Iowa Hawkeyes bubble burst: NIT versus ISU next

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The Big Ten did not get 8 teams into the NCAA Tournament? The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t have any great signature wins, but they did have something the Gophers and Illini didn’t possess- a .500 Big Ten record. However, the Iowa Hawkeyes have a RPI of 77 and a SoS of 98. Not exactly stellar there.

And now Iowa’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT) quest commences.  The Hawkeyes, a three seed, will host sixth-seeded Indiana State (18-14) of the Missouri Valley Conference Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. CDT.  The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Man, that loss to Virginia Tech really stings. They gave Michigan State all they could handle in the Big Ten Tournament. Which would have been great for their resume, and probably could have solidified a bid, a couple more points and they could have been dancing.

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2012 NFL Draft – Top Defensive Lineman

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1. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6-2, 264): One of the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft, Ingram could play in both the 3-4 as an OLB or speed DE, as well as play the traditional 4-3 defensive end. Ingram has pro-ready hand technique and frequently gets his man off balance.    Prediction: Top-15

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Iowa Hawkeyes’ All-Time Receiver (and Coolest Name): Marvin McNutt

Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr. set the school record for career touchdown receptions with an 80-yarder on Saturday.  He added two more scoring receptions in the second period, giving him 24 for his career; breaking the previous mark of 21, held by former San Diego Charger Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Danan Hughes (1989-92).

McNutt has at least 100 yards receiving in four games this year and is just 313 yards from becoming Iowa’s career leader in that category. Breaking the mark of the marijuana-loving Derrell Johnson-Koulianous (sp?).

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Hawkeyes Marvin McNutt, Illini Whitney Mercilus on College Football All-Name Team

With a name like Mercilus, pronounced merciless, you have to be a college football player. And a player at the very aggressive attacking position of defensive end too- that helps. Illinois Fighting Illini junior DE Whitney Mercilus is just that; a man with a name built for his role like former Illini OL Eric Block, or current Buffalo Bills DB Reggie Corner.

“I do get a lot of comments, I just walk in public, and people hear my name, and they’re like really? Mercilus that’s your last name? Yeah, it’s a cool last name and you have to play with a name like mine,” Mercilus said.

If there’s one thing the coaches could change with Whitney, it’s getting him to be less timid.

“Yeah, it’s very opposite of my name. Same thing my teammates and former teammates have told me- You’ve got to play more aggressive, stop thinking, go faster, yo look at your last name. It makes no sense for you to be playing like this,” Mercilus said at media day.

Mercilus is joined on college football’s best names in the Big Ten by Iowa Hawkeyes receiver Marvin McNutt.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Fan Version of Wiz Khalifa “Black & Yellow” (Video)

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Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” you knew it was ripe for parody, perhaps a version just for Iowa Hawkeyes fans? Yes, your prayers have been answered…by Satan. Because this video is rather…not good. Certainly not from a musical standpoint. And the University of Iowa has a lot of gorgeous girls on its campus, so how come the girls overtly shaking their asses in this video have so much cellulite and muffin tops on display?

Then again, I don’t think the people in this video go to school there. Take a closer look, I have a feeling very few of them attend college or ever will.

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Another Iowa Hawkeye Busted for Drugs, Ballard Failed Combine Test

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And the third domino falls for the drug scandal in Iowa Hawkeyes football. The Iowa college football program finished second, or should I say penultimate, in a criminal study by SI among the preseason top 25. Among those 25 teams, only the Pittsburgh Panthers had more arrests in their program than Iowa.

This criminal element within the program most visibly in the drug scandal that started with Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and his alleged drug house. Then star tailback Adam Robinson was busted for marijuana possession and thrown off the team.

And now this:

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Michigan State Stays on NCAA Bubble with Narrow Victory over Iowa Hawkeyes

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In our latest, most up-to-date NCAA Tournament bracket projection, (or college basketball “bracketology” if you will, we have the Michigan State Spartans as a #11 seed.

Although the chances of them falling into that final #12 seed line (and perhaps playing within that “First Four”) are still high, even with their 66-61 narrow escape over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round of Big Ten Tournament. It was game the Hawkeyes lost more than the Spartans won.

However, their chances of falling off the bubble and into the NIT are quite low at this point. A win tomorrow over the #2 seed Purdue Boilermakers assures their place as the sixth Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament.

By Paul M. Banks

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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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Illinois 81, Iowa 68: Rapid Reaction

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It was a college basketball game that highlighted one of the main reoccurring themes of the Illinois Fighting Illini season. Every time they had a big lead, they just couldn’t find a way to step on their opponents’ throat.

The “killer instinct,” or “closing speed” just was not there. It seemed like every time they went up 15, the margin was back to five or less before you knew it.

The 81-68 Illini win certainly was a game of runs in the first half as the Illini 10-0, then Iowa went  11-1, followed by ILL 16-2, then Iowa 11-5 over the final five minutes to close half.

And up until the 6:02 mark in the second half, when Demetri McCamey hit a dagger to put the Illini up 17, this Big Ten brawl constantly shifted back and forth between non-contest and close game.

By Paul M. Banks

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Understanding Northwestern’s Recent Dominance Over the Iowa Hawkeyes

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Everyone has a foil- someone or something they just can’t get the best of. Dr. Claw had Inspector Gadget, Charlie Brown had Lucy, and her placekick holds; and I have the various forms of fried chicken.

And the Iowa Hawkeyes have the Northwestern Wildcats.

On Saturday, the Cats once again ruined the Hawks college football season. Last year they defeated No. 8 (AP) Iowa (No. 4 BCS) in Iowa City when the Hawkeyes were 9-0. This year, they ended their Big Ten title and BCS bowl hopes.

NU has now won three in a row in the series and five of the last six, including three games at Kinnick Stadium in 2006, 2008 and 2009. During ’08-’09 Iowa went 12-0 at home versus every non-Northwestern opponent.

Iowa still leads the overall series 46-23-3, but NU has again won 9 of the last 14. After the loss in Evanston, I had to ask the Hawkeyes what was going on with this recent purple reign.

By Paul M. Banks

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Adam Robinson Continues Run of Solid Iowa Running Backs

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Great tailbacks and the Iowa Hawkeyes football program have been like young Caucasian girls sporting giant, over-sized sunglasses. Another one pops up all the time, and the trend shows no sign of stopping.

Shonn Greene is now with the New York Jets in the NFL, after winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. Ladell Betts is having a nice pro career with the Washington Redskins and Albert Young played a couple years with the Minnesota Vikings.  And don’t forget Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks (my personal favorite), Ronnie Harmon, Fred Russell, and Damian Sims.

The latest in line is sophomore Adam Robinson, who ranks third in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation in rushing
yards per game. He had his 8th career 100 yard rushing game Saturday at Northwestern.

By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt

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Disturbed, Demented Iowa Fan Analyzes Northwestern

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On Thursday, I will continue my series of Brutally Honest Big Ten college football Game Previews, this week focusing on the Northwestern Wildcats versus the Iowa Hawkeyes. but Before doing so, I’d like for you to take a look at what is the most disturbed and frightfully detailed vivisection of Northwestern football that I have ever seen. (Well, the piece did they last season with featuring Pat Fitzgerald and a baked potato is more appropriately described by that sense, but I can’t seem to find that link anymore)

It comes from a post written this past summer by SB Nation’s Hawkeyes blog “Black Heart, Gold Pants.”

Now you may wonder why a fan of such a solid program like Iowa would take the time to dismantle our Cats? This excerpt explains:

since The Beginning Of History in 1995 (which is crazy because I totally remember the ’80s and they were bitchin’) Northwestern’s held a 9-5 advantage, including wins in four of the last five encounters (and three straight in Kinnick).

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