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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.

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Vols coach Cuonzo Martin no stranger to Big Ten basketball

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin is familiar with Big Ten basketball. He played for Gene Keady at Purdue, completing his career in 1994-95 with 1,666 career points. Martin is also familiar with Iowa, Wednesday’s first-round opponent in the NCAA Tournament, because both teams were in the field at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas in […]

Iowa men selected to first NCAA Tournament since 2006, but there’s a catch

[ 0 ] March 16, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – When Fran McCaffery worked as an assistant basketball coach at Notre Dame, football coach Lou Holtz gave him some advice. “He said, ‘You can talk about your problems if you want to, but just remember that 50 percent of the people don’t care about your problems, and 50 percent are glad you’ve […]

Hard to believe, but some Iowa ‘fans’ don’t want an NCAA bid

[ 0 ] March 15, 2014

As publisher of Hawkeye Report, a Rivals.com website dedicated to Iowa sports, Tom Kakert has witnessed plenty of angst and celebration from the fan base he serves. But Thursday night was, in a word, amazing. As Kakert sat in the media room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., and checked out reaction to Iowa’s […]

Rick Brown: NCAA bid likely, but air is gone from Hawkeyes’ season of promise

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – When Selection Sunday was rapidly approaching last season, Iowa basketball fans were having a debate: which is better, a one-and-done appearance in the NCAA Tournament or a deep run in the NIT? It was a split decision. A year later, that debate is silent. After 15 weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, […]

Brown: Stats, final score show Iowa team on life support

[ 0 ] March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring this season. Northwestern finished last in nine different offensive categories. Add the fact that the Hawkeyes had won the two regular-season meetings by 26 points each and it looked like the perfect tonic for Iowa to shake out of its late-season swoon in the first round […]

Hawkeye players’ touching tribute to Patrick McCaffery

[ 0 ] March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Iowa basketball players warmed up for Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Northwestern with T-shirts supporting 13-year-old Patrick McCaffery, son of Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery. Doctors discovered a tumor on Patrick’s thyroid. A seventh grader, Patrick will have surgery Wednesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to remove the mass. Tests […]

Rick Brown: Any parent knows what McCafferys must be going through

[ 0 ] March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Patrick McCaffery dribbled a basketball, with a smile on his face, as he headed up the tunnel Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The innocence of youth was on display. Minutes later, Patrick’s father appeared at his scheduled press conference. In four seasons, I’ve attended hundreds of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s weekly and postgame […]

Big Ten tournament: Most to gain, most to lose, and who’s on upset alert

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014

PAST FIVE CHAMPIONS 2013 – Ohio State; 2012 – Michigan State; 2011 – Ohio State; 2010 – Ohio State; 2009 – Purdue. POSSIBLE UPSET No. 12 seed Purdue over No. 5 seed Ohio State. The Boilermakers are in an unaccustomed spot, the Big Ten basement. Purdue was the league co-champion as recently as 2010, losing […]

Devyn Marble brings a lifetime of dedication to game No. 135

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Devyn Marble has always had a thing for fresh kicks. “I don’t know why,” Iowa’s 6-foot-6 senior guard said. “I just love shoes.” As a youngster growing up in Southfield, Mich., Devyn would badger his mom about buying him the newest brand of basketball shoes. “I told him, ‘Make sure your grades […]

Hawkeyes to return to Madison Square Garden this fall

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014

Iowa’s men’s basketball team will return to Madison Square Garden in New York City in November.