Derrell Johnson Koulianos
December 8, 2010 by staff
Derrell Johnson Koulianos, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos arrest ‘shook the psyche Iowa sports, team basketball Iowa began to gain positive news. Now I’m not saying there is a change of custody, and basketball is about to exceed Football fans favorite local sport. But if the basketball team ever wanted to gain ground on Mount equal Hawkeye, then Tuesday is a huge part of the application process.
Ask the Coach Fran McCaffery, and he will tell you that there are no reference victories. But in front of his students larger section since losing last year at Ohio State, and the crowd the loudest basketball men in the young season, there is no denying that the Hawkeyes’ 51-39 victory was important to get some credibility back into Iowa basketball.
“We had a lot of fans there,” sophomore Eric May said that about 10,667 came to see the game in the state. “It was nice to have these guys a win and give them something to come here.”
But it was not only a gain of Carver. It was Northern Iowa, the State Cinderella and the little old school in Cedar Falls who has built a program in a powerhouse. This is not Duke, but remembers that the Panthers had also won six straight games against opponents in state until Tuesday.
Now, forget the opponent, and just look at the record. The Hawkeyes are 5-4, more than 0.500. This is the first time Iowa has been above that mark since the morning of February 25, 2009, when Iowa was 14-13. The Hawks lost to Michigan State tonight.
For the majority of the list of Iowa is the first time more than 0,500 record they had in their career, a very different feeling to play with the tones of the past always doomed the team.
Curiously, it did not break the fast, the offense Paul Westphal-esque that many fans of the first time showed up hoping to see. Really, Iowa won a game that is reminiscent of grinding offense last year. But the important thing in that last sentence is the word “won”.
“It was a sort of reference set … we had a great effort out there tonight,” senior Jarryd Cole said.
If credit for this victory goes to anyone, it should be Cole. He seemed a man possessed, a man who knows he has just one year left on the wood in its effort to collect all his fourth career double-double.
And even his statistics symbolize a major change for the Hawkeyes this season.
Cole grabbed 15 rebounds, a career high, and the highest for any Hawkeye Greg Brunner has pulled down 23 in a game against Minnesota, 8 January 2006.
The new culture has played well, too: 14 points for the first year Melsahn Basabe and eight points and six assists for the transfer of Bryce Cartwright.
All these statistics are benchmarks for Iowa. Things can get better, but certainly an improvement over the old.
With another game Friday against another enemy is no less (Iowa State), there is no rest for Iowa. But if the Hawkeyes can take everything he showed tonight – defense, statistics, and even the crowd – perhaps for the first time in years, there will be no picnic for opponents Carver-Hawkeye Arena, either.
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