FRAN MCCAFFERY'S SQUAD SWITCHED IDENTITIES WITH UNI TO GET THE WIN. The Hawkeyes downed Northern Iowa 80-73 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. McCaffery talked about this team's win after the game. Fran also disussed Iowa's three point shooting and Gabe Olaseni's high amount of minutes in the game.
ERIC MAY ALSO PLAYED A LOT OF MINUTES. Freshman point guard Anthony Clemmons found himself in foul trouble and McCaffery had to go to the bench. May, the team's lone senior, scored only two points but his contribution on the defensive end helped Iowa get the win.
ROY DEV MARBLE AND MIKE GESELL COMBINED FOR 53 POINTS. "I hit my first shot, that's always a good feeling, and I just kept shooting," said Mike Gesell. He would finish the game 4-6 from beyond the three point line. Marble shot 19 total free throws and sunk 14. He set the Wells Fargo Classic record at a high bar with a 30 point game.
LISA BLUDER'S TEAM ALSO TOOK A WEEKEND TRIP TO DES MOINES. Drake had no answer for Iowa's size in the post. Morgan Johnson finished the game with 26 points. Drake made it a game by cutting Iowa's lead to four with six minutes to go in the game but Iowa finished their sweep of Drake, UNI and Iowa State with a 82-65 win over the Lady Bulldogs.
SO, THE FIRST BIG FOUR CLASSIC IS IN THE BOOKS. I attended. It was weird. Nearly a quarter of the lower bowl remained empty for Iowa's game with UNI. Iowa State fans stayed at the bar while they waited for their team to tip. I left after Iowa finished. I assume other Hawk fans did as well. This is the way it will be for the next three years.
IOWA FOOTBALL HELD THEIR END OF THE YEAR BANQUET SATURDAY. James Ferentz and Micah Hyde won the 2012 Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award. I can't argue with that, really. Matt Tobin won the Brett Greenwood Award given to the team's top walk-on. Greg Castillo, Mark Weisman and Christian Kirksey (special teams) won the Next Man In Award. And finally, Steven Ferentz gets recognized for his contributions as a [sic] "special teams player."
MORE FOOTBALL RECRUITING. Iowa lost a recruit last weekend. Four-star prospect Delano Hill had verbally committed to Iowa in April. His commitment held strong despite flirtation from other programs like Pitt and LSU. All it took was a phone call and offer from Michigan to get him to flip. He told Brady Hoke he'd accept their offer at Michigan Saturday while attending a Wolverine practice.
While Iowa lost one, they gained another. Thanks to CIC we all know LeShun Daniels now. The former Boston College verbal commit likes how Iowa runs the football.
Last week, we discussed Daniels and some other prospects that have popped up on the radar just prior to the dead period. There's another name at wide receiver to keep an eye on. Hawkeye coaches took to Texas to sit down and talk to wide receiver Anjeus Jones about becoming a Hawkeye. Jones is a 6'3" 195 pound receiver that doesn't yet have an Iowa offer but does from New Mexico State. The NMSU offer came recently. Jones may visit the Iowa campus next month.
Finally, his signing day is still over a year away for 2014 prospects, but Orlando Brown Jr. has trimmed his list of schools to eight and Iowa made the cut. Brown, the son of a former NFL offensive lineman (Orlando Brown Sr.), also lists Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina. There's a connection between Ferentz and the 6'8" 370 pound offensive tackle. Rob Howe, of Hawkeye Insider, wrote about it in May.
- 12/15/2012: Iowa 80, Northern Iowa 73 (Links)
- Big Four was nice and all, but it was no Classic
- Former Hawkeye Week in Review for 12/16/12
- Ferentz, Hyde share Iowa MVP
- Hawkeyes win two duals in first NCAA wrestling meet at Madison Square Garden
- Hawkeyes drain UNI in Big Four Classic
- Devyn Marble's record day lifts Iowa past UNI
- Big Four Classic has pluses, minuses
- Madness Conference Players of the Week : Roy Dev Marble
- Hawkeyes dominate at Grapple at the Garden