LISA BLUDER'S BUNCH PULLED ONE OUT IN OT WEDNESDAY. Down three with the game clock running out Jamie Printy stepped up and nailed a three pointer to tie the game and force overtime against Middle Tennessee State. The Lady Hawks would pull out the win in OT and move to the WNIT finals against North Carolina. The Hawkeye 69-63 win over MTSU pushes their record to a perfect (3-0) on the season. North Carolina defeated Georgetown 63-48 to also improve to (3-0). Iowa and NC will tip-off Sunday at 3:00 pm (CST).
THE IOWA MEN IMPROVED TO (3-0). Iowa rolled Howard 66-36 Thursday night. Fran McCaffery talked about his team's third win of the early season (video). He said he was happy with his team's defensive performance. He's also happy with leading scorer Devyn Marble's performance. Fran isn't worried about the poor three point shooting percentage. He says the shots were open looks that just didn't fall. Iowa hosts Garnder-Webb Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye arena.
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN'S TEAMS ADD RECRUITS. After the large recruiting class last year, McCaffery will add only one recruit for next season. Peter Jok, shooting guard from West Des Moines Valley, signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. McCaffery always stayed in contact with Jok, even though he battled through a knee injury in high school. McCaffery says he "loved the kid from day one."
Lisa Bluder added two this early signing period. Ally Disterhoft, of Iowa City, Iowa, and Alexa Kastanek, of Lincoln, Nebraska, are Hawkeyes. Both are ESPN Gurlz Top 100 recruits, according to Hawkeyesports.
IOWA WRESTLING OPENS THE SEASON TONIGHT. The action starts at 2:30 pm (CST) in Tennessee. The Hawkeyes will take on Cumberland (TN), followed by #20 Virginia and finally Tennessee-Chattanooga in today's dual meet. Sophomore Mike Evans is ready to start the season. He says he's keep the handlebar mustache for the season if it were allowed.
KIRK FERENTZ HELD HIS LAST HAWK TALK RADIO SHOW WEDNESDAY NIGHT. There will be no show due to Thanksgiving next week. There could be a pre-bowl show if Iowa qualifies but that's not happening. Nothing groundbreaking here.
I DON'T WANT TO GET ON A RANT HERE, BUT. There's this piece, it's a special contribution, mind you. But, can we slow down on the Brian Ferentz for Offensive Coordinator talk? The last two games we've seen defensive tackles slant to gaps while interior offensive linemen never get across to make a block. Mark Weisman may return this week but it doesn't matter if your offensive guards, and center, can't block the opposition. I believe Brian will be an excellent coach in the future. He's working with a lot of youth and inexperienced offensive linemen. So, for now, let's see some improvement from the position he's paid to coach before we promote him. Please?
PREDICTIONS. I'm not going to look all over the web for these. Some Vegas lines have Michigan -20. Marc Morehouse has the advantage breakdown. He picks Michigan to win but not cover. Big Ten bloggers Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett predict a blowout for the Wolverines.
COULD BE MORE THAN ONE PERSONNEL CHANGE TOMORROW. Here's one possibility:
Quinton Alston says on his Facebook that he’s starting at Michigan.— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) November 16, 2012
- 11/15/2012: Talkin' Hawks podcast (Iowa at Michigan)
- ‘The Mike Hlas Podcast' with former Hawkeye Matt Bowen
- 11/15/2012: Iowa 66, Howard 36 (Links)
- Hawkeyes hammer Howard
- Hawkeyes Cruise to 3rd-Straight Win
- Iowa men roll to 3rd straight win
- Shonn Greene softens Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow comments
- Field Hockey: 4 Hawkeyes Earn Regional All-America Honors
- The On Iowa Podcast
- Iowa at Michigan (What to expect)
- UI Football Coordinator chat
- Michigan seniors motivated to finally beat Iowa
- Denard Robinson at another position?
- Iowa's Matt Tobin: Growing into the game
- Ferentz Preserves O-Line Expectations
- Big Ten enters into agreement with Orange Bowl
- Grothus makes early claim as Iowa's 149 lb starter
- Iowa weighs future basketball game in Sioux City
- Wolverines' Kovacs a self-made Michigan Man
- Kid Captain: Cain Bonnett