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Iowa’s Cook, ISU’s Shayok named to USBWA All-District Team


March 12th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Tyler Cook and Iowa State senior Marial Shayok were named Tuesday to the 11-player All-District VI team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Cook’s honor marks the fifth time is six seasons that a Hawkeye has garnered all-district recognition (Devyn Marble in 2014; Aaron White in 2015; Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok in 2016; Jok in 2017; Cook in 2019).

Cook, who was yesterday named to the All-Big Ten second team by the media and third team by the coaches, ranks third in the league in free throws attempted per game (6.41), sixth in rebounding (8.1), ninth in field goal percentage (.534), and tied for 11th in scoring (15.0). Cook (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) is one of only two Big Ten student-athletes this season to average at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ). Cook is one of only nine players in program history to total more than 1,200 points and 600 rebounds. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, has posted a team-best six double-doubles this season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles.

Shayok finished the regular season second among Big 12 players averaging 18.7 points while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 39.6 percent behind the arc and 87.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Ottawa, Ontario native has scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games this season, scoring a career-high 26 points on three different occasions. Shayok has also earned All-Big 12 First Team honors and is a finalist for the Julius Erving Award.

Joining Cook and Shayok on the 11-player all-district squad are Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton); Barry Brown (Kansas State); Mike Daum (South Dakota State); Devon Dotson (Kansas); Christian James (Oklahoma); Dedric Lawson (Kansas); Nick McGlynn (Drake); James Palmer, Jr. (Nebraska); Dean Wade (Kansas State).

Bluder named Semifinalist for Naismith Coach of the Year


March 12th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s Basketball College Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.

Bluder led the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten Tournament Title since 2001 on Sunday. Iowa owns an overall record of 26-6 – its highest win total since 2014-15. In 19 years at the helm, Bluder has led Iowa to 12, 20-win seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 20 or more games in 10 of the last 12 years.

Iowa is ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll, marking the highest ranking for the program since 1996. The Hawkeyes rank in the top-13 nationally in seven statistical categories. Iowa leads the country in field goal percentage (51.9), and ranks second in assists (702) and assists per game (21.9), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.61), seventh in free throw percentage (77.7), and 13th in scoring offense (79.8) and fewest fouls per game (13.9).

Bluder has guided senior center Megan Gustafson to nationally prominence. The Player of the Year candidate ranks in the top-4 nationally in eight categories. She leads the country in field goal percentage (69.6), points per game (28.0), total points (897), and field goals made (369), ranks second in double-doubles (30) and defensive rebounds per game (10), third in total rebounds (424), and fourth in rebounds per game (13.3).

The candidates will be narrowed to four finalists on March 21.

The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show airs Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

2019 Naismith Coach of the Year Candidates

Geno Auriemma, UConn
Lisa Bluder, Iowa
Amanda Butler, Clemson
Kelly Graves, Oregon
Carolyn Kieger, Marquette
Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
Wes Moore, NC State
Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State
Jeff Walz, Louisville

Northwest Missouri State will host Central Regional in Men’s Division II NCAA Tournament


March 12th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The NCAA has announced the brackets for the 2019 Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament and Northwest Missouri State will host the Central Regional. The 32-0 Bearcats will face 18-11 Minnesota State in their first round game on March 16th.

The tournament is broken down into 8 regions with the top seeded team in each region hosting the regional rounds. The 8 regional winners then move on to Evansville, Indiana where the Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship are played March 27-30.

The other top regional seeds are Indiana (PA), St. Anselm, Lewis, Nova Southeastern, Queens (NC), West Texas A&M, and Point Loma.

Here is a look at the full bracket: d2-mbb-2019

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/12/19


March 12th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior center, was named the Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. Baylor won its 10th Big 12 title and ninth in the past 11 years.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with Tyrann Mathieu in a big boost to their defensive backfield. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins and free agents can sign contracts.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State and Texas Tech are the top two seeds for the Big 12 Tournament after sharing the regular-season title. Defending champion Kansas is seeded third, and will try to forget the disappointment of a ho-hum regular season when play begins in Kansas City on Wednesday night.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a season-ending injury. The deal includes up to $1.4 million in performance bonuses for games caught. Maldonado spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, hitting .225 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 119 games. Perez underwent Tommy John surgery last Wednesday after tearing a ligament in his throwing arm.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska running back Maurice Washington has turned himself in to California authorities. He faces felony and misdemeanor charges related to possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend allegedly being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016. A Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman in San Jose says Washington surrendered at about 7 a.m. and bailed out shortly after that. Washington is accused of sending video of the alleged assault to the girl in March 2018.

CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Gedion Zelalem, a former Arsenal prospect whose career has stalled in recent years, has transferred from the Gunners to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. The 22-year-old tore a ligament in his left knee during the U.S. team’s opener against Ecuador at the Under-20 World Cup in May 2017. He has made just two first-team appearances since, for the Gunners in the League Cup in late October and early November last year.

ISU’s Jacobson named Academic All-American


March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State redshirt junior Michael Jacobson has been named a member of the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jacobson is the sixth Iowa State men’s basketball student-athlete (seven times) and first since Melvin Ejim in 2014 to earn the honor.

The honor recognizes those that excel both on the court and in the classroom.

Jacobson, a Waukee, Iowa native, owns a 3.80 GPA as a finance major. On the court, Jacobson has started all 31 games for the Cyclones and is fourth on the team averaging 11.6 points per game. He leads the team pulling down 5.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 58.4 percent from the field, which ranks fourth among Big 12 players.

Jacobson has scored in double figures in 19 games, including a season-high 23 points against Illinois at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The Cyclones return to action Thursday at 11:30 a.m. when they face Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

2018-19 Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Team Division I

First Team

Marcus Bartley, Southern Illinois
Seth Dugan, Western Michigan
Skylar Mays, Louisiana State
Tyler Seibring, Elon
Joe Sherburne, UMBC

Second Team

Michael Jacobson, Iowa State
James Foye, Dartmouth
Zachary Hunsaker, Brown
Luke Maye, North Carolina
Dylan Windler, Belmont

Third Team

Amidou Bamba, Coastal Carolina
Sam Bittner, Fresno State
Clayton Custer, Loyola-Chicago
Brooks DeBisschop, Northern Arizona
Matt Pile, Omaha

Atlantic has some strong individual showings at State Archery Tournament


March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa NASP State Archery Tournament was held this past weekend at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. There were two divisions contested with a 3D Tournament and a Bullseye Tournament. Atlantic had a high school team competing in both tournaments and a middle school team in the bullseye tournament.

The Atlantic high school team finished 15th out of 17 teams in the 3D tournament with a score of 1599. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was the champion with a score of 1712. Individually Lee Houser finished 21st with a score of 279. Zach Colton was 22nd also with a 279. Lia Lillard finished 60th out of 95 girls with a 255.

The Atlantic High School team finished 11th out of 31 teams in the Bullseye tournament with a score of 3286. Lee Houser finished 10th and Cooper Jipsen was 11th after competing in a shoot off for the 9th place spot. Both scored 290 totals. Dustin Dreager finished 20th with a 286. Jasmyne Oasay-Waddel was the top girl finisher for Atlantic at 158th out of 334 with a score of 266. Springville took the team title with a score of 3407.

The Atlantic Middle School team placed 19th out of 30 teams. Halle Copeland finished 2nd out of 350 middle schools girls with a score of 287. She finished 11th out of all 837 girls competing. Carter Smith was the top boys finisher at 19th out of 427 with a score of 278. He was 97th out of all 1.025 boys competing. Mariah Hadley finished 25th on the girls side with a 274 score. Washington Middle School took the title with a 3278 team score.

No. 13 Iowa State falls in Big 12 title game to No. 1 Baylor


March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 13 Iowa State (25-8) made a valiant effort against No. 1 Baylor (31-1), but the Lady Bears were able to pull away in the fourth quarter to claim the title at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship 67-49 on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The loss snapped ISU’s five-game win streak, and was the Cyclones’ first since falling to the Lady Bears on Feb. 23.

In defeat, Iowa State was led by Alexa Middleton’s 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Bridget Carleton added 13 points and six rebounds. Carleton and Middleton were both named to the Championship All-Tournament Team, the first time ISU has had an honoree since 2013 and first time with multiple since 2001.

How It Happened
ISU was the first on the board with an Alexa Middleton 18-footer, but Baylor immediately responded with an 8-0 run to get ahead. The BU lead reached double figures at 16-6 on consecutive Chloe Jackson lay-ins, but ISU was able to step it up defensively forcing three-straight BU turnovers which was converted into a 7-0 ISU run to get back within five at 18-13 to end the quarter.

The Cyclones kept the momentum going to open the quarter as Middleton got the first five points of the quarter to knot it up again at 18-18. Baylor methodically put together an 8-0 run to get back ahead, taking advantage of 10-straight empty possessions from the Cyclone offense. However, Burkhall stepped up with a crucial three-point play to cut the Lady Bear halftime advantage to 30-25.

The Cyclones battled hard to start the second half and were rewarded by knotting the contest up at 37-37 on an Ashley Joens lay-in and again at 41-41 on a Carleton turnaround jumper. However, each time Baylor had the answers and eventually grinded back ahead by five at 46-41. Middleton continued her good work for ISU, as she got ISU back within four at 48-44 to close the period.

ISU’s two misses and two turnovers to start the fourth allowed BU to get ahead by nine at 53-44. ISU finally got on the board with a Carleton bucket after 3:20 being held off the board. It was too little too late, as Baylor hit 8-of-13 shots in the final quarter while ISU just had two buckets.

Players of Note
Alexa Middleton had another one of her best performances as a Cyclone 24 hours after her best. The redshirt senior finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. She also had three assists.

Bridget Carleton wrapped up her Big 12 tournament with 13 points and six rebounds. In ISU’s three meetings against the No. 1 Lady Bears this year, Carleton finished with a combined 69 points.

Up Next
No. 13 Iowa State will learn its postseason fate next Monday, March 18, during the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show. The show will be at 6 p.m. and televised on ESPN.

4 Hawkeyes earn Big Ten men’s basketball recognition


March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Juniors Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook, sophomore Luka Garza, and freshman Joe Wieskamp earned postseason conference recognition, the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday.

Cook was voted to the All-Big Ten second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches; Bohannon was a third-team selection by the coaches and an honorable mention selection by the media; Garza was also an honorable mention choice by the media; Wieskamp was voted to the five-player All-Big Ten Freshman Team by the league head coaches. Redshirt senior Nicholas Baer was named Iowa men’s basketball Sportsmanship Award recipient for the third consecutive year.

Cook, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, ranks third in the league in free throws attempted per game (6.41), sixth in rebounding (8.1), ninth in field goal percentage (.534), and tied for 11th in scoring (15.0). Cook (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) is one of only two Big Ten student-athletes this season to average at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ). Cook is one of only nine players in program history to total more than 1,200 points and 600 rebounds. Cook has posted a team-best six double-doubles this season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles. He recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds over a 10-game span from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94). The junior forward was named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in wins over Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bohannon, a native of Marion, Iowa, ranks first in the Big Ten in free throw accuracy (.877), fourth in three-pointers made per game (3.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1), tied for sixth in assists per game (3.4), and tied for 30th in points per game (11.8). For the second consecutive season, Bohannon led the league in free throw percentage during conference play. The junior guard missed only seven free throws in 20 Big Ten games this season (64-of-71, .901). Bohannon was 37-of-39 (.949) a year ago. Bohannon’s three-point shooting down the strectch in games versus Indiana (home and away) and Northwestern (home) helped propel Iowa to victories in those three games. He has a team-best 105 assists this season, becoming just the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons, joining Dean Oliver, Mike Gesell, Andre Woolridge, Devyn Marble, B.J. Armstrong, and Jeff Horner. Bohannon (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) leads the Hawkeyes with 73 three-point field goals; his career total of 258 is four shy of tying Jeff Horner for the most in program history.

Garza, a native of Washington, D.C., ranks sixth in the Big Ten in free throw accuracy (.819), 11th in field goal percentage (.525), and tied for 21st in points per game (13.0). Garza has scored in double figures in 17 games, including scoring 20 points or more a team-best seven times, including four straight games (Jan. 16-27). He netted a career-high 25 points in road games at Minnesota (Jan. 27) and Nebraska (March 10). Garza was named the 2K Empire Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in helping lead Iowa to wins over Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Wieskamp, a native of Muscatine, Iowa, becomes the eighth Hawkeye to be voted to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team since 2007, including the sixth under head coach Fran McCaffery (Eric May in 2010; Melsahn Basabe in 2011; Aaron White in 2015; Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook in 2017). Wieskamp ranks third in the Big Ten in three-point accuracy (.431, 53-of-123), which currently ranks second all-time among Iowa freshmen behind Jake Kelly (.435, 30-of-69). Wieskamp twice earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season and sank the game-winning basket on a baseline 3-pointer that grazed the side of the backboard with 0.2 seconds remaining to propel Iowa to a 71-69 triumph at Rutgers on Feb. 16. Wieskamp tied an Iowa’s single-game 3-point percentage record when he made all six 3-point attempts in Iowa’s 24-point win over Illinois (Jan. 20), tying Jeff Horner (2004 versus Penn State) and Jim Bartels (1995 at Ohio State).

Baer earned the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the third straight season. The forward averages 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.25 assists. His 33 blocked shots and 31 steals lead the team, while his 6.6 point per game leads Hawkeye reserves. Baer is the first Hawkeye in program history to surpass 750 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals, 100 blocked shots, and 100 three-pointers.

Both the media and coaches named Purdue’s Matt Painter and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively. The coaches selected Penn State senior Josh Reaves as Defensive Player of the Year and Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman as Sixth Player of the Year. Both groups also named Ignas Brazdeikis of Michigan as Freshman of the Year.

Iowa (21-10, 10-10) will open play in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday against either 11th-seed Illinois (11-20, 7-13) or 14th-seeded Northwestern (13-18, 4-16). Game time is approximately 8:30 p.m. (CT) at the United Center in Chicago.

AP Men’s College Basketball Top 25 03/11/2019


March 11th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (41) 29-2 1572 1
2. Virginia (23) 28-2 1559 2
3. North Carolina 26-5 1474 3
4. Kentucky 26-5 1373 6
5. Duke 26-5 1298 4
6. Michigan St. 25-6 1226 9
7. Texas Tech 26-5 1211 8
8. Tennessee 27-4 1200 5
9. LSU 26-5 1089 10
10. Michigan 26-5 1041 7
11. Houston 29-2 963 12
12. Florida St. 25-6 856 14
13. Purdue 23-8 831 11
14. Nevada 28-3 684 17
15. Kansas St. 24-7 680 18
16. Virginia Tech 23-7 625 15
17. Kansas 23-8 602 13
18. Buffalo 28-3 539 19
19. Wisconsin 22-9 466 21
20. Wofford 28-4 387 22
21. Maryland 22-9 319 24
22. Auburn 22-9 268
23. Marquette 23-8 109 16
24. Cincinnati 25-6 108 20
25. Villanova 22-9 80 23

Others receiving votes: UCF 62, VCU 53, Mississippi St. 37, Utah St. 34, New Mexico St. 16, Louisville 11, Murray St. 11, Iowa St. 8, Temple 4, Clemson 3, Liberty 1.