August 28, 2014

The Eternal Season - 8/28/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 1. Northern Iowa @ Iowa

Sedge’s Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 68 votes
USA Today: 49 votes

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, 12:01 pm, BTN, 382 on TWC NYC, 610 DTV
September 6th v. Ball State, 3:30 pm, ESPN2
September 13th v. Iowa State, 3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
September 20th @ Pittsburg, TBD
September 27th @ •Purdue, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 11th v. Indiana, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 18th @ Maryland, 12:00 pm, TBD
November 1st v. •Northwestern, TBD
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, TBD
November 15th @ •Illinois, TBD
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Colgate @ Ball State, 2:00 pm, ESPN3

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
August 30th, 2014.  Iowa v. Northern Iowa Panthers, 0-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley
Previous Meetings: 16, Iowa leads 15-1
Last Meeting:  2012, Panthers 16, Hawkeyes 27

Current Line: no line for FCS teams.

Turnover Margin: ,  B1G #, FBS #

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
Total   000.0  Pass  000.0  Rush 000.0  Scoring 00.0
B1G    #             #                #                  #
FBS    #             #                #                  #
Total   000.0  Pass  000.0  Rush 000.0   Scoring 00.0
B1G    #            #                 #                   #
FBS    #            #                 #                   # 
The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                           Indiana
Northwestern               Maryland
Purdue                         Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa, 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue 0-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West

Week 1:  Northern Iowa

Welcome Hawkeye friends, to year 10 of Sedge’s Hawkeye Football Game Notes, and year 125 of Hawkeye Football.  

Also, year 16 of the Kirk Ferentz era.

And last - the 75th anniversary of the Hawkeye Ironmen.  Yes, Nile Kinnick, the Heisman Trophy winner in 1939, was one of them.

February 24, 2014

TES - Sedge's Hawkeye Hoops Update - February 24, 2014. @IowaHoops

Sedge’s Hawkeye Hoops Update - February 24th,  2014
Iowa’s Record: 19-7, 8-5 Big Ten

AP: #20
USA Today: #19

Big Ten Standings:
1. Michigan, 11-3
2. Michigan State, 11-4
3. Wisconsin, 9-5
4. Iowa, 8-5
5. Ohio State, 9-6
Iowa Games This Week:  Times Eastern

Tuesday February 25th, #20 Iowa @ Minnesota, 7:00 pm, BTN Game Watch - On, Front Bar

Thursday, February 27th, #20 Iowa @ Indiana, 9:05 pm, ESPN Game Watch - on, Front Bar

Sunday March 2nd, #20 Iowa v. Purdue, 2:00 pm, BTN
Game Watch - On, entire bar
Games of Note this week:

Indiana @ Wisconsin, 9:00 pm, ESPN  We want Indiana.

Michigan @ Purdue, 7:00 pm, BTN  We want Purdue.
Nebraska @ Illinois, 9:00 pm, BTN  We want Illinois.

Ohio State @ Penn State, 7:00 pm, ESPN2  We want Penn State.

Illinois @ Michigan State, 4:00 pm, ESPN  We want Illinois.
Northwestern @ Nebraska, 5:00 pm, ESPNU  We want jNW.
Minnesota @ Michigan, 6:00 pm, BTN  We want the Rodents.

Suffice to say, your scribe was not too bummed to be helping some friends move, and thus miss seeing large chunks of this game.  As some might of guessed, the two games in two weeks had the Hawks coming out flat, as they fell behind Wisconsin 40-31 at the break.  Probably the biggest factor was that Basabe was sick and could only play a minute, and that hurt the Hawkeyes interior D, not to mention he has been playing very well on the offensive zone of late.

February 17, 2014

TES - Sedge's Hawkeye Hoops Update, Monday February 17th

Sedge’s Hawkeye Hoops Update - February 17th,  2014
Iowa’s Record: 19-6, 8-4 Big Ten

AP: #15
USA Today: #15

Big Ten Standings:
1. Michigan State, 10-3
2. Michigan, 10-3
3. Iowa, 8-4
4. Wisconsin, 8-5
5. Ohio State, 7-6
Iowa Games This Week:  Times Eastern

Tuesday February 18th, #15 Iowa @ Indiana, 9:00 pm, ESPN
Game Watch - On, Front Bar

Saturday February 22nd, #16 Wisconsin @ #15 Iowa, 12:00 noon, ESPN/ESPN2
Game Watch - On, entire bar
Games of Note this week:

Northwestern @ Ohio State, 7:00 pm, BTN

Michigan State @ Purdue, 7:00 pm, ESPN

Minnesota @ Ohio State, 6:00 pm, BTN

As the week went on with no Iowa game, and considering the rout of the last game, some wondered if the Hawks might come out flat against Penn State.  And they did, having the lead for almost all the first half, only to lose it at the end, and trail the Lions by 2 at halftime.

But the Hawks would go on to outscore the Lions 51-37 in the second half, to pull away to the 82-70 victory.  Just one bucket short of our season average of 84 points, which it seemed we would be nowhere close for much of the second half.

It was Melsahn who kept the Hawks afloat in the first half, he was unstoppable when he got the ball down low.  He ended up with 16 points and 8 boards in 26 minutes of action.

Woody only played 11 minutes, he was 0-2 from the floor, but drained 7 of 8 free throws.  Last year, 51%, and this year, 71%.  Though hard work comes progress.

White and Marble Junior where again slow during the first 20 minutes, but they woke up to have 14 and 15 points, and Mike poured in 13, on 4 of 5 from the three point line.  Great balance when it came to scoring, the signs of a complete team.

February 10, 2014

TES - Sedge's Hawkeye Hoops Update, February 10th, 2014

Sedge’s Hawkeye Hoops Update - February 10th,  2014
Iowa’s Record: 18-6, 7-4 Big Ten

AP: #16
USA Today: #15

Big Ten Standings:
Michigan State, 9-2
Michigan, 9-2
Iowa, 7-4
4.  Ohio State, 6-5
5.  Wisconsin, 6-5
Iowa Games This Week:  Times Eastern

Saturday February 15th,  @ Penn State, 12:00 noon, ESPNU
Game Watch - On, the entire bar.
Games of Note this week:

Tuesday, 9:00 pm, Michigan@ Ohio State, ESPN

Thursday,  7:00 pm, Northwestern @ Michigan State, BTN
9:00 pm, Minnesota @ Wisconsin, ESPN
Once again, the Hawks were able to emerge from the ashes of a loss to put a beat down on the next team they played.  It’s really too bad we dropped the Michigan State and Ohio State games, as you note the standings above, we would be in a first place tie.

The Hawks needed to start fast on Saturday, and Marble Junior, clearly not pleased with his slow to non existent first halves of late, exploded out of the gate, draining 6 threes, while on the way to 22 first half points.  The Hawks would shoot 10-17 from three, one game after going just 3 of 20 against Ohio State.  

Marble was not all there was, as the Hawks found both the inside and outside game to put Michigan in a 43-29 hole at halftime.  I think we all expected Michigan to make a serious run in the second half, but the only real question turned out to be if we were going to hang a 30 point loss on them or not.  In the end, 85-67, in fact the worst loss the Wolverines have had yet this season.

This week, Woody gets the GIF honors:

Marble ended up with 26 points, and he also drew primarily defensive assignment on Stauskas - who only managed 10 points.  A great offensive and defensive effort by the Hawkeyes.

And once again, the team looks like one that can make a deep run come tourney time.  If we are hitting the 3 pointers, it opens up the whole floor, and there is no one in the country that can match our depth at the pace we want to play at.  Now the Hawks must go back out on the road, but a road game that we have to get.

Because Penn State is 3-8 in conference, and 12-12 on the year.  Yes, road games in the B1G are never easy, but this is a game the Hawks must have.  It’s the only one this week, so they should be very well rested for this game, and the final sprint to the Big Ten Tournament.  

And based on the current standings, Iowa can do no worse than 3rd this week no matter what happens, because everyone behind us in the Big Ten race has at least 5 losses already.  Keep winning, we can do no worse than 3rd.  Keep winning - maybe even better.

Go Hawks!!!


February 3, 2014

TES - Sedge's Hawkeye Hoops Update, Monday February 3rd

Sedge’s Hawkeye Hoops Update - February 3rd,  2014
Iowa’s Record: 17-5, 6-3 Big Ten

AP: #17
USA Today: #13

Big Ten Standings:
Michigan, 8-1
Michigan State, 8-1
Iowa, 6-3
Northwestern, 5-5
Ohio State, 4-5
Iowa Games This Week:  Times Eastern

Tuesday February 4th,  v. Ohio State, 7:00 pm, ESPN
Game Watch - On, Front Bar (Comedy Night in the back)

Saturday February 8th, @ v. #10 Michigan, 2:00 pm, ESPN
Game Watch - On, the entire bar
Games of Note this week:
Wednesday, Nebraska @ Michigan, 6:30 pm, BTN
stranger things have happened

Thursday, Penn State @ Michigan State, 9:00 pm, ESPN2
see above

Well one of these days, we will play a game against Michigan State where the officials have nothing to do with it.  Sure, they called the fouls on Sparty to give Iowa the advantage at the line, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  But it was the play they completely blew that was the difference in the game.

Of course, Fran was not happy, he got teed up, and those 4 points sure made the difference in a game that would go to overtime.

Then again, the fact the Hawks went almost 15 minutes without a field goal - from the 9 minute mark in the second half through the first 4 minutes of OT, that also contributed to the loss.  Hawks fans were left to wonder if the team could get off the mat again.

It sure looked like it, halfway through the first half in Illinois, and the Hawks had a 21 point lead.  But then things began to change, and Iowa only had a 4 point lead going into the break.