Iowa Hosts Michigan In Big Ten Action
Dec. 31, 2010
PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn't allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!
IOWA CITY, Iowa - THE SETTING
Single-game tickets are $9 for adults. Youth (18 and under) tickets are $5 for weekend games.
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WIN NO. 300 AT HOME
In their last game, the Wolverines upset No. 12 Ohio State, 64-51, in Ann Arbor. Michigan limited Ohio State to a .274 (17-62) field goal percentage, including .133 (2-15) from three-point distance. Veronica Hicks and Carmen Reynolds each had 17 points in the win, while Hicks added a team-best eight rebounds.
Hicks leads the team with 10.8 points per game. Reynolds is next at 10.7 points per contest. Jenny Ryan is the team's leading rebounder at 5.2 boards per game.
As a team, Michigan is shooting .447 (313-700) from the field, including .330 (97-294) from three-point distance.
MICHIGAN VS. IOWA NOTES
Iowa Assistant Coach Shannon Gage served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.
Both Iowa and Michigan played Iowa State during non-conference action. Iowa State defeated Michigan, 60-47, as a part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. The Hawkeyes knocked off the Cyclones, 62-40.
The Hawkeyes could never grab a lead in the game, and trailed by 18 points at halftime. Iowa came out firing in the second half, using a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to nine, but that was as close as the Hawkeyes could get.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
Four Iowa opponents are also ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: North Carolina (10/10), Michigan State (12/16), Ohio State (13/12) and Iowa State (20/21).
Northwestern is receiving votes.
HIGHEST RANKING UNDER BLUDER
The No. 13 ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll ranking is also the highest under Bluder (previous high was No. 17 in 2005). This is the highest Iowa has been ranked in the coaches poll since a No. 12 preseason ranking in 1997.
HAWKEYES STUMBLE AT PENN STATE
The two teams were tied at 34 at halftime, but Iowa gained a seven-point lead in the second half. Penn State closed the game with a 20-4 run in the final 6:33 to seal the win. During the run, Iowa went 0-8 from the floor.
TOUGH AT HOME
The Hawkeyes are a perfect 6-0 this season at home.
KASH CLOSE TO A GRAND
Alexander needs just 16 more points to hit the 1,000 mark. She currently has 984 points.
BLUDER REACHES MILESTONE
Bluder currently has 201 wins in her 11 years at Iowa. C. Vivian Stringer is the only other Hawkeye head coach to reach the 200-win plateau at Iowa, finishing her time in Iowa City with 269 wins.
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster is the only other active Big Ten coach to have reached 200 wins at his/her current school.
HAWKEYES DOMINATING THE PAINT
The Hawkeyes have scored 20 or more paint points in all but one game (Bradley, 16) this season and have netted 30 or more points seven times. Iowa has outscored its opponents, 404-352 in the paint so far and the Hawkeyes are averaging 28.9 points in the paint per game.
Iowa has recorded more paint points than its opponents in 10 games this season.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
Northwestern, Penn State and Ohio State each have four players ranked. Wisconsin has three and the remaining six schools have either two or one.
The Hawkeyes have had at least three players reach double figures in scoring in all 14 games this year. Five players scored 10 or more points against Bradley. Four players hit double digits against Northeastern, Central Michigan and Kansas State.
HAWKEYES HITTING THE BOARDS
Morgan Johnson ranks second in offensive rebounding (3.3 per game) and Kachine Alexander ranks fourth (31 per game). Alexander's 18 rebounds against Central Michigan, Nov. 21, are tied for the most by any Big Ten player this season.
TOP FIVE IN THE BIG TEN
Morgan Johnson ranks second in offensive rebounding (3.3 per game) and blocks (2.4 per game).
Kachine Alexander ranks fourth in total rebounding (8.8 per game) and offensive rebounding (3.1 per game).
Jaime Printy ranks second in free throw percentage (.927) and third in three-pointers made (2.2 per game).
Kamille Wahlin ranks fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Kachine Alexander ranks second in career double-doubles (27), ninth in career rebounding (738), 13th in career assists (268) and 27th in career scoring (984). She needs eight more rebounds to move past Randi Peterson for eighth place on the rebounding list and 12 assists to move past Laurie Aaron and Necole Tunsil into 12th on the assists list. She needs nine more double-doubles to take over first place (Lisa Long, 35).