The Iowa Hawkeyes are off to their best start in four years, at 9-2. A win over 4-7 South Carolina State on Wednesday, would give the Hawks their best start in seven years.
Iowa beat Northern Iowa, 80-73 on Saturday in the inaugural 'Big 4 Classic', behind a career-high 23 points from freshman Mike Gesell of South Sioux City.
Over 13,000thousand fans turned out in Des Moines, but there were some empty seats. Some Iowa fans left before the Iowa State/Drake game, with some Cyclone fans not showing up to see the Hawks.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery would like to see Wells Fargo Arena full for both games, but he's not sure that will happen.
"Will that change? Will people just say we're going to go there on this day and watch two games? I hope so. I think that was the plan. You never know. We live in a world, people just don't go to college basketball games planning to stay there for five hours. They just don't run their lives that way anymore."
Iowa freshman Adam Woodbury, from East High, had 9 points in a win over Iowa State, making 4 of 5 shots.
Woodbury only played nine minutes against UNI, with one point and 3 fouls. McCaffery says the more the 7-foot-1 center plays, the better he gets.
"The key is to stay out of foul trouble, which he's done. We're going to him a lot more. He's really playing with a lot of confidence, making his free throws, he's going either way. It's a function of, we're making a concerted effort to find him and he's playing more minutes. That's really a big thing for him. The more minutes he gets, the more comfortable he's going to be."
Iowa and South Carolina State play at 8 o'clock Wednesday on the Big Ten Network.
The Hawks then play Coppin State Saturday before their Big Ten opener against Indiana on New Year's Eve.
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