Iowa basketball is a hot topic once again.
NO HOOPS THIS WEEK SO LET'S TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.
IOWA'S NEXT OPPONENT ON THE HARD FLOOR IS NORTHERN IOWA. Here's the game notes for Saturday's contest. Iowa leads the all-time series with the in-state rival, 33-9. The Big Ten Network will televise the match-up.
ANTHONY CLEMMONS IS CATCHING EYES. In Jon Rothstein's CBS New York blog he mentions Clemmons as one of his "best kept secrets" in college basketball. Rothstein points to Clemmons' assist to turnover ratio. He adds that Clemmons might be the missing piece of the puzzle in Fran McCaffery's rotation this season.
IOWA DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT IN JOE LUNARDI'S LATEST EDITION OF "BRACKETOLOGY." The Hawkeyes were listed as part of the "next four out" to start the season. Now, the Hawkeyes are absent of both the field of 68 and the "next four out." Former opponents Iowa State and Virginia Tech are part of his "first four out." Iowa's next opponent, Northern Iowa, is not listed at all either.
AARON WHITE CALLED ON MATT GATENS BEFORE THE GAME WITH IOWA STATE. White wanted some advice from the former Hawkeye. White said,
"Matt was our rock, both offensively and defensively, and I wanted to get into his mind in how he prepared for practice every day. How hard you play in practice, it makes the game that much easier. He also gave me some pointers on conditioning and being more vocal at times."
THE HAWKEYE LADIES WILL PLAY DRAKE NEXT. They too are off this week to finish up semester finals. Lisa Bluder's squad travels to Drake to play Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm (CST). Bluder's former school is off to a (3-5) start on the season and should be no-contest for her Hawkeyes.
IOWA FOOTBALL GETTING SOME POSITIVE PUB. This is from 24/7 Sports and an article about college football's top offensive line evaluators. Iowa and Wisconsin are picked as the best schools with an eye for and ability to transform talent into NFL success.
ON MONDAY ESPN BIG TEN BLOGGERS RELEASED THEIR ALL-CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAMS. If you recall, zero Hawkeyes made the first team. The second team has been released and Micah Hyde makes an appearance on defense. He's the only Hawkeye to make either the first or second team. Austin Blythe makes their all-freshman team. Like Hyde, he's the only Hawkeye to make the cut.
SPEAKING OF BLYTHE. His younger brother, Corbin Blythe, will walk-on to the Iowa football team next season. Corbin isn't as big as his brother (6'2" 225) and perhaps figures to try to work his way to playing time along the defensive line.
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