Roy versus Devin
Since I did a comparison of Lisa Bluder’s first team in 2000-2001 and this year’s women’s team, I thought it would be interesting to compare Dr. Tom Davis’ first team in 1986-1987 and Fran’s team this year.
Roy Marble, a sophomore at the time, was one of the many stars that helped lead Iowa to a record 30 wins and five losses.
Roy’s team averaged 87.2 points per game. This year’s team, led by his son Devyn, is averaging 84 points.
Roy’s team had 10 players averaging over 11 minutes per game, Devyn’s team has 11 players averaging over 10 minutes.
Neither team would wear each other out.
The match-ups would be unbelievable.
Starting at center, Brad Lohaus would be going up against Adam Woodbury.
Brad averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, one block per game and two steals. Brad shot 54 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the free throw line.
Adam is averaging 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Adam is shooting 50 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the free throw line.
This season’s stats are taken before the Wisconsin game.
This is a tough call because Brad could shoot the three (he made 25-72) but Adam is solid down low.
The advantage 2014 Iowa would have is Gabe Olaseni, who averages 6.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Ed Horton was the starting forward for the 86-87 Hawks.
“Easy Ed” averaged 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He shot 47 percent from the floor and 59 percent from the free throw line.
Aaron White averages 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. He is shooting 59 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line.
Ed was a banger down low while Aaron can drive on anyone.
Another tough call, but maybe a slight edge to Aaron because of his quickness.
Melsahn Basabe versus Roy Marble would be a tough match-up for Mel. Roy Marble would be a tough match-up against anybody.
Roy averaged 14.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He shot 56 percent from the floor and 68 percent from the free throw line.
Mel is averaging 8.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. He is shooting 56 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line.
Roy was one of the most explosive players Iowa has ever had. The reason he shot so well from the floor is because of fast break lay-ups/dunks. He also shot 39 percent from 3-point range.
How about matching Roy with Devyn?
Devyn averages 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 41 percent from the floor, 70 percent from the free throw line and 37 percent from 3-point range.
Devyn is a little longer, but Roy was quicker and I’d still give Roy the edge.
Devyn against Kevin Gamble would be another interesting battle.
Kevin averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The 6-6 guard shot 54 percent from the floor, 60 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from 3-point range.
I’m not sure who I would pick… maybe Devyn because of his 3-point shooting.
The point guards would have B.J. Armstrong against Mike Gesell.
That would be a great show.
B. J. came into his own in his sophomore year. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
B.J. shot 52 percent from the floor, 79 percent from the free throw line and 52 percent from 3-point range.
Mike is averaging 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
This has to be a toss-up.
Mike is shooting 43 percent from he floor, 38 percent from 3-point land and 66 percent from the free throw line.
Both are great passers, good shooters and have quickness to drive.
The bench for Roy’s team starts with Jeff Moe, who was voted 6th Man Player of the Year in the Big Ten that season.
Jeff averaged 11.1 points, shot 48 percent from the floor, 79 percent from the free throw line and made 80-136 from 3-point range. That’s 59 percent shooting from beyond the arc… unbelievable!
You throw in Gerry Wright (6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds), Al Lorenzen (4.9/2.9), Bill Jones (3.7/2.2) and Kent Hill (3.6/4.0).
They also had freshman Les Jepsen on the bench.
No wonder they were 30-5; they had at least 10 players in the pros.
That would be an interesting match up with Devyn’s bench.
Your first match would be Anthony Clemmons against Jeff Moe at guard.
Anthony can play defense… Jeff can shoot.
I can’t pick this one... maybe Jeff.
How about Josh Oglesby versus “Sleepy” Bill Jones.
Josh has developed into an all around player while Bill was long and shot 53 percent from the floor.
Slight advantage to Josh because of 3-point shooting?
Gabe Olaseni up against Al Lorenzen would be fun.
Gabe might have an edge because of his shot blocking, but Al was tough down low.
Zach McCabe and Kent Hill… that would be a great match-up.
Both are blue collar with just the slightest edge to Zach because of his 3-point shooting.
Jarrod Uthoff against Gerry Wright… another great match.
Both are long and can run the floor. Jarrod can shoot the 3, but Gerry was a good shot blocker.
Too close to call.
No matter who you pick to win the game, what a great game it would be.
Could you imagine Roy and B.J. running a fast break with Devyn and Mike getting back on defense?
How about Zach posting up Kent?
Tom Davis and Fran McCaffery are not only good coaches but great people off the court.
Two great teams and Devyn’s team still has their story to be finished.