Can Iowa basketball hit 100 again Friday?
Hawkeyes last reeled off three straight 100s in Nov. 1997
Iowa hadn't scored 100 twice in a season since 1997-98, when the Hawkeyes did it in each of their first three games. The scores:
Iowa 105, Chicago State 60
Iowa 112, North Texas 64
Iowa 101, Long Island 69
The Hawkeyes are fresh off a 109-63 win over Maryland Eastern Shore last Friday and a 103-41 clubbing of Abilene Christian Sunday. They play Penn Friday night in Iowa City. A third hundy is doable.
Penn (1-2) has allowed an average of 78 points. What should encourage Century Chasers is that Penn State won at Penn 83-71 Saturday in Philadelphia. If Penn State can score 83 at Penn, what could Iowa do to the Quakers in Carver-Hawkeye?
Now, about that 100-point business. It's a fun total, and always has been. In the 1969-70 season, Iowa hit 100 points on 14 occasions in its 25 games. There was no 35-second shot clock at the time. Or 3-point basket.
The Hawkeyes scored 100-plus on 15 occasions in the 1987-88 season, when it played 34 games. Included were wins by 102-98 over Florida State and 104-86 over UNLV in the NCAA tournament. That was the season of Iowa's 102-100 overtime loss at Iowa State in which ISU's Lafester Rhodes scored 54 points.
Iowa hit 100 points in 48 of the games Tom Davis coached over 13 seasons.
It scored 100 three times in Steve Alford's eight seasons.
Its high-water mark in Todd Lickliter's three years was 82 points against South Carolina State.