Iowa’s basketball program is in a much better place than it was when coach Fran McCaffery took over in the spring of 2010. But now, after the first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006, comes a different challenge. Is this a program that reloads or rebuilds? The Big Ten’s top programs keep rolling season […]
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This coming basketball season could see the unveiling of Iowa’s latest version of the twin towers. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said he likely would use a lineup at times that includes 7-foot-1 junior center Adam Woodbury playing alongside 6-10 senior Gabe Olaseni. Woodbury and Olaseni mostly rotated at the center position in each of the […]
You name it and the Iowa men’s basketball team probably has an abundance of it.
IOWA CITY, Ia. – After making major waves as a freshman, Melsahn Basabe’s Iowa basketball career has spun in neutral for the past three seasons. The 6-foot-7 senior forward has shown flashes since making the Big Ten all-freshman team in 2010-11. But consistency has been missing. “It’s been frustrating, because I haven’t played up to my […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni were roommates at the Hillcrest dormitory as freshmen. Two shy, quiet teenagers, trying to get acclimated to college life. But once practice started, Olaseni saw White come out of his shell. “Even as a skinny freshman he was a vocal guy, going back-and-forth with guys like […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – The 7,140 fans who came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for Friday night’s Black and Gold Blowout saw Gabe Olaseni try to emulate Michael Jordan with a flying dunk from the free-throw line. And they saw very little defense. “It was like the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Gabe Olaseni will return to home turf next month. He’ll be, among other things, a tour guide. And at 6-foot-10, he may be the tallest tour guide his hometown of London has ever seen. Olaseni will be showing his Iowa basketball teammates and coaches around England’s capital city that has a […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Something about second-round NIT basketball games agrees with Devyn Marble. And this time, his reward is another game. Iowa’s junior guard scored 28 points and led Iowa to a 75-63 victory over Stony Brook on Friday before a sold-out crowd of 15,400 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Marble scored a career-high 31 points […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – The first time I talked to Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery about Gabe Olaseni was in April 2011. Olaseni, then a center a Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, had signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes that day, and McCaffery was making an appearance at the Boone-Story County I-Club. “I […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Fran McCaffery’s team erased a record held by a former Fran McCaffery team on Tuesday. Iowa blocked a school-record 13 shots in a 63-55 victory over Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The old record, 12, had been done three times. One of the three came in the Hawkeyes’ 83-58 over North Carolina-Greensboro […]