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Take 2: Men's Hoops at Indiana Thursday Night

February 27, 2014
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THE SETTING
No. 20/19 Iowa (19-8, 8-6) will look to snap its first two-game losing streak of the season Thursday when it plays at Indiana (15-12, 5-9). Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at Assembly Hall (17,472) in Bloomington, Ind. Thursday will be the only regular-season meeting between the two teams. Iowa is one win from the 20-win threshold; nine other Hawkeye teams reached 20 victories during the month of February.

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:Thursday night's game will be televised nationally on ESPN (WATCHESPN). Dave O'Brien and Dan Dakich will call the action.

Game 28 | Iowa (19-8, 8-6) at Indiana (15-12, 5-9)
Date Thursday, Feb. 27 | 8:05 p.m. (CT)
Location Bloomington, Ind. | Assembly Hall 
TV ESPN (HD)
Radio Hawkeye Radio Network
Live Coverage Twitter Game Updates
All-Time Series Indiana leads, 97-74

GAME #28 STORYLINES
• Iowa and Indiana have split the last four meetings played in Bloomington, dating back to 2010.
• Iowa is 2-0 against Big Ten one-plays this season. The Hawkeyes' next two contests (Indiana and Purdue) are against teams they play only once during the regular season.
• Kansas (11) is the only team with more games played against RPI top-25 teams than Iowa (9).
• Iowa is 14-2 this season when making five 3-pointers or more, with the two losses coming vs. Villanova and Minnesota. Iowa is 7-1 in Big Ten play when sinking at least five triples.
• Iowa is 15-0 in games decided by double digits and 4-8 in games decided by single digits. The Hawkeyes have lost games by two, three, four, five (twice), six, seven and eight points.
Aaron White has led Iowa in rebounding 10 times, including each of the last two outings.
Roy Devyn Marble is the only active B1G player, and 1-of-9 in the country, to amass 1,575+ points, 350+ assists, 150+ steals, and 450+ rebounds. Marble, who is the only player to score 10+ points in every B1G game this season, has been named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 List.
Mike Gesell has scored in double figures the last five contests (12.4 average), dishing out 26 assists and while only committing six turnovers (4.3 assist/turnover ratio) during that span.
Josh Oglesbyhas scored in double digits in back-to-back games (17 vs. Wisconsin and 16 at Minnesota) for the first time since his third and fourth games his freshman season (2011-12).

MINNESOTA EDGES IOWA IN SHOOTOUT
• Minnesota shot 61 percent from the field (30-of-49), including 58 percent from 3-point range (11-of-19) en route to a 95-89 win over Iowa Thursday in Minneapolis. The win was Minnesota's fifth straight over a ranked opponent at home, dating back to last season.
• Iowa has lost back-to-back games (Wisconsin and Minnesota) for the first time since dropping consecutive games to Minnesota (Feb. 3) and Wisconsin (Feb. 6) in 2013.
Melsahn Basabe did not play Tuesday due to illness. He basically has missed Iowa's last two contests as the senior played only one minute last Saturday against Wisconsin.
• Junior Josh Oglesby spelled Basabe in the starting rotation for the first time this season and the eighth time in his career. Oglesby netted 16 points, bolstered by 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, had two assists and matched a personal best with two steals.
Roy Devyn Marble tallied a team-high 24 points - 19 of which came in the first half - and six assists. Aaron White netted 21 and game highs in steals (3) and rebounds (9). It marked the ninth and fourth times, respectively, that Marble and White scored 20+ points this season.
• Point guard Mike Gesell had 13 points, six assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes.
• Iowa made 10 triples, which equaled the team's second most in a game this season.
• Iowa's bench contributed nine points, its second-lowest output of the season (eight at Michigan).
Anthony Clemmonscame off the bench and matched a career high with four rebounds.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Indiana holds a 97-74 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier win in 1909. Iowa has won five of the last eight meetings and 11 of the last 18. Indiana won both meetings last season: 69-65 in Iowa City and 73-60 in Bloomington. Indiana holds a 57-28 advantage in games played at Bloomington. The teams have split the last four meetings at Assembly Hall. Five of the last 12 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.

LAST SEASON VERSUS INDIANA
Roy Devyn Marble averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games against the Hoosiers last season. Aaron White averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 boards, while Mike Gesell scored 13 points in the game played in Iowa City. The point guard did not play in the contest at Bloomington due to a foot injury.
• In the contest played in Iowa City, Marble scored 12 of his 14 points from the foul line. He nearly missed a double-double, as the guard snagged a career-high nine boards in the loss. Marble had 20 points and six rebounds in the contest played in Bloomington.
• Indiana's Will Sheehey tallied 13 points, while Yogi Ferrell had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in the game played in Iowa City. Ferrell had 19 points and five assists in the contest played in Bloomington.
• Both teams struggled from 3-point territory in the game played in Bloomington on March 2, 2013 -- Iowa (1-of-13) and Indiana (2-of-14) combined to shoot 3-of-27.

SCOUTING INDIANA
• After starting the season 12-5, Indiana has lost seven of its last 10. The Hoosiers are 4-8 in games decided by seven points or less.
• Indiana is 12-3 at home this season, winning two of its last three at Assembly Hall.
• The Hoosiers return home after a two-game road trip. Indiana lost its last game, 69-58, at No. 14 Wisconsin. The Hoosiers led by 10 at halftime but were outscored 50-29 in the second stanza. Indiana attempted only three free throws in the game. Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 24 points, bolstered by 5-of-10 shooting from long distance.
• Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell leads the Big Ten in scoring in all games (17.9) and is second in league play (19.0). He has made more than half (76/145) of the team's 3-pointers. Ferrell also leads the Hoosiers in assists (101) and free throws (108-of-130, .831).
• The Hoosiers have five players who have amassed 20+ steals: Will Sheehey (23), Noah Vonleh (22), Troy Williams (22), Evan Gordon (22), and Kevin Ferrell (20).
• Both Indiana and Iowa notched home wins over Michigan -- two of their three defeats during league play.
• Indiana ranks first in the league in rebounding margin (+9.1); third in 3-point percentage defense (.305); fourth in field goal percentage defense (.405); and sixth in blocks (4.4).
• Indiana lost 82-64 at Purdue last weekend; it marked the Hoosiers' largest margin of defeat this season. Indiana had three players score in double figures: Yogi Ferrell (27); Noah Vonleh (14) and Will Sheehey (10).
• Freshmen Noah Vonleh (27), Troy Williams (27) and Stanford Robinson (7) have all started games this season.
• Indiana assistant Tim Buckleywas an assistant coach at the University of Iowa during the 2006-07 season when the Hawkeyes posted a 17-14 record.

ROAD WARRIORS
• Iowa has posted four Big Ten road victories this season, winning three of its last four.
• Iowa won three straight conference road games (Northwestern, Illinois and Penn State) this season. The last time Iowa accomplished that feat was the 1997-98 season.
• The last time Iowa had four conference road wins was 10 years ago during the 2003-04 season. The last time a Hawkeye team won five Big Ten road contests was during the 1997-98 campaign.

MARBLE NAMED TO NAISMITH TOP 30 LIST
Senior Roy Devyn Marblehas been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List. Marble has averaged 21.5 points the last four games, including scoring 20+ points in each of the last two games (Wisconsin and Minnesota). Marble currently ranks third in Big Ten scoring (18.3) and is the only player to score in double figures in every Big Ten game this season. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard is producing offensively and defensively, as he is the only Big Ten player to average 16.5+ points and have 45+ steals. The native of Southfield, Mich., is the only active Big Ten player, and one of nine in the country, to amass 1,550+ points, 325+ assists, 450+ rebounds and 150+ steals. The team co-captain has scored 26 or more points eight times in his career, including in big games against nationally ranked opponents Wisconsin and Michigan. Marble has scored 20+ points in 3-of-4 games. The last time Marble topped 20 points in 3-of-4 games was last March in the NIT (four straight). Marble is one of four Big Ten players on the list, joining Gary Harris and Keith Appling of Michigan State, and Nik Stauskas of Michigan.

CLOSING IN ON 20 VICTORIES
This season's Iowa team is trying to become the 10th Iowa squad to reach 20 wins in the month of February. The Hawkeyes are one win away from reaching the 20-win threshold. Should Iowa win Thursday at Indiana, it would be the fourth-fastest at reaching 20 wins in school history (Feb. 4 in 1986-87; Feb. 14 in 2005-06; Feb. 22 in 1988-89).

BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,091) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,589) and Aaron White(1,233) 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 (3,705) are second among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt's of Iona (4,568). The Marble's are sixth overall.

BENCH MOB
Iowa's reserves played a large role in Iowa's 19 victories. Overall, Iowa's bench is averaging 31.6 points, 19.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. The Hawkeye reserves' rebounding average is tops in the country, while its scoring and blocks rank third best. In victories, Hawkeye reserves average 36.4 points and 21.9 rebounds, while in losses Iowa's bench averages 20.1 points and 13.5 rebounds.

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 16.9 points this season as a senior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie, 12.8 points as a sophomore, and 13.2 points this year as a junior.

ON POINT
In the last five games, point guard Mike Gesell has scored in double figures -- the longest stretch of his career. During that span, he is averaging 12.4 points, bolstered by 49 percent shooting (24-of-49) from the field, committing only six turnovers (1.2 average), while dropping 26 dimes (5.2 average) in those five contests. In 27 games this year, Gesell ranks first in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3). The sophomore has 513 career points, just past halfway to the 1,000-point club. Gesell posted 10 points, eight assists, and three steals in Iowa's win over nationally-ranked Michigan. It marked just the fifth time since 1996-97 that a Hawkeye amassed 10+ points, 8+ assists and 3+ steals in a game (Andre Woolridge three times and Jeff Horner). He had 13 points, six assists and no turnovers in Iowa's last outing at Minnesota on Tuesday night.

MARBLE FINISHING HIS IOWA CAREER STRONG
Marble has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in three of the last four games, including the last two scoring 21 and 24 points against Wisconsin and Minnesota, respectively. His scoring average this season (16.9) is the highest by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska averaged 20.5 points during the 2007 season. Marble enters Thursday's game eighth in Iowa career scoring with 1,589 points. He surpassed Adam Haluska after his 24-point performance Tuesday at Minnesota. Marble is 22 points from seventh-place Jess Settles (1,611). He has netted 21 or more points nine times this season, including 26 against Michigan on Feb 8 and 21 versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. The senior averages 28 points in the six games in his career of attempting eight 3-pointers or more. The native of Southfield, Mich., averages 18.3 points, 3.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in conference play. Marble is the only Big Ten player to average 16.5+ points, 3+ assists and 1.8+ steals. Marble had 21 points and a career-high 11 assists -- his first career double-double -- Saturday versus Wisconsin. Marble became only the third player in the country with 20+ points and 10+ assists against an AP Top 25 opponent in 2013-14. It marked just the third time the last 18 years an Iowa player posted 20+ points and 10+ assists in a game (Jeff Horner in 2004 and Jake Kelly in 2009). The 11 assists were the most by a Hawkeye since Bryce Cartwright had 11 at Oregon March 18, 2012. The senior guard averages 20 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists versus top teams in the Big Ten standings this year (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State). Marble averages 28 points in the six career games when attempting eight 3-pointers or more. Marble has 164 career steals, two from tying Jeff Horner for seventh on Iowa's all-time list. Marble poured 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. College Sports Madness recognized Marble a second time on Feb. 9 after he led Iowa with 26 points in an 85-67 victory over Michigan. 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 versus 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.


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