The Fran McCaffery era will soon open up Big Ten Conference play next week. The Hawkeyes (6-5) final OOC tune up will take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday night, when Iowa hosts Louisiana Tech (9-4). It's Bobblehead Night featuring Iowa coach Fran McCaffery live from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the first 3,000 in attendance will receive a bobblehead of Iowa's head coach.
The Hawkeyes are very young, with only one senior and two juniors, with previous Big Ten experience on the Iowa roster. They could have picked up a couple more victories, but they came up short @ Wake Forest (6-5) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and the Hawkeyes missed an opportunity at home vs. in-state rival, Iowa State (10-2).
The play of Iowa's three freshmen (pictured is 1 Melsahn Basabe) and Juco transfer have made Iowa basketball exciting none the less. The Big Ten will be very challenging, but it should be more interesting as Iowa seeks to become relevant again in college basketball.
A YOUNG SQUAD - U of I Athletics
Iowa's roster of 15 players includes six freshmen, two sophomores, five
juniors and two seniors. The freshmen are Melsahn Basabe (6-7, 225), Cody Cox (6-4, 190), Roy Devyn Marble (6-5,190), Zach McCabe (6-7, 225), Darius Stokes (6-7,190) and Branden Stubbs (6-2, 170). The sophomores are Eric May and Cully
Payne. In addition, juniors Bryce Cartwright (6-1, 180) and Jordan Stoermer (6-2,185) are in their first year at Iowa. Cartwright played as a rookie at Fresno State and Paris JC (Texas) his sophomore campaign. Stoermer played his first two seasons at Kirkwood CC (Iowa).
December 21, 2010 - Live Blogging From Carver-Hawkeye Arena - U of Iowa Athletics
December 21, 2010 - A Year Older, A Year Wiser - U of Iowa Athletics