Carver-Hawkeye Arena is one of the more iconic arena venues in the Big Ten, and on Tuesday the athletic department announced that the venerable home to so many Hawkeyes sports is getting a major upgrade.
That’s because Daktronics is going to be installing a state-of-the-art video board to replace the old scoreboards inside CHA. Gone will be the pixelated looks and in their place will be a centerpiece worthy of the 2010’s to say the least.
According to the release:
A new four-sided centerhung video system is the centerpiece of the upcoming installation. The two main centerhung displays will measure approximately 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide and the other two centerhung displays will measure 9.5 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. These displays will feature a tight 6 millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the arena.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena will also get new scoreboards on the ends of the court as well, allowing fans no matter where they are seated to access state-of-the art stats, highlights and live video of the games happening in the arena.
Four auxiliary displays, two at each end of the arena, will be installed as part of the upgrade. Two will measure roughly 9.5 feet high by 80 feet wide and two will measure 9.5 feet high by 48 feet wide. An additional display measuring 3 feet high by 9 feet wide will be installed along the sidelines. A total of eight digital scorer’s tables, each measuring 2 feet high by 9 feet wide, are included in the installation and can be arranged in any formation the arena desires.
The upgrades to the scoreboards are the latest in a long line of changes inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena this summer. Other improvements include changes to the sound system and lighting as well as a new hardwood floor.
Don’t get it twisted though, the new specially-designed scoreboards are the No. 1 change being made to CHA this offseason.
Big Ten Basketball 2018-19 Sneak Peak: Iowa Hawkeyes edition
Iowa is looking to get its mojo back after a 13th place finish in the Big Ten this past season. What is the outlook for McCaferry’s squad?
While a few teams look ahead to another weekend of college basketball around the Big Ten, the majority are left to prepare for an entirely new season ahead. That’s actually the case for 11 of the 14 teams across the B1G already.
So, why not follow suit and begin to wonder what the 2018-19 season holds for those teams not playing anymore?
Previous Sneak Peak’s: Rutgers |
Up next is a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, who are certainly hoping to be fighting for a NCAA tourney berth and not to just stay off the bottom of the Big Ten.
Reason to be Optimistic: The Best Bohannon
Fans across the Big Ten are readily familiar with the last name Bohannon, having seen both Jason and Zach play for the Wisconsin Badgers over the last decade or so. However, it is the Iowa Hawkeyes who have the best of the three brothers in the fold.
Jordan proved that in a big way in 2017-18 — averaging 13.5 points, 5.4 assists, while also shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. That’s what you want from your point guard if you’re Fran McCaffery, and Jordan is moving in to his third season leading this offense.
If that isn’t a reason to be optimistic, I don’t know what is.
Reason to Worry: Bohannon or Bust Still
As great as Bohannon was this past season, he was a one-man show for the Hawkeyes and it ended in disaster. Next season doesn’t seem to be much different for Iowa, as Bohannon has literally no help at all at point guard, especially with the fall of Brady Ellingson and his announced transfer from the program.
Things could get even more interesting with the news that fellow sophomore, Tyler Cook, is exploring the NBA Draft process.
Sophomore @iamtc5 will go through the NBA evaluation process that is allowed for underclassmen: https://t.co/TYSEBe2SxF— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 9, 2018
“Tyler should take advantage of this opportunity and we fully support his decision,” coach Fran McCaffery pic.twitter.com/pyflKa2SL3
It’s an interesting move from a team perspective, but the 6-9 forward was much better individually in 2017-18 than he was in his freshman season. My money is on him coming back for his junior season, but this team is built around perimeter play opening things up for inside success, and that still means as Bohannon goes, so goes this team..until we’re proven otherwise.
Player to Watch: Luka Garza
As far as freshman seasons go, Garza had himself a pretty good one. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. Yet, Garza was left off the Coaches All-Freshman team at season’s end.
Despite the big numbers, Garza had an up and down season overall. He started just 26 of 33 games and was in and out of the starting lineup.
If Iowa can count on him to be more of a consistent presence in the lineup then this team is very different heading in to 2018-19. A bit more work in the weight room and on his outside shot should go a long way.
Iowa made a huge move in getting the in-state signature of 2018 Iowa Mr. Basketball, Joe Wieskamp. Not only was he an in-state star, he was a national star too. Wieskamp is the No. 9 ranked shooting guard in the country and could be immediate help for Bohannon in the backcourt.
Fellow shooting guard C.J. Fredrick comes out of another talent-rich state in Kentucky. He also knows how to win, leading his Covington Catholic squad to a Kentucky state title this year.
This pair of shooting guards should help Iowa be able to stretch the court for a few years to come.
A look at the stat sheet and one has to wonder how the Iowa Hawkeyes of 2017-18 were as bad as they were. Four players averaged double figures and all but one is a sure-thing to come back to the program in 2018-19, while this team had success shooting inside and out too.
But, then you look at the defensive numbers and realize this team was built to have to outscore opponents, not stop them on the defensive end and it becomes easy to see how they finished 13th in the B1G. The good news is that this was an extremely young team, starting not a single player that was older than a sophomore.
Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook are good places for any team to start from, but I’m looking for more from Cook and soon-to-be sophomore Luka Garza on the defensive end to help this team make a rapid rise. The talent is certainly there for this group to be much better next season, but there will need to be a re-commitment to playing defense if the Hawkeyes want to be in the NCAA tourney mix in 2019.
2017 talking10 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Awards Special
The Big Ten may have its awards, but what is the point of watching endless hours of Big Ten basketball without putting our two cents in, right?
Welcome to the 2017 taking10 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Awards special. Our hope is to educate you on the names that dominated our conversations and the hardwood across the Big Ten this season.
So, sit back and enjoy our special for your viewing pleasure.
Iowa Hawkeyes stake claim as team to beat in B1G title race
Raise your hand if you had the Indiana Hoosiers and Iowa Hawkeyes atop the Big Ten mid-way through the month of January?
Few saw it coming, but here we are on the 18th of January, five games in for both teams and they are an equal 5-0 in conference play. However, that’s where the equality between these two teams ends.
While Indiana is an interesting story, the Iowa Hawkeyes are the real class of the Big Ten these days.
That’s pretty obvious when you look at how these two teams got to 5-0, with only one of those teams beating a ranked opponent along the way — and hint, it isn’t the Hoosiers.
In fact, Indiana hasn’t beaten a single team with a current winning record in conference play. On the other hand, Iowa has a resume of a true contender for the Big Ten regular season championship.
Iowa took down Michigan 82-71 over the weekend, marking not only a five-game win streak in conference play, but a seven-game overall win streak. Given the timing in the season, research shows it is the longest such win streak at this point in a season in…wait for it…19 years.
Yes, nearly two decades of basketball since Iowa was this hot. In fact, the last time the Hawkeyes even started Big Ten play 5-0 was back in 1996-97.
One couldn’t blame Iowa fans for holding their breath about this team a bit longer, after all it saw an identical 14-3 team at this point in the season two years ago stumble to a 20-13 record and a first game loss in the NCAA tournament.
However, Iowa has now won 11th straight in the regular season against the Big Ten, dating back to last season. It hasn’t won that many games in a row against conference foes in 46 years.
Clearly something is different with this team than what Iowa fans are used to being let down by.
First off, Iowa is undefeated in Big Ten play instead of already showing cracks like it did two years ago.
A loss to No. 4 Wisconsin back in 2013-14 showed this team could be beat badly by top contenders, and a win over a ranked Ohio State was more smoke and mirrors as the Buckeyes lost their way and finished 10-8 in B1G play.
This season, Iowa has already swept a ranked opponent in Michigan State and has a win over fellow contender Michigan, who was just coming off an upset of preseason favorite Maryland.
Say what you will about the health issues of the Spartans, they still are competing well at the top of the conference. Sure, Michigan is still missing by far its best player in Caris LeVert.
However, the demolition of MSU in mid-week spoke volumes.
So did how good Iowa was in its 11-point win over Michigan on Sunday. Iowa’s latest win was textbook Fran McCaffery, and an example of how dangerous his system is when it works.
The Hawkeyes had just four turnovers, Jarrod Uthoff poured in a game-high 23 points and Peter Jok added 16 to the winning effort.
It’s the formula that Iowa has used all season, and it proves why this team is different from the one two years ago — this one is actually consistent in duplicating the formula needed for success on a game-by-game basis.
While previous teams wilted under increased pressure of good non-conference seasons, this veteran group of leaders in point guard Mike Gessell, forward Jarrod Uthoff and center Adam Woodbury have shown in deeds as much as words this season.
It’s no coincidence that Uthoff leads this team in points (18.6), Gessell leads in assists (6.9) and Woodbury leads in shooting percentage (54.5).
This group of seniors has rubbed off on the rest of the team too.
Seven players average 15 or more minutes per game, and all seven of them are shooting at or above 40 percent from the field.
That makes it really difficult to beat Iowa, as stopping one or two hot hands only means you are likely to put the ball in the hands of equally deadly shooters and post players.
So for those of you holding your breath on this team, you can exhale…something is very different.
While an undefeated run in B1G play is unlikely, Iowa has showcased why it is going to be a player for the title all season long.