Numbering the good old days
1. Which teams hold the major-league record for most hits in a nine-inning game?
2. When was the last time before 2017 that the Houston Astros won a division championship?
3. Dallas’ Dak Prescott set a rookie NFL record in 2016 for highest completion rate (67.8 percent). Who had held the rookie mark?
4. Which original member of the ACC has never won the conference’s men’s basketball tournament?
5. John Bucyk (545 goals) and Phil Esposito are the top career goal scorers in Boston Bruins history. Who is No. 3?
6. Which is the only host country to be eliminated from the Group Stage in men’s World Cup soccer history?
7. When was the last time before 2017 that Maryland won the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship?
1. The 1901 New York Giants and the 1992 Milwaukee Brewers, with 31 hits each.
2. The Astros won the N.L. Central in 2001.
3. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, who had a 66.4 percent completion rate in 2004.
5. Rick Middleton, with 402 goals.
6. South Africa, in 2010.
7. It was 1975.
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Iowa basketball’s offense is very good. It’s been very good for a long time under coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawks love to get up and down the floor in fast forward scoring in transition before the defense has a chance to react or set itself. Averaging over 80 points and mauling Illinois Sunday for 95, the Hawkeyes have won five straight Big Ten games and ten of its last eleven overall. In that streak it’s been the Iowa defense that has been a difference maker. Trying to out score opponents in this league is not a healthy way to make a living. Not with Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State and others running four and five star recruits to the floor every game night.
The Iowa staff has put together a mixture of zone and man-to-man defense that slows the opponent down. It first has to recognize what the Hawks are in, making sure everyone’s on the same page in figuring out how to attack it. At this point the shot clock has 10-12 seconds remaining, often times resulting in a quick shot or turnover. That’s been the biggest improvement in a 16-3 record to date.
With the always talented Michigan State Spartans coming to Carver Hawkeye Arena Thursday evening, in what should be a packed house, Iowa will need to be near perfect both offensively and defensively.
The Spartans received first place votes this week for the Associated Press poll. They stormed past the Hawkeyes in East Lansing December 3rd 90-68. That night, gifted freshman Joe Wieskamp sprained an ankle, playing sparingly. Sunday against the Illini, Weiskamp drained all eight of his shots including six three point goals and made both free throws. That perfection earned Wesikamp league Freshman of the Week honors. At 6’6”, 205 pounds, and mature beyond his years, Weiskamp gives Iowa a special weapon. He can play three positions and is a big asset and compliment to Tyler Cook and Luka Garza inside and Jordan Bohannon and Isiah Moss on the perimeter. Weiskamp is equally impressive with his defense and rebounding, understanding there’s room for improvement.
Fellow freshman Connor McCaffery has been a welcome addition. There’s very little drop off when McCaffery subs in for Bohannon or Moss, showing a high level of toughness, ball handling and passing the basketball. McCaffery dished out eight assists against Illinois.
Even with three red shirt players, the Hawkeyes employ nine players who log heavy minutes. With the Big Ten schedule now boasting twenty conference games, the Iowa roster is poised to do some very special things the final third of the year, providing it avoids key injuries.