#94 Iowa Hawkeyes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Not that long ago, the Iowa Hawkeyes were a consistently competitive Big Ten foe only missing out on the NCAA Tournament twice between 1991-2006.  The past four years, the Hawkeyes have been consistent in a different way; consistently pathetic finishing no higher than eighth in the conference.  That is unlikely to change this season.


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Iowa Hawkeyes Cully Payne to Transfer Out

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Under Todd Lickliter, a ton of college basketball players left the University of Iowa program. Unfortunately for fans in Iowa City, that trend has continued in the new regime. Iowa Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery announced today that sophomore point guard Cully Payne has been granted a release from his scholarship.

“We appreciate Cully’s hard work and contributions to the Iowa basketball program the last two years,” said McCaffery.  “We are thankful for Cully that he has been able to make a full recovery from his injury and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

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