Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Big Ten Conference action opens up on
Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, as the 22nd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes play
host to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a New Year's Eve showdown.
Nebraska played its second true road game of the season on Saturday afternoon,
falling to Cincinnati, 74-59, and halting a two-game winning streak in the
process. Despite the setback, the Cornhuskers have been rather impressive this
season at 8-4.
Meanwhile, Iowa has climbed into the national rankings thanks to a strong 11-2
start to the season, which includes impressive victories at home versus Notre
Dame (98-93) and over Xavier on a neutral floor (77-74 in OT). The Hawkeyes
suffered a tough 85-82 loss at nationally-ranked Iowa State on Dec. 13, but
they bounced back in a big way on Dec. 22 with a convincing 86-61 triumph over
Arkansas-Pine Bluff to improve to 8-0 at home.
Iowa leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 14-9. The teams split last
season's series, with each squad winning on its home floor.
The Cornhuskers never had a chance at the victory in their most recent contest
at Cincinnati, as they shot just 35.7 percent from the field, lost the
rebounding battle (40-30) and allowed the Bearcats to shoot 25-of-30 from the
foul line in the 25-point loss. Terran Petteway was outstanding in spite of
the defeat, shooting 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw
line on his way to a game-high 22 points. Ray Gallegos was stellar as well,
also hitting four long-range buckets for his 18 points.
Nebraska is usually a much more efficient offensive club, as it shoots just
shy of 45 percent from the field this season for 72.2 ppg, which is 5.6 ppg
more than it allows. It is also aided by a strong turnover margin, creating
3.5 more takeaways per game than it commits. Petteway has been the spark plug
all season long, pouring in 17.3 ppg, hitting more than a 3-pointer per game
and displaying excellence at the foul line (.868). Shavon Shields is also a
mainstay with 12.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
The Hawkeyes thoroughly dominated their latest bout, outshooting UAPB from the
field, 61.7 percent to 33.8 percent, in the 25-point victory. They were also
outstanding from beyond the arc (10-of-17) and the hot-shooting afternoon
allowed them to make up for an unseemly 27 turnovers. Jarrod Uthoff led the
way with 16 points in 26 minutes off the bench, doing so on 6-of-8 from the
field, including 3-of-4 from long distance. Josh Oglesby (13 points) was also
deadly from 3-point territory, draining 4-of-5 from deep in his first game of
the season. Adam Woodbury added 10 points, and a total of 12 players scored in
The excellent scoring performance wasn't anything new for Iowa, which ranks
third in the nation in scoring with 88.7 ppg on 47.7 percent field goal
shooting, and in addition to its lofty +23.2 scoring margin, it also helps its
cause with convincing advantages in terms of turnovers (+2.8) and rebounds
(10.8) as well. Roy Devyn Marble leads the squad with 15.3 ppg, while Aaron
White (13.2 ppg) is right on his heels and ranks 11th nationally in field-goal
percentage (.678). Uthoff (10.8 ppg) is a regular contributor as a reserve,
while the deep bench consists of seven others who score at least 4.8 ppg.
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