AMES, Ia. – Fran McCaffery and Fred Hoiberg share a lot in common. They were hired a month apart in the spring of 2010 to rejuvenate a pair of once-proud college basketball programs. Iowa was coming off three straight losing seasons, and fan apathy was at record levels, when McCaffery arrived. Hoiberg returned to his […]
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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.
There’s more than bragging rights on the line Friday when Iowa meets Iowa State in a highly anticipated men’s basketball game at Hilton Coliseum. It’s also an opportunity for the Hawkeyes to beat a ranked team and improve their NCAA resume. The Cyclones are ranked 17th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Iowa is No […]
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Wednesday it’s doubtful that junior guard Josh Oglesby will make his season debut Friday at Iowa State. Oglesby broke a bone in his right foot in practice Nov. 6 and had surgery to insert a pin two days later. Oglesby said the thought of sitting out this season as a […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – After making major waves as a freshman, Melsahn Basabe’s Iowa basketball career has spun in neutral for the past three seasons. The 6-foot-7 senior forward has shown flashes since making the Big Ten all-freshman team in 2010-11. But consistency has been missing. “It’s been frustrating, because I haven’t played up to my […]
The junior guard broke his foot in practice Nov. 6.
LSU starter Zach Mettenberger is out with a torn ACL.
IOWA CITY, Ia. It happened three decades ago — a slight that Kirk Ferentz hasn’t forgotten. “I do have a pretty good memory,” Iowa’s football coach said Sunday. “In 1983, we did beat a pretty good opponent here in Kinnick, then got bumped by them in a bowl game. It would have been a warmer […]
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledged Sunday night that he could lose all-Big Ten junior left offensive tackle Brandon Scherff to the NFL a year early. “We’ve had that conversation,” said Ferentz who has most recently seen Bryan Bulaga and Reilly Reiff leave early and get drafted in the first round. “We’ll cross that bridge […]
The strength of Iowa’s basketball team is scoring in transition. The Hawkeyes showed their stuff time and time again Saturday in an 83-66 victory over Drake in the Big Four Classic. “Their transition offense is as good as I’ve seen in a long time,” Drake coach Ray Giacoletti said. But an Iowa team that improved […]
Northern Iowa’s basketball program was king in the spring of 2010. The Panthers had just put the wraps on a 30-5 season, a victory over top-seeded Kansas and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa and Iowa State went a combined 25-38. It was the fourth straight losing season for the […]