IOWA VS TENNESSEE TONIGHT
March 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Iowa NCAA Tournament Media Packet
Iowa (20-12, 9-9) will meet Tennessee (21-12, 11-7) in an NCAA Tournament first round game. Game time is Wednesday, March 19 at approximately 8 p.m. (CT), or 30 minutes following the Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern contest at the University of Dayton Arena (13,435) in Dayton, Ohio. The University of Dayton is serving as the site host. Iowa and Tennessee are seeded 11th in the Midwest Region. The winner of the Iowa vs. Tennessee contest will meet sixth-seeded Massachusetts Friday, March 21, at approximately 1:45 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes finished sixth in the Big Ten standings, while Tennessee placed fourth in the Southeastern Conference. Fans interested in purchasing tickets to Iowa's game in Dayton can visit: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four/tickets-hospitality
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games in the NCAA Tournament 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:Wednesday night's game will be televised nationally on TruTV. Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller and Rachel Nichols will call the action.
|Game 33 | Tennessee (21-12, 11-7) vs. Iowa (20-12, 9-9)
||Wednesday, March 19 | 8 p.m. (CT)
||Dayton, Ohio | University of Dayton Arena
||Hawkeye Radio Network
||Twitter Game Updates
||Iowa leads, 2-1
NCAA TOURNAMENT STORYLINES
• Iowa has one Ohio native on its roster, junior Aaron White (Strongsville, Ohio).
• Iowa is considered the road team on Wednesday and will be wearing its black uniforms.
• Wednesday will be the fourth meeting between Iowa and Tennessee. The Hawkeyes won two of the previous three meetings. All three previous meetings took place on neutral courts.
• Iowa has won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05/2005-06.
• Fran McCaffery becomes one of 12 coaches to guide four different teams to the NCAA Tournament.
• Three teams that competed at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas this past November will be competing in Dayton in first round games (Iowa, Xavier and Tennessee).
• Roy Devyn Marble (first) and Aaron White (third) were all-conference honorees this season. Marble is Iowa's first all-conference first team honoree since Adam Haluska in 2007.
• Roy Devyn Marble is believed to be only the second Big Ten player (Gary Grant of Michigan) since 1985-86 with 1,650+ points, 375+ assists, 450+ rebounds, and 175+ steals.
• Aaron White is the only player in the country to shoot better than 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
• Junior Gabriel Olaseniis one of only four players in the country (minimum 160 rebounds) with more offensive rebounds (82) than defensive (81).
HAWKEYES FALL AT BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
• Iowa and Northwestern went into halftime tied, 31-31, but the Wildcats shot 55 percent from the floor compared to 26 percent for Iowa the final 20 minutes en route to a 67-62 win over the Hawkeyes in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• Roy Devyn Marble (25) and Jarrod Uthoff (17) combined for 42 of Iowa's 62 points. Marble also dished out four assists and had two steals, while Uthoff snagged a team-high nine rebounds and missed only one shot (5-of-6 FG, 3-3 3-pt FG, 4-4 FT).
• Iowa shot a season-best 89 percent from the free throw line, missing only two attempts (16-of-18).
• Iowa's bench contributed nearly half (30) of the Hawkeyes' offensive production (62).
• The Hawkeyes outscored Northwestern 11-2 in fast break points.
• Iowa outrebounded Northwestern by 14 in the second half after being outrebounded by six in the first half.
• The game featured five ties and seven lead changes.
Iowa and Tennessee have met three previous times, with Iowa holding a 2-1 advantage. All three games were played on neutral courts. The teams last met on Dec. 29, 2000, in the Rainbow Classic, with Tennessee winning, 80-68, in the tournament semifinals. Iowa beat the Volunteers 64-59 in 1967 in Los Angeles and 92-86 in 1977 in Las Vegas. Iowa and Tennessee participated in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas earlier this season, but did not meet.
• Tennessee finished alone in fourth place in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with an 11-7 record in 2013-14. The Volunteers advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals before being defeated by top-seeded Florida, 56-49. The Gators are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Volunteers have won five of their last six games heading into the First Four matchup against Iowa in Dayton. Tennessee is 0-5 against ranked competition this season, having played four games against teams that earned No. 1 seeds (Florida, Wichita State, and Virginia).
• Senior guard Jordan McRae is the SEC's second-leading active scorer and his 1,443 points rank 17th in Tennessee history. McRae paces the Volunteers with an 18.6 scoring average, which ranks fourth in the conference. McRae has made 75 3-point field goals, a figure that ranks eighth in the SEC.
• Junior forward Jarnell Stokes averages a double-double at 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Stokes has posted 19 double-doubles this season, ranking third in the country. Stokes is one of two players in the SEC to average a double-double, while his rebounding total is 10th in the nation. Redshirt senior Jeronne Maymon averages 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds, which are the third-most rebounds in the SEC.
• Tennessee is +8.5 on the glass this season, out-rebounding its opposition, 38.8-30.3, ranking third in the country. The Volunteers average 13.7 offensive boards, which ranks 21st in the country.
• The Volunteers yield 61.1 points per game, a scoring defense that ranks second in the SEC.
• Tennessee is led by third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. Martin has ties to the Big Ten having lettered at Purdue from 1992-95 before earning his degree in 2000. Martin won two Big Ten Championships as a Boilermaker, finishing his career with 1,666 points and finished as the program's all-time leading 3-point shooter.
• Fran McCafferycoached against Tennessee in 2008 when he was the coach at Siena. McCaffery's Siena Saints lost, 78-64, to Tennessee in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Florida.
Iowa and Tennessee played two common opponents this year. Iowa defeated Xavier (77-74 in overtime) and UTEP (89-53) in the Bahamas. Tennessee lost to UTEP (78-70) and split two meetings with Xavier. The Volunteers lost to the Muskateers (67-63) in the season opener in Cincinnati, but beat Xavier (64-49) in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
MARBLE, WHITE EARN POSTSEASON RECOGNITION
Roy Devyn Marble was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media voting panel, while Aaron White was recognized on the third team. Marble becomes the first Hawkeye since Adam Haluskain 2007 to be named to the first team. Marble was also honored on the NABC first-team All-District team and the USBWA All-District squad.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK -- 6
Six Big Ten teams qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament: Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Wolverines (Midwest Region) and Badgers (West Region) are two seeds, the Spartans are seeded fourth in the East Region, the Buckeyes are a No. 6 seed in the South Region, while the Cornhuskers earned a No. 11 seed in the West Region.
AGAINST THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
Iowa posted a 4-8 record in 12 games against eight teams that are in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Among the NCAA teams, Iowa was 1-0 against Nebraska and Xavier, 1-1 vs. Michigan and Ohio State, 0-1 vs. Iowa State and Villanova and 0-2 vs. Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes played just two teams that are participating in the NIT, splitting two games with both Illinois and Minnesota.
IOWA VS. THE MIDWEST BRACKET
Iowa has previously played 15 of the other 18 teams in the Midwest Bracket, but has never played Manhattan, Massachusetts or Wofford. Iowa is 4-5 vs. Wichita State, 1-0 vs. Cal Poly, 4-0 vs. Texas Southern, 3-5 vs. Kentucky, 4-4 vs. Kansas State, 11-7 vs. St. Louis, 3-3 vs. North Carolina State, 2-1 vs. Xavier, 2-2 vs. Louisville, 2-1 vs. Tennessee, 1-7 vs. Duke, 1-0 vs. Mercer, 2-2 vs. Texas Southern, 1-2 vs. Arizona State and 59-91 vs. Michigan. Iowa, in 2013-14, was 2-1 vs. the Midwest Bracket, splitting games with Michigan and defeating Xavier.
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. The Marble's (3,803) will finish their collegiate careers second among father-son combos, playing at the same school, behind the Burtt's of Iona (4,568). The Marble's are sixth overall.
IOWA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Iowa is participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time, returning for the first time since 2006. Iowa, as a third seed, was edged by No. 14-seed Northwestern State, 64-63, in Auburn Hills, Mich., in its last NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. The Hawkeyes hold an overall record of 27-24 in the tournament, advancing to the Final Four in 1955 (fourth), 1956 (second) and 1980 (fourth). Iowa has advanced to at least the Round of 32 in 10 of its last 12 tournament appearances. Iowa reached the regional championship in 1987 and lost in the regional semifinal in 1988 and 1999.
IOWA IN DAYTON
The Hawkeyes are making their second ever trip to Dayton, Ohio. Iowa is 2-0 all-time in the University of Dayton Arena, winning the Dayton Classic on Dec. 22-23, 1979. Iowa defeated Mississippi State, 81-62, in the first round and defeated Dayton, 61-54, in the championship game. Iowa advanced to the Final Four later that season.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYONE
No current Hawkeye player has played in the NCAA Tournament. However, nine have played in postseason play. The Hawkeyes competed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) the previous two seasons.
IOWA AT NEUTRAL SITES
Iowa has played five neutral-site games in 2013-14, posting a 3-2 record. The Hawkeyes were 2-1 at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, defeating Xavier and UTEP before falling to Villanova (overtime) in the title game. Iowa beat Drake University at Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Hawkeyes were edged by Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. In 15 games this season away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa has posted a 7-8 overall record.
VARIETY OF WEAPONS
Iowa has five players who average 7.4 points or more. Senior Roy Devyn Marble leads the way averaging 17.3 points per contest, followed by Aaron White (13.0), Mike Gesell (8.1), Jarrod Uthoff (7.7), and Melsahn Basabe (7.5). Josh Oglesby (6.7), Gabriel Olaseni (6.6) and Zach McCabe(6.0) average six points or better.
BASABE JOINS TEAMMATES IN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Melsahn Basabe (1,119) joined teammates Roy Devyn Marble (1,687) and Aaron White(1,294) 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.
ATTACKING THE RIM
Iowa has nearly made (647) more free throws than its opponents have attempted (656). Furthermore, the Hawkeyes (883) have attempted nearly 100 more free throws than the next Big Ten team, Indiana (789). Iowa attempted 476 free throws during league play; 52 more than second place Wisconsin (424). Iowa's 27.6 free-throw attempts average, ranks 16th nationally. The Hawkeyes rank ninth in the country in made free throws (20.2). Junior Aaron White is on pace to shatter the school's free-throw makes record. White currently ranks seventh with 418 career makes, while senior Roy Devyn Marbleis sixth (431). Both Marble (594) and White (556) are also climbing Iowa's free-throw attempts chart, ranking sixth and seventh, respectively.
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 17.3 points this season as a senior. White averaged 11.1 points as a rookie, 12.8 points as a sophomore, and 13 points this year as a junior.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks this season, climbing as high as 10th in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls on Jan. 20. Iowa began the season receiving votes in both polls.
Point guard Mike Gesell has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games, which included a stretch of five straight games -- the longest stretch of his career. He has averaged 10.2 points per game the last 10 outings, while dropping 45 dimes (4.5 average). In 32 games this year, Gesell ranks first in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). The sophomore has 553 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 at Minnesota on Feb. 25. He netted 15 points in Iowa's win over Purdue on March 1 and contributed 11 points and, assists, four rebounds and two steals against Illinois in the regular season finale.
MARBLE FINISHING HIS IOWA CAREER STRONG
Roy Devyn Marble has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in seven of the last nine games, including netting 20+ points in 6-of-7 games -- the longest stretch of his career. His scoring average this season (17.3) is the highest by a Hawkeye since Adam Haluska averaged 20.5 points during the 2007 season. Marble (329, 18.3 ppg) concluded conference play second in league scoring, just five points behind Nebraska's Terran Pettaway (334, 18.6 ppg). Marble is one of only two Hawkeyes to amass 550+ points, 100+ rebounds, 100+ assists and 55+ steals as a senior (B.J. Armstrong). Marble, who was first team All-Big Ten and all-district by the USBWA and NABC, enters Wednesday's game fifth in Iowa career scoring with 1,687 points. He surpassed Ronnie Lester after his 25-point performance vs. Northwestern on March 13 at the Big Ten Tournament. Marble is only 18 points from fourth-place B.J. Armstrong (1,705). He has netted 21 or more points 12 times this season, including 26 against Michigan on Feb. 8 and 21 versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. The native of Southfield, Mich., averaged 18.3 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in conference play. Marble is the only Big Ten player to average 17+ points, 3+ assists and 1.6+ steals. Marble had 21 points and a career-high 11 assists -- his first career double-double -- versus Wisconsin on Feb. 22. 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 averaged 20.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists versus top teams in the Big Ten standings this year (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State). The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard averages 28 points in the six career games when attempting eight 3-pointers or more. Marble surpassed Jeff Horner for seventh place on Iowa's all-time steals list in Iowa's game at Indiana on Feb. 27.