The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

November 19, 2013

Abilene Christian dominated by Iowa 103-41

IOWA CITY — After last weekend, Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery isn’t taking anybody lightly. As he indicated after a runaway win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday, anybody can beat anybody in college basketball on any given night.

Iowa almost fell victim to that last Sunday before a second half rally saved the Hawkeyes from being upset at home by Nebraska-Omaha, who then nearly knocked off UNLV on Friday. In between, Iowa’s most recent Sunday opponent, Abilene Christian, used 10 first-half 3-pointers to score a lead at Maryland.

“Every day there are teams beating other teams that you didn’t think were supposed to beat those teams, and you don’t want to find yourself in that situation with five minutes to go because you weren’t ready to go at the start of the game,” McCaffery said.

Devyn Marble made sure Iowa didn’t have to go on upset alert Sunday. Scoring 22 of his season-high 27 points in the first half as Iowa thumped Abilene Christian in a 103-41 win on Sunday. Marble scored 15 of the Hawkeyes’ first 17 points in an impressive offensive performance.

“I felt like it’s supposed to happen,” Marble said. “I work on my shot every day. I shoot well in practice. It was only a matter of time. I just needed to get into a rhythm.”

The win also locked up Iowa’s first national ranking in eight seasons. The Hawkeyes were rated 25th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, earning the program’s first ranking since the 2005-06 season, Iowa’s last time appearing in the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa showed on Sunday that they certainly belong in the mix with the other top-tier teams Abilene Christian is testing itself against this year in non-conference play.

“It’s not a big team. They’re in a transitional phase. They’re playing a murderous schedule,” McCaffery said of Abilene Christian. “Very difficult situation for a team to be going through. They’re in Pittsburgh, New York, they’re in College Park, Maryland then they’re in Iowa City.”

Text Only
Sports
  • 0419 OTT Sports Hogue and McKay photo Big day for Hogue, McKay By KEVIN PINK IHCC Information Department Former IHCC teammates take part in ISU's big day at State Capitol Big day for Hogue, McKay

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports Ashley Salgado photo Former OHS star Salgado signs with Converse College OTTUMWA -- Former Ottumwa star athlete Ashley Salgado has signed her National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball at Converse College, a NCAA Division II institution in Spartansburg, SC. Salgado played two seasons at Marshalltown Community Co

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC baseball photo Falcons remain in first after sweep at Muscatine MUSCATINE — Friday provided the first-place Indian Hills baseball team with two very different games at Muscatine. Fortunately for the Falcons, the results were the same. IHCC remained tied atop the region with Iowa Western after sweeping the first t

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC golf photo Warrior golfers boast big lead at Illinois invite SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After one round, the Indian Hills men's golf team boasts a 15-stroke lead in the Blue Boy Invitational Friday with a score of 296 strokes. Jakob Garstecki spearheaded the Warriors' success by firing the top score of the day at 72

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports softball color photo Warriors suffer sophomore day sweep to Southeastern OTTUMWA — Jim Overturf has been coaching junior college softball for over two decades. In that time, Overturf has seen over two decades worth of days dedicated to celebrating a departing class of sophomore players. In his experience, Overturf has see

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albia boys have record-setting night at Waukee WAUKEE — Alex Schultz turned in a pair of outstanding performances at what ended up being a record-setting night for the Albia boys track and field team at the Waukee Invitational. Competing as the lone Class 2A school against some elite competition,

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Sports Ottuwa Conference photo Ottumwa AD talks about possible conference change OTTUMWA — Tom Kopatich has plenty of experience with the Southeast Conference. Kopatich, the athletic director for Ottumwa High School, coached the Ottumwa football team when the Bulldogs belonged to the conference. So what does he think about a pos

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • On Tap Saturday Boys Soccer Ottumwa at Waterloo West Invitational, 9 a.m. Oskaloosa at Winterset Tournament, 10 a.m. College Golf Indian Hills at Buena Vista Spring Invitational (Storm Lake) College Baseball Indian Hills at Muscatine (DH), Noon College Softball Indi

    April 18, 2014

  • Ottumwa boys track ties for seventh in Urbandale URBANDALE — The Ottumwa boys track and field team tied for seventh place with Des Moines North at the Chuck Silvey Invitational at Urbandale Thursday with 11 points. The Bulldog boys 4x400 team of Roger Cruz, Matt Moreland, Jalen Strunk and Osha Wyl

    April 18, 2014

  • Clarification Clarification: The Ottumwa boys tennis team competes at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dan Staggs Courts against Ankeny.

    April 18, 2014

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook