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Insight Enterprises Rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell in Celebration of the 2011 Insight Bowl (via InsightUSA)

If you have some free time today head to around 2:00 PM (CT). Norm Parker, along with Kirk Ferentz, will hold a press conference to discuss Norm's retirement and the upcoming Bowl. I imagine Ferentz will be asked about the coaching vacancy and other team issues like the status of Mika'il McCall. If you don't have an all-access account (monthly $$) at Hawkeyesports you can always follow this Hawkeye media list on Twitter for live updates.

I don't expect to get a lot of answers, at least on the coaching vacancy. If there are any academic casualties they still won't be known for another week or so (finals ended today). Ferentz will get questions but we'll see if he gives direct answers. And besides, it's Norm's day to be Norm.

Iowa will host a number of football recruits this weekend, here are some of the players that will be on campus:

Hoops. The Hawkeyes conclude their match-up against instate rivals Saturday night when Drake comes to Carver. The latest news release from Iowa includes stats from Drake's Ben Simons and Rayvonte Rice. It also includes some quotes from coach about playing better defense and getting the win. Probably the most interesting thing, at least to me, is the final paragraphs that discuss McCaffery out watching Gesell and Woodbury this week. That's were we are at right now folks.

To be fair, that wasn't the only Iowa men's basketball story that Iowa published this week. The official game release is, as always, full of interesting facts. For example, did you know that Iowa ranked second in the Big Ten in steals (9.1 per game)? Or that Matt Gatens is 34/37 on the season from the free throw line?

McCaffery met with the media yesterday and with that came some interesting information. Here are some tweets that sum up the latest from Iowa's head basketball coach.

It shouldn't be a surprise that Devyn Marble has earned a starting spot rather it be at point guard or small forward. In the two games Marble has started in Cartwright's absence he is averaging 37 minutes. Those minutes led to production on the court to the tune of 17.5 points per game and 4.5 assists on average for that span. Marble has shown the ability to create his own shot and over the two games is 12/24 (50%) from the field.

Melsahn Basabe looks like he might be coming out of an early season slump. In his last two games he's averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Coach Fran McCaffery still wants more from Basabe, especially on the defensive side of the court.

The Bulldogs haven't played since December 8th when they beat Eastern Michigan 66-53. Drake is 6-3 on the season and has lost to Boise State, Virginia and Mississippi. Drake comes to Iowa with a ranking of 159. Iowa, by the way, is 143 according to Ken Pomeroy.

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