Mike Hlas
Hi, I'm Gazette/TheGazette.com sports columnist Mike Hlas. This is the Hlog. We will meet here, discuss things, and then go forth in the world to implement our plans.





Hlas: Hawkeyes salvage state’s Saturday hoops-athon

A Saturday men’s basketball television triple-header, with all three state schools on the road. Six hours and 30 minutes, three different ES ... »

Fun Facts: Iowa-Penn State

There are those who would have you believe wrestling and ice hockey are more-popular winter sports at Penn State right now than men’s ... »

Hlas: Sheepishly, I’ll say Hawkeyes playing like lions

We’ve become conditioned not to make positive declarations about the Iowa men’s basketball team.

From last season and se ... »

Fun Facts: Illinois-Iowa

This is Iowa’s next-to-last home men’s basketball game. Time flies.

Once, someone told me “Time flies, why don&#x ... »

Keith Olbermann is us, and we should relax a bit more

I like Keith Olbermann.

I don’t agree with all of his commentary on his “Olbermann” ESPN program. But I do ... »

Iowa, ISU, UNI all trending up

That was a pretty good 5-day stretch for the three Iowa state university men’s basketball teams. Perfect, really.

Iowa State wo ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes go from soul-searchers to soul-crushers

LINCOLN, Neb. — The last time Iowa destroyed back-to-back Big Ten men’s basketball teams this way was 1944, and it may have cr ... »

Fun Facts: Iowa-Nebraska

Tonight is Academy Awards Night.

But before the Oscars, Iowa plays Nebraska in basketball. I’ll be on the Big Red carpet at Lin ... »

Fun Facts: Rutgers-Iowa

The Rutgers-Iowa men’s basketball rivalry is as old as the hills, as deep as the oceans, as fiery as ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes dunk troubles, drown Rutgers

IOWA CITY — Iowa dunked the basketball seven times Thursday night.

Adam Woodbury, the 7-foot-1 Iowa center who is the first to ... »

Prediction: Iowa gets that elusive 10th Big Ten win

Iowa basketball fans, I’m doubling down.

A week ago, I suggested the Hawkeyes were in a good position to challenge for second-p ... »

Hlas Podcast: Who Art Thou Scarlet Knights? With Newark Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi

Rutgers in the Big Ten is still a foreign concept to many. With the Scarlet Knights facing Iowa Thursday night for the first time as a Big Ten foe, ... »

Hlas: UNI Panthers are shining in the shadows

Here’s what makes Northern Iowa one of the great national basketball stories going right now:

You would never think the team wi ... »

Fun Facts: Iowa-Northwestern

What Iowa probably needs right now is to play Northwestern. Fun Fact No. 1 will explain why. So will Fun Fact Nos. 2 and 3.

1. ... »

Hlas: Serve held, now Cyclones must ace road tests

AMES — As good and appreciated as 14th-ranked Iowa State’s men’s basketball 79-59 win over No. 20 West Virginia was Sat ... »

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