Nov. 1, 2013
Iowa Game Notes
The Iowa Hawkeyes host Augustana (Ill.) on Sunday in an exhibition contest. Tip-off is slated for 3:35 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). Sunday's exhibition will be played as part of a basketball doubleheader; the Iowa women entertain Concordia (St. Paul) at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and FREE for youths and UI students and are good for both Sunday games. UI student ID's will serve as their tickets; instead of tickets, each student ID will be scanned at the entrance. Free posters and schedule cards will be available.
The Hawkeyes open the regular season Friday, Nov. 8, hosting UNC-Wilmington at 8:35 p.m.
ON THE AIR
Radio: 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.
Television: Sunday's exhibition will be televised in the state of Iowa on Mediacom Connections (MC22). The game will also be streamed live on hawkeyesports.com via the BTN Digital Network. Hawkeye All-Access subscribers can watch live video streams of UI events on the BTN Digital Network at no extra charge. Fans can also access the game via video.BTN.com. Rob Brooks and Mac McCausland will call the action.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked in a couple preseason publications and other college basketball insiders: No. 17 in Lindy's Sports; No. 23 by The Sporting News; No. 24 by Blue Ribbon. Dick Vitale slots the Hawkeyes 25th, CBS' Doug Gottlieb and Jon Rothstein have Iowa 23rd and 24th, respectively. Iowa is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason polls.
Augustana is an NCAA Division III school and is a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Vikings finished 19-8 last season and were fourth in the CCIW with an 8-6 league record. Augustana returns 12 letterwinners from last season.
Grey Giovanine enters his 15th year as head coach of the Vikings. In his 14 years, he has compiled a record of 264-108, and a conference record of 131-65 including conference championships in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Sophomore Ben Ryan, the team's leading scorer (11.7) and second-leading rebounder (6.8) from a year ago, was the CCIW Freshman of the Year in 2013.
The Augustana roster includes Jake Gylten, an Iowa City West graduate from North Liberty. Glyten helped West High to an undefeated record and a 4A State Championship in 2011.
The Vikings traveled to Brazil to play four games against professional and club teams this summer. Augustana finished the trip with a 1-3 record.
Augustana and Iowa have met 10 times in varsity contests with the Hawkeyes holding a 7-3 advantage in the series. The teams last met in the Vikings' 1945-46 season opener. The Hawkeyes won 87-25.
IOWA IN EXHIBITIONS
Iowa is 19-1 in exhibition games since the 1999-00 season. The only setback was a 79-76 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters prior to 2002. The Hawkeyes played one exhibition contest in each of the last six seasons.
Iowa posted a school-record 18 home wins last season (18-2), the most since posting 17 home victories in 2006. Iowa's two losses came by less than four points to nationally-ranked teams (Michigan State and Indiana). The Hawkeyes have won 19-straight home games against unranked opponents, dating back to the Dayton game on March 13, 2012 -- the third-longest active streak in the Big Ten.
Fran McCaffery has one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men's basketball staff has 65 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 130 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.
Iowa's opener against UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 8 will be the program's 500th in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa was 11-0 against nonconference opponents a year ago.
Iowa's attendance has increased each season since Fran McCaffery's arrival in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes averaged 11,635 in 16 games in 2011; 11,908 fans in 19 contests in 2012; and 13,625 in 20 games last season. Iowa's attendance boost from 2012 to 2013 ranked as the eighth-largest in the country.
Fran McCaffery has guided the Hawkeyes to win improvements in each of his first three seasons, going from 11 wins, to 18, to 25 last year. McCaffery's highest win total as a head coach is when he coached Siena to back-to-back 27-win seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White have each increased their scoring output each season in an Iowa uniform. Marble averaged 5.7 points as a freshman, to 11.5 his sophomore campaign and 15.0 points last season as a junior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie and 12.8 points last year as a sophomore.
Roy Devyn Marble averaged 20.6 points, 2.4 steals, 4.6 assists and four rebounds in five NIT games last season. He was one of only three Big Ten players to average 15+ points and 3+ assists (Trey Burke of Michigan and D.J. Newbill of Penn State) in 2013.
Darius Stokes has earned a scholarship after being a walk-on the last three seasons. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is a redshirt junior.
Okey Ukah has been added to the roster as a walk-on. The Iowa City native is a junior.
STAT LEADERS RETURN
Iowa returns its leading scorer, rebounder, shot blocker, distributor and theif from a year ago. Roy Devyn Marble returns for his senior season after leading the Hawkeyes in scoring (15.0) and assists (3.0). Aaron White had a sensational sophomore campaign, leading the team in rebounding (6.2) and ranking second in scoring (12.8). Melsahn Basabe returns for his final year after leading the team in rejections (1.2), while a healthy Mike Gesell returns for his sophomore season after pacing the Black and Gold with 1.2 steals a year ago.
White, who led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in each of his first two seasons, is looking to become the fifth player since 1960 to lead the Hawkeyes in rebounding three consecutive seasons. White would join Don Nelson (1960-62); Kevin Kunnert (1971-73); Bruce King (1975-77); and Greg Brunner (2004-06).
Likewise, Basabe led the team in blocked shots in each of his first three seasons with the Hawkeyes. The senior will be looking to become the third Hawkeye since 1980 to lead the squad in rejections four straight seasons. Greg Stokes led the team in blocks 1982-86, while Acie Earl led the team from 1990-93.
Iowa traveled to France and the United Kingdom in August to compete in six exhibition games. The Hawkeyes posted a 5-1 record against professional teams, boasting a +22.0 scoring margin.
Aaron White led the team, averaging 13.6 points, followed by Peter Jok (13.3), Melsahn Basabe (12.6) and Roy Devyn Marble (11.2).
Prior to traveling with his teammates to Europe in August, White also competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Russia in July. The Hawkeye junior will play in five countries in five months: Russia (July), England (August), France (August), United States (November), and Bahamas (November).
MARBLES RISING AMONG FATHER-SON SCORING COMBOS
Iowa's Roy Marble (1986-89) and Roy Devyn Marble (2011-present) are rising among the leading father-son scoring duo in collegiate history. Currently, the Marble's (3,250) rank third among father-son combos, playing at the same school ,behind the Burtt's of Iona (4,568) and the Perry's of Holy Cross (3,506). Overall, the Marble's are 10th.
TICKETS SELLING AT FEVER PITCH
Season tickets for this season surpassed 10,000 for the first time since the 2002-03 season. A number of games are already reaching sellout status: Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit hawkeyesports.com, order in person at the UI Ticket Office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, or call 1-800-IA-HAWKS.
Check out the Iowa basketball team's 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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will open the 2013-14 regular season with five consecutive home games. The Hawkeyes will entertain UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 8); Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 10); Maryland-Eastern Shore (Nov. 14); and Abilene Christian (Nov. 17).