Men's Hoops Plays at Illinois on Saturday
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Iowa Game Notes
No. 15/12 Iowa (16-5, 5-3) returns to action Saturday when it plays on the road for the third time in four games traveling to Champaign, Ill., to face Illinois (13-8, 2-6). Tipoff is set for 6:36 p.m. (CT) at the State Farm Center (16,618). Fran McCafferywill be wearing a pin from the organization "Autism Speaks" (Autismspeaks.org) for Autism Awareness Day.
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.
TV:Saturday night's game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo will call the action.
|Game 22 | Iowa (16-5, 5-3) at Illinois (13-8, 2-6)
||Saturday, Feb. 1 | 6:36 p.m. (CT)
||Champaign, Ill. | State Farm Center TVBTN (BTN2GO)RadioHawkeye Radio NetworkLive CoverageTwitter Game UpdatesAll-Time SeriesIllinois leads, 81-68
GAME #22 STORYLINES
• Iowa is 4-0 in games following a loss this season. The Hawkeyes lost in overtime Tuesday to No. 6/7 Michigan State (71-69) in Iowa City, halting Iowa's 20-game home win streak.
• Saturday features two of the Big Ten's top scorers: Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (16.7) and Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble (16.3).
• Iowa's five losses have all come to teams ranked in the top-25 and by a combined 14 points, including two in overtime. The Hawkeyes have lost games by two (Michigan State -- overtime), three (Iowa State), four (Wisconsin) and five points (Villanova -- overtime).
• Iowa, Michigan and North Carolina are the only teams with a road win against an AP top-three team this season.
• Iowa recorded its 10th win of the season by 20-plus points at Northwestern last Saturday, the most of any Big Ten team this season.
• Roy Devyn Marble is only the second Hawkeye to amass 1,450+ points, 325+ assists and 425+ rebounds (Jeff Horner).
• Wednesday afternoon, Iowa (31,805) and Illinois (31,805) had the same number of twitter followers. Both schools rank in the top 15 in the country in twitter fan support.
• Iowa will be making its first visit to Illinois since Feb. 26, 2012.
SPARTANS EDGE HAWKEYES IN IOWA CITY
• Michigan State snapped Iowa's 20-game home win streak, which was the sixth-longest in the country, with a 71-69 overtime win in Iowa City.
• With the game tied, Iowa had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but a Roy Devyn Marble floating jumper in the lane and Melsahn Basabe tip attempt misfired sending the game to overtime. The Spartans led by as many as six points in the extra session.
• Iowa's last 11 points of the second half were scored at the free throw line, and 17 of its last 19 points (including overtime) were scored at the charity stripe. The Hawkeyes scored one field goal the last 14:55 of game time, including overtime.
• Roy Devyn Marble led all scorers with 21 points, while Aaron White netted eight of his 10 points from the foul line. White also led the team in rebounding (7).
• Iowa was 30-of-43 from the free throw line. The 43 attempts equal the second most during the Fran McCaffery era, while the 30 makes are fifth. Aaron White was a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line, raising his season free throw percentage from .840 to .852.
• Michigan State was 10-of-29 (.345) from 3-point range, while Iowa was 3-of-12 (.250).
• Iowa held Michigan State leading scorer, Gary Harris, to a season-low nine points.
• The game was played in front of a sell out crowd of 15,400 fans -- Iowa's sixth sell out of the season.
• Iowa fell to 1-2 in overtime games this season. The Hawkeyes beat Xavier (77-74), but lost to Villanova (88-83) and Michigan State (71-69). Tuesday was the first Iowa-Michigan State overtime game since Jan. 28, 1993 -- 21 years to the date.
RAISING THE BAR
Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron Whitehave each increased their scoring output each season in an Iowa uniform. Marble averaged 5.7 points as a freshman, 11.5 his sophomore campaign, 15.0 points as a junior, and 16.3 points this season as a senior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie, 12.8 points as a sophomore, and 13.5 points this year as a junior.
Illinois holds an 81-68 advantage in the series that began with a 46-36 Iowa win in 1908. The Illini have won nine of the last 12 against the Hawkeyes, but Iowa has won the last two, including last season's only meeting in Iowa City (63-55) on March 5, 2013. Illinois holds a 61-14 advantage in games played in Champaign, where it has won 11 straight over Iowa and 22 of the last 23 meetings. Iowa's last win at Assembly Hall came by a 78-72 margin during the 1998-99 season. The Hawkeyes last played at Illinois on Feb. 26, 2012, falling 65-54.
LAST SEASON VERSUS ILLINOIS
• Iowa led by as many as 11 points en route to a 63-55 home win over Illinois.
• Roy Devyn Marble posted team highs in scoring (21), rebounds (6) and assists (4).
• After missing his first four 3-point attempts, Josh Oglesby came up huge with back-to-back triples late in the contest to stretch a two-point advantage (48-46) to eight (54-46) with 3:19 left. Oglesby finished the contest with 10 points, which equaled his second-highest scoring output in a Big Ten game during the 2012-13 season.
• Iowa established a new school and arena record for blocked shots (13). Iowa had nine blocks in the first half. Gabriel Olaseni had a career-high seven blocks. The 13 team rejections top the mark of 12 set three previous times in 2004 (St. Louis; UNC-Greensboro; North Carolina). McCaffery was head coach at UNC-Greensboro in 2004.
• Iowa point guard Mike Geselldid not play due to a foot injury.
• After recording back-to-back home wins over Indiana (overtime) and Penn State to start the Big Ten schedule, Illinois has lost six straight (four coming on the road).
• Illinois has had one week to prepare for the Hawkeyes after dropping a 56-46 decision at Indiana on Jan. 26. Rayvonte Rice scored 20 of the Illini's 46 points. Illinois shot 5-of-23 (.217) from 3-point range and was outrebounded by 14 (42-28) in defeat.
• The Fighting Illini are 9-2 at the State Farm Center, including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. Illinois is averaging 15,231 fans in its 11 home games.
• Illinois has three players average in double figures: Rayvonte Rice (16.7); Tracy Abrams (12.1); and Joseph Bertrand (10.6). The Fighting Illini have four players averaging 5.3 rebounds or better: Jon Ekey (5.8); Nnanna Egwu (5.6); Rice (5.6); and Bertrand (5.3).
• Transfer Rayvonte Rice played against the Hawkeyes twice before when he was at Drake. As a freshman in 2010, Rice scored 14 points, and had four rebounds and five turnovers in a 59-52 Iowa win in Des Moines. Rice had 23 points, five rebounds, two steals and six turnovers in an 82-68 Hawkeye win in Iowa City in 2011.
• Saturday will be Illinois' sixth game against a ranked opponent. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 against ranked foes this season, beating Missouri (65-64) on Dec. 21.
BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,059) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,476) and Aaron White(1,161) in Iowa's 1,000-point club against Northwestern on Jan. 9. Marble netted his 1,000th point in the 2013 regular season finale against Nebraska, while White passed 1,000 points against Notre Dame (Dec. 3) earlier this year. Basabe, White, and Marble become Iowa's fifth trio of players on the same team to reach the 1,000-point threshold, and first trio since 2005.
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 (3,592) are third among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt's of Iona (4,568). Overall, the Marble's are ninth and are 11 points from moving past Rick and Brent Barry.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Iowa is getting 11.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game from their center position of Adam Woodbury and Gabriel Olaseni.
UTHOFF, OLASENI LEADING HAWKEYES OFF BENCH
Junior Gabriel Olaseni and sophomore Jarrod Uthoff are averaging a combined 15.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game coming off the bench for the Hawkeyes. Uthoff ranks third on the team in scoring (8.9) and rebounding (5.4), while Olaseni ranks first on the squad in rejections (1.3) and fourth in rebounding (5.1). Uthoff's 8.9 scoring average ranks third-best in the Big Ten for reserves behind Northwestern's Tre Demps Malik Smith of Minnesota. Olaseni averages an offensive rebound every 6.15 minutes played. Nearly half of Olaseni's rebounds are offensive (52 of 107); the center ranks fourth in the league (overall games) in offensive rebounding (2.5). Olaseni, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 25, is the first Hawkeye with three double-doubles in a season, coming off the bench, since Glen Worley had three during the 2002-03 campaign. Olaseni's three double-doubles tie Melsahn Basabe and Aaron Whitefor the team lead this season.
ATTACKING THE RIM
Last season, Iowa ranked 20th in the country in free throw attempts per game (23.6). The Hawkeyes have improved on that number so far this season, averaging 30.3 foul shots per game, ranking ninth nationally. Iowa ranks second in the country in free throw makes (21.9).
Iowa and its fans have once again made Carver-Hawkeye Arena a hostile and challenging place for opponents to visit. Iowa has won 20 of its last 22 home games (both losses coming to Michigan State), dating back to last season. Furthermore, Iowa has won 29 of its last 32 home games since the start of last season. Iowa won a school-record 18 home victories (18-2) in 2012-13, 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). Iowa has won 29-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. Iowa has also won 23 straight at home against nonconference foes, dating back to 2011.
HAWKEYES RANK HIGH IN STATISTICS
Iowa leads the Big Ten in scoring (84.5), scoring margin (+18.1), and field goal percentage defense (.379). The Hawkeyes also rank second in the conference in rebounding margin (+9.5), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.283), and assists (16.4). Iowa ranks second in the country in scoring margin (+18.1); fourth in field goal percentage defense (.379); fifth in scoring (84.5); eighth in rebounding margin (+9.5); 11th in assists (16.4); 12th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.283); and 27th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). Individually, Mike Gesell ranks 10th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3); Aaron White ranks 24th in field goal percentage (.623); and Roy Devyn Marbleranks 66th in steals (1.9).
• Iowa started 5-2, or better, in Big Ten play for the 12th time. Each of the previous 11 teams made the NCAA Tournament. Iowa's 1969-70 team started 7-0, while its 1981-82 and 1986-87 squads started conference play 6-1.
• Junior forward Aaron White ranks first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.623) and fifth in free throw percentage (.852).
• Iowa has three of the Big Ten's top six field goal percentage leaders: Aaron White (first - .623); Melsahn Basabe (fourth - .570); Jarrod Uthoff (seventh - .534).
• Iowa's win over No. 3 Ohio State on Jan. 12, marked Iowa's first over a top-five team since an 83-65 victory at second-ranked Missouri on Dec. 15, 2001, in Columbia, Mo.
• Iowa started 16-4 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign and 5-2 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
• Iowa was the last Big Ten team to lose a home this season, falling 71-69, to No. 6/7 Michigan State on Jan. 28.
• Iowa has made (460) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (418).
• Iowa has attempted 247 free throws in eight Big Ten games, the most in the league. Michigan State ranks second with 191 in nine games.
• All five of Iowa's losses have come by eight points or fewer to teams ranked in the top 25 this week.
• Iowa has assists on 58 percent of its field goals this season (345/597), a percentage that ranks 52nd in the country.
• Iowa (4) and Michigan State (6) are the only Big Ten team to have at least four different players post a double-double.
• Iowa has had four or more players score in double figures in 12-of-21 games this season.
• The Hawkeyes have out-rebounded 17 of their 21 opponents.
• Roy Devyn Marble is 24 points from reaching 1,500 points.
• The Hawkeyes are 2-5 in games decided by five points or fewer.
• Iowa is 30-4 when scoring 80 points or more, the last four seasons. The Hawkeyes are 39-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last four seasons -- with the one loss coming to Michigan State (59-56) at the Big Ten Tournament last season.
• Iowa's average starting lineup height is 6-foot-6. The Hawkeye lineup consists of two sophomores, one junior, and two seniors.
• Iowa has scored 82-plus points in all but six games this season (77 against Xavier; 71 at Wisconsin; 67 versus Nebraska; 67 at Michigan; 76 at Northwestern; 69 vs. Michigan State).
• Iowa has been credited with 20 or more assists six times this season. The Hawkeyes rank 11th nationally in assists (16.4).
• Jarrod Uthoffis averaging 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks off the bench. The sophomore has reached double digits in 10 games. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ranks seventh in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.534).
Iowa's reserves played a large role in Iowa's 16 victories. Overall, Iowa's bench is averaging 33.8 points, 20.7 rebounds and three blocks. In victories, Hawkeye reserves average 38.7 points and 22.7 rebounds, while in losses Iowa's bench averages 18 points and 14.4 rebounds. Individually, Roy Devyn Marbleaverages 14.9 points in Iowa's 16 victories, and 20.8 points in its five defeats.
Junior Josh Oglesby, who missed the first 12 games of the season due to an injured foot, made his first four 3-point attempts of the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 22) and Minnesota (Jan. 19). The junior finished with 13 and 17 points, respectively.
Fran McCafferyhas 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.
Junior Gabriel Olaseni has blocked at least three shots five times this season. His 28 blocks rank ninth in the Big Ten (1.3 average). The center rejected five shots in the season opener against UNC Wilmington. Sophomore Jarrod Uthoffhas blocked 25 shots (1.2 average), a total that ranks 11th in the league. As a team, Iowa ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rejections (5.0).
BASABE MOVIN' ON UP
Senior Melsahn Basabe, who has posted three double-doubles this season, is averaging 8.1 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds. Basabe pulls down 7.4 rebounds per game in Big Ten play, an average that ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Basabe's 709 career rebounds are the most among active Big Ten players. Since the start of the year, Basabe moved past Ryan Bowen for fourth place on Iowa's career blocks list and currently has 140 rejections. 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 Earlled the team from 1990-93.
Junior Aaron White ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.5) and ranks second in scoring (13.5). White is one of only two Big Ten players to average 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds or better (Northwestern's Drew Crawford). 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). White became the 41st Hawkeye to surpass 1,000 career points with his 19th point scored with one second remaining at the free throw line versus Notre Dame (Dec. 3). He currently ranks 26th in Iowa scoring after surpassing Bob Hansen and Kevin Kunnert at Michigan (Jan. 22) last week. White became the first Hawkeye since Luke Recker (Nov. 14, 2001) to post 18+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a game when he had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Wildcats on Jan. 9 in Iowa City. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, became the first Hawkeye in 10 years to amass 25 points and 17 rebounds in a game at Iowa State on Dec. 13. The last Hawkeye to accomplish the feat was Jared Reiner on March 1, 2003, at Indiana. The 17 rebounds are the most in a single-game since Greg Brunnercleared 23 against Minnesota on Jan. 18, 2006. White ranks first in the league and 24th nationally in field goal percentage (.623).
MARBLE EARNS WEEKLY PRAISE
Senior Roy Devyn Marblepoured in 61 points to tie the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament record, earning Big Ten Player of the Week accolades by College Sports Madness. Marble averaged 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the three games. Marble earned his first Player of the Week honors by the Big Ten and was also recognized as Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week on Jan. 13, after leading the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories at No. 3 Ohio State (84-74) and vs. Northwestern (93-67). Marble averaged 18.5 points, shooting 60 percent from the field (12-of-20) and 3-point range (3-of-5). He averaged 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and three rebounds in the two victories. Marble, who has led the Hawkeyes in scoring five of the last eight games, enters Saturday's game at Illinois 14th in Iowa career scoring with 1,476 points. He has netted 21 points or more six times this season, including 21 Tuesday against Michigan State. The native of Southfield, Mich., averages 17.9 points, 2.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in conference play. Marble ranks 66th in the country in steals (1.9). Marble is one of only two Big Ten player to average 16-plus points, 3-plus assists and 1.5-plus steals (Penn State's Tim Frazier).
• Iowa finished its nonconference schedule 11-2 for the second straight season.
• Michigan's last three wins have come over top-10 ranked opponents (Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State). The Wolverines became first team since Iowa in 1987 to post three straight victories against top-10 teams.
• Iowa had three players (Basabe, Uthoff and Olaseni) post double-doubles in its victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. It marked the first time in 20 years three Hawkeyes recorded double-doubles, in the same game, in points and rebounds.
• Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble were named to the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament team.
• Iowa scored 80-plus points in each of its first five games for the fourth time in school history (also 1986-87, 1994-95 & 1997-98).
• Iowa played overtime games two days apart (Xavier and Villanova) for the third time in program history. The Hawkeyes plated five extra minutes against Maryland (Dec. 25, 1984) and Cornell (Dec. 27, 1984), and Michigan (Jan. 9, 1992) and Illinois (Jan. 11, 1992).
• Iowa's overtime win over Xavier marked its first overtime victory since March 7, 2009 (versus Penn State -- double overtime).
• Iowa's win over UTEP was the team's seventh consecutive to start the season. The last time an Iowa team won seven straight to start a year was 2000-01; that team won its first nine.
• Iowa beat Minnesota, 94-73, on Jan. 19 in Iowa City. The 21-point loss is the Gophers' most lop-sided loss of the season. The 94 points are its most against Minnesota in a non-OT game since scoring 99 points versus the Gophers on Feb. 18, 1989.
• Iowa's 249 points and 19.0 assists average, in three games, are a Battle 4 Atlantis tournament records.
• Iowa's win at Ohio State on Jan. 12, marked only the third time in the last four seasons that Ohio State allowed 80-plus points and the first time since 2008 that a team registered 84-plus points against the Buckeyes.
• In Iowa's win at Ohio State on Jan. 12, it marked the first time since 1989 that Iowa had five double figure scorers in Columbus.
• The Hawkeyes erupted for 100-plus points for consecutive contests (Maryland-Eastern Shore and Abilene Christian) for the first time since the beginning of the 1997-98 campaign where Iowa topped the century mark three straight games (105 vs. Chicago State; 112 vs. North Texas; 101 vs. Long Island).
• Aaron White is the first Hawkeye since Jared Reiner (2002-03) to score at least 20 points and grab 15 or more rebounds in a game. White had 20 points and 15 rebounds in Iowa's win over Nebraska-Omaha.
• In Iowa's season opener, Jarrod Uthoff (14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks) became only the second Big Ten player since the 1996-97 season to register 14-plus points, seven-plus rebounds and four-plus blocks in his first career game (Ohio State's Greg Oden, 2006-07).
• The Hawkeyes blocked 12 shots versus UNC Wilmington, one shy of the school record of 13 set last year vs. Illinois. Junior Gabriel Olaseni rejected five shots, all in the first half.
• Iowa's five turnovers against Abilene Christian are its fewest in a game since five against Boise State on Dec. 22, 2011.
• Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa 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.
• Darius Stokes earned a scholarship after being a walk-on the last three years. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is a redshirt junior.
• Okey Ukahhas been added to the roster as a walk-on. The Iowa City native is a junior.
HAWKEYES FINISH RUNNERS-UP AT BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
Iowa won its first two games over Xavier (77-74 in overtime) and UTEP (89-53) before being edged by Villanova in the championship game (88-83 in overtime) at the Battle 4 Atlantis holiday tournament held at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Hawkeyes rallied from a 15-point deficit in their first contest against Xavier to win, but surrendered a 15-point first-half advantage to Villanova in the championship. Both contests went to overtime. Iowa cruised to a 36-point victory over UTEP in the semifinals. Seniors Roy Devyn Marble and Zach McCabewere honored on the all-tournament team. Marble led all scorers averaging 20.3 points, while also averaging 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the three games. His 61 points in the three contests tie the tournament record with Minnesota's Andre Hollins (2012), while his 24 points against Villanova are the most by a player in a Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. McCabe averaged 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (14-of-28) and 3-point territory (8-of-16).
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 played in five countries in five months: Russia (July), England (August), France (August), United States (November), and Bahamas (November).
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE
Iowa's attendance has increased each season since Fran McCaffery'sarrival 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. Iowa averages 14,799 fans this season. Iowa's remaining five home games have reached sellout status. Iowa has sold out six previous contests this season (Penn, Notre Dame, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Nebraska, Minnesota and Michigan State). The additional five sell outs will give the Hawkeyes 11 sellouts, their most since the 2001-02 season (16).
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.
MCCAFFERY IN COACHES CHARITY CHALLENGE
Infiniti, ESPN, NABC and the NCAA have teamed up again to produce a one-of-a-kind charity competition -- the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. The first round of the event has ended and thanks to your votes, Iowa's Fran McCaffery has advanced to round two, guaranteeing at least $7,500 for his charity, Coaches vs. Cancer. McCaffery is one of 24 coaches to advance to the second round, with the top 16 advancing to the third round. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period by registering and voting on a custom microsite on ESPN.com/Infiniti. The tournament is divided into four rounds. The coaches with the most votes will advance to the next round and earn more money for their charity. Go to ESPN.com/Infiniti each day and vote for Fran McCafferyand his charity, Coaches vs. Cancer.
"HAWK TALK WITH Fran McCaffery"
University of Iowa basketball fans may join Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and radio announcer Gary Dolphin for the "Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery" radio call-in show. The next show will take place Wednesday (Feb. 5) 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.
ON THE HORIZON
After playing three-of-four contests on the road, the Hawkeyes return home for a pair of games next week. Iowa will host Ohio State on Tuesday (6:05 p.m.) and Michigan (1 p.m.) on Saturday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.