Iowa Rumors & News

  • Iowa senior Olaseni is playing through grief after the death of his father

    Quad City Times "Iowa guard Mike Gesell was being interviewed following Saturday’s win over Maryland Baltimore-County when one of his teammates slipped behind the battery of reporters, attempting to blend in. “The play of Gabriel Olaseni …’’ Gesell's teammate tossed out from behind the cameras and notepads...." December 09

  • Iowa secures fourth hoops commit in 2015 class

    Des Moines Register "Isaiah Moss tweeted a picture of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, his future basketball home, on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, the 6-foot-5 small forward from Simeon High School in Chicago, committed to the Hawkeyes and coach Fran McCaffery during his official visit. Moss also attended Iowa's 92-51..." November 03

  • Power forward Ahmad Wagner picks Iowa

    The Gazette "Three days after setting up his official visit to Iowa, forward Ahmad Wagner thought enough of the Hawkeyes to make a verbal commitment. The 6-foot-7 senior announced Sunday on Instagram that will attend Iowa. He will make his official visit on Sept. 6. “First off I would like to thank God..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Iowa suspends Peter Jok indefinitely following second arrest

    College Basketball Talk "Following his second arrest in a three-month span, Iowa rising sophomore guard Peter Jok was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities, the school announced on Tuesday evening. On April 27, Jok, 20, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicating after being stopped..." July 15

  • Iowa's Peter Jok involved in second incident while driving moped "Iowa's Peter Jok has been arrested again for an incident involving a moped. Jok was pulled over in Iowa City on Monday night while driving said moped. The problem? He doesn't have a proper license, as his right to drive is under suspension. Jok's license was taken away in early May after he was..." July 15

  • Samford transfer Tim Williams chooses New Mexico over Iowa

    The Daily Iowan "The Iowa men’s basketball team has lost out on yet another possible recruit. Former Samford University forward Tim Williams will play at New Mexico for the rest of his college career, he announced on Sunday. The 6-8 forward also considered Iowa and Nevada but ultimately chose to play for..." June 23

  • Iowa wing Peter Jok pleads guilty to OWI, requests deferred judgement

    College Basketball Talk "Iowa freshman Peter Jok pleaded guilty to the charge of Operating While Intoxicated, and requested deferred judgment, after being arrested last weekend after police pulled over Jok on his moped, according to a report from Mitchell Schmidt of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The 20-year-old Jok..." May 03

  • Patrick McCaffery’s tumor was cancerous, treatment next

    Hawk Central "The tumor that was removed from Patrick McCaffery’s thyroid on Wednesday was malignant, his father and Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement released by the university today. Coach McCaffery said that the family will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine..." March 22

  • Tennessee 78, Iowa 65

    ProSportsDaily "Jarnell Stokes recorded 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Volunteers pulled away in overtime to beat the Hawkeyes in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Jordan McRae led the way with 20 points for 11th-seeded Tennessee (22-12), which will play sixth-seeded..." March 20

  • Vols advance in OT to play UMass with 78-65 win over Iowa

    Tennessean "Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night in the NCAA’s First Four. The Volunteers’ late comeback sent them..." March 20

  • Iowa revival is just Fran McCaffery’s latest fixer-upper

    Hawk Central "Fran McCaffery was just 26 years old when he got the head coaching job at Lehigh in 1985. The youngest Division I head coach at the time, McCaffery took over a team that had been 12-19 the previous season. McCaffery vividly remembers conducting a practice that first season when there was a..." March 18

  • Northwestern 67, Iowa 62

    ProSportsDaily "Tre Demps posted 20 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Wildcats ended a five-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Drew Crawford tallied 15 points and six assists for 11th-seeded Northwestern (14-18), which rebounded from a..." March 14

  • Have these Hawkeyes underachieved? The answer isn’t easy

    Hawk Central "After Iowa’s 2012-13 basketball season had ended in the championship game of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, this is what I wrote looking ahead to this year: “Anything less than the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2006 will be considered an underachieving..." March 12

  • Illinois stuns Iowa on Jon Ekey’s last-second three

    Chicago Sun-Times "Ladies and gentlemen, Jon Ekey. Make that Jon Three-key. Actually, what Illinois fans love to call the senior forward on social media is “3key” — perfect for a guy with a well-honed stroke from beyond the arc. It’s an undeniably cool nickname for a role player who spent three years at..." March 09

  • Appling, Spartans beat up on Iowa 86-76 in seniors' final home game

    Detroit News "It was the final home game of Keith Appling’s Michigan State career on Thursday night and through one half, his coach thought the senior guard was playing as poorly as he had all season. So Tom Izzo challenged his entire team at halftime, Appling in particular. “I told them to quit talking..." March 07

  • Iowa 83, Purdue 76

    ProSportsDaily "Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting as the Hawkeyes earned a Big Ten win over the visiting Boilermakers. Marble also had five assists and four steals and Aaron White put up 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7), who solidified their standing for an at-large..." March 02

  • Indiana offense outpaces Iowa, races to 93-86 victory

    Inside The Hall "Well before Indiana took the court on Thursday night against Iowa, Tom Crean declared how his team would match up with the No. 20 Hawkeyes on his pre-game radio show appearance. They were going to run with them, play at Iowa’s desired tempo and go deep into their bench to support their style of..." February 28

  • Why didn’t Melsahn Basabe take the floor?

    Hawk Central "Iowa senior forward Melsahn Basabe, who averages 6.3 rebounds per game, did not play in Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota because of a stomach illness. That was a surprise to Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery, who watched Basabe go through warmup drills. “He practiced (Monday). He was great in..." February 26

  • Iowa defense has no answers for red-hot Gophers

    Hawk Central "I have to admit I’d never heard of Charles Buggs, Minnesota’s redshirt freshman forward, until he introduced himself Tuesday at Williams Arena. He’d played a total of two career minutes against Big Ten competition entering Tuesday’s game with Iowa. No points. No rebounds. One assist...." February 26

  • A most unlikely outburst carries Gophers past No. 20 Iowa, 95-89

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One player hadn’t broken three minutes in the Big Ten slate. The other had managed to shoot only 10 percent from beyond the arc in the past 13 games. Together, the unlikely pair caught fire Tuesday night, transforming the flickering Gophers into an offensive firestorm. On the heels of two of..." February 26

  • Michigan might take Big Ten basketball title, but Wisconsin is ascending

    Chicago Sun-Times "Michigan not only took over first place in the Big Ten with Sunday’s 79-70 victory against rival Michigan State, it also set itself up as an extremely strong favorite to finish the job by winning the regular-season title. At 11-3 in league play, the Wolverines have a half-game lead on MSU and..." February 25

  • Gasser fuels key Wisconsin road win against Iowa

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Josh Gasser gathered the final rebound and slammed the ball emphatically onto the court. He raised his fist high and ran to the center of Carver-Hawkeye Arena to meet teammates, several leaping into each other with unabashed joy. Sometimes, during the grind of an intense Big Ten season, you've..." February 23

  • Postponed Iowa-Indiana game moved to Feb. 27 "The Iowa-Indiana game that was postponed on Tuesday will be played on Feb. 27, the Big Ten announced Friday. The two teams were set to play earlier this week, but a piece of metal fell from the ceiling and damaged some seats at Assembly Hall. The Indiana women's team played there on Wednesday,..." February 21

  • Big Ten basketball is more unpredictable than ever

    USA Today "One can debate whether or not Big Ten Conference men's basketball is as good as it's ever been. But has it ever been this unpredictable? Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, in his 19th season, said Monday there is "no question" the league is better top to bottom than he's ever seen. Nebraska's win..." February 19

  • Iowa’s Big Ten title climb just got steeper, no matter the makeup date

    Hawk Central "Tuesday’s game at Indiana was to be a big contest, on a national stage, a chance for Iowa’s men’s basketball team to take another step closer to an elusive Big Ten title. Instead, the steel beam that fell from the ceiling in the northwest corner of Assembly Hall in Bloomington, about 6 1/2..." February 19

  • Roof concerns postpone Iowa at Indiana men’s game; no makeup date set

    Hawk Central "In what Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean said could have been “an incredible crisis,” a large metal beam fell from the Assembly Hall ceiling into empty seats on Tuesday afternoon, prompting postponement of that night’s game against Iowa. An ESPN crew preparing to televise the game caught..." February 19

  • Iowa-Indiana ppd after piece of ceiling falls "Tuesday night's scheduled matchup between No. 15 Iowa and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., has been postponed after a piece of metal fell from the ceiling and damaged seats at Assembly Hall hours before the game was scheduled to begin. According to a release by the school, the beam that fell was..." February 18

  • Iowa outlasts Penn State for third straight road win

    Hawk Central "Iowa won just four Big Ten basketball games when Melsahn Basabe was a freshman. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes won their fourth Big Ten road game of Basabe’s senior season. “That’s a testament to our team and how we continue to develop,” said Basabe, who fought off an illness to play a key role in..." February 16

  • Iowa’s Devyn Marble still in line for prestigious Naismith Award

    Hawk Central "Iowa senior basketball player Devyn Marble is one of 30 players nationally on the Naismith Trophy midseason list, which was announced Thursday. Marble, a shooting guard, ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (17.8) and is the only player to score in double figures in every Big Ten game this..." February 13

  • Balanced Big Ten doesn’t have clear torch-bearers yet

    Chicago Sun-Times "We know this is shaping up as a really good year in the Big Ten. How good? A month before the teams gather in Indianapolis for what ought to be a raucous conference tournament, we don’t know. Will the Big Ten, which had three teams ranked in the top five until early January, finish what it..." February 12

  • No. 17 Iowa mashes Michigan for second top-10 win this season

    Hawk Central "A picture of Iowa’s basketball team was prominently displayed on ESPN’s college basketball website Saturday morning with a headline that read: “Backs Against The Wall.” A little strong, Devyn Marble said, but he understood the message. No. 17 Iowa entered Saturday’s game with No. 10 Michigan on..." February 09

  • #25 Ohio State topples #13 Iowa 76-69 on road

    Hawk Central "No. 17 Iowa couldn’t shoot, couldn’t defend and couldn’t beat crafty Ohio State on Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes made just 3-of-20 3-point attempts, allowed 45 second-half points and lost 76-69 to the Buckeyes. Ohio State was ranked third nationally when Iowa won in..." February 05

  • Iowa men prepare for another appearance on national stage

    Hawk Central "The stage has been set. Again. For the second straight week, Iowa’s basketball team will appear on ESPN’s “Super Tuesday” when it hosts Ohio State at 6 p.m. Tuesday in sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes, 17-5 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play, lost a week ago to Michigan State in..." February 04

  • What particular situation has not been kind to the Hawkeye men?

    Hawk Central "Luke Recker was in a Las Vegas sportsbook a week ago, watching Iowa’s basketball game with Michigan State. He saw the Hawkeyes’ Devyn Marble make a nifty spin move, get in the lane and take a shot that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. “I think he made a good, solid..." February 04

  • Iowa men survive Illinois charge to win there for first time since 1999

    Hawk Central "Iowa’s 21-point first-half lead was long gone, in an arena that has been a hall of horrors for the Hawkeye basketball program. Illinois had No. 15 Iowa on the ropes. But the Hawkeyes dug deep down the stretch, finished the game with a 15-4 run and got a much-needed 81-74 Big Ten victory..." February 02

  • Drake transfer helping Iowa’s next foe

    Hawk Central "Rayvonte Rice left Drake after two seasons to help his hometown team. Now, the junior guard is the leading scorer at Illinois, averaging 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for a team that will try ande and snap a six-game losing streak when it hosts Iowa Saturday. “He needs some help,” Illinois..." January 31

  • Big Ten race crowded in middle

    Fox Sports Ohio "If Ohio State wants to get back in the Big Ten race, it can't afford many more slips. The conference race is suddenly very crowded in the middle, where the Buckeyes reside heading into a Wednesday night home game vs. bottom dwelling Penn State. But Ohio State has won just once in its last five..." January 29

  • Michigan State snaps Iowa's 20-game home-court win streak with 71-69 OT victory

    Michigan Live "Denzel Valentine dazzled at just the right time for Michigan State, and Russell Byrd hit a key 3-pointer -- his first since Dec. 17 -- as the Spartans continued their mastery of Iowa on Tuesday night. No. 7 Michigan State (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten) scored a 71-69 overtime victory, winning for the..." January 29

  • Second-half momentum propels Hawkeyes to 76-50 win over Northwestern

    Hawk Central "Gabe Olaseni swished a second-half baseline jumper, stuck out his tongue and made an “aw shucks’ gesture with his arms. It was a perfect Michael Jordan impression. “I was just happy,” Olaseni said after No. 10 Iowa used a big second half to dismantle Northwestern, 76-50, before a pro-Hawkeye..." January 25

  • Fran McCaffery will revisit his past in Saturday’s game

    Hawk Central "Point guard Fran McCaffery was entering his senior season at Penn when coach Bob Weinhauer hired a new assistant. It was someone McCaffery was very familiar with — someone he idolized as a kid growing up in Philadelphia. Philadelphia 76ers guard Doug Collins retired after the 1980-81 NBA..." January 25

  • Michigan tops Iowa to stay perfect in Big Ten

    Michigan Live "Wednesday began with everyone asking, "Where is Nik Stauskas?" The 25-player Wooden Award midseason watch list was released and the Big Ten's leading scorer was nowhere to be found. Wednesday night ended with everyone saying, "Oh, there's Nik Stauskas." The U-M sophomore guard racked up a..." January 23

  • Oglesby now key contributor for Hawkeyes

    Quad City Times "Getting Josh Oglesby back from an injury in late December probably was viewed by Iowa basketball fans with mixed opinions. It was good to have one more experienced player to put on the court. But Oglesby was widely viewed as a player who had underachieved in the past. It wasn’t necessarily..." January 21

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

  • No. 14 Hawkeyes use depth to trounce Gophers at sold-out Carver

    Hawk Central "Aaron White attempted one shot in the first half Sunday. It was blocked by Minnesota’s 5-foot-9 DeAndre Mathieu, who is 11 inches shorter than Iowa’s junior forward. “I couldn’t believe that happened,” Devyn Marble, White’s teammate, said. “I don’t think he saw him coming.” Marble had just..." January 19

  • Tough for teams to find answers to Hawks’ depth

    Hawk Central "Depth is a beautiful thing when your team has more of it. And right now, the Iowa men’s basketball team has the most quality depth in the Big Ten, as it showed again Sunday. Iowa had five players score in double figures, eight grabbed at least three rebounds and nine played at least 10..." January 19

  • Iowa's Aaron White aims to prove doubters wrong

    USA Today "Aaron White remembers exactly where he was when his phone rang. Before his senior year of high school, White sat at home playing video games with good friend Ray Hamilton when Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and assistant Sherman Dillard called to offer a scholarship. Heralded high school basketball..." January 18

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