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Rick Brown’s College Basketball Notebook

[ 0 ] January 16, 2014 |

Thirteen seasons. That’s how long it had been since Iowa State and Iowa had defeated Top 10 teams in the same season. But that streak ended Sunday when Iowa knocked off No. 3 Ohio State, 84-74. Earlier this season, Iowa State beat No. 7 Michigan and No.7 Baylor at home.

This is the 16th time Iowa State and Iowa have pulled off the Top 10 double dip, but first time since 2000-01. Iowa State knocked off No. 5 Kansas on the road, 79-77, then beat the sixth-ranked Jayhawks at home, 79-71. Iowa beat No. 7 Illinois at home, 78-62.

In addition to being part of this Top 10 success this season as a coach, Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg was part of it three times as a player.

When Hoiberg was a freshman, in 1991-92, the Cyclones defeated No. 3 Kansas, 70-66, and No. 2 Oklahoma State, 84-83. Both of those games were at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 92-86, in Iowa City.

In 1992-93, the Cyclones knocked off No. 7 Kansas at home, 75-71. That was the year of one of the most emotional games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. Iowa defeated No. 5 Michigan, 88-80, in the Hawkeyes’ first home game following the death of star forward Chris Street. The 21st anniversary of Street’s passing is Sunday, when Iowa hosts Minnesota.

“That was really emotional,” recalled current Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close, who was on the Iowa staff under Tom Davis and had recruited Street. “The place was unbelieveable. It was loud from pregame warmups right through to the very end. It was unreal. And it certainly played a factor in us winning. Because there’s no doubt we were riding on emotion.”

In Hoiberg’s senior season, Iowa State beat Kansas twice as a Top 10 team, while Iowa handled No. 7 Duke at a neutral site and No. 9 Michigan State at home.

===== BIG TEN BUZZ =====

– Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has now defeated every Big Ten school after handling Ohio State on Sunday in Columbus. He does have a previous victory over the Buckeyes, however.

It came when his Siena team knocked off Ohio State in a first-round NCAA game in 2009, 74-72 in double overtime. The only current Big Ten coach McCaffery hasn’t defeated is Minnesota first-year coach Richard Pitino.

They meet Sunday in Iowa City.

– Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan had been 10-0 against Indiana’s Tom Crean until Tuesday’s 75-72 loss. That was a big game for the teams trailing the Badgers in the standings, since they play Michigan State and Ohio State just once this season. Indiana had lost 12 straight to Wisconsin, including five in a row at Assembly Hall.

– To get crowds riled up at Ohio State games, the Michigan logo is posted on the scoreboard. And the fans boo, too.

Big Ten standings

===== BIG 12 BUZZ =====

– Oklahoma will have a short stay in the Top 25. The Sooners moved to 25th on Monday after defeating Iowa State on Saturday, 87-82. Oklahoma lost Tuesday at Kansas State, 72-66.

– Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler leads the Big 12 in double-doubles with nine. The entire team had seven last year. The sophomore transfer from Gonzaga had 16 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa State, then scored a career-high 21 points and added 14 rebounds in the loss to the Wildcats.

– Kansas State freshman guard Marcus Foster scored 18 points against Oklahoma, the 14th time he’s reached double figures in 17 games this season.

– Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to beat West Virginia on the road Saturday, 73-72. It was the first 3-pointer he had made since one against Delaware State on Dec. 17.

Big 12 standings

===== BEST BET ON TV =====

Who: Oklahoma State at Kansas

Time (TV): 3 p.m. Saturday (CBS)

Why it matters: Kansas could put a lock on a 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title against the Cowboys at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have already won at Oklahoma and Iowa State.

===== WHERE THE REGISTER’S @ =====

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===== THE MARCH TO MARCH =====

IOWA (14/16)

The Hawkeyes can get off to a 4-1 start in Big Ten play for the first time since the 1998-99 season by beating Minnesota Sunday at sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

IOWA STATE (8/10)

The Cyclones suffered a crushing 89-86 double overtime loss at Texas last season. Iowa State has lost on its last five trips to Austin, going back to 2005.

VALLEY

Northern Iowa will try to bounce back from a stinging loss at Southern Illinois Tuesday when it hosts Missouri State Saturday. Drake hosts Illinois State.

Polls and RPI rankings

===== SHOT AT THE BUZZER =====

Remember the start of the season, when new rules were expected to ruin the game? You know, the disappearance of the hand check?

The exhibition season, and early non-conference games, turned into whistle-blowing foul fests and resembled free-throw contests more than free-flowing games.

Well, the end is apparently not near. Maybe teams have adjusted. Maybe the officials are letting a few hand-checks go uncalled.

Wisconsin’s undefeated season went up in smoke Tuesday at Indiana, 75-72. The Badgers scored one point from the free-throw line, and attempted only four foul shots.

Indiana attempted just 10, making seven. Eight made free throws in a Big Ten game?

Yes, Wisconsin’s defense was more porous than usual, especially in transition and against the dribble-drive. But maybe the game is going to survive after all.

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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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