April 12, 2013
HAWKEYES MAKE POSTSEASON RUN
Iowa won its first three games of the NIT, two at home and another on the road, to earn a trip to the NIT semifinals in New York City. The Hawkeyes beat Maryland (71-60) in the semifinals before falling to Baylor in the championship (74-54). The runner-up finish is the program's best finish in an NIT. Roy Devyn Marble earned all-tournament accolades after averaging 20.6 points, four rebounds and 2.4 steals in the five games. Twelve percent of Marble's career scoring has come in seven NIT games. Aaron White averaged 10.4 points and 7.8 boards.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2013-14
Iowa loses only two players, including one that is on scholarship, next year in Eric May and Christopher Rickert. The Hawkeyes add incoming freshman Peter Jok and redshirts Jarrod Uthoff and Kyle Meyer.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2013-14
Iowa loses only two players, including one that is on scholarship, next year in Eric May and Christopher Rickert. The Hawkeyes add incoming freshman Peter Jok and redshirts Jarrod Uthoff and Kyle Meyer. A number of college basketball insiders have the Hawkeyes projected as a top-25 team in 2013-14. Scott Gleeson of USA Today as the Hawkeyes pegged 16th; CBS' Jon Rothstein has Iowa 17th; TSN's Mike Decourcy and ESPNs Jason King have the Hawkeyes slotted 25th. NIT QUICK HITTERS
Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 or more points in four-straight NIT games. The last Hawkeye to pour in 21+ points in four consecutive contests was Adam Haluska in the last four non-conference games of the 2006-07 season.
Iowa sold out its two NIT home games. The sellouts of 15,400 were the largest NIT crowds since Kentucky at Creighton in 2009.
Iowa snapped Virginia's 19-game home win streak with a 75-64 triumph in Charlottesville, Va., in the NIT quarterfinals. At the time, the win streak ranked fourth in the country.
Iowa was only the third team to score 70+ plus points against Virginia this season.
Roy Devyn Marble scored a game-high 28 points in a win over Stony Brook, the third-highest point output in his career.
Iowa held the America East Player of the Year, Tommy Brenton of Stony Brook, to five points, five rebounds and four assists.
Iowa grabbed 42 rebounds in a win over Indiana State, which are the most by any Hawkeye team in an NIT game.
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 led the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.2), free throws made (193) and attempted (258), and ranked second in scoring (12.8) and steals (41). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, was one of only four Big Ten players to average 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds or more in 2012-13. White led the team in scoring a team-best 15 times, and rebounds 13 times. Marble was Iowa's leading scorer, averaging 15 points, and made the most 3-pointers (49). The native of Southfield, Mich., netted double figures a team-best 28 times in 2012-13, including 20+ points 11 times. Additionally, he led the squad in assists a team-best 17 times and steals 11 times.
Senior Eric May played in 133 career games, one contest short of the school record of 134 established by Roy Marble (2986-8). Co-captain Eric May posted his best offensive rebound average (1.1), assist rate (1.8), turnover rate (0.6), and free throw percentage (.737) of his career his senior campaign. He scored in double figures four of his last 13 games. May led or shared the team in steals nine times, rebounding five times, and assists five times his senior campaign.
MARBLE IN THE ZONE
Roy Devyn Marble led or shared the team lead in scoring 12 of Iowa's last 15 games, averaging 18.1 points. He scored 20 points or more in eight of those 15 contests. During the last 15 games, the junior shot 44 percent (86-of-195) 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 with 1,134 points. The native of Southfield, Mich., also became just the first Hawkeye to amass 1,100+ points, 350+ rebounds, and 275+ 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 3,250 career points. Devyn scored 554 in 37 games this season; his father netted 522 points in 34 games his junior campaign. Additionally, Devyn has 279 career assists, while Roy had 281 in his four-year career. Devyn's 554 points are the fourth-most by a Hawkeye sophomore. Marble was one of only three Big Ten players to average 15 points and three assists this season (D.J. Newbill of Penn State and Trey Burke of Michigan).
ELEVATING HIS GAME
Roy Devyn Marble elevated his play in the NIT the last two seasons. The guard is averaging 20.4 points, shooting 49 percent from the field, and 4.4 assists in seven career NIT games. In five NIT games in 2013, Marble averaged 20.6 points, 4.6 assists, and four rebounds. 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., 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.
DISHING THE ROCK
The Hawkeyes assisted on 63.5 percent of their field goal makes (573 assists on 903 field goals), a rate that was 19th-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).
HAWKEYE TIP-INS FROM THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Iowa's 48 rebounds vs. Northwestern equaled the most rebounds a Hawkeye team has ever had in a Big Ten Tournament contest (48 vs. Penn State in 2001).
Iowa averaged 7.5 blocks in its two tournament games.
The Northwestern win was Fran McCaffery's 50th victory at the University of Iowa.
Junior Melsahn Basabe amassed 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in Iowa's win over Northwestern. Basabe became just the second player in Big Ten history to amass 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ blocks in a game (D.J. White of Indiana in 2005).
Senior Eric May's thunder dunk against Northwestern was No. 4 on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.
Freshman guard Mike Gesell returned to action after missing the last four games with a stress reaction in his right foot. Gesell averaged 11 points in Iowa's two Big Ten Tournament games, starting both.
Aaron White was a third-team All-Big Ten performer. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, ranks sixth in a season for a Hawkeye sophomore in scoring (488) and blocks (27), fourth in rebounds (234), and eighth in steals (41) 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 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds this season, with the other three being Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas. White has scored 39.5 percent (193/488) of his points from the free throw line, which ranked fifth-best in the country. White finished the year ranked eighth in the country in free throws attempted (258). White led the team in rebounding and became 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 in 2012 (5.7 rpg) and in 2013 (6.2 rpg). Iowa was 10-1 this season when White scored 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).
Iowa won 25 games in 2012-13, a total that ties as second best in school history. The Hawkeyes' 25 victories tie the 2006 squad for the second-most in school history behind 30 wins in 1987.
Iowa has won 15 more games than it did three years ago. The +15 win increase ranks second over a three-year span. Iowa had a 17-game win increase 1984-87.
Iowa ranked 23rd by KenPom.com; 28th by Sagarin; and 58th in the RPI.
Iowa posted 10 top-100 RPI wins, including four in the top-50.
Iowa was 19-2 when scoring 70 points or more and 23-2 when having a higher field goal percentage than its opponents.
Adam Woodbury and Aaron White shared a new school record with 38 starts this season.
Fran McCaffery coached in his 100th game as head coach of the Hawkeyes vs. Indiana State on March 20.
Iowa nearly made more free throws (655) than its foes attempted (675).
The Hawkeyes lost only two games by more than four points since Jan. 23 (March 2 at Indiana, 73-60 and April 4 vs. Baylor, 74-54).
Iowa won six of its last eight regular season games for the first time since 1996.
Iowa has won 23 of its last 26 home games, including 18-of-20 this season, dating back to Feb. 1, 2012. The Hawkeyes' two losses this season were to nationally ranked teams (Indiana and Michigan State).
Iowa has won 19 straight home games, dating back to last season, against unranked opponents. That streak is third-best in the Big Ten (Ohio State, 67; Michigan State, 31).
The Hawkeyes had their streak of winning 30 games when holding foes to 61 or fewer points snapped in their loss to No. 7 Michigan State (59-56) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
Iowa ranks eighth in the country in free throws made (17.2) and 20th in attempts (23.6).
Hawkeye reserves averaged 23.2 points per game. The Hawkeyes played 10 players or more in all but two games this season (Iowa State and Illinois).
Roy Devyn Marble averaged 16.9 points in Hawkeye wins this year and 10.9 in losses.
Anthony Clemmons' 105 assists ranks sixth-best for a Hawkeye freshman in a single-season.
Iowa posted two four-game and one five-game win streak during the season.
Iowa shot 32.6 percent (139-of-427) from 3-point territory in its victories, but 27 percent (65-of-241) from long distance in losses in 2012-13.
For the second time in the last two decades, the men's basketball team has nine players logging 15.5 minutes or more per game, and 10 players averaging 10 minutes or more. Iowa's 1998-99 team, that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, had 10 players average 17 minutes or more.
In 2011-12, Iowa had eight different players post double digits in one game or more. This year, 11 different players scored double figures for the Hawkeyes.
FANS FLOCKED BACK TO CHA
Iowa had an attendance figure of 10,500 fans or greater in all 20 home games, 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 in 2012-13, which is its best average attendance figure since the 2001-02 season (15,207). The 13,625 average for 2012-13 ranks 21st in school history.
HAWKEYES ARE TOUGH AT HOME
Iowa has won 102 of its 141 games (.723) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) over the last eight seasons, including win streaks of 21 straight overall and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins. Iowa posted an 18-2 record at home in 2012-13, which is a school record for most home victories in a year, besting its 17 home triumphs in 2006. 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, 8-8 in 2011, 13-6 in 2012, and 18-2 in 2013.
IOWA NIT HISTORY
This year marked 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 16 games all-time in the NIT and hold a record of 9-7. Iowa's first 10 NIT games were decided by nine points or fewer, while its last six 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; vs. Baylor in 2013).
Iowa has played 2,697 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa's overall record is 1,620-1,077 (.601). That includes a 974-355 (.733) record in home games, a 556-732 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 720-737 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 380-118 (.763) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Melsahn Basabe posted three double-doubles in 2012-13. 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 ranked fourth in team scoring (6.8), first in blocks (1.2) and third in rebounding (5.1). Basabe has been credited with 122 career blocked shots, a total that ranks fifth-best in school history. Additionally, he is one of only four Hawkeyes to lead his team in blocked shots three consecutive seasons joining Greg Stokes (four years), Acie Earl (four years), and Erek Hansen (three years). Basabe's five blocks against Northwestern on March 14 tied a school record for most in a Big Ten Tournament game.
ON THE RISE...
Iowa's win over Nebraska in the regular season finale gave the Hawkeyes their 20th win of the season. Iowa finished the season with 25 victories after beating Indiana State, Stony Brook, Virginia and Maryland in the NIT. The 25 wins surpassed 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 marked the program's first 20-win season since the 2006 campaign (25-9). Iowa's 25 wins tied 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 89-45 (.664) record. Fran McCaffery has now posted seven 20-win seasons as a head coach, including five in the last seven years.
Mike Gesell is the only Hawkeye freshman to total 290+ points, 85+ rebounds and 85+ assists in a single season. Gesell accomplished the feat despite missing the last four regular season games and playing limited minutes in postseason due to an injured right foot. Gesell led the team in scoring six times, including two of the last six games in the postseason. He also led the team in assists and steals eight times each. Gesell collected 40 steals, which tie as the sixth-most by an Iowa freshman in school history. Also, he shot at a 31.7 percent clip from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks ninth-best by a Hawkeye freshman.
Iowa welcomed 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 ranked 25th in the nation by ESPN.com.
In 2011-12, Iowa allowed opponents 72.5 points per contest. This season, Iowa yielded 62.8 points. The 9.7 point differential from last year to this season ranked 10th-best in the nation. Iowa held its opponents to a much lower field goal percentage in 2012-13, compared to a year ago. Opponents shot at a 39.2 percent clip this season, compared to 45.7 percent last season. The 39.2 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 6.5 percent improvement ranks fifth-best in the country. Iowa recorded just its second sub-.400 defensive field goal percentage (.380 in 2005-06) in the last 50 years.
DEFENSE IMPROVEMENT, PART 2
Iowa improved its 3-point field goal percentage defense by five percent this season compared to 2011-12. That improvement is tops in the Big Ten and 10th-best in the country. Additionally, the Hawkeyes shattered the school record in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding the opposition to 29.5 percent shooting from distance. The previous single-season record was 31.8 percent set in 2005-06.
Iowa attempted 25 or more free throws 18 times in 2012-13. The Hawkeyes ranked eighth in the country in free throws made (17.2) and 20th in attempts (23.6). Aaron White, who ranked 35th in the country and second in the Big Ten in free throw attempts (6.79), attempted double-digit foul shots in seven games in 2012-13. White was 193-of-258 (.748) from the foul line, which are the most makes and attempts by a Hawkeye sophomore in school history. The 258 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 was credited with a school-record 183 blocks in 2012-13. 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 team also set a school single-game record for blocks when it rejected 13 against Illinois on March 5. The 13 blocks were the most in a Big Ten game in 2013 and matched Minnesota's 13 against North Florida, for all games, in the league in 2012-13. Gabriel Olaseni's seven blocks equaled Wisconsin's Jared Berggren's seven set against Iowa on Feb. 6 for the most by a Big Ten player in 2012-13. The seven swats, which tie for seventh in school history, are the most by a Hawkeye in a game since Melsahn Basabe had five vs. Indiana on Feb. 19, 2012.
HAWKEYE FANS DOMINATE NIT ATTENDANCE
Iowa fans 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).
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 and game highlights, along with news stories and other content.
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!
The Hawkeyes are slated to go overseas to Europe this summer. Iowa will be able to have to 10 extra team practices before their trip and play exhibition games while overseas. More details on the foreign trip will follow in the coming months.