"There's nothing else I can give above loyalty. When I committed to the
University of Iowa, I committed to more than just a coach and a couple guys -- I
committed to a community, a state and its fans. The fans have invested in us,
and I wanted to show them that I invested in them. I've appreciated everything
the fans have done. They've been great." - Jarryd Cole
A win over Purdue will assure the Hawkeyes a ten seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. (Note: a loss by Indiana @ Illinois will give Iowa the ten seed). Iowa and Indiana are currently in the basement of the Big Ten. Iowa owns the tie-breaker, after sweeping the series again this season over the Hooisers.
"I think we have progressed. I think I had hoped we would progress
more. I didn't have a win total in my head as far as what I thought this team
could accomplish. All I wanted to do was prepare for the next game and try to
get better. I think we've done that." - Fran McCaffery
Iowa's new coach Fran McCaffery on Friday talked about progress being made, however, woeful the record this season as been, the Hawkeyes look to finish strong. McCaffery has assembled a very strong coaching staff. The three true freshman this season have been among Iowa's best, since the 1972-73 season for Iowa. Iowa's four newcomers have played very strong roles for Iowa, but winning with youth is a tall order in the Big Ten. Iowa's lone senior has improved as any Hawkeye player this year.
- Bryce Cartwright is one of only two Hawkeyes to ever dish out eight assists or more in four straight games. The junior collected eight or more at Penn State (8), at Michigan (9), vs. Michigan State (10) and at Indiana (8). The only other Hawkeye to record eight assists or more in four-straight contests was Andre Woolridge during the 1994-95 season. Woolridge was credited with eight helpers vs. Hawaii, nine vs. Arkansas, nine vs. Indiana and nine against Michigan State.
- Melsahn Basabe is etching his name in several Iowa freshman historical statistical categories. Basabe has scored 325 points (11.2 avg.), pulled down 200 rebounds (6.9 avg.) and blocked 40 shots (1.4 avg.). The 325 points rank ninth, while his 11.2 average ranks eighth in Iowa rookie annals. His 200 rebounds rank third and is only four from taking over the top spot. His 40 rejections rank third.
- Eric May averages 11 points (13-18, .727 FG and 7-10, .700 FT) and 2.7 rebounds in Iowa's three Big Ten wins. Conversely, May averages 4.4 points (19-66, .288 FG and 9-16, .563 FT) and 1.5 boards in Iowa's 14 conference defeats.
- Matt Gatens ranks fourth among Big Ten juniors in career scoring. Northwestern's John Shurna ranks first, followed by Ohio State's William Buford and Indiana's Verdell Jones III.
- Iowa freshmen Melsahn Basabe, Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble average 12.2 rebounds per game, which is the best rebounding average by a Hawkeye freshman class.
- Andrew Brommer will be a senior post next season. Where will his game elevate for 2011-12, especially with Cole's departure? Brommer and Gatens are the only two four year players at Iowa heading into next season. Brommer is shorter than former Iowa center Seth Gorney, who provided some quality time during his junior and senior seasons at Iowa.
- Will Devon Archie be back as a reserve for 2011-12. He may be dressed for the Purdue game. He has been out of the rotation for the most part, since a head injury at Indiana, Feb. 5, in Iowa's lone Big Ten road win (64-63) this season. Archie is another former JC transfer, who is a project, but did provide an occasional burst of quality minutes during the season.
The 2011-12 season will have to wait. Iowa has Senior Day ahead, then the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament. Recruiting is occurring, with a key prospect attending this weekend and rumors of a second prospect out there. It has been a bitter-sweet season for Iowa. There is more excitement, but close wins and coming up with a "L" in the record column is still a common occurrence in Iowa City.