Fun Facts: Iowa-Iowa State basketball

Close games are not the rule in this series

Mike Hlas
Published: December 13 2013 | 1:05 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:48 am in
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AMES -- Tonight's the game. Then Iowa will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Iowa State will play George Mason. Life goes on. So do the Fun Facts.

1. Five players in this game are coming off double-doubles. They are Melsahn Basabe, Gabe Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa and Dustin Hogue and DeAndre Kane of Iowa State.

2. This is Iowa's first true road game of the season. Iowa State has played just one, at Brigham Young.

3. Iowa State is 1 of 14 unbeaten teams in Division I, and 1 of 14 teams that has won NCAA tournament games in each of the previous two seasons.

4. Only eight of the last 24 games in the series have been decided by eight points or less.

5. The 8:40 p.m. tipoff is the latest ever in the series' 67-game history.

6. Iowa's Fran McCaffery has been a college coach since 1982. Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg has been one since 2010.

7. Hoiberg had 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in Iowa State's 86-79 win over Iowa 20 years ago this week.

8. Reid Gettys, ESPNU's color commentator for the game, is the University of Houston's all-time assists leader with 740. He played on the Phi Slama Jama teams with Hakeem (then Akeem) Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.

9. Mike Couzens, ESPNU's play-by-play man tonight, is the radio/TV play-by-play man for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of minor-league baseball's Midwest League.

10. Of the 642 points Iowa State has scored this season, only five were by a native Iowan, senior walk-on Tyler Ellerman of Dallas Center.


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