December 20, 2014

Iowa goes back to the basics in bowl preparation

As exam week winds down the Iowa football team returns to the practice field to resume preparations for the January second Taxslayer Bowl against Tennessee. Senior linebacker Quinton Alston says the time between the end of the regular season and the bowl game allows them to return to the basics. “During the season it’s a lot of game plan, schemes, but bowl prep, it pretty much takes you back to the basics,” Alston says. He says that extra month of the basic drills helps.

Iowa dropped its final two games to finish a disappointing 7-5 but senior defensive lineman Louis Trina-Pasat says the Hawks have put the regular season behind them after they went over the everything and they now are focused on getting better and the next opponent.

Senior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff was named Iowa’s fourth winner of the Outland Trophy last week and he is looking forward to playing one more game in a Hawkeye uniform. “Alll those accolades, they wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the rest of the team…it’s nice, but we’ve got a job to do down in Florida,” Scherff says.

Tennessee is preparing for its first bowl game since 2010. The Volunteers finished the regular season with a record of 6-6.

UNI preparing the same after first loss

UNI coach Ben Jacobson.

UNI coach Ben Jacobson.

For the first time this season the UNI Panthers are preparing for a game after losing. The Panthers dropped to 9-1 after Saturday’s double overtime loss at Virginia Commonwealth. “In terms of our approach, it’s going to be the same as what we’ve done. We don’t get too crazy when we lose a game and we don’t get too crazy when we win a game,” UNI coach Ben Jacobson says.

He says the Panthers just did not make enough plays to get the win, even though he says they played great through much of the game. “We just left 9 or 10 plays on the table.”

The Panthers now get ready for Saturday’s Big Four Classic game against Iowa. One of the keys for the Panthers has been the play of junior guard Wes Washpun, who is averaging just over 12 points per game.

“Wes has been great, he was great again Saturday against VCU, played very well against Denver, he’s been one of if not our most consistent player through 10 games now. He’s just been terrific,” Jacobson says.

Jacobson says he has done everything will coming off the bench and he says it’s terrific that he has done it in that role.

By Elwin Huffman, KOEL, Oelwein


Radio Iowa Boys High School Basketball Poll 12/15/14

Class 4A
1. Iowa City West (4-0) vs Waterloo East (Tue)
2. Ankeny Centennial (4-0) @ #10 Valley (Tue)
3. Waukee (3-1) @ #8 Dowling (Tue)
4. DSM Hoover (5-0) @ Ottumwa (Tue)
5. Pleasant Valley (4-0) @ Muscatine (Tue)
6. North Scott (3-0) @ Davenport West (Tue)
7. Urbandale (4-0) @ Fort Dodge (Tue)
8. Dowling Catholic (3-0) vs #3 Waukee (Tue)
9. Dubuque Hempstead (3-0) @ Cedar Falls (Tue)
10.WDM Valley (3-1) vs #2 Centennial

Class 3A
1. Waverly-Shell Rock (4-0) vs Waukon (Tue)
2. MOC-Floyd Valley (5-0) vs Rock Valley (Tue)
3. Central DeWitt (4-0) vs Solon (Tue)
4. Spirit Lake (4-0) vs 2A-#5 Western Christian (Tue)
5. Davenport Assumption (2-1) vs Burlington (Tue)
6. Webster City (5-0) vs Hampton-Dumont (Tue)
7. Mount Vernon (4-1) @ Maquoketa (Tue)
8. Creston (5-0) vs Harlan (Tue)
9. Humboldt (4-1) @ Clarion-Goldfield (Tue)
10.Carroll (3-1) vs South Central Calhoun (Tue)

Class 2A
1. Cascade (4-0) @ Mid-Prairie (Wellman)
2. Dyersville Beckman (4-1) vs West Delaware (Tue)
3. IKM-Manning (4-0) @ Griswold (Tue)
4. New Hampton (2-1) vs Turkey Valley (Tue)
5. Western Christian (2-1) vs 3A-#4 Spirit Lake
6. Monticello (6-0) vs Maquoketa Valley (Tue)
7. Treynor (3-1) @ Oakland Riverside
8. Sheldon (4-1) @ Sioux Center (Tue)
9. Iowa City Regina (4-0) @ Bellevue (Sat)
10.Pella Christian (5-0) vs Pella (Fri)

Class 1A
1. Central Lyon (4-0) @ Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
2. Danville (4-0) @ New London (Tue)
3. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3-0) vs AGWSR (Tue)
4. LeMars Gehlen (6-0) vs Hinton (Tue)
5. West Hancock (5-0) @ Forest City (Tue)
6. Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (4-0) @ Woodbury Central (Tue)
7. Colo-NESCO (5-0) vs North Tama (Tue)
8. Boyden-Hull (2-2) vs Okoboji (Tue)
9. South O’Brien (4-1) vs Remsen-Union (Tue)
10.Montezuma (4-0) vs HLV (Victor) (tonight)


Cyclones down Southern

Iowa State fell behind by eight in their opening half, raced out to a 27 points lead then held off a furious rally by Southern for an 88-78 win in Hilton Coliseum. ISU coach Fred Hoiberg was worried about a letdown and says he was disappointed in the way they started the game.

“It’s not totally unexpected when you had an emotional game like we had at Iowa,” Hoiberg says.

He says the great teams are able to forget about tough defeats and put great wins behind them.

Georges Niang led ISU with 19 points and Bryce Dejean-Jones returned from suspension to finish with 18. Hoiberg says Dejean-Jones was not great, and hopefully he will get back to playing the way he had before.

The Cyclones are 8-1.


Iowa women down ISU

Stiger hawkophomore Ally Disterhoft had 16 points and freshman Whitney Jennings added 15 as the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Iowa State 76-67 in Iowa City. “We were so focused in this game, we lost our composure for a little bit, but then we got a time out and we got it right back again,”s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says. The Hawkeyes rebounded better after halftime as she says they talked about making a better effort on the glass.

Jadda Buckley led Iowa State with 25 points. The Cyclones got to within four in the final minute before the Hawkeyes put the game away.

“I thought our kids competed, I really did, we hung around,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. He says they had trouble in the post and Iowa hit some big 3’s.

Iowa is 8-2 while the Cyclones are 6-2.


Cyclone Dejean-Jones suspended for Iowa game after his arrest

Bryce Dejean-Jones

Bryce Dejean-Jones

Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will not play in today’s game at Iowa. Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg suspended the UNLV transfer after he was arrested and Charged with three misdemeanors by Ames police. The most serious charge involving marijuana was dismissed by a Story County judge.

“We feel that the best move at this time for Bryce, for our team is to suspend him for tomorrow night’s game. It’s not a code of conduct issue for Iowa State University, it is based on the numerous conversations that I have had,” Hoiberg said Thursday.

Hoiberg would get into specifics about why he decided to suspend Dejean-Jones, but said it involved talking to the administration and staff. Dejean-Jones averages 17 points per game and won’t be available as the Cyclones visit 8-2 Iowa. “it’s an extremely hostile environment they’re playing great basketball right now, it’s an excellent team that’s really clicking and playing with a great deal of confidence. We are going to have to go in there and first and foremost get off to great start,” Hoiberg said.

Hoiberg says ISU will need to offset the Hawkeyes’ size advantage and try to keep them off the glass.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Cyclones are a team with a lot of weapons and even without Dejean-Jones the Cyclones are an experienced team.

Iowa has a commanding lead in the all-time series with 43 wins to 24 for ISU.


Cyclones and Hawkeyes roll in games before the game

ISU coach, Fred Hoiberg.

ISU coach, Fred Hoiberg.

Iowa State started quickly and finished strong in a 73-56 victory over Missouri-Kansas City in Hilton Coliseum. Bryce Dejean-Jones led the Cyclones with 22 points and Monte’ Morris added 13 as the Cyclones improved to 6-1.

“I was really proud of how they came out of the lockerroom and we jumped on them early, and that’s something that we really stressed in the last couple of days of practice, to take that momentum from that Arkansas game — especially the start — and duplicate that momentum, and that’s exactly what we did,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

After building a 21 point first have advantage the Cyclones allowed the Kangaroos to crawl back into contention. Hoiberg says they had some “mindless” turnovers and didn’t get spaced out very well, and once they did that again, they built the lead back up.


Iowa led by as many as 30 points in the second half and cruised to a 67-44 win over Alcorn State in Iowa City. The Hawks took control with a late 10-0 run in the opening half. “They had been playing at a much faster pace…so obviously they worked on spreading us out, running the shot clock down and trying to get a matchup they like and then going off the dribble.” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Aaron White led the Hawkeyes with 15 points, Jarod Uthoff added 13 and Gabe Olesani had 12 points and ten rebounds.

Iowa improves to 8-2.  The Hawkeyes will host the Cyclones Friday night in Iowa City.