|Date||Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 4:01 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)|
|Radio | Listen Live||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
Iowa (19-14) earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host fourth-seeded TCU (20-15) on Sunday in the second round. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:01 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). The winning team will face the winner of No. 7 seed Oakland and sixth-seeded Richmond in the quarterfinals.
Tickets are available for Sunday’s second round contest: $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 Fitzgerald and Kyle Macy will call Sunday’s NIT second round game on ESPN2 (WATCHESPN).
NIT SECOND ROUND STORYLINES
• The Hawkeyes are 4-0 in home NIT games under Fran McCaffery (2012, 2013, and 2017).
• Iowa is one victory from notching its 20th of the season. The Hawkeyes have reached the 20-win plateau the previous four seasons (2013-16).
• Iowa averages 11.2 three-point field goals made over a span of its last five games.
• Jordan Bohannon became the first Hawkeye to post back-to-back double-doubles in points and assists (vs. Indiana and South Dakota) since B.J. Armstrong in 1989.
• 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 137 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 and the only Big Ten player the last 25 years to amass 240+ points, 40+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 40+ 3-pointers in a single-season.
• Jordan Bohannon is one of only three freshmen nationally over the last 25 years to register 160+ assists and 80+ 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 has scored 614 points, a total that ranks ninth best in Iowa single-season annals.
• 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 (79) and freshman Jordan Bohannon (82) 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 44.5 percent of Iowa’s offense. Three of Iowa’s top four scorers this season are true freshmen; Tyler Cook is second (12.1), followed by Jordan Bohannon (10.5), and Cordell Pemsl (9.0).
• 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).
HAWKEYES BEAT SOUTH DAKOTA IN NIT FIRST ROUND
Iowa led by as many as 15 points in the second half, registering an 87-75 triumph over South Dakota in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in Iowa City.
• Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Peter Jok (20), Jordan Bohannon (19), Tyler Cook (18), and Isaiah Moss (16). Jok, who netted 14 of his 20 points in the second half, posted 20 points or more for the 28th time this season.
• In addition to the 19 points, Jordan Bohannon had a personal-best 11 assists to record his second straight double-double in points and assists; the freshman had 24 points and 10 helpers versus Indiana (March 9). Bohannon becomes the first Hawkeye since B.J. Armstrong in 1989 to register consectutive double-doubles in points and assists.
• Power Forward Cordell Pemsl contributed four points, four rebounds, and a game and personal-best four steals.
• The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Coyotes by seven (37-30) and outscored the visitors, 18-7, in second chance points.
• Iowa improved to 12-0 all-time against South Dakota.
• Iowa shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the field, including 43.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-23). The 10 triples tied the most by an Iowa team in an NIT game (10 at Oregon in 2012).
• Three Coyotes scored in double figures: Matt Mooney (23), Tyler Flack (16), and Trey Dickerson (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 17 games all-time in the postseason NIT and hold a record of 10-7. Ten of its 17 NIT games have been decided by nine points or less. The Hawkeyes are 6-2 in NIT games under Fran McCaffery (2012 and 2013).
Iowa is 7-4 in home games in the NIT, dating back to its first contest, a 73-71 win over Temple in 1990. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 in home NIT contests under McCaffery, which includes Iowa’s 87-75 victory over South Dakota last Wednesday evening.
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. 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 eight times in the NIT, which includes Jordan Bohannon’s 19 points and 11 assists in Iowa’s last game vs. South Dakota. The 11 assists ties an Iowa record in an NIT contest (Byrce Cartwight had 11 assists vs. Dayton in 2012).
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 2,739 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,612-1,127 (.588). Iowa’s 1,612 wins are 39th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,030-359 (.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 435-133 (.766) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
PETER JOK SELECTED TO 3-POINT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PHOENIX
Iowa’s Peter Jok has been selected to the 3-point Championship roster for the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix on March 30. Jok is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. (CT). He was invited to take part in the 3-Point Championship after being recognized as one of the nation’s finest shooters from 3-point territory.
Jok becomes the fifth Hawkeye to be invited to the event and first since 2007: Dean Oliver (2001), Luke Recker (2002), Jeff Horner (2006), and Adam Haluska (2007).
Jok has made 211 triples in his career, including 79 as a senior (2.5 per game). The Big Ten scoring leader has made 159 triples the last two seasons, a total that ranks second best in school history over a two-year span.
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 three rookies the last 25 years, with 160-or-more assists and 80-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 (82), followed by Jason, who sank 68 for Wisconsin during the 2009-10 season.
Bohannon has made 82-of-202 (.406) from 3-point range this season. The percentage trails only Brady Ellingson on the team, with Ellingson attempting 135 fewer shots (32-of-67, .478). Bohannon’s 82 triples leads the team by three over senior Peter Jok (79).
• TCU and Iowa have both had success in their most recent NIT appearances. The Hawkeyes reached the championship game in 2013 in its last appearance. TCU reached the quarterfinals in each of its last two appearances in the NIT (1999 and 2005).
• TCU’s starting line-up includes three sophomores and one freshman, while Iowa’s starting five includes three freshmen and one sophomore.
• TCU has posted a 20-15 record, including a 6-12 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma (82-63) and Kansas (85-82) in the Big 12 Tournament before an 84-63 loss to Iowa State. TCU advanced to the NIT second round with a 66-59 home win over Fresno State.
• TCU and Iowa played just one common opponent, that being Iowa State. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones (78-64) in Iowa City in December. ISU won two of three games with TCU, as each team won at home before ISU won in the conference tourney in Kansas City.
• Iowa is 69-41 overall against current members of the Big 12, having played all 10 members at least once. TCU is completing its fifth season as a member of the Big 12.
• Four TCU players earned postseason honors in the Big 12.
• TCU averages over 79 points per game, its highest scoring average for a season since 2003.
• TCU freshman Jaylen Fisher led Big 12 freshmen in assists per game, while Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon averages 4.9 assists per game.
• TCU’s Kenrich Williams ranks second in the Big 12 in rebounding (9.4), and No. 23 in the nation in offensive rebounds (3.2). He recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Fresno State.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Sunday will be the third meeting all-time between Iowa and TCU, with the two previous meetings taking place in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes beat the Horned Frogs, 61-37, in the first meeting on Dec. 31, 1946. Iowa edged TCU again on Dec. 22, 1948, 47-46, in an overtime contest.
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 33 games, Hawkeye reserves average 24.5 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 45 of its last 48 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Iowa is 10-1 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 8-2 when committing 12 turnovers or less this season.
• Iowa is 65-12 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.
• 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).
• 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).
• 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.
• Ryan Kriener became the 10th different Hawkeye to have reached double figures in a game this season after netting 14 at Northwestern (Jan. 15).
• 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.
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 19 times. In 33 total games, Pemsl has scored in double digits 15 times and is averaging nine points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting a Big Ten-best and 22nd-best nationally 62.3 percent (114-of-183) from the field. He scored in double figures in eight of the 14 starts.
Pemsl has scored in double figures in three of the last four games (No. 21 Wisconsin, Penn State, and Indiana).
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 159 3-pointers in 63 total games the last two seasons (2.5 per game).
Iowa 3-pointers Made in a 2-year Span:
Chris Kingsbury (1995-96): 182
Peter Jok (2016-17): 159
Jeff Horner (2005-06): 156
Adam Haluska (2006-07): 154
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.
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 fifth nationally (min. 100 free throws made) in free throw accuracy (.916) 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 (4.9) and 3-pointers made (82), second in minutes played (29.2), free throw accuracy (.865), and third in scoring (10.5). He has netted 17 or more points in eight games and led the squad in assists a team-best 23 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.
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 (18.4 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 fifth nationally in free throw percentage (.916) 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). 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 88.3 percent and he has taken 138 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 48.7 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 59 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 93 combined starts this season, which is the most in program history.
• Iowa rookies this season combine to average 15.3 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 (.916, 153-of-167) ranks second in Big Ten single-season history behind Steve Alford of Indiana (.921, 116-of-126) set in 1985. His 88.3 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 39th nationally in points per game (19.8), fifth in free throw accuracy (.916), and 84th 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 211 career 3-pointers, which are the sixth most in program history. He is only two 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 240+ points, 40+ 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 (5.7), and is third in assists (1.8).
Baer’s 40 rejections match Erek Hansen for second best in a single-season by an Iowa sophomore.
Baer is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4) and is tied for 10th 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.