BRUNNER & HORNER CONTINUE ASSAULT ON RECORD BOOK
Greg Brunner has 865 career rebounds, leaving him 49 behind Kevin Kunnert's career mark of 914. Brunner is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game this year, so he could have that mark in five games. Brunner's 23 rebounds against Minnesota on Wednesday was a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record and the fourth-highest single game total in school history. The record is 30 by Chuck Darling in 1952. The old Carver-Hawkeye record was 19 by Ryan Bowen. Brunner's 23 rebounds in one game is the second highest total in Division I this year…Brunner 28 career double-double's are the most among active Big Ten players and he leads the Big Ten in rebounding by collecting 10.5 caroms per game, good for 13th in the nation.
Jeff Horner is 40 assists away from breaking the career record of 575 held by Andre Woolridge. Horner is also on a pace to tally 197 assists this season, a mark that would break Woolridge's single season total of 193. Horner's 219 three-point field goals in his career is just six off the school record held by Chris Kingsbury. Horner has also attempted 600 three-pointers, 45 off of Kingsbury's mark. Horner's current average of 6.6 assists per game is tied for sixth-best in the nation.
Both Brunner and Horner are on a pace to average more than 1,400 points on their Iowa careers, something that would put them among the Top 12 scorers in school history. As of right now, just two Iowa natives are among the Top 15 career scorers at Iowa; Dean Oliver and Jess Settles. Horner is also 9th all time in steals.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who holds the Iowa record for most steals in a game (nine)? Answer at the end of this item.
Erek Hansen is on pace to block 107 shots this season, a total that would be the second-highest in school history. Acie Earl blocked 121 shots in 1992 for the record. If Hansen does get to the 107 mark this year, he would move past Greg Stokes' 229 career blocks into second place all time at Iowa, with 230. Hansen currently sits in third place with 180. His 3.2 blocks per game this year is 11th best in the nation.
BIG TEN STRONG
As of 1/19, The Big Ten had six teams with an RPI of 16 or higher, an amazing number. If the season ended like that, you are talking about all six teams likely being seeded no worse than fifth in the NCAA tournament, with most of them being two or three seeds. A seventh team, Michigan, had an RPI of 36. Five league teams had a strength of schedule among the top 27. Four teams from the Big Ten shared the 2002 title with a league record of 11-5. Things appear to be headed that way again this season.
FOUR AT A TIME
Steve Alford always talks about winning the eight four-minute games during a contest. There is a TV timeout scheduled every four minutes.
One can also look at the Big Ten regular season in fourths, and Iowa is one-quarter of the way through its league loop with a record of 3-1. Here is how the other ‘four-game' sections break out, in chronological order:
@ Michigan State
-2-2 would probably be a pretty solid record here, as the first three games come against teams with RPI's of 7, 12 & 16. A 3-1 record would be superb.
-Again, 2-2 would not be all that bad here, either. Michigan is healthy now and they have loads of athleticism. Northwestern is Iowa's personal house of horrors, but you have to win that game. Splitting with Indiana and Michigan State is a must.
-There is a shot of going 3-1 here. Winning at Minnesota is never easy, and winning at Illinois is next to impossible. But you expect a win at home against Penn State and though Wisconsin is 4-0 in the league right now, when they are away from the Kohl Center, they are a beatable team. One would hope that senior laden Iowa team can finish strong as it heads into post season play. 10-6 might not get a share of the Big Ten title, but this year, that would be nothing to sneeze at, a the league is as tough as it has been under Steve Alford. 10-6 would also be Alford's best ever league mark.
NOTES: Iowa has led at the half in 17 of its 18 games, with the exception being their loss at Ames… Adam Haluska has led Iowa in scoring in nine of their 18 games. Greg Brunner has led Iowa in rebounding 14 times while Jeff Horner has led Iowa in assists 13 times. Haluska has led Iowa in steals on eight different occasions…Iowa is making just 28.3% of it's three's at home while hitting 32.4% on the road. It's opponents are making just 26.9% of their three's in Carver-Hawkeye. Iowa is averaging 16.0 turnovers at home compared to 13.3 on the road…In Iowa's 14 wins, they are winning by an average of 15.3 points per game, compared to losing by an average of 9.7 points in their four road losses.
Iowa's last win against Michigan State in East Lansing was in January of 1993, its first game after the death of Chris Street. Iowa won the game 96-90.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Acie Earl has the single game record of nine steals.