IOWA PLAYED INDIANA TOUGH BUT THERE ARE NO MORAL VICTORIES. Save those for the Clones. Hawkeye men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery talked about his team's loss to the Hooisers (also video). Fran discussed the decision to not take a timeout with 40 or so seconds left. He also discussed the team's poor shooting and Melsahn Basabe's ankle.
ROY DEV COULDN'T HIT THE BROAD SIDE OF A BARN AGAINST INDIANA. Bad shooting days happen. Marble says he won't let it bother his confidence. He told reporters, "It was frustrating, but I'm not going to let it affect my game or depict what I'm going to do next. On the final play, as you saw, I kept shooting." He'll bounce back. There's still plenty of games left on the schedule.
FOR ADAM WOODBURY TO BE EFFECTIVE HE'LL NEED TO STAY OUT OF FOUL TROUBLE. It's part of the adjustment for the 7' freshman center. He towered over players in high school and could afford to reach a little. Now, the players are almost looking him eye-to-eye. He needs to work on getting his hands straight up in the air. There's also the speed of the game and he needs to work on his footwork.
Woodbury looked great at the start versus Cody Zeller. Ultimately, foul trouble limited his minutes. He said after the game about the matchup with Indiana's star forward, "I played him straight up and tried to be physical with him and tried to make him work for all of his points. I hope I made it a little tougher on him to score."
FANS ARE RETURNING TO CARVER. Iowa is already averaging 12,764 fans this season and the conference slate of games has just begun. That's the best average attendance numbers since 2004. With several ranked teams on the Hawkeye schedule there's a chance that Iowa exceeds 14,000 fans on average for the season.
THE HAWKEYE WOMEN OPEN BIG TEN PLAY TONIGHT. Iowa will host Ohio State at 5:30 pm (CST) and the Big Ten Network will televise the game. The Buckeyes come to Carver-Hawkeye with a (10-3) record and have beaten Iowa 16 of the last 18 games.
A LITTLE FOOTBALL RECRUITING NEWS. The verbal commits are reading the rumors of Ferentz to (fill-in the blank NFL team). Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe talked to several recruits to get a feel for their commitment to Iowa. Malik Rucker has an offer from Texas Tech and they will visit the defensive back this weekend.
There's also notes from Hawkeye Report to catch us up with all the comings and goings of the caring is creepy circuit. Walk-on Andre Hunt and three-star defensive end commit David Kenny will join the Hawkeye team at the beginning of Spring semester.
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