Hawks prepare for final non-conference test tonight


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa basketball team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule tonight (Thursday) by hosting Boise State. The Hawkeyes are 7-5 after a 105-64 win over Central Arkansas on Monday night and take on a Boise State team that is 9-3. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says this will be a tough test heading into the start of the Big Ten race. McCaffrey told his team immediately after the Central Arkansas game that they better play well against the Broncos. McCaffrey says he doesn’t know if his guys fully understood they would be playing a team that is 9-3, that has “really good players,” and is one of the most impressive teams he’s watched on film. He says after his talk with the players, he thinks they understand the Broncos are one of the better teams on the schedule right now. Tonight’s mens’ game will be the second half of a doubleheader in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In the opener the Iowa women play Mississippi Valley State.