Dec 13, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) drives to the basket against the Iowa State Cycloness at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat Iowa 85-82. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes Overcoming Odd Scheduling

In case you guys haven’t noticed, the Iowa Hawkeye basketball team hasn’t taken the floor in a while.  Ever since their crushing defeat two Fridays ago in Ames, they’ve just had themselves to go up against.  All that will change today when they take the court against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

However, after their final non-conference game, they’ll have to wait another 9 days for their Big Ten opener against Nebraska.  You guys are smart people, thats 2 games in 18 days.  It’s also not something coach Fran McCaffery is too fond of.

“It’s not always possible to lay the schedule out exactly the way you want it so you do the best you can. … The Atlantis thing put us in a bit of a box because we had to rush home and then play Notre Dame on Tuesday.’’ - Fran McCaffery,

The weird scheduling is due to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.  Iowa was late getting into the preseason tournament which is what caused this long break between games.

The Hawkeye players were given some time off while they were studying for final exams, which wasn’t fun just in case you were wondering, and they’ll also get some time off to hang out with their families over Christmas.  The players will be returning on Friday to prepare for their game against Nebraska on New Years Eve.

McCaffery is confident that his team won’t suffer any setbacks as a result of this odd schedule and they’re approaching this one day at a time.

“Whether we have two games in 18 days or one game in 18 days, let’s just be professional in the way we approach things.” – Fran McCaffery,

The Hawkeyes will take on Arkansas Pine-Bluff today at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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