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Don Lund

Spring football Part Two

Last week I talked about the offensive line, as Iowa has to replace Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal.
This week I’ll talk about the tight ends and wide receivers.
Ray Hamilton, who had a solid career, graduates from tight end. Ray didn’t put up big numbers, as he had 29 receptions and three touchdowns for his career. He caught 18 passes his senior year and scored all three of his touchdowns last fall. He was a solid blocker and played as a true freshman.
Henry Krieger Coble (6-4, 250) and Jake Duzey (6-4, 248) are listed as co-starters. Both are seniors, have good hands and can block.

Spring football 2015

Hawk Talk

There were plenty of questions for head coach Kirk Ferentz last Wednesday as the Hawkeye football team opened spring practice.
The first 10 minutes were all about the quarterback situation.
The rumor mill was saying that Jake Rudock, a two-year starter with a 14-11 record, would be transferring and playing somewhere else next year.
For once, the rumors were true as coach Ferentz said he has signed a release for Jake to explore his options about transferring.
That leaves C.J. Beathard as the only quarterback with game experience.

Hawkeye women bow out

The Iowa women’s basketball season ended last Friday in Oklahoma as they lost to a tough and good-shooting Baylor team, 81-66.
The Baylor Bears controlled the boards (45-35), had balanced scoring (four in double-figures) and had a tough defense that helped knock Iowa out of the NCAA tournament.
You could argue that the Bears, even though they were all over the Hawkeyes, got some nice no-calls as they came away with only nine fouls while Iowa had 17.
Baylor was 16-18 from the free throw line, Iowa only 3-7.
Only one Iowa starter (Samantha Logic) shot free throws, so you do the math.

Oh so Sweet 16

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeye women finally did it... they are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in Lisa Bluder’s coaching career.
It’s also the first time the Hawks made the Sweet 16 since 1996 as they beat a good Miami team, 88-70.
Last Sunday, before a crowd of over 7,000 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes played Iowa basketball.
That is balanced scoring (five in double-figures), great passing (17 assists), taking care of the ball (only 14 turnovers), bench scoring (Iowa 16, Miami 5) and cleaning the glass (Iowa 44 rebounds, Miami 35).

Iowa men advance against Davidson, fall to Zags

The Hawkeye men won their first game Friday but got knocked out by a pretty good Gonzaga team, 87-68, Sunday in Seattle, Wash.
The Zags reminded me of a combination of Purdue’s big boys down low and Wisconsin’s 3-point shooters.
It’s tough to beat anyone that shoots 61.5 percent from the floor (32-52) and 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-16).
The Bulldogs go into the Sweet 16 with a 34-2 record and have the talent to get to the Final Four.
The Hawkeyes needed to play at their best to beat the Zags.

Wrestlers finish second

The Iowa Hawkeyes scored 84 points and finished second to Ohio State, which had 102, last Saturday at St Louis.
Iowa had six All-Americans and Cory Clark (133) was the only Hawk to make the finals, losing 11-8.
Thomas Gilman (125) and Brandon Sorenson finished fourth while Bobby Telford came in fifth.
Mike Evans lost two matches in overtime and placed sixth for the third year in a row.
Senior Nathan Burak (197) placed seventh.

One and done

The Hawkeyes got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament in the first round last week in Chicago.
Penn State, which Iowa beat in overtime during the season, came from behind in the second half and took down the Hawks, 68-57.
I don’t know too many teams that are going to win when you only shoot 15-57 (26.3 percent) from the floor, 7-32 (21.9 percent) in the second half.
Three-point-land wasn’t any better as the Hawks were 3-15 (20 percent) for the game.
Iowa dominated the glass, 49-34, but when you can’t score inside or outside, especially in the second half, it isn’t pretty to watch.

Hawkeyes go to the dance

The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a seventh seed and will play the Davidson Wildcats this Friday, March 20, in Seattle, Wash., in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats finished 24-7, 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 conference.
The ‘Cats averaged 79.9 points per game and gave up 69.0.
They shot 40 percent (337-849) from 3-point range and average 19 3-point shots per game.

Congratulations Samantha

Samantha Logic was named second team All-American last week by ESPN.
Samantha is the first Hawkeye in 21 years to be named All-American.
What a great career and what a great player Samantha is.
Sam is the only player in NCAA history to have at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.
Samantha was a top-10 recruit coming out of Wisconsin and the reason Melissa Dixon was ready to walk-on at Iowa.

Crunch time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye men had two games last week to finish the regular season.
They beat Indiana on the road 77-63, and then, on senior day Saturday, took out Northwestern, 69-52.
Can you believe that Iowa’s win over Indiana was the sixth Big Ten road victory of the season, the most conference road wins since 1986-87?
How fitting that they honored Roy Marble, the star of the 1986-87 team, Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Women’s Big Ten Tournament

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye women opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 74-65 win over Nebraska Friday.
On Saturday they lost in overtime to Ohio State, 91-85.
Do you realize that is the third straight win over the Cornhuskers... all this season?
It’s tough to beat a team three times in a row in the same season.
Nebraska had beaten the Hawks eight times in a row and knocked Iowa out of the Big Ten Tournament three straight years.
So to say it was a good feeling after the win last week would be an understatement.

Co-champions?

The Hawkeye wrestlers had four in the finals for the Big Ten championship in Columbus, Ohio.
They lost all four, but had enough points in the wrestle-backs to tie Ohio State for the championship.
It just doesn’t feel right, but Iowa had its chances.
What if the Hawks get just ONE point out of 157 pounds or 165?
All 10 of the wrestlers were ranked in the top eight coming into the meet.
Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorenson (149) and Sammy Brooks (184) were top-seeded.