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Don Lund

Hawkeye wrestlers place second

Hawk Talk

University of Iowa senior Tony Ramos won the 133-pound Big Ten title during championship round action of the conference tournament Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Hawkeyes finished second in the team standings with 135 points, trailing only Penn State’s 140.5 points.
Nine Iowa wrestlers finished in the top five of their respective brackets, the most of any school. All nine place winners earned an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Make or break week

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Last week was a make or break week for the Hawkeye men’s basketball team.
They had to play three games because the Feb. 18 game at Indiana game was canceled.
They came into the week 19-7, 8-5 in the Big Ten.
Iowa needs to win a couple more to secure a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament. That way they won’t have to play four games in four days.
The Hawks traveled to Minnesota for their first game last Tuesday and came home with a 95-89 loss.

Tournament hopes high for women

It was senior night last Thursday and with a lot of help from Iowa’s lone senior, Theairra Taylor, the Hawkeyes took out Ohio State, 65-61.
What a great story and what a great player.
I don’t know how many athletes would come back after three knee surgeries, but Theairra did.
Johanna Solverson came back after two, but three is a major mental challenge.
“Thee” has missed 53 games in her career at Iowa, but hasn’t missed a start in two years.
The 5-11 senor from Minnesota scored 21 points against the Buckeyes and had four of the 15 Iowa steals.

Roy versus Devin

Hawk Talk

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.

Doubleheader

Last Saturday, the Hawkeye men played Wisconsin at Carver at 11 a.m. while the women took on the Wolverines at Michigan. Their game started at 12:30 p.m.
I don’t like losing to the Badgers. Before the season started, the Hawks were leading the all-time series, 79-78.
After Wisconsin’s 79-74 victory Saturday, they now lead the series, 80-79.
You had four Hawkeyes in double figures, Iowa had more bench points (35-21), more rebounds (35-33), but the Badgers had four more 3-pointers (8-4).
Iowa led by one with a minute to play, but couldn’t finish.
Tough game... tough loss.

Most wins ever

When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.