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Iowa sets school record after video review finds error

[ 0 ] March 6, 2013 |
Gabe Olaseni's block of Joseph Bertrand (above) was missed

Gabe Olaseni’s block of Joseph Bertrand, shown, was missed until a video review.  (BRIAN RAY/CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE VIA AP)

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Upon further review, it was a record-setting Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

A video analysis of Iowa’s 63-55 Big Ten victory over Illinois discovered that the Hawkeyes actually set a school record with 13 blocked shots, not the 12 they were credited for in the box score.

Gabe Olaseni’s block of a Joseph Bertrand reverse attempt at the 14-minute mark of the second half wasn’t counted. That means Olaseni had seven blocked shots in Iowa’s 19th victory of the season.

The 13 blocks wiped out the previous record of 12 that had been established on three occasions, most recently against St. Louis on Dec. 31, 2004. Acie Earl has the individual record with nine blocked shots against Wisconsin on Jan. 29, 1992.

The 13th block was discovered after Matt Weitzel, Iowa’s assistant media relations director for men’s basketball, asked assistant video director Jerry Palmer to put together a video collage of the blocks for an online package. Weitzel gave Palmer a play-by-play that marked where the 12 blocked shots occurred.

Palmer discovered Olaseni’s block of Bertrand wasn’t included.

“I called Matt and said, ‘Hey, I found another block,’ ” Palmer said.

Weitzel reviewed the tape and confirmed that 13 blocks, not 12, was the official number. He also discovered the Sam McLaurin of Illinois was credited with an offensive rebound with 8:49 to play that should have been a defensive rebound.

Iowa, 19-11 overall and 8-9 in the Big Ten, completes the regular season with Saturday’s 1:20 p.m. game against Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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