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McCaffery on Gesell, officiating and NIT tickets

[ 0 ] March 17, 2013 |
Mike Gesell stretches out for ball against Michigan State Friday

Mike Gesell stretches out for ball against Michigan State on Friday.

Iowa freshman point guard Mike Gesell re-injured his right foot in Friday’s quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan State. Coach Fran McCaffery had no update Sunday when asked about Gesell’s status for Wednesday’s first-round NIT game against Indiana State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We haven’t done anything since the game, so it’s hard to say,” McCaffery said. “We’ll see how he does (at practice Monday). We’ll see what he can do.”

Gesell, who missed four games with what is described as a stress reaction in his foot, scored nine points and played 20 minutes against the Spartans. He scored 13 points in 23 minutes against Northwestern in Thursday’s 73-59 victory. Gesell started both games.

“I was just trying to play through it, and help the team any way I could,” Gesell said after the Michigan State game. “I made a wrong cut and just tweaked it a little bit.”

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Iowa’s coaching staff was not happy with the officiating in Friday’s game with the Spartans, especially in the second half.

Asked Sunday if he had contacted Rick Boyages,the Big Ten’s associate commissioner for men’s basketball who oversees officiating, McCaffery said, “Uh, you know what? I’d really rather not get into that.”

GET YOUR TICKETS: More than 13,000 fans gobbled up tickets in a short window when Iowa hosted Dayton in an NIT first-round game last year. The Flyers were the higher seed, but couldn’t host because its arena was the site of the NCAA’s play-in games that week.

That game was played on a Tuesday, two days after the field was announced. The crowd was lous and engaged, giving Iowa a great home-court advantage during an 84-75 victory. Now, McCaffery and his players are hoping fans show up to support the team again on Wednesday against the Sycamores.

“You always need that support (from the home crowd), especially in tournament games when you need it a little bit more,” said Devyn Marble, Iowa’s leading scorer. “The excitement really helps us out as a team to have that support behind us and to have the building as loud as possible, like what happened last year when we hosted. That was a wonderful, beautiful thing, and hopefully our fans come out like that again.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for Iowa students and younger. Season ticket holders will be allowed to order tickets until noon Monday, with no limit. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 1 p.m. Monday. Tickets can be ordered online at hawkeyesports.com; by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the Iowa athletic ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The ticket office windows are open daily from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to select the “Print at Home” ticket option, because of the short turnaround before Wednesday’s contest.

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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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