Wednesday November 16th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Seton Hall — pre-game 5:30, tipoff 6:30


IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes need to focus on the task at hand and not the help they need. The Hawkeyes take a three game winning streak to Minnesota and need two wins and an Illinois loss to claim a second straight division title.

Iowa stood 3-4 after getting clobbered at Ohio State and the season appeared to be unraveling. They have won three straight to climb back into the division race.

Ferentz says Minnesota has become a consistent winner under P.J. Fleck.

Iowa’s struggling offense has gone up against several highly ranked defenses and the Gophers are the next one.

Ferenz says they are prepared to face either Minnesota quarterback in redshirt freshman Athan (ay-thun) Kaliakmanis (Kali-ak-man-us) or senior Tanner Morgan. Kaliakmanis went the distance in last week’s win over Northwestern.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 3 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.



AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says mistakes and inconsistencies have plagued the Cyclones this season. ISU is 4-6 after a loss at Oklahoma State and closes the home schedule Saturday night against Texas Tech.

Campbell says the effort has been there but the Cyclones have made too many mistakes.

The Cyclones are a minus-six in turnover margin this season.

Campbell says the goal this week is to celebrate senior day with a win over Texas Tech.

Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 6:00 PM



MARSHALLTOWN — The NIACC men’s basketball team picked up a 66-56 win at Marshalltown Community College last night. Myles Tucker had 20 points to lead the Trojans while Noah Compan added 16 and Chett Helming added 12. NIACC evens up their record to 3-3 for the season and will travel to Riverland Community College in Austin this weekend for a pair of games. They’ll face Hibbing Community College on Friday and the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College on Saturday.




IOWA CITY — A tough stretch of the schedule begins for the Iowa basketball team tonight with a visit to Seton Hall. Like the Hawkeyes, the Pirates are also 2-0.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Gavitt Tipoff Games are a series of games matching teams from the Big Ten against teams from the Big East.

McCaffery says Seton Hall’s half court defense will challenge the Hawkeyes.

It begins a stretch that will see the Hawkeyes play Seton Hall, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Duke, Iowa State and Wisconsin over the next few weeks. Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 6:30, with the pre-game at 5:30 on AM-1300 KGLO.




CEDAR FALLS — The 7th-ranked Iowa State women face their first road test with a visit to Northern Iowa tonight. It is the first of three in-state games for the Cyclones.

That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly who says the in-state games are always emotional.

UNI coach Tanya Warren calls it an opportunity for her team.

Warren hopes Panthers fans will fill the McLeod Center.

Tipoff at the McLeod Center is scheduled for 6 o’clock tonight.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Duchene scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Nino Niederreiter also scored and Juuse Saros made 32 saves for Nashville. Ryan Johansen had two assists. Frederick Gaudreau scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Wild.