#60 Iowa Hawkeyes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Fran McCaffery is very close to helping the Iowa Hawkeyes turn the corner and become a NCAA Tournament caliber team.  The addition of a pair of key freshmen has the Hawkeyes’ future looking rather bright.

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10 Non-NCAA Tournament teams ready to make a splash next season

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College basketball fans whose team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament are probably already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 season.  Typical tourney teams like UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Villanova, and Maryland should have bounce back seasons next year and vie for a spot in the Big Dance.  Here are ten non-tourney programs to watch out for next season.

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Hawkeyes, Matt Gatens slowed down by Illini

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Iowa Hawkeyes country is college football country. Right now, it’s just not a college basketball town. Today’s loss at Illinois doesn’t help that. It was an Illini team that really needed a win, and for some reason Iowa can’t seem to beat Illinois lately.

The Illini improved their record vs Iowa at home to 61-14 all time; breaking a six game losing streak, the program’s worst since 1999.  They’ve won 11 in a row at Assembly Hall vs. the Hawks and seven in a row overall against the team from Iowa City. Bruce Weber improved his record to 13-2 vs. the Hawkeyes.

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Cold Day at the Kohl Center: Iowa Hawkeyes Knock Off #11 Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, this headline is not a misprint, the #11 Wisconsin Badgers have indeed dropped their conference home-opener to the Iowa Hawkeyes by the score of 72-65.

Iowa (9-6, 1-1) took full advantage of a horrendous-shooting performance from the Badgers (24-for-69) and a lackluster showing on the defensive end despite Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1) being one of the best in the nation on that side of the ball.

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#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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Michigan State Survives Iowa 66-61: Rapid Reaction


The Michigan State Spartans keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive with a 66-61 first-round win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday.

Spartans Head Coach Tom Izzo said it best when he said, “It wasn’t the prettiest of games,” as the Spartans  and Hawkeyes combined for 28 turnovers in a back-and-forth affair which came down to the very last minute of play.

But it was a pair of Spartans who made the difference with Durrell Summers hitting a couple of clutch free throws down the stretch and Draymond Green putting forth a monster double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds.

We all know what this means for the Spartans, but where do the Hawkeyes go from here?

By: Nick Grays

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Iowa Hawkeyes Shock #6 Purdue Boilermakers 67-65

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A loud, relentless crowd of 12,132 were in attendance for Senior Day at Carver Hawkeye Arena watching the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-19) shock the nation by upsetting the No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers (25-6), 67-65, in a Big Ten thriller.

Even with the potential to have a share of first place in the Big Ten on the line for Purdue, Jarryd Cole and the Hawkeyes were too much for Purdue to handle, as the Hawkeyes ended their imperfect regular season in style. This win also ended a seven-game win streak for the Boilermakers that included wins over Wisconsin and top-ranked Ohio State.

But, the most impressive part of the Hawkeye’s victory was how well the Hawkeyes played as a team today, with nine players on the squad having at least one basket and one rebound.

By Jonah Puls

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Northwestern Wildcats 73, Iowa Hawkeyes 70: Rapid Reaction

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Though many fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes were in attendance Thursday night, the most famous of the faithful: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were not at Welsh-Ryan Arena to see their Hawks drop yet another college basketball game; this time to the Northwestern Wildcats.

Although it was much less closer than the first meeting. The Cats shot the lights out to an almost historical level on January 12th in Iowa City, winning 90-71 in a game that was even more lopsided than it sounds.

However, the change of venue from road to home ended up in a -16 point swing. Usually, the differential in that situation goes completely the opposite.

“It wasn’t as fluid as I would have liked, or the team would have liked but we got it done,” NU Coach Bill Carmody said.

By Paul M. Banks

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