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Matthew Holst

BIG GAME TONIGHT.

GAME NOTES. Iowa has two Michigan natives on the roster: Devyn Marble and Anthony Clemmons. Michigan leads the all-time series with Iowa 90-58. The Wolverines are riding a seven game win streak. For a game preview, check back later as Vint will have that this afternoon.

MICHIGAN'S JOHN BEILEIN SAYS IOWA REMINDS HIM OF ARIZONA. The Wolverines hosted the #1 ranked Wildcats in December. Zona escaped Ann Arbor with a 72-70 win. Beilein says Iowa's length and pace of play is similar to the nation's #1 team.

FOR MICHIGAN, WITHOUT MITCH MCGARY, IT'S ALL ABOUT NIK STAUSKAS. The early rumblings for Big Ten player of the year include Iowa's Devyn Marble, MSU's Keith Appling and Michigan's Stauskas. Michigan goes as Stauskas goes. Last season he was labeled as a three point specialist. This season he's showing he's much more than that and can break down teams with his ability to drive to the basket.

Fran McCaffery said of Stauskas,

"I didn't see him strictly as a shooter last year. Obviously, his role was different, but he's athletic, he's got a great handle, he can go off the dribble, he moves without the ball and he's a gamer. He's doing more of it this year."

McCaffery added,

"He shoots it off the dribble. He's not a catch-and-shoot, he's not a standstill. He can hit a step-back three off a double crossover. If you don't find him in transition, it's almost automatic. When you run at him, he can put it on the deck. He made a play in the Wisconsin game where he drove it and kicked it; it was a really, really good play. You think he's definitely going to shoot the ball in this situation, and the next thing you know, he's got an assist. That's the way the great ones play."

IOWA IS GETTING BIG PRODUCTION FROM THEIR "THREE POINT SPECIALIST." Josh Oglesby missed the first seven weeks of the season. He's proving now how big of a loss to the lineup that was. Since returning to the lineup, Oglesby is averaging 15.7 minutes, 7.2 points per game and has hit 12 of 20 three point attempts.

IOWA GOES AS MELSAHN BASABE GOES. Melsizzle was deemed Iowa's most pivotal player by the Big Ten Network. Iowa is 9-1 in the ten games Basabe has grabbed more than seven rebounds. When Basabe scores in double-digits, Iowa is a perfect 6-0.

MOAR RANKINGS. Fran's team checks in at #8 in the latest ESPN Power Poll. Jerry Palm, CBS bracket expert, puts Iowa in the NCAA Tournament as a three seed to face Georgia State in the first round.

LOOKING AHEAD.

A PAIR OF FORMER HAWKEYES ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE SENIOR BOWL THIS WEEKEND. C.J. Fiedorowicz and Christian Kirksey will represent the North in the annual Senior Bowl. This week serves as a kickoff to the NFL Draft as the NFL Network covers each practice daily. That means both of these Hawks are evaluated at every turn. There's some Twitter buzz about both:

THERE'S MORE. I don't read too much into CJF talking about his usage. If a reporter asks a kid if he'd wanted the ball more, what's he expected to say? The Bears like to throw to the tight end and C.J. has been talking with them. Fiedorowicz, an Illinois native, called possibly playing for the Bears a dream come true.

IT'S MINNESOTA AT IOWA WRESTLING SATURDAY.

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