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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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Gesell eager to get back on court after 0-for-10 shooting effort

[ 0 ] March 18, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio — Mike Gesell won’t change his approach to Wednesday’s game with Tennessee. He’s just hoping for better results. “I’m not going to change anything I do,” Gesell said. “I’m going to stay aggressive. I’m definitely hungry to go out and play again.” Iowa’s sophomore point guard missed all 10 field-goal attempts, and scored […]

McCaffery has good memories of Dayton Arena

[ 0 ] March 18, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio – When he walked into Dayton Arena Tuesday, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was flooded with pleasant memories. McCaffery’s ninth-seeded Siena team beat No. 8 Ohio State in a first-round NCAA game at Dayton Arena in 2009, 74-72 in double overtime. “We’re in the locker room (this season) right next to the locker room […]

From Dayton to Iowa City to Dayton: Fran McCaffery plans for whirlwind 24 hours

[ 0 ] March 18, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio – After putting his team through a public workout at Dayton Arena and taking part in a team meeting Tuesday evening, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was scheduled to fly back to Iowa City on a private plane at 8:30 p.m. to be with his family. Patrick McCaffery, 13, one of Fran and Margaret […]

Iowa revival is just Fran McCaffery’s latest fixer-upper

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Fran McCaffery was just 26 years old when he got the head coaching job at Lehigh in 1985. The youngest Division I head coach at the time, McCaffery took over a team that had been 12-19 the previous season. McCaffery vividly remembers conducting a practice that first season when there was […]

Did ESPN analyst Jay Bilas jinx the Hawkeyes?

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014

Kiss of death? On Jan. 22, ESPN’s Jay Bilas used Twitter to heap praise on Iowa’s basketball team. He tweeted: I’ve just watched every Iowa game since December. The Hawkeyes are as good as ANYONE. This is an underrated team good enough to win it all. — Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 22, 2014   Iowa, […]

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 […]