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Mike Hlas

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Hlas: Hawkeyes have a slip, not a flop

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Iowa's lofty spot in the national rankings, its projected No. 1 NCAA seed by those who project such things, its recent Sports Illustrated cover - all were less significant Thursday night than a tsunami warning in southern Indiana.

Hlas Podcast: ESPN's Dan Dakich on the Hawkeyes, Adam Woodbury

Dan Dakich guests on this week's Mike Hlas Podcast to discuss Thursday's Iowa-Indiana basketball game, as well as his thoughts about the Hawkeyes and many other topics.

Spoiler alert: Dakich had a lot of glowing things to say about Adam Woodbury ...

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ESPN panel says Hawkeyes not a Final Four team

Iowa is ranked fourth in one major men's basketball poll and fifth in the other, is alone atop the Big Ten, and is second to Villanova in the latest rankings.

But the 27 college basketb ... »

Hlas: Adam Woodbury has always played the percentages

IOWA CITY - Tuesday night, NBA All-Star center Andre Drummond threw in a 73-foot shot for the Detroit Pistons to beat the third-quarter buzzer against the Toronto Raptors.

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Hawkeyes and Hoosiers close only in Big Ten standings

Their records might indicate the difference between the men's basketball teams of Iowa and Indiana is slight.

The Hawkeyes are 10-1 in the Big Ten, 19-4 overall. The Hoosiers are 9-2, 19-5.

But when they face each other Thursday night in ... »

Hlas: 'Created at Iowa' Chad Greenway builds Minnesota legacy

The play that perhaps most represented Chad Greenway's 10-season NFL career came last Sept. 27 in Minneapolis.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw a pass that was deflected off receiver Stevie Johnson's hands and was intercepted b ... »

Hlas Podcast: Chad Greenway

This week's Mike Hlas Podcast features Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, the two-time Pro Bowler who has spent 10 seasons with the Vikings after finishing his college career at Iowa.

Greenway discusses his first foray into free agency ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes' Woody and Sapp are shining seniors

IOWA CITY - The serendipity of it was probably missed by the 12,596 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Adam Woodbury of Sioux City had 10 of his career-high 15 rebounds in the first half of Iowa's 73-49 basketball blowout of Penn State Wednesday nigh ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes are halfway to paradise

IOWA CITY - The best story of the first half of the Big Ten men's basketball season is Iowa, but it's not a cause for celebration inside the Hawkeyes' locker room.

"I'd be happier if we were 9-0," Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff said, "but 8-1 is a good st ... »

Hlas: Tyler Sash's love of football was unrequited

What if football didn't exist and someone invented it tomorrow? Would you be drawn to it or repulsed by the concept?

We can ignore or justify it all we want, but CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and the number of football players it has af ... »

Video: Donald Trump and the Hawkeyes
Some media outlets like this and this either said or suggested the appearance of University of Iowa football players and wrestlers at Donald Trump's c ... »