Basketball LiveBlog: Iowa

Written January 7th, 2012 by Eric

Iowa is the destination for the team today as the Buckeyes meet the Hawkeyes on their court.  The game is set to tip at 3:00 pm EST on the Big Ten Network.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 2:30 pm. In the meantime, go check out their places! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game. I’ve heard people having issues with this website recently – if that’s still the case, let me know and we’ll hunt around for another source.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Iowa

Written January 6th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes are on the road again, this time facing the upstart Iowa Hawkeyes.  Let’s take a look:

Getting to be recognized in Basketball again.

School: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA
Founded: 1847
Student Population: 30,328
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Stadium: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Seating: 15,500
Built: 1983
Head Coach: Fran McCaffery
Year: 2nd

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B1G Basketball Preview: Iowa

Written October 18th, 2011 by Eric

Up next on our preview list is the Iowa Hawkeyes, one of the cellar-dwellers of the Big Ten in the last several seasons.

Fran McCaffery is excited to be in Iowa.

To see the Hawkeyes scratching the bottom of the barrel the last several years is pretty depressing.  Iowa was once a proud, quality team in the Big Ten conference.  To have them sink so low really makes you long for the halcyon days of Big Ten basketball.

But new coach Fran McCaffery has a plan, and it’s going to be exciting to see him work to try to turn this program around.  He has certainly got the philosophy and resume to be able to do it, he merely needs to get the players to buy in.

Last Season:

Under first year head coach Fran McCaffery the Iowa Hawkeyes took a step forward on the road to recovery.  Despite not drastically improving their season record from Lickliter’s last year with the program, the team seemed far more upbeat and excited about playing the game.  It’s obvious that McCaffery has effected a big change in the mentality of the Hawkeye’s players, and it’s spreading to the fans too.

Despite the poor 11-20 record, the Hawkeyes did have some true quality games.  They nearly caught the Buckeyes off guard in Iowa, losing by only 5 points early in the Big Ten regular season.  They also took Michigan to overtime, and pulled off upsets against #6 Purdue and Michigan State.  Those are quality performances to build a program on, and there’s no reason to believe that McCaffery won’t have them moving up in the world in the near future. Read More