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Glance at 2009 – 2010 Iowa Men's Basketball Team

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Herky the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes looks on against the Michigan Wolveriens during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
P MurphyContributor IOctober 20, 2009

Here is a look at Iowa’s basketball team in the pre-season.  Todd Lickliter is entering his third year as Iowa’s Coach with a 28-36 record at Iowa and a 159-97 overall record.  In 2008-09 season, he led Iowa to a 10th place finish in the Big Ten with a 15-17 overall record and a 5-13 Big ten record.
This is a small improvement since his first year.  He led Iowa to a 8th place finish in 2007-08 season with a 13-19 overall and a 6-12 Big Ten record in his first year.

This year both Lindy’s and Athlon magazines picked Iowa to finish last in the Big Ten Conference.  This is hard to believe after ESPN recently released a book that has Jeff Sagarin’s list of best college programs of all time where Iowa is ranked the 10th best program in the country.  The list is based on wins and losses as well as margin of victory.  Iowa is one of eight Big ten teams in the top 20. 

Iowa has a lot of growing to do since most of the team is made up with freshman and sophomore players with one senior and two juniors. Iowa is still a very young team that has at least a couple more years before they are taken seriously in the Big Ten Conference.  First the Hawkeyes will need to find a way to keep their players longer than one or two years.  Iowa has lost 4 players since last season to transfers.  They are Jake Kelly (Indiana State), Jeff Peterson (Arkansas), Jermain Davis (Minnesota State) and David Palmer (NKU).

Iowa is starting to battle the injury bug early this year.  Newcomer Devin Archie injured his right shoulder during the second practice of the season last Saturday.  His injury also hurts the team as well.  Future of Iowa’s shot blocking was resting on his shoulders.  The injury will cause Archie to miss the first four to seven weeks of the season.  The Hawkeyes are in high hopes of having him back at the start of the Big Ten Conference play.

 Here is the list of players that will be on the team this year as well as the schedule for the 2009 – 2010 season.

 Good Luck Hawkeyes.

Returning players:
G Devan Bawinkel, 6-5, sr., 4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg;
F Jarryd Cole, 6-7, jr. 3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg);
F Aaron Fuller, 6-6, soph., 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg;
G Matt Gatens, 6-5, soph., 10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg

F Andrew Brommer, 6-9, soph., 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg;
G Anthony Tucker, 6-4, soph., 10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg

F Devon Archie, 6-9, jr., Indianapolis;
F Brennan Cougill, 6-9, fr., Sioux City, Iowa;
G John Lickliter, 5-11, redshirt fr., Iowa City;
G Eric May, 6-5, fr., Dubuque, Iowa;
G Nick Neari, 6-2, fr., St. Charles, Ill.;
G Cully Payne, 6-1, fr., Schaumburg, Ill.

2009-10 schedule

November - 8, Marian (exhibition), 12:30 p.m.; 15, Texas-San Antonio, 5 p.m.; 17, Duquesne, 8 p.m.; 20, Bowling Green, 8 p.m.; 23, vs. Texas at CBE Classic, 8:45 p.m.; 24, vs. Pittsburgh or Wichita State at CBE Classic, 6:45 or 9 p.m.; 28, North Carolina Central, 12:30 p.m.

December - 1, Virginia Tech, 8:30 p.m.; 5, Prairie View A&M, 3 p.m.; 8, at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.; 11, at Iowa State, 7 p.m.; 19, Drake, 5:30 p.m.; 21, South Carolina State, 7:30 p.m.; 29, Purdue, 6 p.m.

January - 2, Minnesota, 3 p.m.; 5, at Illinois, 8 p.m.; 9, Michigan State, 4:30 p.m.; 12, Tennessee State, 8 p.m.; 16, Penn State, noon; 20, at Michigan State, 5:30 p.m.; 24, at Indiana, 4 p.m.; 27, Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.; 30, at Michigan, 3:30 p.m.

February - 3, Illinois, 7:30 p.m.; 7, at Ohio State, 11 a.m.; 10, Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.; 13, at Purdue, 3:30 p.m.; 16, Michigan, 8 p.m.; 25, at Northwestern, 6 p.m.; 28, Indiana, 5 p.m.

March - 2, 3 or 4, at Wisconsin, TBA; 7, at Minnesota, 5 p.m.; 11-14, at Big Ten Tournament at Indianapolis, TBA

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