Dec. 5, 2012
Iowa Game Notes
Iowa (7-2) remains home on Friday when it hosts in-state rival Iowa State (6-2). Tip-off is set for 7:06 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400). Tickets for Tuesday's contest are $27 for adults, and $15 for UI students and youth.
Fans are encouraged to "Be Bold, Wear Gold" on Friday night. Free pom-poms will be given to the first 5,000 fans and there will also be free 3-point cards distributed.
Hawkeye fans are encouraged to "Be Bold, Wear Gold" on Friday.
Iowa has won 11 of its last 12 home games, dating back to Feb. 1.
The Hawkeyes will not leave the state of Iowa until Jan. 6 when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face nationally-ranked Michigan.
Iowa's first nine games have been decided by eight points or more. Four of the Hawkeyes' seven victories have come by a margin of 20 points or more.
Roy Devyn Marble has scored in double figures in all nine games.
Aaron White leads the team in rebounding (6.4), and free throws made (51) and attempted (65), and ranks second in scoring (13.7).
The Hawkeyes have attempted 20 or more free throws in seven of their nine games, including attempting 39 (made 31) against Wichita State.
Iowa is 12-2 when scoring 80 points or more, the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes are 19-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points, the last three years.
Iowa started three freshmen (Clemmons, Gesell and Woodbury) the last two games. The last time the Hawkeyes started three rookies in a game was on Dec. 2, 2008 at Boston College.
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.
Television: Friday's contest will be televised by BTN. Wayne Larrivee and Dan Bonner will call the action. The game is also available online, and on your mobile or tablet at BTN2GO.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK SERIES
Iowa State currently leads the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 9-4. Six points are up for grabs this week: women's hoops (Thursday), and men's hoops and women's swimming (Friday). The Cyclones have recorded wins in football (3 points), men's and women's cross country (4 points) and volleyball. The Hawkeyes posted victories in soccer (2 points) and wrestling (2 points).
HAWKEYES POST SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY
Iowa closed the first half on a 21-7 run and never looked back en route to an 87-63 triumph over South Dakota on Tuesday night in Iowa City.
Four players posted double figures: Aaron White (21), Roy Devyn Marble (14), Mike Gesell (12), and Adam Woodbury (10).
Iowa outrebounded the Coyotes by 19 (50-31). The 50 rebounds are the fourth most by a Hawkeye team under Fran McCaffery.
Iowa drained 17-of-19 from the free throw line, shooting at an 89.5 percent clip. The 89.5 percent shooting ranks as the second best by a Hawkeye team under McCaffery.
Anthony Clemmons dished out eight assists and had zero turnovers in his second start.
Gabriel Olaseni posted career bests in scoring (8) and rebounds (9) in only 11 minutes.
Iowa scored 54 of its 87 points in the paint and had 24 second chance points.
The Hawkeyes have played 10 players or more in each of the first nine games.
Aaron White is attacking the rim, averaging a team-best 7.2 free-throw attempts per game. He is averaging 5.7 free-throw makes per outing. His 51 makes and 65 attempts are superior in the Big Ten, both ranking first by a wide margin.
Iowa has made (168) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (159), which is a staple of Fran McCaffery-coached teams.
Roy Devyn Marble scored 15 of his season-high 22 points in the first half against Howard. It marked the third time in his career the junior reached the 20-point plateau.
Aaron White has scored a season-high 21 points in two of Iowa's last three outings. White had 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 5-of-6 from the foul line at Virginia Tech. He had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting (1-of-1 from distance) and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe versus South Dakota on Tuesday. The sophomore has reached the 20-point plateau four times in his career.
The Hawkeyes have four players who have made 10 or more triples: Oglesby (13), Marble (10), Gesell (10), and McCabe (10).
Roy Devyn Marble (31) and Mike Gesell (30) lead the squad in assists.
Gabriel Olaseni has averaged seven points and five rebounds in Iowa's last two games.
Iowa has had an attendance figure of 10,500 fans or greater at all six home contests.
Iowa blocked 10 shots vs. UT-Pan American in its season opener, the most by an Iowa team since Nov. 14, 2005 (Md.-Eastern Shore).
HAWKEYE DEFENSE IMPROVING
Last year, Iowa allowed opponents 72.5 points per contest. Through nine games in 2012, Iowa is yielding 61.7 points. Iowa held Howard to 36 points on Nov. 15, which were the fewest points a Hawkeye team allowed since a 61-36 win over Bryant on Dec. 5, 2008.
Iowa holds a 42-23 advantage in the series that began with a 30-27 Hawkeye win in 1910. Iowa State has won the last three meetings: 81-71 in Ames (2009); 75-72 in Iowa City (2010), and 86-76 in Ames (2011). The two teams have split the last 16 meetings. The home team has won seven of the last eight games (Iowa State won in Iowa City in 2010).
The teams split games during the 2003-04 campaign. That marked the first time since 1921 that the teams met twice in the same season and it was the first time the teams met in postseason action.
Just eight of the last 23 games have had a final margin of eight points or less.
Iowa holds a 26-6 advantage in games played at Iowa City. Iowa has won three of the last four meetings in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa State beat Iowa, 86-76, a year ago at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Iowa had three players score in double figures to lead the visitors: Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe and Matt Gatens. Marble posted then-personal bests in scoring and assists, leading all scorers with 21 points and dishing out a team-best five assists. Basabe tallied 18 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. Gatens scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
Iowa State shot 55 percent (28-of-51) from the field, including 59 percent (19-of-32) from the floor the first 20 minutes.
Iowa sank 88 percent of its free-throw attempts (22-of-25), including 16-of-17 (.941) in the second stanza.
IOWA STATE COACH FRED HOIBERG
Iowa State is coached by third-year Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg is 45-29 (.608) on the Cyclones sidelines. He guided the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament last season. Hoiberg, a native of Ames and 1995 graduate of Iowa State, was named Iowa State's head coach on April 27, 2010. He is Iowa State's 19th men's basketball coach. From 1995-2005, Hoiberg played in the NBA with Indiana, Chicago and Minnesota.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State will be playing its second true road game of the season on Friday. The Cyclones lost at UNLV (82-70) on Nov. 24.
The Cyclones scored 83 points in each of their last two victories (BYU and Florida Gulf Coast).
The Cyclones have three players who average double figures in scoring: Will Clyburn (16.1), Tyrus McGee (14.3) and Melvin Ejim (11.0).
Iowa State ranks sixth in the country in 3-point percentage defense (.248) and rebounding margin (+11.6), 12th in 3-pointers made (9.5), 13th in scoring margin (17.8) and 14th in scoring offense (82.5).
Iowa State had four players score in double figures in its last victory over Florida Gulf Coast: Korie Lucious (17), Tyrus McGee (16), Melvin Ejim (14) and Chris Babb (11). Ejim also pulled down a game-high 12 boards for his third double-double of the year.
The Cyclones have two players who have sank 17 or more treys: Tyrus McGee (22) and Korie Lucious (17).
The Cyclones made 13-of-25 (.520) from long distance in their Tuesday night victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Korie Lucious averaged six points and 2.3 assists in four games against Iowa when he was at Michigan State. He netted 12 points off the bench in a game at East Lansing his freshman season. Chris Babb did not score a point in three games against the Hawkeyes when he was at Penn State.
BASABE, MAY, OGLESBY LEADING HAWKEYE RESERVES
Junior Melsahn Basabe, sophomore Josh Oglesby, and senior Eric May have been Iowa's leaders off the bench.
Basabe is averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. He also has rejected a team-best 13 shots, blocking four shots in two games (Central Michigan and Western Kentucky).
May is averaging 4.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. His scoring numbers have been aided by his ability to attack the basket and get to the free throw line in the early stages of the season. May is 18-of-23 (.783) from the charity stripe through nine games. Last season, May was 15-of-24 (.610) from the foul line in 33 contests.
Thirteen of Oglesby's 15 field goals have come from beyond the arc. The sophomore averages 5.6 points in the early stages of the season.
WHITE, WOODBURY RECEIVE PRESEASON RECOGNITION
Sophomore Aaron White has been named preseason third team All-Big Ten by the website College Sports Madness, while Adam Woodbury was named by CBSSports.com as a top 30 freshman to make an impact.
White, who was named to the 2012 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team, averaged 11.1 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds a year ago.
Woodbury, is a three-time All-State honoree, and was tabbed MVP of the NBA Top 100 Camp in 2011. The 7-foot-1 center topped 1,000 career points and rebounds in his prep career for Sioux City East High School.
Last season, Iowa amassed 199 blocks in 35 games (3.4 per game). So far this season, the Hawkeyes have been credited with 49 rejections (5.4 per contest), which rank second in the conference and 22nd nationally.
Melsahn Basabe leads the team with 13 blocked shots, freshman center Adam Woodbury has 10, while sophomore Gabriel Olaseni has eight.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK -- 3
Iowa started three freshmen in its last two outings: Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury. The last time the Hawkeyes started three rookies (Aaron Fuller, Matt Gatens and Anthony Tucker) was on Dec. 2, 2008 at Boston College.
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 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.
HAWKEYES SPLIT AT CANCUN CHALLENGE
Iowa split its two games at the Cancun Challenge. The Hawkeyes beat Western Kentucky 63-55 in the semifinals, but fell to Wichita State 75-63 in the championship. Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble were named to the all-tournament team.
The Hawkeyes had three players score 21 points each in the two games (10.5 avg.): Eric May, Mike Gesell and Marble.
White tied the Cancun Challenge record for most free throws made in the four tournament games with 28. White tied Ryan Thompson of Rider (2009). Iowa won preliminary round games against Howard and Gardner-Webb in Iowa City.
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.
Iowa has played 2,668 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa's overall record is 1,602-1,066 (.600). That includes a 962-353 (.731) record in home games, a 550-723 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 711-728 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 368-117 (.759) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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HY-VEE BIG 4 CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE
The state of Iowa's four NCAA Division I institutions will host the inaugural Hy-Vee Big Four Classic, a men's college basketball doubleheader at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Dec. 15.
Tickets, priced at $25, $50 and $70, can be purchased at dahlstickets.com, the Wells Fargo Arena Ticket Office, all Dahl's Foods Locations and by calling 866-55-DAHLS.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will spend next week studying and taking final examinations before traveling to Des Moines and Wells Fargo Arena for the Big 4 Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Hawkeyes will play UNI at 1:30 p.m. (BTN). Iowa State and Drake will play the doubleheader nightcap at 4 p.m.