GAME NOTES: The Iowa Hawkeyes put their three-game winning streak on the line
as they visit the Bob Devaney Sports Center for a Big Ten Conference bout
against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
This game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but moved due to inclement
Iowa's three-game winning streak in conference action is its first since the
2007 campaign. Roy Devyn Marble has been on fire as of late with 19.3 ppg over
the span of the winning streak that has lifted Iowa to a 17-9 overall record
including its 6-7 mark in Big Ten action. Aaron White is a solid second option
for Fran McCaffery's squad offensively with 13.4 ppg which he accompanies with
a team-best 5.8 boards per tilt. Iowa coasted to a 72-51 victory over
Minnesota on Sunday in its most recent action.
Nebraska remains at home after being defeated, 73-64, by Michigan State on
Sunday. The loss to the Spartans marked the fourth loss in five games for the
Cornhuskers, who enter two games below the .500 mark overall and with a dismal
3-10 standing in Big Ten play. Dylan Talley is the leader of coach Tim Miles's
team with 13.8 points and 2.3 assists per game.
Iowa holds a 13-8 edge in its all-time series with Nebraska in a rivalry that
begin in 1907. The Hawkeyes have won nine of the last 13 games. These schools
will square off in Iowa City on March 9 to conclude the regular season.
Devyn Marble and White netted 15 points apiece for Iowa in its easy win over
the Golden Gophers while Mike Gesell got into the mix with 11 points and four
steals. Eric May and Zach McCabe provided 10 points and two steals each off
the bench while the Hawkeyes limited the Golden Gophers to 36.2 percent
shooting from the field. Iowa is one of the top offensive units in the
conference with an average of 72.2 ppg, but it just ninth in the league in
scoring defense with 63.7 points allowed per tilt.
Nebraska came up short as it tried to upset Michigan State as Ray Gallegos
went 0-of-13 from the field to produce just a single point. Talley poured in
28 points and he received some help from Shavon Shields, who produced a
double-double of 19 points and 13 boards. The team struggled as a whole,
however, as it went 22-of-62 from the field (35.5 percent) and let the
Spartans connect on 51.1 percent of their shots from the floor. MSU also held
a major, 41-23 advantage in the rebounding battle and outscored the
Cornhuskers, 23-12, at the free-throw line. Nebraska has the lowest scoring
offense in the league with a mere 58.8 ppg average and it is only the eighth
best unit defensively with 62.8 points allowed per contest.
Iowa is on a mission to make its resume more attractive to the NCAA selection
committee before the regular season concludes. The Hawkeyes can not afford a
loss to the struggling Cornhuskers. With Devyn Marble and White both playing
well, it will be nearly impossible for Nebraska to keep Iowa at bay.