"I don't usually go to the top floor, but tonight I had a business meeting." -Devyn Marble via Jordan Garretson
For the video of Devyn Marble's late game dunk check out the video at High Porch Picnic
Iowa started out fast against the Gophers building an early 14 point lead. Cold shooting Minnesota started to find the bottom of the hoop and closed the gap and eventually went into halftime with a three point lead. Iowa's offense was lethargic for most of the second half until late when the Hawkeyes found a spark.
Marble drove down the court and did something we don't see every often, he stopped and popped a three. The very next possession Marble took the ball and drove around a Zach McCabe screen to rise up and throw down a one hand jam that fired up the Carver crowd of students taking advantage of free admission.
Marble finished with 12 points and senior Matt Gatens added 18. It was Iowa's first season sweep over Minnesota since 2007. The Hawkeyes will face Penn State Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Area at 2 pm (CT).
Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff inked 24 players on National Signing Day. Ferentz said they are still waiting to hear from one recruit, Alex Kozan. Alex was a no-show at his high school's ceremony for athletes to announce their college destinations. He had verbally committed to Iowa but now is still deciding between Iowa, Auburn and Michigan.
The Hawks added a pair of surprise recruits yesterday. Neither George Kittle or Reid Sealby's names were mentioned by the pay-per-view recruiting sites prior to signing day. Kittle is a legacy recruit. His father Bruce was a key part of Hayden Fry's Hawkeye turn around both as a player and coach in the early 1980's. Sealby was heading to Air Force before a late Iowa offer came via phone call. Reid is from Byron, Illinois, home of former Hawkeye Sean Considine.
In addition to scholarship additions, Iowa added four walk-ons from the Sioux City area. We knew about Andre Dawson, Michael Malloy, Alex Imming and Will Kincart, and now the Sioux City Journal reports Iowa also added Jeremy Nelson and Cole Croston. Nelson played at Heelan with Malloy, he's number 64 in these YouTube clips. Cole is the son of former Hawkeye and Big Ten Offensive Linemen of the Year Dave Croston. Cole doesn't have a YouTube highlight but he does have videos on Hudl.
Ferentz held a press conference to discuss Iowa's newest members of the football team. He didn't discuss the defensive job openings but did announce Iowa will hold a press conferece next Wednesday. If video isn't your thing you can read the entire transcript here.
You can also read the "Quick Slants" from Marc Morehouse. Marc also has a longer recap of the days events including defensive coordinator talk. His recruit bios, like this one with Connor Kornbrath, will start rolling out today.
- Brian Ferentz out of the blocks quickly as Patriots' tight ends coach
- Why did recruit drop ISU for Iowa?
- The 80s (and B.J., Roy and Eddie) return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday
- Fran McCaffery Press Conference Transcript
- All the money for Marble
- 2002 Iowa football team in OTE's all-time (since 1996) Big Ten tournament
- Ferentz close to filling assistant positions
- Hawks put focus on RB, DL
- Filling the running back gap
- Signing Day Special: Jake Rudock
- VIDEO: Former Hawkeye Brian Ferentz from the Super Bowl
- Video: Iowa spotlight - Keenan Davis and Dominic Alvis
- Giants' Sash thinking of ailing Iowa teammate
- Kampman Earns Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award
- Judge dismisses former dean's suit against UI