When I think of Howard, I think of Howard Stern.
I do not think of major-college basketball. Dwight Howard is a pretty good basketball player, but he skipped college and went straight from high school to the pros back when the NBA allowed such a thing. Missing out on the college experience didn’t seem to hamper Howard’s earnings potential.
But here comes Howard University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, bringing its men’s basketball team to Iowa City Thursday night to become the Hawkeyes’ third-consecutive victim.
The Bison of Washington, D.C. (There are bison in the nation’s capital?) bring an 0-1 record to Carver-Hawkeye. They opened the season with 68-62 home defeat to Lincoln after blowing an 8-point halftime lead.
Lincoln? It’s a Division II school in Pennsylvania. Its win over Howard was its first against a D-I team.
Howard, meanwhile, was 9-19 last season. It is Iowa’s third-straight opponent that had 10 more losses than victories in the 2011-12 season. Howard lost to Kansas by the unsightly score of 89-34. It lost to Indiana by the unsightly score of 107-50. It lost to Kansas State by the unsightly score of 82-46.
The Bison had home “crowds” of 380, 349 and 310.
Howard will also play at Wichita State, Pittsburgh, Oregon State and Rutgers this season. It will not win those games, either.
The verdict: Cupcake.