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Don Lund

Rivalry week

Iowa State came to town last week as the Hawkeyes hosted the Cyclone women Thursday and the men on Friday.
The women got it started by beating a good Iowa State team, 76-67, last Thursday.
They were led by a freshman and the bench coming through.
Whitney Jennings continues to come up big when it counts.
The 5’5” freshman from Indiana had two steals and was 3-4 from the free throw line in the last minute to help the Hawks win.
I really like the poise Whitney shows in the early part of the season.

Cyclones make shots, sink Hawks

Iowa’s men opened the week with a 67-44 win over Alcorn State on Tuesday at Carver and then got smoked by Iowa State 90-75 on Friday.
The Hawkeyes had balanced scoring with Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff leading the way with 15 and 13 points respectively in the win over Alcorn.
Aaron played only 23 minutes, Jarrod 20.
I know this wasn’t a big time team that the Hawkeyes beat as Alcorn State is now 1-6.
These games are important as Iowa still needs to develop depth.
Dominique Uhl has a tremendous upside and needs to see more playing time.

Repeat of 1982 Peach Bowl?

Last Saturday they had a replay of the Tennessee-Iowa Peach Bowl in 1982 on channel 9.2.
The Hawkeyes, led by sophomore quarterback Chuck Long, finished the 1982 season 8-4, 6-2 in the Big Ten.
 They lost their first two games to Nebraska (42-7) and Iowa State (19-7), then won the next eight of 10.
Tennessee scored first, but Chuck came out firing, completing his first 11 passes.
Chuck hooked up with Dave Moritz for a 57 yard touchdown pass as Iowa scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

Scherff wins Outland Trophy

I’m going to talk about something more positive... Brandon Scherff.
Brandon became the fourth Hawkeye to win the Outland Trophy award.
Calvin Jones won it in 1955, Alex Karras in 1957 and Robert Gallery.
I was only three years old when Alex won his award but I remember him playing for the Detroit Lions in the ‘60s.
Can you believe that Alex was runner-up to the Heisman Trophy in 1957?

Statement game

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had two games last week, with a big 60-55 win at North Carolina.
The Hawks also beat Maryland-Baltimore County, 77-47, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday.
I have to admit I wasn’t too confident on the Hawkeyes’ chances at North Carolina because of the shooting problems of their guards.
I thought the big guys down low would hold their own, but if the guards were still in a slump, Iowa would have a tough time against the Tar Heels.

Heartbreak and disappointment

When I looked at the schedule and the returning players the Iowa Hawkeye football team had coming back this season, I thought there was a good chance the Hawks could win nine or 10 games.
If they would have scored three more points against Wisconsin or one more in regulation against Nebraska they would have... but they didn’t and with the 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska Friday at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes fell to 7-5.
That’s really disappointing.
When Iowa was up 24-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter I thought there was no way the Cornhuskers come back.

Hawkeye Sports

Hawkeye men go 3-0

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team bounced back from two losses in New York and won three games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena last week.
They opened up with a 77-61 win over Pepperdine on Monday. They beat Northern Illinois 70-49 on Wednesday and handled Longwood 77-44 Saturday.
Aaron White led the Hawks with 17 against Pepperdine. Anthony Clemmons and Aaron had 14 versus Northern Illinois while Aaron came up with 19 against Longwood.
For the season, Aaron leads the team averaging 16.7 points per game followed by Jarrod Uthoff who averages 11.6.

So close

Hawk Talk

I’m not big into moral victories, but Iowa fought the heavily-favored Wisconsin Badgers to a knock-down, drag-out 26-24 loss Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
If the Hawks convert their second two-point conversion with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter... Iowa had just scored and trailed 19-17.
The Badgers were favored by 10 and I don’t know anyone except Bob Brooks and KCRG’s Scott Saville that picked the Hawkeyes to win.
When Iowa went into halftime down 16-3, I was ready to throw in the towel.
Thanks, Iowa, for proving me wrong.

Iowa women win Hawkeye challenge

The Hawkeye women opened up their Hawkeye Challenge by knocking off Pepperdine 97-68 Friday night.
Melissa Dixon went 6-11 on 3-pointers, scored 20 points and Samantha Logic had 12 points and nine assists, but it was the freshmen that stepped up.
Whitney Jennings showed why she was named Miss Basketball at Indiana last year. The 5’6” freshman scored 11 points, had five assists, no turnovers and three steals.
Christina Buttenham was 3-3 from 3-point range, had three assists and one steal.
Chase Coley and Carly Mohns combined for seven points and 10 rebounds.

Crazy weekend for the Hawks

It was another one of those crazy weekends for Hawkeye fans and me.
It started last Thursday as the Hawkeye men’s basketball team played Texas in Madison Square Garden and lost to the Longhorns, 71-57.
Friday morning, starting at 9 a.m., the Iowa wrestlers beat Baker University 55-0, Iowa Central 49-3, and Cornell 55-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Friday afternoon the men’s basketball team played Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, lost 66-63, and then the Hawk women played Pepperdine at Carver at 7:30 p.m. and they won, 97-68.

What a difference a week makes

Hawk Talk

The bipolar Hawkeye football team took the north route in Saturday’s 30-14 win at Illinois.
To say the win was the biggest of the season would be close, but the 48-7 win over Northwestern was even better since the Wildcats upset Notre Dame 43-40 in overtime at South Bend at the same time Iowa was beating Illinois.
Iowa will be underdogs in its final two home games with Wisconsin and Nebraska.
In the last five games, Iowa has beaten Indiana 45-29, lost to Maryland 38-31, beat Northwestern 48-7, got crushed by Minnesota 51-14 and then beat Illinois 30-14.

Record win for Hawk women

The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team started in 1974, which was also my first year of being a student at Iowa.
I don’t remember going to many games and the Hawkeyes didn’t have a winning season until 1978-79, when they finished 18-11.
Vivian Stringer came on the scene in 1983 and she helped turn Iowa into a national power.
When Lisa Bluder came on board in 2000 she promised an up-tempo game and balanced scoring.
The Hawk women opened up the weekend with the best scoring output ever in the history of Iowa women’s basketball with a 107-56 romp over USC Upstate.