Feb. 2, 2012
Iowa Game Notes
Iowa will be wearing gold throwback jerseys and will recognize its 1987 team before the game, who will be in Iowa City this weekend celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Saturday concludes a stretch of playing three games in seven days, playing at Indiana last Sunday, followed by home games against Minnesota (Wednesday) and Penn State (Saturday).
Iowa is the only team in the country with eight players with 125 field goal attempts or more.
Saturday will be Penn State's first visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Fran McCaffery
has been coaching the Hawkeyes. Iowa and Penn State played once last year, in State College.
Iowa owns a +3.5 rebounding advantage in its four Big Ten victories, while it has been outrebounded by 7.7 boards in its six conference losses.
Iowa has collected 10 steals or more in 10 games. The 10 games with 10 or more steals lead the Big Ten and are the fifth most in the country.
Roy Devyn Marble
has had six games with four assists or more and no turnovers.
Iowa's scoring average of 74.0 is its highest since the 1997-98 season (80.2).
Iowa is 9-1 when scoring 80 points or more, under McCaffery, the last two seasons. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes are 13-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.
SATURDAY IS LETTERMEN'S DAY AND SILVER ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF 1987 TEAM
The Hawkeyes will be wearing special throwback jerseys for the game Saturday in honor of Lettermen's Day. The UI Athletics Department will also be honoring the 1986-87 men's basketball team prior to the game. A majority of the players and coaches will be in attendance. This special team won a school-record 30 games and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. A total of eight players from this team ultimately were NBA Draft selections after their respective college careers concluded.
Promotions for Saturday's game include:
Members of the 1986-87 team will sign autographs on the concourse from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (commemorative posters will be available to fans getting autographs, while supplies last; fans are limited to one autograph item per person)
Players and coaches from the 1986-87 team will be recognized on the court prior to the game -- fans are encouraged to be seated early for the recognition
Jerseys from several members of the 1986-87 team (including the starting 5) will be available for bidding via an online auction on hawkeyesports.com the following week
80's Day - Fans are encouraged to get decked out in their best 80's outfit; 80's music hits will be played throughout pregame activities
Free men's basketball trading cards for the first 1,500 fans
HAWKEYES RALLY TO BEAT MINNESOTA
Iowa used two second-half 9-0 runs, including one to end the game, to come from behind and edge Minnesota, 63-59, Wednesday night on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Sophomore Roy Devyn Marble scored five of his 12 points in crunch time, and assisted on another crucial basket in the final seconds to help the Hawkeyes snap a three-game losing streak. Senior Matt Gatens led all scorers with 18 points, netting 14 in the second half. Sophomore Zach McCabe posted personal bests in rebounding (10), steals (4) and assists (4). Iowa scored in transition and had a high number of high percentage shots en route to victory. The Hawkeyes outscored Minnesota 15-0 in fast break points and 30-10 in paint points. The win was Iowa's second over Minnesota this season, marking the first time the Hawkeyes swept the Gophers in a single season since 2007.
Iowa holds a 22-12 advantage in the series that began with an 82-53 Iowa win in 1955. The two teams have split the last six games, but Iowa has won two of the last three. Iowa has won 14 of the last 20, 15 of the last 22 and 17 of the last 25 meetings. Penn State won the only meeting a year ago, 65-51, in State College. Iowa holds a 13-3 advantage in games played at Iowa City, with all 16 meetings taking place in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including the last eight, in Iowa City. Penn State's last win (78-73) in Iowa City was in 2001. Three of the 34 meetings in the series have been in postseason action. The first meeting in 1955 was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Evanston, Ill., with Iowa winning 82-53 on its way to the Final Four. Penn State won 67-64 in Iowa City in 1995 in the quarterfinals of the NIT, earning a trip to New York City. Iowa won in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in 2001 and went on to win that event, as both teams earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa's 67-48 win in 1962 took place in the first round of the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia, Pa.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State enters Saturday's game with a 10-13 overall record and 2-8 mark in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions have lost six of their last seven games. Two of the losses came at home by a margin of six points (Indiana and Wisconsin). Penn State defeated Illinois by two points (54-52) at home on Jan. 19.
Penn State is 1-7 in true road games. Its lone road victory came at Boston College (62-54) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30. Since that contest they have lost six straight away from State College.
Penn State has scored 54 points or less in its last four games, including three straight contests (Illinois, at Indiana and at Ohio State) with 54 points. The Nittany Lions scored a season-low 46 points Tuesday night in a 52-46 setback to Wisconsin.
In Tuesday's loss to the Badgers, Tim Frazier (21) and Jermaine Marshall combined to score 34 of Penn State's 46 points. Frazier also had seven of the team's nine assists. The Nittany Lions outrebounded Wisconsin by five (36-31). Four Nittany Lions had five rebounds.
Saturday will be Penn State's third road game in four games.
Penn State ranks third in Big Ten rebounding margin (+4.1); sixth in 3-pointers (6.3) and turnover margin (+1.7) and seventh in steals (6.8).
Junior guard Tim Frazier leads the team in a number of statistical categories: scoring (18.0), rebounding (4.8), assists (6.3), free throws (122-of-162, .753) and steals (2.2). His scoring average and steals total are second best in the league, while his 6.3 assists are tops in the conference and 11th best nationally. Additionally, he averages 36.8 minutes played, which is first among Big Ten student-athletes.
Redshirt freshman Jermaine Marshall is the only other Nittany Lion averaging double figures in scoring (10.1). Marshall is also averaging 3.8 rebounds.
Penn State has three players who have made 20 or more 3-pointers: Billy Oliver (34), Cammeron Woodyard (29) and Jermaine Marshall (27).
REBOUNDING KEY IN OUTCOMES
In Iowa's four Big Ten victories, it has posted a +3.5 rebounding margin advantage. However, in their six conference defeats, the Hawkeyes have been outrebounded by 7.7 boards per game.
IOWA POSTING BIG WINS
Iowa has posted four wins against teams ranked in the top 55 of the RPI, including two inside the top 20. The Hawkeyes have registered victories over Michigan (14), Wisconsin (19) and two wins over Minnesota (51).
ESPN.COM RANKS NATION'S TOP FRESHMEN
ESPN.com released a midseason report on the nation's top freshmen. Included in the list is Iowa's Aaron White. White is ranked No. 15. Indiana's Cody Zeller is second and Trey Burke of Michigan is seventh. White ranks third in Iowa scoring (9.7) and second in rebounding (4.8).
IOWA, PENN STATE TIP-INS
Iowa has had two dunks spotlights on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day in a week. Devon Archie's dunk versus Nebraska on Jan. 26 was No. 6, while Roy Devyn Marble's dunk in the late minutes of Iowa's last contest versus Minnesota was No. 9.
Bryce Cartwright had nine points and eight assists in last year's meeting against Penn State. Matt Gatens averages 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in four career games against the Nittany Lions.
Eight of Iowa's 11 losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top 55, including seven of the last eight.
Iowa's second (Roy Devyn Marble, 11.4), third (Aaron White, 9.7), fourth (Zach McCabe, 8.4) and fifth (Melsahn Basabe, 8.1) leading scorers are all underclassmen.
Iowa ranks 40th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), 44th in steals (8.3), 54th in fewest turnovers (12.3) and 61st in assists (14.5). Individually, Roy Devyn Marble is 18th in assist/turnover ratio (2.6).
Matt Gatens is only one 3-pointer from sinking his 200th career triple. Gatens enters Saturday's game with 199 treys.
Penn State's roster is comprised of 15 student-athletes. The roster consists of one senior, three juniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen (two redshirt). Five players hail from Pennsylvania, two from Maryland, and one each from Ohio, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and Serbia.
OGLESBY HAS CAREER GAME
Freshman Josh Oglesby was locked in Sunday at No. 16, coming off the bench to score a career-best 24 points. The native of Cedar Rapids missed only four of his 12 field-goal attempts. His previous high was 16 points against Northern Illinois on Nov. 17. The six triples tie for the 14th-most in a single game for the Hawkeyes. Additionally, the 24 points are the most by a Hawkeye freshman in a game since Melsahn Basabe posted 25 at Michigan, almost a year to the day, on Jan. 30, 2011. Oglesby has made 30 triples this season, which ties Jake Kelley (30-of-69) for the fourth most by a Hawkeye freshman in a single season at Iowa. Matt Gatens holds the record with 52 (2009). Oglesby is shooting 38 percent beyond the arc, which currently ranks as the fifth best percentage in a season by an Iowa rookie. Fifty-nine percent of Oglesby's scoring production has come from 3-point territory (90-of-151 points), which ranks fourth amongst Big Ten players. Oglesby has led the team in scoring four times (Northern Illinois, Creighton, Clemson and Indiana).
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Roy Devyn Marble's level of play has been stellar the last 18 games. The sophomore has averaged 12.9 points and 3.5 assists during that span. Also, he is shooting 45 percent from the field and 72 percent from the foul line during the 18-game stretch. Since moving to the starting point guard spot, Marble is averaging a team-best 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He has amassed a solid assist/turnover ratio this season. He has 75 assists to only 28 turnovers, ranking third in the Big Ten (2.7) and 18th in the country. Marble has been credited with four assists or more 12 times this season.
IMPROVED NUMBERS FOR MARBLE
Last season, Roy Devyn Marble averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and was credited with 41 assists and 21 steals in 31 contests. He started the last six of 2010-11. Also, he shot 53 percent from the free throw line (35-of-66). This year, Marble has seen improved numbers, averaging 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and has collected 77 assists and 30 steals. He has started the last 15. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 72.5 percent (74-of-102). The 102 attempts are the fifth most among Big Ten players.
GATENS CLIMBING CHARTS
Matt Gatens ranks 13th on Iowa's all-time scoring chart. The senior is 83 points from tying Jeff Horner (2003-06) for 12th place. Gatens' 12 points against Nebraska (Jan. 26) helped him surpass Ed Horton (1986-89) for 13th on the chart. He has amassed 1,419 points entering Saturday's contest versus Penn State. The senior was 2-of-6 from 3-point territory in Iowa's last game versus Minnesota and now has 199 career triples, which is fifth best in school history. Additionally, he ranks fourth in career 3-point attempts with 571. Gatens is only 13 steals from cracking the top 10 chart in career thefts at Iowa. The native of Iowa City will finish his career in the top 15 in scoring and steals and top five in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made.
VOTE FOR FRAN IN "INFINITI COACHES' CHARITY CHALLENGE"
As part of its ongoing corporate partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA and ESPN, Infiniti has announced an expanded "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge" with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach's designated charity. Iowa's Fran McCaffery is one of 48 NABC coaches taking part in this charity challenge. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period by registering and voting at ESPN.com/Infiniti. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9. The total Infiniti contribution will be more than $300,000. All 48 coaches' charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti.
McCABE BOLSTERING HAWKEYE FRONTCOURT
Sophomore Zach McCabe has been a solid contributor to Iowa's front court this season. McCabe ranks fourth in team scoring (8.4) and third in rebounding (4.7). His scoring has increased during league play, averaging 9.8 points. McCabe has scored in double figures in three of the last five games. He tallied 11 points and chased down seven boards in Iowa's win over Michigan (Jan. 14). He posted 20 points, a career high, in consecutive games at Purdue and versus Nebraska. The last time a Hawkeye netted 20 points or more in back-to-back games was Matt Gatens, who had 22 and 21 against Louisiana Tech and Illinois, respectively, in 2010. McCabe has been red-hot from the field, making 23 of his last 37 field goal attempts (.622) the last five games. Against Nebraska (Jan. 26), McCabe was 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, including 2-of-3 (.667) from long distance. After getting to the free throw line only 21 times the first 15 games, McCabe has done a better job attacking the basket. The sophomore has earned 26 trips to the foul line the last eight contests. McCabe has pulled down seven rebounds or more seven times, including a personal-best 10 versus Minnesota Wednesday night. He has led the team in rebounding six times this season.
Freshmen Aaron White and Josh Oglesby have combined for eight games of scoring 15 or more points this season. White has scored in double figures in eight of the last 13 contests, including netting 15 points or more in four of those outings.
HAWKEYE BIG TEN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES
In Iowa's four Big Ten victories, opponents were just 25-of-101 (.248) from long distance and 90-of-230 (.391) overall from the field. Iowa made 98-of-219 (.447) from the field and 15-of-44 (.341) from the 3-point range in those wins. Conversely, Hawkeye opponents shot 52.1 percent (190-of-365) from the field and 38-of-103 (.369) from 3-point territory, compared to 45.3 percent (149-of-329) from the field and 34.9 percent (29-of-83) from long distance for Iowa, in the Hawkeyes' six conference defeats.
Iowa has three players shooting over 50 percent from the floor during league play. Zach McCabe has made 55.6 percent of his shots, which ranks seventh best in the Big Ten. Aaron White ranks 11th making 50 percent of his attempts. Melsahn Basabe has made 52 percent of his field goal tries.
Matt Gatens AMONG SELECT GROUP
Matt Gatens is one of five active Division I players with 1,400+ points, 410+ rebounds and 195+ made 3-pointers in a career.
SINKING THE FREEBEES
Last year, Iowa's free throw percentage was 67.6 percent. This season, the Hawkeyes have improved in that area, shooting 71.5 percent, which ranks third best in the Big Ten. Twenty-two percent of Iowa's offense this year has come from the foul line. The Hawkeyes have missed only 23 free throws (89-of-115, .774) in the final five minutes of games. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have missed only 11 free throws (29-of-40, .725) in the final minute. Iowa has attempted 20 free throws or more 15 times this season, six of which have come during league play, including four of the last five games.
IMPROVEMENT UNDER McCAFFERY IN SECOND YEAR
Fran McCaffery-coached teams have posted improved win totals and scoring output from their first year to second with McCaffery as a head coach. At Lehigh, his team improved by two wins (13 in 1986 to 15 in 1987). His UNC Greensboro team had four more victories from 2000 (15) and 2001 (19). At Siena his team improved by five victories, registering 15 in 2006 to 20 in 2007. His Lehigh team averaged 2.8 more points its second year compared to year one. His UNC Greensboro team had a +1.9 scoring increase and +1.8 at Siena. Currently, Iowa is averaging 6.8 more points this year compared to last season.
Aaron White was Iowa's most productive player off the bench the first 21 games, but has started the last two. The freshman averaged 11.5 points and five rebounds, the last 12 games. White earned his first career start at No. 16 Indiana last Sunday. He totaled nine points against the Hoosiers. He had nine points and seven rebounds in Iowa's win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
White has scored in double digits nine times, including eight of the last 13 games.
The 6-foot-8 wing player has scored 15 points or more five times, which is the third most by a Big Ten rookie this season.
The rookie almost posted his second double-double versus Nebraska (Jan. 26), posting 11 points and grabbing a team-best nine rebounds.
White netted eight of his 12 points from the charity stripe in the Hawkeyes' victory over No. 13 Michigan. White drained 7-of-8 free-throw attempts in the last three minutes of the game to help maintain a double-digit advantage over the Wolverines.
White was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in Iowa's victory over Chicago State (Nov. 11). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shined in his Hawkeye debut, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 10 boards.
The 19 points are the most by an Iowa freshman in an opener, equaling Dick Ives' 19 scored against Nebraska in his debut on Dec. 10, 1943. Furthermore, White's performance marked the first time a Hawkeye posted a double-double, in a season opener, since Dean Oliver had 10 points and 12 assists in a victory over Chicago State in 1997. It was the first time a Hawkeye freshman had a double-double, points and rebounds, since Jess Settles had 13 points and 11 rebounds versus Drake in 1993.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
The Big Ten is the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI and Sagarin ratings.
The Hawkeyes have 811 rebounds, while it has allowed its opponents the same number, 811.
Iowa averages 81.5 points in its wins, compared to 65.9 points in its defeats, a differential of 15.6 points. The Hawkeyes own a +18.6 point differential in their scoring defense, and +10.8 rebounding and +7.2 assists margins in wins compared to losses.
Roy Devyn Marble has 77 assists to only 30 turnovers. His 2.6 assist/turnover ratio ranks third in the Big Ten.
Iowa's attendance numbers are up again this season, after a 20 percent bump a year ago. Last season, Iowa averaged 11,096 fans. Through 15 home games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 11,236.
Freshman Josh Oglesby became the first Hawkeye reserve to lead the team in scoring, in back-to-back games (Northern Illinois and Creighton), since Ricky Davis paced Iowa with 25 and 18 on the road at Wisconsin (Feb. 3) and Michigan State (Feb. 7), respectively, in 1998. Like Oglesby, Davis accomplished the feat as a freshman.
After winning at No. 11 Wisconsin on Dec. 31 (72-65) and on the road at Minnesota (64-62) on Jan. 4, Iowa won two-straight Big Ten road games for the first time since 2007. The Hawkeyes won at Michigan on Jan. 31, 2007 (69-62) and at Minnesota on Feb. 7 (91-78). Iowa beat Indiana at home on Feb. 3 (81-75) in between those two road victories. The last time Iowa won consecutive road games in back-to-back games was 1998, beating Ohio State (61-46) on Jan. 14 and Minnesota (82-69) on Jan. 18.
At least 10 players have seen action in 17 of Iowa's 23 contests. Iowa's bench averages 27.5 points.
Iowa has had five players score in double figures three times (North Carolina A&T, Drake and Central Arkansas). The Hawkeyes had five players score 12 points or more in its win over North Carolina A&T (Nov. 14). It marked only the fourth time the Hawkeyes had five players tally 12 points or more in a game (UW-Green Bay in 2003, Michigan in 2004, SIU-Edwardsville in 2010 and North Carolina A&T in 2011).
IOWA IN CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa has compiled a 358-116 (.755) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 164-92 (.641) in Big Ten games and 194-24 (.890) in non-Big Ten contests.
HAWKEYES ARE TOUGH AT HOME
Iowa has won 82 of its 117 games (.701) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) over the last eight seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa has won 10 of its last 20 home games against ranked opponents. Iowa was a perfect 17-0 at home in 2006, 14-2 in 2007, 10-8 in 2008, 13-4 in 2009, 9-9 in 2010 and 8-8 in 2011.
Iowa has played 2,648 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa's overall record is 1,589-1,059 (.600). That includes a 952-352 (.730) record in home games, a 547-717 (.433) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 707-724 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 358-116 (.755) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Fran McCaffery has assembled one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. Assistant coaches Kirk Speraw, Sherman Dillard and Andrew Francis have over six decades of combined coaching experience. Furthermore, the entire coaching staff combines for 47 years of head coaching experience. Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Strom is in his 31st season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Additionally, Iowa's new video coordinator, Al Seibert, has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.
SPERAW TAKING PART IN "SHOTS FROM THE HEART"
Iowa men's basketball assistant coach Kirk Speraw is one of 256 collegiate basketball coaches taking part in the second annual "Shots from the Heart", which is an event created by Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer of collegeinsider.com to increase awareness for the growing problem of Heart Disease and raise money to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. Speraw posted a victory over Old Dominion's Jim Corrigan in the first round of the tournament. He then advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Saddi Washington of Oakland University. In both rounds, Speraw sank all 25 of his free throws. Speraw's next opponent is Derrick Jones of Louisiana Tech. The Sweet 16 and Round of Eight will occur in January, while the semifinals and finals are scheduled for February. To view the brackets and/or learn how you can contribute to the Skip Prosser Foundation" visit: collegeinsider.com.
Check out the Iowa basketball team's new website, HawkeyeBasketball.com, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program. HawkeyeBasketball.com, allows fans a chance to go behind the scenes with the Hawkeye basketball program on and off the court. The site is complete with exclusive videos, photo galleries and content featuring the basketball program. HawkeyeBasketball.com will be updated throughout the year with exclusive videos, including game highlights and player features, along with news stories and other content.
"HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery"
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin Monday nights for the "Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery" radio call-in show. The show takes place at Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m. Fans can call in and ask the coach a question by calling 1-877-464-2957.
ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information regarding how to purchase tickets within Iowa's block, contact the UI Athletic Ticket Office. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site of the men's tournament from March 8-11, featuring 22 games over eight days. Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the lower and club levels are available for $325 through Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the upper levels are available for $240 or $175 through Ticketmaster or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office only. In addition, the men's tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students. The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will call Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse home this March and again in 2014 and 2016. The 2012 tournament marks the eighth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will only play one game next week, traveling to Northwestern. The game is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 9 (8 p.m., ESPNU) in Evanston, Ill.