150-of-163).
• Iowa is 10-1 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 8-2 when committing 12 turnovers or less.
INDIANA OUTGUNS HAWKEYES AT BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Indiana outscored Iowa, 52-33, in the second half, bouncing the Hawkeyes from the Big Ten Tournament in the second round last Thursday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
• Iowa had its four-game winning streak snapped in the loss to Indiana. The streak began with a home win over Indiana (Feb. 21) and included two road wins over top-25 teams.
• Jordan Bohannon had six or more 3-point field goals for fourth time this season. The six triples tied Iowa’s record in a Big Ten Tournament game (Jeff Horner vs. Minnesota, 2006). Bohannon also dished out a personal-best 10 assists, which ties Iowa’s Big Ten Tournament record (Horner, 2006 vs. Ohio State).
• Isaiah Moss had a career-best five steals, with his previous high being two. The five steals are the most by a Hawkeye in 32 games this season and tie an Iowa record in the Big Ten Tournament (Luke Recker, 2002 and Horner, 2006). Moss added 11 points, his scoring high since scoring 19 at Minnesota (Feb. 8). He tallied double figures for the seventh time this season.
• Cordell Pemsl (14 points, 11 boards) and Jordan Bohannon (24 points, 10 assists) both recorded their first career double-doubles. Bohannon’s 24 points tied a personal best.
• Indiana shot 60 percent (35-of-58) from the field, including 60 percent from 3-point range (12-of-20). The Hoosiers made 75 percent (6-of-8) of their 3-point attempts in the second stanza.
• Four Hoosiers scored in double figures: James Blackmon Jr. (23), De’Ron Davis (15), Thomas Bryant (11), and Devonte Green (10).
IOWA NIT HISTORY
This marks Iowa’s eighth appearance in the NIT. Iowa also appeared in the 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, and 2013 tournaments. The Hawkeyes’ best finish in the NIT was its last appearance in 2013, losing to Baylor in the championship game in New York City.
The Hawkeyes have played 16 games all-time in the postseason NIT and hold a record of 9-7. Ten of its 16 NIT games have been decided by nine points or less. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 in NIT games under Fran McCaffery (2012 and 2013).
Iowa is 6-4 in home games in the NIT, dating back to its first contest, a 73-71 win over Temple in 1990. The Hawkeyes are 3-0 in home NIT contests under McCaffery.
In 2013, the Hawkeyes posted home wins over Indiana State (68-62) and Stony Brook (75-63). Iowa then registered a road win at Virginia in the quarterfinals (75-64) before beating Maryland (71-60) in the semifinals in New York City. Iowa lost to Baylor (74-54) in the title game.
In 2012, Iowa beat Dayton in the first round in Iowa City (84-75), but lost at Oregon in the second round (108-97).
Iowa players have posted double-doubles seven times in the NIT, two by Aaron White: 25 points and 11 rebounds versus Dayton in 2012 and 11 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana State in 2013. White’s 13 boards against the Sycamores set a new Iowa NIT record.
Devyn Marble had one of his best games as a Hawkeye at Oregon in 2012, scoring a career-high 31 points. Marble’s 31 points are the most ever by a Hawkeye in an NIT game and the most in a postseason contest since Ed Horton netted 32 against NC State in the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Marble was 7-of-8 (.875) from 3-point range. The seven triples are the most ever by an Iowa player in any postseason game.
4 HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN RECOGNITION
Peter Jok was named first-team All-Big Ten by both conference head coaches and media. Nicholas Baer was voted the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by the head coaches, while Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook were both voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by the coaches. Baer was also named Iowa’s men’s basketball Sportsmanship Award recipient. Iowa is the only Big Ten team with two players named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team; this year is the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes had two players on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (honor began in 2003).
Jok is the fourth Hawkeye to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades the last four seasons, joining Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), and Jarrod Uthoff (2016). It marks the second time in program history that Iowa has had at least one player on the first-team all-league team four consecutive seasons: Herb Wilkinson (1945-47), Clayton Wilkinson (1946), and Murray Wier (1948).
Iowa won four straight games to end the regular season. The Hawkeyes ranked among the best in the league over the last half (nine games) of conference play: Purdue (8-1), Minnesota (8-1), Iowa (6-3), Michigan (6-3).
Furthermore, Iowa posted a 3-2 record against the top three teams in the Big Ten standings (Purdue, Wisconsin, and Maryland). The Hawkeyes beat each of those three teams once, including recording road victories at No. 24 Maryland (83-69) and No. 21 Wisconsin (59-57).
IOWA HAD WINS OVER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
Iowa posted wins over three conference tournament champions this year: Iowa State (78-64) on Dec. 8; North Dakota (84-73) on Dec. 20; and Michigan (86-83, OT) on Jan. 1.
Iowa has played 2,738 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,611-1,127 (.588). Iowa’s 1,611 wins are 39th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,029-359 (.741) record in home games, a 578-765 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 762-765 (.499) mark in Big Ten games and a 434-133 (.765) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
BOHANNON NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Point guard Jordan Bohannon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on March 6. Bohannon led Iowa to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin (59-57) and Penn State (90-79). The native of Marion, Iowa, averaged 11 points, five assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 3-pointers made in the two games.
Bohannon sank the game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining at 21st-ranked Wisconsin (March 2). The win was just Iowa’s fourth ever victory at the Kohl Center and first since 2011.
In Iowa’s home win over Penn State (March 5), Bohannon tallied 11 points and five assists. The win capped a season-best four-game Big Ten win streak for Iowa to close the regular season.
Bohannon is the only Division I freshman in the country this season, and one of only 10 rookies the last 25 years, with 150-or-more assists and 75-plus 3-point field goals.
The honor is the second of the season for Bohannon and marks the fifth time a Hawkeye men’s basketball player has earned weekly praise by the Big Ten Conference. 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, and Bohannon previously earned freshman laurels on Feb. 6.
JORDAN CLIMBING THE BOHANNON 3-POINT CHART
Jordan Bohannon, who is the youngest of four brothers who played collegiate basketball, trails only his brother Matt in most 3-pointers made in a season by a Bohannon. Matt made 93 triples last year for Northern Iowa. Jordan is second (79), followed by Jason, who sank 68 for Wisconsin during the 2009-10 season.
Bohannon has made 79-of-198 (.399) from 3-point range this season. The percentage trails only Brady Ellingson on the team, with Ellingson attempting 133 fewer shots (32-of-65, .492). Bohannon’s 79 triples leads the team by three over senior Peter Jok (76).
Four Hawkeye starters scored in double figures en route to an 87-63 win over South Dakota on Dec. 4, 2012, in Iowa City.
• Aaron White led the Hawkeyes with 21 points, followed by Roy Devyn Marble (14), Mike Gesell (12), and Adam Woodbury (10).
• While Iowa had the edge in the frontcourt, South Dakota outscored the Hawkeyes from 3-point range. The Coyotes were 9-of-22 (.409) from long distance, while Iowa was 2-of-16 (.125).
• Iowa’s defense forced 18 South Dakota turnovers, scoring 23 points after the Coyote miscues.
• Iowa outrebounded the Coyotes by 19 (50-31) and had the edge in second-chance opportunities, scoring 24 points after snagging 20 offensive rebounds. The Hawkeyes scored 54 paint points, compared to 14 for South Dakota.
• South Dakota forward Tyler Flack, who is currently a senior on this year’s team and was a freshman in 2012, started this contest and contributed five points, seven rebounds, and denied two shots.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA
• South Dakota (22-11, 12-4) won the Summit League regular season title before being upset by South Dakota State (74-71) in the league tournament. South Dakota had won seven straight before the tournament loss. The Coyotes’ RPI is 116th.
• South Dakota and Iowa played two common opponents, Omaha and Nebraska. South Dakota split two games with Omaha, while Omaha won in Iowa City (98-89). Iowa split two games with Nebraska, while the Huskers defeated South Dakota, 73-61, in Lincoln.
• South Dakota averages 25 free throw attempts per game, one of six teams nationally to average that total or more (South Dakota averages 18 makes per game).
• South Dakota head coach Craig Smith is the Summit League Coach of the Year. Smith, who is in his third year at South Dakota (53-45, .541), is a member of Tim Miles’ coaching tree, having served as an assistant for Miles at four schools — Mayville State, North Dakota State, Colorado State, and Nebraska.
• Two South Dakota players (Matt Mooney and Tyler Flack, were named first team all-conference. Mooney ranks 14th in the country in steals per game (2.2) and 77th in scoring (18.5).
• South Dakota’s roster includes Trey Dickerson, who began his college career at Iowa. Dickerson was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer team. Dickerson averaged 2.7 points, 1.2 assists and 0.5 rebounds in 15 games for Iowa in 2014-15.
• Tyler Flack is the lone senior on the South Dakota roster. Flack played against the Hawkeyes in the Coyotes’ 87-63 loss in Iowa City in 2012. Flack has scored over 900 career points and has over 500 career rebounds.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Wednesday will be the 12th meeting all-time between Iowa and South Dakota, will every meeting taking place in Iowa City. Iowa won the most recent meeting, 87-63, on Dec. 4, 2012.
The Hawkeyes have averaged a 23.1 margin of victory over the Coyotes in the previous 11 meetings; only two games were decided by single digits (35-34 on Jan. 31, 1938 and 35-30 on Jan. 30, 1939).
Prior to this season, two Iowa freshmen scored 20+ points in the same game only twice in program history: Dick Ives (43) and David Danner (32) versus Chicago on Feb. 5, 1944 and Ronnie Lester (20) and Larry Olsthoorn (20) versus Michigan on Jan. 17, 1977.
Iowa has accomplished the feat twice this season. First by rookie duos Cordell Pemsl (21) and Isaiah Moss (21) versus Stetson. Jordan Bohannon (24) and Tyler Cook (21) became the fourth Hawkeye duo to accomplish the feat — first to do so in a road game — in school history at Maryland (Feb. 25).
Iowa’s bench has played a pivotal part of its success this season. In 32 games, Hawkeye reserves average 24.9 points per game. During Iowa’s four-game win streak to end the regular season, the bench averaged 31.3 points per contest.
• Iowa has scored 90 points or more eight times this season.
• Iowa has won 44 of its last 47 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Iowa was 4-1 in Big Ten regular season rematch games. The Hawkeyes beat Rutgers, Purdue, Nebraska, and Maryland, but lost to Illinois.
• Iowa sank 16 3-pointers in its 83-69 win at Maryland (Feb. 25), which are the most by a Hawkeye team in a Big Ten game in school history. The Hawkeyes are only one of four teams to make 16 triples in a road game against a ranked opponent this season.
• Iowa made 39 free throws against Indiana, a total that ties for third most in a single-game in program history (39 versus Minnesota on Jan. 13, 1993).
• Iowa is 64-12 when scoring 80 points or more, the last seven seasons. The Hawkeyes are 65-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last seven years.
• Peter Jok scored 15 of Iowa’s 21 overtime points in Iowa’s win over Indiana (Feb. 21). The 15-point effort on overtime was only two points short of the NCAA record for scoring in any OT period. The record of 17 was achieved twice before (Ron Howard of Howard in 2003 and David Hawkins of Temple in 2004).
• 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 had three 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, and Jordan Bohannon was Freshman of the Week on Feb. 6 and March 5.
• Peter Jok totaled 29 points, six rebounds, and a career-best eight assists vs. No. 17/19 Purdue (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 sank 8-of-10 (80 percent) from 3-point territory in Iowa’s win at Maryland. The eight triples are the most by a freshman in a single game in Iowa history and one shy of the single-game school record.
• Jordan Bohannon was 7-of-15 from long distance at Notre Dame; the 15 attempts tied Justin Johnson 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 had two student-athletes tie school Big Ten Tournament records against Indiana on March 9. Isaiah Moss tied the record for steals (5), while Jordan Bohannon tied Jeff Horner’s benchmark of assists (10) and 3-point field goals (6).
• 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 (Nov. 13).
• Iowa’s 14-point win at Maryland (Feb. 25) equaled the Terrapins’ largest margin of defeat at home this season (73-59 home loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 29, 2016).
• 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.
• 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 an opener since Adam Haluska had 29 vs. 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.
• Iowa has competed in postseason play the last six years (NCAA 2014-16; NIT 2012-13 and 2017).
• Iowa has won 20 or more games in four straight 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 five seasons. McCaffery has accumulated 17 first division finishes in 21 years as a head coach.
First-team All-Big Ten performer Peter Jok has been shooting the ball extremely well his final two seasons in a Hawkeye uniform. Jok has made 156 3-pointers in 62 total games the last two seasons (2.5 per game).
Iowa 3-pointers Made in a 2-year Span:
Chris Kingsbury (1995-96): 182
Jeff Horner (2005-06): 156
Peter Jok (2016-17): 156
Adam Haluska (2006-07): 154
JOK NAMED FINALIST FOR NATIONAL AWARDS
Peter Jok is one of five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award and one of 10 finalists for the 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 19.8 points per game. He has scored 25 points or more 10 times this season, including a career-best 42 against Memphis (Nov. 26). In addition to leading the Big Ten in scoring (19.8), he is fourth nationally (min. 100 free throws made) in free throw accuracy (.920) and tied for third in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.5).
Jok and his teammates have assisted each spring in the “Iowa Day of Caring” and is on pace to graduate this spring.
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 (4.7) and 3-pointers made (79), second in minutes played (28.9), free throw accuracy (.860), and third in scoring (10.3). He has netted 17 or more points in seven games and led the squad in assists a team-best 22 times.
Bohannon had a career night at No. 24 Maryland (Feb. 25), pouring in a game and personal-best 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The eight triples are the most by an Iowa freshman in school history and one shy of the school record. He went 11-of-19 (.579) from long distance in road wins over ranked opponents No. 24 Maryland and No. 21 Wisconsin. Bohannon matched his career high with 24 points in Iowa’s last outing against Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament. The native of Marion, Iowa, drained a game-best six triples, making his first five attempts.
Bohannon, who is a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree (Feb. 6 and March 5), has led the squad in scoring five times.
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 18 times. In 32 total games, Pemsl has scored in double digits 15 times and is averaging 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting a Big Ten-best and 22nd-best nationally 62.2 percent (112-of-180) from the field. He scored in double figures in eight of the 14 starts.
Pemsl has scored in double figures in each of Iowa’s last three games (at No. 21 Wisconsin, versus Penn State, and versus Indiana).
HAWKEYES IN OVERTIME
The Hawkeyes have played four overtime games this season (Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana), two of which were in double overtime (Nebraska, Minnesota); it marks the first time since the 2013-14 season (Xavier, Villanova, Michigan State, and Tennessee)
Iowa is 2-2 in overtime games, winning two in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
PETER JOK ON PACE TO BECOME BIG TEN SCORING CHAMPION
Peter Jok is currently averaging 19.8 points per game, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is second (18.5 ppg).
Jok is on pace to become Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion and first in 10 years.
Iowa Big Ten Scoring Champions
Murray Wier (1947-48): 21.0 ppg
Chuck Darling (1951-52): 25.5 ppg
Andre Woolridge (1996-97): 20.2 ppg
Adam Haluska (2006-07): 20.5 ppg
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 Dallas Mavericks: Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Aaron White (Russia), and Adam Woodbury (NBA D-League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
NOTABLES ON PETER JOK’S HISTORIC FREE THROW EFFORTS
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw makes versus Indiana on Feb. 21, breaks Don Nelson’s 55-year old school record. Nelson’s previous record of 21 was also set against Indiana in 1962.
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw makes ties for third most by a player in a single-game in Big Ten history. Indiana’s Greg Graham made 26 in 1993; Indiana’s Don Schlundt made 25 in 1955, and Indiana’s Luke Recker made 22 in 1999.
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw’s made are the second most by a player nationally in a game this season (25 by Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina). Furthermore, the 22 makes tie Xavier Silas (2014) for the third most free throws made in a single-game since 2010 nationally. Teddy Okereafor of Rider (2014) and South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell (2007) each made 25 in a game.
• On Feb. 21, 2001, Iowa’s Reggie Evans attempted a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record 22 free throws versus Purdue; 16 years later — also on Feb. 21 — Peter Jok breaks the record by attempting 23 foul shots against the Hoosiers.
• Not only did Jok’s 22 free throws made establish a new school record, but it shattered the previous Carver-Hawkeye Arena record of 16 by Adam Haluska (2007) and Reggie Evans (2001).
• Peter Jok currently ranks fourth nationally in free throw percentage (.920) with a minimum of 3.0 makes per game.
• Peter Jok is on pace to break Iowa’s and the Big Ten’s single-season free throw percentage record currently held by Matt Gatens (.904 in 2009) and Steve Alford (.921 in 1985), respectively. He is also on pace to break Iowa’s career percentage mark currently being held by Luke Recker (.873, 185-of-212). Jok’s career percentage is at 88.4 percent and he has taken 134 more free throws than Recker.
• Peter Jok tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record against Omaha on Dec. 3, 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).
A CLOSER LOOK AT IOWA’S FRESHMEN PRODUCTION
• Iowa’s six freshmen account for 48.1 percent of Iowa’s offense, besting Iowa’s 1943-44 freshmen who averaged 40.7 points.
• Iowa freshmen have scored in double figures a program-best 56 times this season, besting the 1997-98 squad (42).
• 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; 21 at Maryland); Jordan Bohannon (24 at Maryland; 23 at Notre Dame; 24 vs. Indiana); Isaiah Moss (21 vs. Stetson); Cordell Pemsl (21 vs. Stetson).
• For the first time in school history, Iowa has had five freshmen reach double figures in scoring in a game throughout the season: Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon, Cordell Pemsl, Ryan Kriener, and Isaiah Moss.
• Iowa freshmen have accumulated 90 combined starts this season, which is the most in program history.
• Iowa rookies this season combine to average 15.2 rebounds per game, second behind the 2000-01 squad (16.3 rpg).
PETER JOK SCORCHING THE NETS
Peter Jok is a first-team All-Big Ten honoree and USBWA All-District VI selection. 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 has had free throw streaks of 28, 27, 26, and 25 the last two seasons. His free throw percentage (.9202, 150-of-163) is closing in on the Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record held by Steve Alford of Indiana (.9206, 116-of-126) set in 1985. His 88.4 percent free throw percentage currently ranks third-best in Big Ten history behind Steve Alford (.898, 1983-87) and Joe Crispin (.885, 1997-01).
Jok ranks 40th nationally in points per game (19.8), fourth in free throw accuracy (.920), and 83rd in 3-pointers made per contest (2.5). His 19.8 scoring average is sixth among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok has scored 25 points or more 10 times this year, which ties for 16th nationally.
Jok is the first Hawkeye with five 30-point games in a season since Adam Haluska (5) in 2006-07.
Jok has made 208 career 3-pointers, which are the sixth most in program history. He is five triples from surpassing Adam Haluska (2005-07) for fifth place with 212.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BAER
Sophomore Nicholas Baer was voted the 2017 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by league head coaches. He is the only Division I men’s basketball player this season to amass 235+ points, 35+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 40+ 3-pointers. Furthermore, he is one of only two Big Ten players to accomplish the feat over last 20 years, joining Michigan State’s Draymond Green (2012).
Baer ranks first on the squad in blocks (1.2), steals (1.4), and rebounding (5.8), and is third in assists (1.8).
Baer’s 39 blocked shots ranks third best in a single-season by an Iowa sophomore, one rejection behind Erek Hansen (40) for second.
Baer is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4) and is 11th in rejections (1.2). The native of Bettendorf, Iowa, has led the team in steals a team-best 12 times this year, being credited with three steals or more in a game a team-best seven times.
Baer has posted two double-doubles this season: versus Northern Iowa (11 points, 11 boards) and versus Penn State (20 points, 10 rebounds). The 20 points against the Nittany Lions in the regular season finale are a career best.
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.
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.
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.