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Don Lund

Bounce back Saturday

Hawk Talk

It was bounce-back Saturday for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams last weekend.
The men took care of Drake, 70-64, in Des Moines, while the Hawkeye women beat Bradley, 60-53, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Saturday afternoon.
Hawk men
The Hawks won the first game of the Big Four Classic in Des Moines while the University of Northern Iowa took care of fourth-ranked Iowa State, 81-79, in the second game.

Hawks lose twice at Ames

Hawk Talk

It was tough enough when the Hawkeye football team lost to Michigan State 16-13 in the Big Ten football championship game a couple weeks ago in Indianapolis.
Last week, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in consecutive nights to the Cyclones.
The football loss was a back and forth contest in which the Spartans led going into the fourth quarter but Iowa regained the lead and kept it until 27 seconds were left on the clock.

Hawk wrestlers are still undefeated

The Iowa wrestlers knocked off 11th-ranked Rutgers, 29-6, last week at Carver.
The Hawks had upset wins at 157 pounds (Edwin Cooper) and 285 (Sam Stoll).
Rutgers was ranked 17th at 157 and sixth at 285.
“It’s good because it’s my first ranked win,” said Stoll. “I know there’s more I could have done in the match.”
Iowa had technical falls at 125 pounds (Thomas Gillman, 21-6) and 149 pounds (Brandon Sorenson, 21-6).

Hawkeyes going to Rose Bowl

Hawk Talk

I’ve waited 52 years for a season like this.
It’s still a good season, even though the Hawks lost a knock-down drag-out slugfest to Michigan State, 16-13, last Saturday night.
The Hawks went undefeated in the regular season and their 12-0 record has never happened before.
Even though they lost, their consolation prize is playing Stanford in the Rose Bowl!

Women win two

The Hawkeye women played two games last week, winning both.
They knocked off Virginia, 85-73, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge last week.
Alexa Kastanek was 8-11 from the floor, including 4-7 from 3-point range, as she led the Hawks with 22.
Ally Disterhoft finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Sunday, the Hawk women beat Robert Morris, 69-50, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It wasn’t an easy win, as Iowa got behind 10-0 and had to fight back to sit at 7-1.
The Hawk men won two games last week at Carver, beating Florida State, 78-75, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

Magic on Melrose: Iowa 40 -Purdue 20

Hawk Talk

Hawks clinch the West

I was at the Iowa-Michigan State game in 1981 when Phil Blatcher ran for 247 yards and the Hawks beat the Spartans, 36-7, to clinch their first Big Ten title since 1958.
It was cold, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was in the 20s, but I stayed to the end as a fan in the stands (I was 27 years old).
I was also sitting in the stands when Iowa played Minnesota in 1991. The temperature was 28 degrees.
That was the “snow angel” game.

Hawkeye Basketball and wrestling

Hawk Talk

It was another busy weekend for the Hawkeyes as the men played one, the women two, and the wrestlers had four matches on Friday.
All were winners.
The Hawkeye women started the action last Thursday with a 95-81 overtime win over Western Illinois. Iowa stated strong and led by as many as 18, but couldn’t put the Leathernecks away.
Thank goodness for Whitney Jennings, who hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to put the game into OT.
Last year, Whitney hit a free throw with one second left to put the Nebraska game into overtime. Iowa won, 78-72.

It don’t come easy

The headline was a song in 1971 by Ringo Starr which really tells the story about the Hawkeye football season.
The Minnesota Gophers were in town last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium and to say the game was electric would be an understatement.
The black-out crowd, the retro all-black jerseys and when they played “Back in Black” like they do to start the game, you knew it was going to be special.

The magic continues, 40-10

Isn’t it fun to wake up Sunday morning after Iowa wins, like they did at Indiana, 35-27, last Saturday?
Sunday, I got up around 6:30 a.m., watched the Big Ten Channel and The Final Drive.
I can’t believe Nebraska beat Michigan State 39-38 on a controversial call at the end.
I read the Gazette, got online around 7:30 a.m. and went to Hawk Central.
I like to read three or four stories about the Iowa game before I start writing.

Hawkeye men have talent

Hawk Talk

Media day for the Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 7.
The Hawks have four seniors with talent and leadership.
They also have junior Peter Jok, sophomore Dominique Uhl, plus six newcomers with a lot of ability.
Will that be enough for Iowa to win 20-plus games again and make it to the Big Dance for the third year in a row?
I like their chances.
You start out with the four seniors who have won 67 games in the last three years, while going to the NCAA tournament the last two.

The magic continues, 40-10

Hawk Talk

I want you to think about this for a minute.
If I told you before the season that the Hawkeyes would win at least eight or nine games, I think most of you (including me) would think that would be a decent season.
Now with Iowa winning its first seven games, if Iowa wins ONLY eight or nine, it will be a disappointing season.
What a fun year!
What a tough group of players!
I was worried about Northwestern for two reasons.
First, Iowa played one of its best games of the year last season crunching the Wildcats, 48-7.

Another one bites the dust

Hawk Talk

What do you do when your starting right tackle goes down and you have to replace him with a true freshman?
Also, Drew Ott, who was on his way to All-Big Ten honors at defensive end, gets hurt and is possibly lost for the season.
I’ll tell you what the Hawkeyes did, they gave the ball to Jordan Canzeri… 43 times, and beat Illinois 29-20 last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium!
Iowa has been playing football since 1889 and no one has carried the ball that many times.