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Hawkeyes open hoops season with "Blowout"

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South Sioux City graduate Mike Gesell is introduced to the fans at the "Black & Gold Blowout". South Sioux City graduate Mike Gesell is introduced to the fans at the "Black & Gold Blowout".

High school football still gets most of the attention on Friday nights, but the Hawkeye basketball teams tried to steal some of the spotlight last Friday.

The men and women held their first "black and gold blowout" in front of over 7,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The fan-friendly event featured player introductions with pyrotechnics, and South Sioux City grad Mike Gesell showed off some nice dance moves.

Head coach Fran McCaffery made his entrance from a giant inflatable basketball.

There was also a dunk contest and the 6'1" Gesell showed off a good-looking "360". The best dunk came from 6'10" Gabe Olaseni, who took off from the free throw line.

The players can feel the fans anticipation.

"It's at an all-time high. It kind of shows that tonight," said Aaron White. "An event where it's just kind of a fun event and you get to see us and you get eight-thousand. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like opening night."

"In terms of expectations, we just try to keep it centered within the team. Coach reminds us every day that we haven't done anything yet," said Gabe Olaseni. "We just have to continue to work and hopefully we can exceed the expectations we have."

Iowa's first game is November 8th against UNC-Wilmington.

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