Jan. 27, 2012
Iowa Game Notes
Indiana Game Notes
Beginning Sunday, Iowa will play three games in seven days, playing at Indiana on Sunday, followed by home games against Minnesota (Wednesday) and Penn State (Saturday).
Sunday showcases two of the Big Ten’s highest scoring teams. Indiana ranks first in scoring (78.4) and Iowa ranks fourth (73.9).
Sophomore Zach McCabe has scored 20 points in each of Iowa’s last two games.
Senior Matt Gatens leads the team in scoring (12.0), rebounding (5.1) and steals (12) during Big Ten action.
Iowa has collected 10 steals or more in nine games. The nine games with 10 or more steals lead the Big Ten and are the fourth most in the country.
Iowa has one of the deepest benches in the Big Ten, averaging 28 points per game.
Iowa’s scoring average of 73.9 is its highest since the 1997-98 season (80.2).
Iowa is 9-0 when scoring 80 points or more, under McCaffery, the last two seasons. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes are 12-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.
Sunday will be Iowa’s fifth game against a ranked opponent. Iowa is 2-2 against ranked foes. Four of Iowa’s first six Big Ten games were against ranked opponents.
SUITS AND SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEKEND
The Iowa and Indiana basketball staffs will be wearing sneakers during Sunday’s game in Bloomington, Ind., for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, which is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Participating NABC member coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Fans may support this cause by texting COACH to 20222 from any wireless phone to make a $5.00 donation toward Coaches vs. Cancer and help in the search for a cure. For more information, visit the Coaches vs. Cancer Facebook page, facebook.com/coachesvscancer.
NEBRASKA RALLIES TO BEAT IOWA
Nebraska erased an early 11-point deficit and rallied to post a 79-73 win over Iowa Thursday night in Iowa City. The Huskers scored on 13 of their last 15 possessions the last eight minutes. Iowa had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore Zach McCabe for the second staight contest. McCabe scored 20 points for the second consecutive game, marking the first time a Hawkeye netted 20 points or more in back-to-back games since Matt Gatens had 22 and 21 against Louisiana Tech and Illinois, respectively, in 2010. Roy Devyn Marble tallied nine of his 15 points at the foul line, while Matt Gatens had 12 and Aaron White contributed 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Nebraska was led by Brandon Richardson, who scored a game-high 25 points and had six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
IOWA, NEBRASKA TIP-INS
After winning its first eight games when leading at the half, Iowa has lost the last two in which it had the lead at intermission (at Purdue and versus Nebraska).
Bryce Cartwright dished out five assists to lead Iowa. The senior has led or shared the team lead in assists the last five games off the bench.
Zach McCabe made nine of his 11 field goal attempts (.818), including 2-of-3 from distance versus Nebraska. The sophomore has been white-hot as of late, making 20 of his last 29 field goal attempts (.689) the last three games.
Indiana holds a 94-73 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier win in 1909. Iowa has won 10 of the last 14 meetings. The Hawkeyes have won four consecutive over the Hoosiers, sweeping the two-game season series the last two years. Indiana holds a 55-28 advantage in games played at Bloomington, but the Hawkeyes have won four of the last seven. Five of the last 10 games in Bloomington have been decided by three points or less, with the Hoosiers winning in overtime in 2003 and Iowa winning in double overtime in 2004. Iowa won last year’s meeting 64-63 in Assembly Hall. The two teams have met twice at neutral sites (the Big Ten Tournament), with Iowa winning both, once in Chicago (2001) and once in Indianapolis (2002).
Indiana is 16-5 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are 12-1 in home contests, including a 3-1 home mark in league games. The lone Indiana home defeat came against Minnesota (77-74) on Jan. 12.
Indiana lost its last game, 57-50, at Wisconsin Thursday night. Christian Watford and Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers, scoring 12 points each. The Badgers held the Hoosiers to 3-of-8 shooting from 3-point territory.
The Hoosiers are 10-0 this season when scoring 75 points or more.
Indiana is 4-2 in games decided by six points or less, winning the first four, but losing the last two.
The Hoosiers have three players who have made 27 triples or more: Jordan Hulls (46), Christian Watford (35) and Matt Roth (27).
Indiana’s Jordan Hulls ranks first in Big Ten free throw percentage (.894), third in 3-point accuracy (.489) and fourth in 3-pointers made (2.2). Victor Oladipo ranks fourth in steals (1.7), while Cody Zeller ranks second in field goal percentage (.644), fifth in blocks (1.5) and rebounding (6.2), and 10th in scoring (14.7).
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring offense (78.4), field goal percentage (.498) and 3-point percentage (.447), second in free throw percentage (.734), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.318), and fifth in steals (7.4), 3-pointers (7.0) and field goal percentage defense (.414).
Indiana has four players average double figures in scoring: Cody Zeller (14.7), Christian Watford (12.6), Jordan Hulls (12.2) and Victor Oladipo (10.1).
Indiana’s fifth leading scorer, Will Sheehey, who averages 9.5 points, missed five games this season due to injury. He is back from injury and has played in the last five contests.
IOWA, INDIANA TIP-INS
Sunday features two of the Big Ten’s top free throw shooters. Indiana’s Jordan Hulls ranks first (.894, 42-of-47), while Iowa’s Matt Gatens ranks fourth (.861, 62-of-72).
Seven of Iowa’s 10 losses have come to teams ranked in the RPI top 55, including six of the last seven.
Iowa’s Matt Gatens ranks fourth in Big Ten career scoring, among active players, with 1,381 points, while Indiana’s Verdell Jones III ranks sixth with 1,288 points.
Iowa’s second (Roy Devyn Marble, 11.3), third (Aaron White, 9.7), fourth (Zach McCabe, 8.7) and fifth (Melsahn Basabe, 8.2) leading scorers are all underclassmen.
Iowa ranks 40th in the country in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), 43rd in steals (8.2), 45th in fewest turnovers (12.1) and 69th in assists (14.5). Individually, Roy Devyn Marble is 27th in assist/turnover ratio (2.5).
Indiana ranks second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.447) and fifth in field goal percentage (.498). Freshman Cody Zeller ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.644).
Matt Gatens is only four 3-pointers from sinking his 200th career triple. Gatens enters Sunday’s game with 196 treys.
Iowa senior Matt Gatens averages 14.3 points in six games against Indiana. Junior Eric May averages 10 points in four games, while sophomore Melsahn Basabe averaged 20 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games against the Hoosiers a year ago.
Indiana’s roster is comprised of 17 student-athletes. The roster consists of five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. Nine players hail from Indiana, two from Illinois and Maryland, and one each from Ohio, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky.
Indiana assistant Tim Buckley was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa during the 2006-07 season when the Hawkeyes posted a 17-14 overall record.
Iowa is 16-6 all-time in games played on Jan. 29.
LAST YEAR IN BLOOMINGTON
Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe posted a double-double (20 points and 13 rebounds) to help lift Iowa to a 64-63 win in Assembly Hall a year ago. Additionally, Bryce Cartwright netted 15 points and dished out eight assists. Iowa was 20-of-25 (.800) from the free throw line. Jordan Hulls paced the Hoosiers, leading all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point territory.
ESPN.COM RANKS NATION’S TOP FRESHMEN
ESPN.com released a midseason report on the nation’s top freshmen. Included in the list is Iowa’s Aaron White. White is ranked No. 15. Indiana’s Cody Zeller is second and Trey Burke of Michigan is seventh. White ranks third in Iowa scoring (9.7) and second in rebounding (4.7).
INDIANA COACH TOM CREAN
Tom Crean is in his fourth year as the head coach at Indiana and his 13th year as a college head coach. He served as the head coach at Marquette University for nine seasons (1999-08). His record at Indiana stands at 44-71 (.383), while he has posted a career record of 234-167 (.584). Crean led Marquette to five appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the 2003 Final Four, while posting a 190-96 mark there. He earned the Coach Clair Bee Award in 2003 and was a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year. Crean has served as an assistant coach at Michigan State (1989-90 and 1995-99), Western Kentucky (1990-94) and Pittsburgh (1994-95). He was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator his last two seasons at Michigan State. Crean is 1-5 vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes.
IOWA TO HONOR 1987 TEAM AND LETTERMEN’S DAY ON FEB. 4
There will be more than a basketball game on Feb. 4 when Penn State visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That Saturday will be a special afternoon as the UI men’s basketball program will honor the 1986-87 Hawkeyes. Former UI head coach Tom Davis, and a majority of players and staff from the 1987 team will reunite in Iowa City. Additionally, for “Lettermen’s Day”, the team will wear special throwback jerseys. Fans will have an opportunity to meet this illustrious group before the Feb. 4 game. There will be an autograph session of selected players from 12:30-1:30 p.m. around the concourse. Following autographs there will be a pregame ceremony recognizing the team and its accomplishments. That team, which was the top-ranked team in the country for a number of weeks during the season, set the program’s single-season record for wins (30) and was one game from the earning the program’s fourth Final Four appearance. Eight players from the 1987 team ultimately went on to get drafted in the NBA, while others played professionally overseas.
Roy Devyn Marble TO BE FEATURED ON “THE JOURNEY” SUNDAY
Sophomore Roy Devyn Marble will be one of the features on this week’s BTN episode of “The Journey”, which is scheduled to debut on Sunday at 7 p.m. (CT) after the Iowa-Indiana basketball game on BTN.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa has played four games against ranked competition. The Hawkeyes beat No. 11 Wisconsin (72-65) on Dec. 31 in Madison, and most recently 13th-ranked Michigan (75-59) on Jan. 14 in Iowa City. Iowa fell to No. 6 Ohio State (76-47) on Jan. 7 in Iowa City and No. 6 Michigan State (95-61) on Jan. 10 in East Lansing.
WHITE LEADS BIG TEN RESERVES IN REBOUNDING
Aaron White leads Big Ten reserves in rebounding. The Iowa freshman has pulled down 103 rebounds. Michigan State’s Derrick Nix ranks second (81), Austin Thornton of Michigan State is third (70), while Purdue’s Terone Johnson is fourth (65).
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Roy Devyn Marble’s level of play has been stellar the last 16 games. The sophomore has averaged a team-best 12.9 points and 3.4 assists during that span. Also, he is shooting 44 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line during the 17-game stretch. Since moving to the starting point guard spot, Marble is averaging 13.5 points, 4.34rebounds and 3.6 assists. He has amassed a solid assist/turnover ratio this season. He has 70 assists to only 28 turnovers, ranking third in the Big Ten (2.5). Marble has been credited with four assists or more 11 times this season.
IMPROVED NUMBERS FOR MARBLE
Last season, Roy Devyn Marble averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and was credited with 41 assists and 21 steals in 31 contests. He started the last six of 2010-11. Also, he shot 53 percent from the free throw line (35-of-66). This year, Marble has seen improved numbers, averaging 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and has collected 70 assists and 32 steals. He has started the last 13. From the foul line this season, the sophomore has seen significant improvement, shooting 72.7 percent (72-of-99). The 99 attempts are the fifth most among Big Ten players. Indiana’s Cody Zeller ranks third with 104 attempts.
GATENS CLIMBING CHARTS
Matt Gatens ranks 13th on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. The senior is 121 points from tying Jeff Horner (2003-06) for 12th place. Gatens’ 12 points Thursday against Nebraska helped him surpass Ed Horton (1986-89) for 13th on the chart. He has amassed 1,381 points entering Sunday’s contest at Indiana. The senior was 2-of-8 from 3-point territory in Iowa’s last game versus Nebraska and now has 196 career triples, which is fifth best in school history. Additionally, he ranks fourth in career 3-point attempts with 561. Gatens is only 18 steals from cracking the top 10 chart in career thefts at Iowa. The native of Iowa City will finish his career in the top 15 in scoring and steals and top five in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made.
VOTE FOR FRAN IN “INFINITI COACHES’ CHARITY CHALLENGE”
As part of its ongoing corporate partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA and ESPN, Infiniti has announced an expanded “Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge” with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach’s designated charity. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery is one of 48 NABC coaches taking part in this charity challenge. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period by registering and voting at ESPN.com/Infiniti. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9. The total Infiniti contribution will be more than $300,000. All 48 coaches’ charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti.
Freshmen Aaron White and Josh Oglesby have combined for seven games of scoring 15 or more points this season. White has scored in double figures in eight of the last 11 contests, including netting 15 points or more in four of those outings.
HAWKEYE BIG TEN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES
In Iowa’s three Big Ten victories, opponents were just 15-of-82 (.183) from long distance and 70-of-179 (.391) overall from the field. Iowa made 77-of-163 (.472) from the field and 11-of-30 (.367) from the 3-point range in those wins. Conversely, Hawkeye opponents shot 51.3 percent (153-of-298) from the field and 34-of-87 (.391) from 3-point territory, compared to 41.8 percent (115-of-275) from the field and 30.9 percent (21-of-68) from long distance for Iowa, in the Hawkeyes’ five conference defeats
Matt Gatens AMONG SELECT GROUP
Matt Gatens is one of five active Division I players with 1,350+ points, 400+ rebounds and 195+ made 3-pointers in a career.
McCABE BOLSTERING HAWKEYE FRONTCOURT
Sophomore Zach McCabe has been a solid contributor to Iowa’s front court this season. McCabe ranks fourth in team scoring (8.7) and third in rebounding (4.6) in 21 games. His scoring has increased during league play, averaging 10.9 points. McCabe has scored in double figures in each of Iowa’s last three games. He tallied 11 points and chased down seven boards in Iowa’s win over Michigan (Jan. 14). The last two games he posted 20 points, a career high, at Purdue and versus Nebraska. The last time a Hawkeye netted 20 points or more in back-to-back games was Matt Gatens, who had 22 and 21 against Louisiana Tech and Illinois, respectively, in 2010. McCabe has been white-hot from the field, making 20 of his last 29 field goal attempts (.689) the last three games. In Iowa’s last outing versus Nebraska, McCabe was 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, including 2-of-3 (.667) from long distance. After getting to the free throw line only 21 times the first 15 games, McCabe has done a better job attacking the basket. The sophomore has earned 21 trips to the foul line the last six contests. McCabe has pulled down seven rebounds or more six times, including a personal-best eight versus Central Arkansas. He has led the team in rebounding five times this season.
SINKING THE FREEBEES
Last year, Iowa’s free throw percentage was 67.6 percent. This season, the Hawkeyes have improved in that area, shooting 72.2 percent, which ranks third best in the Big Ten. Twenty-two percent of Iowa’s offense this year has come from the foul line. The Hawkeyes have missed only 22 free throws (83-of-105, .790) in the final five minutes of games. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have missed only 11 free throws (29-of-40, .725) in the final minute.
Iowa has played 2,646 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,588-1,058 (.600). That includes a 951-352 (.730) record in home games, a 547-716 (.433) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 706-723 (.494) mark in Big Ten games and a 357-116 (.755) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Aaron White has been contributing solid numbers off the bench. The freshman, who leads all Big Ten reserves in rebounding (4.7), averaged 12 points and five rebounds, the last 10 games. White has scored in double digits nine times, including eight of the last 11 games. The last 11 games, White has averaged 11.8 points, shooting at a 61 percent clip (43-of-71) from the field. The 6-foot-8 wing player has scored 15 points or more five times, which is the third most by a Big Ten rookie this season. The rookie almost posted his second double-double in Iowa’s last outing, posting 11 points and grabbing a team-best nine rebounds Thursday against Nebraska. White netted eight of his 12 points from the charity stripe in the Hawkeyes’ victory over No. 13 Michigan. White drained 7-of-8 free-throw attempts in the last three minutes of the game to help maintain a double-digit advantage over the Wolverines. White was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in Iowa’s victory over Chicago State (Nov. 11). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shined in his Hawkeye debut, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 10 boards. The 19 points are the most by an Iowa freshman in an opener, equaling Dick Ives’ 19 scored against Nebraska in his debut on Dec. 10, 1943. Furthermore, White’s performance marked the first time a Hawkeye posted a double-double, in a season opener, since Dean Oliver had 10 points and 12 assists in a victory over Chicago State in 1997. It was the first time a Hawkeye freshman had a double-double, points and rebounds, since Jess Settles had 13 points and 11 rebounds versus Drake in 1993.
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 47 years of head coaching experience. Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Strom is in his 31st season as a member of the Iowa basketball staff. Additionally, Iowa’s new video coordinator, Al Seibert, has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.
IMPROVEMENT UNDER McCAFFERY IN SECOND YEAR
Fran McCaffery-coached teams have posted improved win totals and scoring output from their first year to second with McCaffery as a head coach. At Lehigh, his team improved by two wins (13 in 1986 to 15 in 1987). His UNC Greensboro team had four more victories from 2000 (15) and 2001 (19). At Siena his team improved by five victories, registering 15 in 2006 to 20 in 2007. His Lehigh team averaged 2.8 more points its second year compared to year one. His UNC Greensboro team had a +1.9 scoring increase and +1.8 at Siena. Currently, Iowa is averaging 6.7 more points this year compared to last season.
Iowa has three players shooting over 50 percent from the floor during league play. Zach McCabe has made 58.2 percent of his shots, which ranks sixth best in the Big Ten. Aaron White ranks eighth, making 54.3 percent of his attempts. Melsahn Basabe has made 52.5 percent of his field goal tries.
HAWKEYE FAST BREAKS
The Big Ten is the No. 1 ranked conference in the RPI and Sagarin ratings.
Iowa’s men’s and women’s teams start this week with identical overall (11-10) and Big Ten (3-5) marks.
Iowa averages 83.2 points in its wins, compared to 63.6 points in its defeats, a differential of 19.6 points. The Hawkeyes own a +16.1 point differential in their scoring defense, and +10.1 rebounding and +8.2 assists margins in wins compared to losses.
Roy Devyn Marble has 70 assists to only 28 turnovers. His 2.5 assist/turnover ratio ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
Iowa’s attendance numbers are up again this season, after a 20 percent bump a year ago. Last season, Iowa averaged 11,096 fans. Through 14 home games this season, the Hawkeyes are averaging 11,236.
Freshman Josh Oglesby became the first Hawkeye reserve to lead the team in scoring, in back-to-back games (Northern Illinois and Creighton), since Ricky Davis paced Iowa with 25 and 18 on the road at Wisconsin (Feb. 3) and Michigan State (Feb. 7), respectively, in 1998. Like Oglesby, Davis accomplished the feat as a freshman.
At least 10 players have seen action in 16 of Iowa’s 21 contests. Iowa’s bench averages 28 points.
Iowa has had five players score in double figures three times (North Carolina AT, Drake and Central Arkansas). The Hawkeyes had five players score 12 points or more in its win over North Carolina AT (Nov. 14). It marked only the fourth time the Hawkeyes had five players tally 12 points or more in a game (UW-Green Bay in 2003, Michigan in 2004, SIU-Edwardsville in 2010 and North Carolina AT in 2011).
SPERAW TAKING PART IN “SHOTS FROM THE HEART”
Iowa men’s basketball assistant coach Kirk Speraw is one of 256 collegiate basketball coaches taking part in the second annual “Shots from the Heart”, which is an event created by Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer of collegeinsider.com to increase awareness for the growing problem of Heart Disease and raise money to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. Speraw posted a victory over Old Dominion’s Jim Corrigan in the first round of the tournament. He then advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Saddi Washington of Oakland University. In both rounds, Speraw sank all 25 of his free throws. Speraw’s next opponent is Derrick Jones of Louisiana Tech. The Sweet 16 and Round of Eight will occur in January, while the semifinals and finals are scheduled for February. To view the brackets and/or learn how you can contribute to the Skip Prosser Foundation” visit: collegeinsider.com.
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 game highlights and player features, along with news stories and other content.
“HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery”
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin Monday nights for the “Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery” radio call-in show. The show takes place at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe in Iowa City from 7-8:30 p.m. Fans can call in and ask the coach a question by calling 1-877-464-2957.
ALL-SESSION BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information regarding how to purchase tickets within Iowa’s block, contact the UI Athletic Ticket Office. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site of the men’s tournament from March 8-11, featuring 22 games over eight days. Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the lower and club levels are available for $325 through Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the upper levels are available for $240 or $175 through Ticketmaster or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office only. In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will call Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse home this March and again in 2014 and 2016. The 2012 tournament marks the eighth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes return home for a pair of games. Iowa will host Minnesota on Wed., Feb. 1 (7:36 p.m., BTN) and Penn State on Sat., Feb. 4 (2 p.m., ESPNU).