Hawkeyes, Matt Gatens slowed down by Illini


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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#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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Iowa Hawkeyes Sell out Name of Basketball Court

Well at least the name of the Arena remains. It’s not the Dunkin Donuts Center, or one of the other many arenas in the Big East with a horrible sounding corporate name.

Today the University of Iowa and the state of Iowa’s premiere telecommunications provider agreed to an expansion of their current marketing partnership that includes sponsorship of the competition surfaces inside the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

That’s right. You’ve heard of “Coach K. Court,” “Gene Keady Court,” “Eddie Sutton Court” etc. well the Iowa Hawkeyes present to you…

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99 in 99: #99 Iowa Hawkeyes

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The college football season is right around the corner as camps are opening all across the country.  So what better time to start our team-by-team college basketball previews.  Yes, college BASKETBALL.  The season is still well over three months from tipping off but I have a Brett Favre-sized itch and dammit, I am going to scratch it.

For the next 99 days, I will rank the top 99 teams in reverse power ranking order.  Those 99 teams will be chosen from the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Let’s get to it.

By: David Kay
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