February 9, 2016

Surging Panthers prepare for Missouri State

Ben Jacobson

Ben Jacobson

The Northern Iowa Panthers will try to match a season-high five game winning streak on Wednesday night when they host Missouri State in Missouri Valley Conference play. Both teams are 6-6 in the league race.

“There is no question we are playing better”, said UNI coach Ben Jacobson. “We are playing better at both ends and the confidence of the guys is better.”

Missouri State beat UNI 59-58 in their first meeting in Springfield.

“We are playing against a team that has seen a lot of adversity this year and their young guys and new guys have played well.”

Missouri State is 10-14 overall and the Panthers are 14-11.

Drake hosts nationally ranked Wichita State

Ray Giacoletti

Ray Giacoletti

The two teams at opposite ends of the Missouri Valley Conference race meet in Des Moines when Drake hosts ranked Wichita State. The Bulldogs are in the Valley basement at 1-11 and host an 11-1 Shocker squad that has a commanding three game lead in the league race.

“Very rarely do you get a chance to get a top 25 team on your home court and the opportunity for that is exciting”, said Drake coach Ray Giacoletti. “We have talked with our team and we have got to match their toughness and how hard they play to have a chance.”

Wichita State beat the Bulldogs 67-47 in the Valley opener back on New Years Eve.

Drake is 6-18 overall. Wichita State is 17-6.

 

 

Iowa up to fourth in AP Poll

Adam Woodbury (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Adam Woodbury
(Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The Iowa Hawkeyes have climbed one spot to fourth in the latest Associated Press College Basketball Poll. The Hawkeyes are 19-4 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten after Sunday’s 77-65 win at Illinois.

They return to action Thursday night with a visit to Indiana.

“Every time we step on the court and get another win the next game becomes even bigger”, said Iowa senior center Adam Woodbury. “That is very true for our next game against Indiana. We have got a big target on our back and they are going to be ready for us but we are going to be ready for them. We will have a great game plan and we wil try to execute it to perfection.”

Villanova is the new top ranked team this week with Maryland second. Previously top ranked Oklahoma falls to third followed by the Hawkeyes and Xavier. Iowa State is down a spot this week to 14.

 

 

 

Prohm says no change in McKay’s status

Steve Prohm

Steve Prohm

Iowa State basketball coach Steve Prohm says senior center Jameel McKay remains suspended indefinitely and will miss Wednesday night’s game at Texas Tech.

The former Indian Hills standout did not travel with the Cyclones to Saturday’s 64-59 win at Oklahoma State.

“It is the same as it was just suspended indefinitely”, said Prohm. “He is practicing today”

McKay has averaged nearly 12 and a half points and nine rebounds for the Cyclones. He also leads the team with 37 blocked shots.

Fifth ranked Iowa cruises at Illinois

Adam Woodbury photo courtesy of Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Adam Woodbury photo courtesy of Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

The fifth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are alone at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes raced away to a 20-point second half lead and cruised to a 77-65 win at Illinois.

Peter Jok finished with 23 points and Adam Woodbury had 10 points and 14 rebounds. The senior center was five of six from the field and says the guards set him up.

” I rely on those guys to get me easy looks”, said Woodbury. “When they attack the hoop they are so talented and so aggressive that either the guy helps to take their shot away and they can dump it to me or they can go and score it themselves.”

Jarrod Uthoff also had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Iowa outrebounded Illinois 43-32 and the Hawkeyes had a 26-6 edge in second chance points.

The Hawkeyes are 19-4 overall and will visit Indiana on Thursday night.

 

 

Hawkeyes set for visit to Illinois

Adam Woodbury (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Adam Woodbury
(Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The fifth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will be on the road in the Big Ten on Sunday afternoon to play Illinois. The Hawkeyes are 9-1 in the Big Ten after a lopsided win over Penn State while the Illini are 3-7 in the league race after a triple overtime victory at Rutgers.

“They have always played us very tough”, said Iowa center Adam Woodbury. “They bring a toughness to the game just like Penn State does and we have got to be ready to play. They have got some very talented players and I am sure they will be ready to go.”

Iowa has won four of the last five games in the series. It will be a 12:06 p.m. tipoff Sunday in the State Farm Center.

 

 

#13 Cyclones look to bounce back at Oklahoma State

Steve Prohm

Steve Prohm

The 13th ranked Iowa State Cyclones try to bounce back from another home loss when they visit Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cyclones are 5-4 in the league race after a loss at home to West Virginia.

“We know the areas we have got to get better and we have made improvement”, said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “These guys are willing to do it and I know in my heart we will get where we need to be.”

The Cowboys are 2-7 in the Big-12 and may be without standout point guard Jawun Evans. He injured a shoulder in Wednesday’s loss at Texas Tech.

The Cyclones are 16-6 overall. Tipoff in Stillwater is 1:00 p.m.