HO-HUM, JUST ANOTHER WEEKEND WITH TWO SWEET 16 BERTHS ON THE LINE. Who's Mad Again? I was thinking about Fran McCaffery and the job he's done since his arrival. He's done everything he said he'd do. Upgraded talent, check. Changed style of play and brought fans back to Carver, check. Improved each year, check.
Those sort of things are common for an introductory press conference in sports. I think it's rare when it actually happens. It's year five and here we are today with a chance vs. Gonzaga to earn a trip to Houston and play UCLA in the Sweet 16.
IT'S THE TOURNAMENT. Which means you quickly have to celebrate a win and return focus on the next opponent. Iowa used their length and great man-to-man defense to disrupt Davidson Friday night. Gonzaga enters today's game as the nation's leader in FG% and points per possession. Like Davidson, the Zags can shoot it from three but unlike Davidson, Gonzaga does have NBA talent.
GONZAGA HAS SIZE. They have 7' centers, just like Iowa. They also have a star forward that will match up with Iowa's star forward that is playing as well as anyone in the country. Aaron White vs. Kyle Wiltjer is the key match-up today. As White goes, so goes Iowa.
THE PLAYERS TALKED YESTERDAY. Here's video of their short time with the press discussing the Davidson win and moving forward to the game with Gonzaga. Hawk Mania has Gabe Olaseni and Mike Gesell. Over at Rivals, there's "free" video of Aaron White, Anthony Clemmons, Peter Jok, Adam Woodbury, Jarrod Uthoff and some video from Gozanga players Kevin Pangos, Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer.
THIS MORNING. The Iowa women hope to pack Carver-Hawkeye arena for one last game for the seniors and a chance to earn a trip to the Sweet 16 vs. Miami. If you can't get to Carver, check out channel 721 on Direct Tv. It's a chance for one last great Hawkeye memory for Sam Logic.
THE LADIES TALKED TOO. Like the men, the Hawkeye women talked with the media to discuss their win over American and game today with Miami. Hawk Mania has Melissa Dixon and Ally Disterhoft from yesterday.
FOOTBALL STUFF. Iowa's hosting their annual coaches clinic next weekend. We'll like see more social media pics like this (of the new graphics in the football facility).
This facility is awesome! @HawkeyeFootball #Hawkeyes #experiencedesign pic.twitter.com/f4mVtEzreE— Forty Nine (@49_Experience) March 20, 2015
Iowa also kicks off spring ball this week. Kirk Ferentz will hold a press conference Wednesday. The Spring Game concludes spring drills April 25th.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz's first spring presser is Wednesday, March 25. So if you want Rudock news (or lack thereof) mark your calendar.— Danny Payne (@dannyapayne) March 11, 2015
Get the first look at your 2015 Hawks at the Spring Game on April 25th in Kinnick Stadium! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 pic.twitter.com/nf6h2jfagk— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 11, 2015
CONGRATS GYM HAWKS.
The 196.500 score marks the highest score the GymHawks have posted at the Big Ten Championships since March 20, 2004!— Iowa Gymnastics (@IowaGymnastics) March 21, 2015
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