Last Thursday-Friday-Saturday wasn’t the best stretch in Iowa Hawkeyes history. Basketball losses to Texas and Syracuse in New York City, a football defeat to Wisconsin on Saturday.
At least the three winners were all nationally ranked, for what that’s worth.
Enter Pepperdine tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. I won’t be attending because of a little television show we like to call On Iowa Live. It’s on at 6:30 on KCRG-9.2, and on live-streaming at kcrg.com. Speaking of live-streaming, that’s the only way you can watch Pepperdine-Iowa if you aren’t there in person. That’s on ESPN3.com.
You can watch both, you know. Now, on with the Fun Facts.
1. Iowa has won 26 straight home nonconference games, which is tied for 11th for the longest current national streak.
2. Pepperdine has won three straight games by 15 points or more for the first time since 1994.
3. Iowa leads the series, 2-0. The last meeting was a 99-63 Iowa win over the Waves in Iowa City 20 years ago. Jess Settles had 20 points for the Hawkeyes. Four Iowa reserves played more minutes than three of its starters.
“That’s a good old-fashioned you-know-what right there,” then-Pepperdine Coach Tony Fuller said. “It was every coach’s nightmare. But Coach (Tom) Davis called off the dogs early and that’s a sign of real class. That could have been real, real ugly because they pretty much were able to do anything they wanted.”
4. Pepperdine’s opponents have made just 18.5 percent (10-of-54) of their 3-point tries.
5. The Waves have had nine straight losing seasons. Their last NCAA tourney appearance was in 2002.
6. Each Pepperdine starter leads his team in one of these statistical categories (scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks).
7. Waves forward Jett Raines averages 8.7 rebounds. He is from Texas. His legal first name is Austin. His father’s name is Buck.
8. Pepperdine is 3-0. It hasn’t started a season 4-0 since 1998-99.
9. Pepperdine was named after George Pepperdine, the founder and president of the Western Auto Supply Company.
10. From 1976 to 1988, the ABC series “Battle of the Network Stars” was filmed on Pepperdine’s campus. The show’s host was Howard Cosell.
11. Pepperdine radio play-by-play broadcaster Al Epstein will be calling his 880th-straight Waves game, spanning 30 years. Epstein once opened for David Letterman in a southern California comedy club.