April 3, 2013
Iowa (25-12), a No. 3 seed in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament, will meet Baylor (22-14), a No. 2 seed, in the NIT championship game Thursday evening, April 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at Madison Square Garden. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com for $10-$45, plus service fees.
ON THE AIR
Radio: All Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show. NIT semifinals will also be available nationally on Dial Global affiliates.
Television: Thursday night's NIT championship game will be televised on ESPN (WatchESPN). Bob Wischusen, Bill Raftery, and Bob Knight will call the action.
|Game 38 | Iowa (25-12) vs. Baylor (22-14)|
|Date||Thursday, April 4 | 8 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||New York City | Madison Square Garden|
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network|
|Live Coverage||GameTracker | Twitter Game Updates|
|All-Time Series||Iowa leads, 1-0|
NIT CHAMPIONSHIP STORYLINES
There will be an NIT Hawkeye Hoops Huddle on Thursday scheduled for 6-8 p.m. (ET) at The New Yorker Hotel, located at 481 8th Avenue & 34th Street.
Thursday will mark just the second ever meeting between Iowa and Baylor. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bears 67-44 on Dec. 2, 1983, in the first round of the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City. Iowa is 68-36 against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including a 1-0 mark this season. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 80-71 in Iowa City on Dec. 7, 2012.
HAWKEYES ADVANCE TO NIT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VICTORY OVER MARYLAND
HAWKEYES ADVANCE TO NIT SEMIFINALS, WIN AT VIRGINIA
HAWKEYES ADVANCE TO NIT QUARTERFINALS, UPEND STONY BROOK
HAWKEYES BOUNCED INDIANA STATE IN NIT FIRST ROUND
IOWA IN THE GARDEN
The 2013 NIT marks Iowa's third appearance in Madison Square Garden, but its first since the 1999-2000 season. Iowa competed in the IKON Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 11-12, 1999, beating top-ranked Connecticut (70-68) before falling to Stanford (72-58). The program also competed in the Holiday Festival in 1960, defeating St. John's (91-84) and New York University (80-75) before falling to Oscar Robertson and Cincinnati (96-83) in the finals. That tournament was played in at the old Madison Square Garden. With Tuesday's win over Maryland in the semifinals, Iowa is now 3-2 all-time in the Garden.
HAWKEYES IN NEW YORK
Iowa has previously played in the state of New York five times in program history. Along with competing in New York City on two occasions, the Hawkeyes played in the 1958 Queen City Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., defeating Cornell (73-68) and Syracuse (58-52), and in the Rochester Classic in Rochester, N.Y., in 1983, downing James Madison (47-45) and Seton Hall (85-63). Prior to Tuesday, Iowa last competed in New York in 2000-01 in the NCAA Tournament's East Region in Long Island, N.Y. The Hawkeyes won a first round game over Creighton (69-56) before falling to Kentucky (92-79) in the second round. Iowa is 9-3 all-time in New York following the semifinal win over Maryland.
Melsahn Basabe is back in his stomping grounds for the NIT championship game. The junior hails from Glen Cove, N.Y. Basabe played his first-ever game at Madison Square Garden in Tuesday's win, contributing four points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal in the win over Maryland.
DISHING THE ROCK
The Hawkeyes have assisted on 63.5 percent of their field goal makes (562 assists on 885 field goals), a rate that is 17th-best in the country.
Iowa lost seven games against Big Ten competition by four points or less for the first time since 1984. Iowa is the first team since Penn State in 1998-99 to have played six Big Ten regular season games decided by four points or less. In total, Iowa played a Big Ten-leading nine games decided by four points or less (2-7).
HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN RECOGNITION
Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White earned postseason all-conference recognition by the Big Ten. Marble was named to the coaches' third team, while White was voted to the media's third team. Marble was a media honorable mention selection, while White made the coaches' honorable mention list. The duo was also named to College Sports Madness' third All-Big Ten team. The All-Big Ten honor is the first for Marble, while White was tabbed on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team a year ago. White leads the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.2), free throws made (189) and attempted (254), ranks second in scoring (12.9), and third in steals (39). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, is one of only four Big Ten players to average 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds or more. White has led the team in scoring a team-best 15 times, and rebounds 13 times. White contributed 10 points and eight rebounds in the win over Maryland. Marble is Iowa's leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points, and has made the most 3-pointers (49). The native of Southfield, Mich., has netted double figures a team-best 28 times this season, including 20+ points 11 times. Additionally, he has led the squad in assists a team-best 16 times and steals 10 times. Marble scored 21 points and had nine rebounds and three assists in the win over Maryland.
HAWKEYE FANS DOMINATE NIT ATTENDANCE
Iowa fans have turned out in mass numbers this postseason, selling out Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) in its games vs. Indiana State and Stony Brook. Both are the largest attended NIT games since Creighton hosted Kentucky in the second round in 2009 (16,984).
MILESTONES REACHED IN 2013
MARBLE IN THE ZONE
Roy Devyn Marble has led or shared the team lead in scoring 12 of Iowa's last 14 games, averaging 18.9 points. He scored 20 points or more in eight of those 14 contests. During the last 14 games, the junior is shooting 45 percent (83-of-183) from the field and 84 percent (76-of-90) from the free throw line. Marble, a third team All-Big Ten performer, became the 41st player in Iowa history to score 1,000+ points and 29th Hawkeye to accomplish the feat in three years or less. He currently ranks 28th in Hawkeye history in scoring. The native of Southfield, Mich., also became just the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000+ points, 300+ rebounds, and 200+ assists as a junior. Marble's father, Roy (1986-89), is Iowa's all-time leading scorer with 2,116 points. The Marbles are the first father-son duo to join the 1,000-point club in Big Ten history. The tandem has combined to score 3,244 career points. Devyn has scored 548 in 36 games this season; his father netted 522 points in 34 games his junior campaign. Additionally, Devyn has 275 career assists, while Roy had 281 in his four-year career.
ELEVATING HIS GAME
Roy Devyn Marble has elevated his play in the NIT the last two seasons. The guard is averaging 22.8 points, shooting 52.5 percent from the field, and 4.5 assists in six career NIT games. In four NIT games this season, Marble is averaging 24.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 boards, and 1.8 turnovers. Marble poured in a game-high 24 points and had five rebounds, six assists and four steals in Iowa's win over Indiana State on March 20. He posted 28 points and five assists in the Hawkeyes' victory over Stony Brook on March 22. Marble put up another 24 points, five assists and three steals in Iowa's triumph at Virginia. In the win over Maryland, Marble added 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Marble has three 20/5/5 games in his career with two of them coming in NIT action (also last year at Oregon). The native of Southfield, Mich., has scored 20+ points in 11 games this season, which is the most by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska netted 20+ in 17 games during his senior season in 2007.
HAWKEYE TIP-INS FROM THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
FANS FLOCKED BACK TO CHA
Iowa has had an attendance figure of 10,500 fans or greater in all 20 home contests, including six sellouts of 15,400 against Indiana on Dec. 31, Wisconsin on Jan. 19, Minnesota on Feb. 17, Nebraska on March 9; Indiana State on March 20; and Stony Brook on March 22. Iowa averaged 13,625 fans this season, which is its best average attendance figure since the 2001-02 season (15,207).
CLEANING THE GLASS
Iowa has done an excellent job on the glass, owning a rebounding margin of +7.3 the last seven games. The Hawkeyes had 17 more rebounds than Nebraska and Northwestern, 15 more than Indiana State and eight more than Virginia. The Hawkeyes rank fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin for the year (+4.8).
Aaron White is a third-team All-Big Ten performer. He scored a career-high 27 points against Penn State (Jan. 31), moving to the small forward position. The sophomore is one of just four Big Ten players to average better than 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds this season, with the other three being Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas. White has scored 39.7 percent (189/476) of his points from the free throw line, which ranks fourth-best in the country. White leads the team in rebounding and will become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in rebounding both his freshman and sophomore seasons since Michael Payne in 1981-82 (7.4 rpg) and 1982-83 (7.5 rpg). White led Iowa last season (5.7 rpg) and ranks first this year (6.2 rpg). Iowa is 10-1 this season when White scores 16 points or more. White is the only Hawkeye to have posted multiple double-doubles in NIT games (Dayton in 2012 and Indiana State in 2013).
STRONG OUTINGS FOR WOODBURY
Adam Woodbury tallied 10 points, playing a career-high 26 minutes, in Iowa's 11-point win at Virginia. The freshman collected two assists and pulled down five boards or more in Iowa's wins over Stony Brook and Virginia. Woodbury contributed nine points and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action in the semifinal win over Maryland.
IOWA NIT HISTORY
This marks Iowa's seventh appearance in the NIT. Iowa also appeared in the 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2012 tournaments. Iowa's appearance in the 2013 championship game is its best advancement in the NIT in school history. The Hawkeyes have played 15 games all-time in the NIT and hold a record of 9-6. Iowa's first 10 NIT games were decided by nine points or fewer, while its last five contests have been decided by double digits (at Oregon in 2012; vs. Indiana State in 2013; vs. Stony Brook in 2013; at Virginia in 2013; vs. Maryland in 2013). Last year, Iowa beat Dayton in the first round in Iowa City, 84-75, but lost at Oregon in the second round, 108-97. Iowa's win over Dayton was the school's first postseason win since beating Iowa State (54-53) on March 21, 2003 in the NIT first round. Aaron White's double-double vs. Dayton (25 points, 11 rebounds) marked the fifth double-double by a Hawkeye in an NIT game. Zach McCabe tallied 20 points, bolstered by a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the foul line. Roy Devyn Marble had his best game as a Hawkeye, statistically, at Oregon last year, 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. He also went 7-of-8 from 3-point range. The seven triples are the most ever by an Iowa player in any postseason game.
Mike Gesell is one of only two Hawkeye freshmen to total 282 points, 86 rebounds and 89 assists in a single season. Gesell suffered a right foot injury, missing Iowa's last four regular season games. Gesell returned for the Big Ten Tournament and also played in Iowa's four NIT contests.
ON THE RISE...
Iowa's win over Nebraska in the regular season finale gave the Hawkeyes their 20th win of the season. Iowa now has 25 victories after beating Indiana State, Stony Brook, Virginia and Maryland in the NIT. The 25 wins surpasses last year's total of 18. The last time Iowa had 18 or more wins in back-to-back seasons was 2005-06. Also, it marks the program's first 20-win season since the 2006 campaign (25-9). Iowa's 25 wins tie the 2006 team for the second highest total in school history. In four stops as head coach, Fran McCaffery, has engineered win improvement in each of the first three seasons. Iowa and Michigan rank second in the Big Ten with three consecutive season win improvements. Indiana ranks first with a four-season streak. The four teams McCaffery has coached had a total record of 35-84 (.294) prior to his arrival. By year three, they had combined for an 89-44 (.669) record. Fran McCaffery has now posted seven 20-win seasons as a head coach, including five in the last seven years.
Melsahn Basabe has led the team in rebounding in three of the last seven contests. He averaged 7.4 boards the last seven contests, including 20 rebounds in two games at the Big Ten Tournament. Basabe has posted three double-doubles this season, including in two of Iowa's last seven contests. He posted his first double-double of the season in Iowa's win over Penn State (10 points and 10 rebounds) on Jan. 31, his second in the regular season finale versus Nebraska (11 points and 13 rebounds) and his third against Northwestern at the Big Ten Tournament (10 points and 12 rebounds). Overall, Basabe ranks fourth in team scoring (7.0), first in blocks (1.2) and third in rebounding (5.0). Basabe has been credited with 122 career blocked shots, a total that ranks fifth-best in school history.
Iowa welcomes five newcomers to the fold for 2012-13. The newest Hawkeyes include guards Anthony Clemmons, Pat Ingram and Mike Gesell; forward Kyle Meyer and center Adam Woodbury. The class ranks 25th in the nation by ESPN.com.
Last year, Iowa allowed opponents 72.5 points per contest. This season, Iowa is yielding 62.5 points. The 10 point differential from last year to this season ranks ninth-best in the nation. Iowa is holding its opponents to a much lower field goal percentage this season, compared to a year ago. Opponents are shooting at a 38.9 percent clip this season, compared to 45.7 percent last season. The 38.9 field goal percentage defense is the lowest clip the Hawkeyes have held their opponents since the 2005-06 season (38 percent, 732-of-1924). Additionally, the 6.8 percent improvement ranks second-best in the country. Iowa will record just its second sub-.400 defensive field goal percentage (.380 in 2005-06) in the last 50 years.
DEFENSE IMPROVEMENT, PART 2
Iowa has improved its 3-point field goal percentage defense by five percent this season compared to last. That improvement is tops in the Big Ten and 10th-best in the country. Additionally, the Hawkeyes are on pace to shatter a school record in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The current single-season record is 31.8 percent set in 2005-06; opponents are shooting 29.5 percent from long distance this season.
Iowa has attempted 25 or more free throws 18 times this season. The Hawkeyes rank eighth in the country in free throws made (17.4) and 18th in attempts (23.7). Aaron White, who ranks 35th in the country and second in the Big Ten in free throw attempts (6.78), has attempted double-digit foul shots in seven games this season. White is 189-of-254 (.744) from the foul line, which is the most makes and attempts by a Hawkeye sophomore in school history. The 254 attempts rank overall as the third-most by a Hawkeye in a single-season.
Iowa established two blocked shots records this season: single-season and single-game. Iowa has been credited with a school record 183 blocks this season. The Hawkeyes' five rejections in their win over Stony Brook on March 22, pushed the team past the previous record of 174, which was set during the 2004-05 season. The Hawkeyes have rejected 6.5 shots the last eight games. The team also set a school single-game record for blocks when it rejected 13 against Illinois on March 5. The 13 blocks are the most in a Big Ten game in 2013 and match Minnesota's 13 against North Florida, for all games, this season in the league. Gabriel Olaseni's seven blocks equal Wisconsin's Jared Berggren's seven set against Iowa on Feb. 6 for the most by a Big Ten player this year. The seven swats are the most by a Hawkeye in a game since Melsahn Basabe had five vs. Indiana on Feb. 19, 2012.
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 48 years of head coaching experience. Director of basketball operations Jerry Strom is in his 32nd season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Additionally, Iowa's video coordinator, Al Seibert, has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.
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IOWA POSTS LARGEST COMEBACK IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Iowa trailed Gardner-Webb by 23 points (38-15) with 13 seconds left in the first half on Nov. 17 in Iowa City. Sophomore Josh Oglesby drained three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with one second remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 20 (38-18) at halftime. The Hawkeyes rallied in the second half and ultimately won by nine points (65-56), which is a 32-point swing. The comeback is believed to be the largest in school history. The last team in the country to overcome a 20+ halftime deficit was Harvard, which trailed Brown by 22 points (53-31) and won 85-78 on Feb. 12, 2011. The last Big Ten team to overcome a 20+ halftime deficit was Illinois, which trailed at Clemson by 20 points (47-27) and won 76-74 on Dec. 2, 2009. Iowa also overcame a 16-point first-half deficit on Feb. 17 to Minnesota and ultimately won by 21 points -- a 37-point swing!