The Box Score: Inside Iowa Men's Basketball statistics

BY TORK MASON | JANUARY 29, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s basketball team now faces a steeper climb to reach an NCAA Tournament bid after a 65-62 overtime loss at Purdue on Sunday. The loss dropped the Hawkeyes to 2-5 in the Big Ten, but the schedule down the stretch sets up more favorably than the opening act.

Assist percentage in Big Ten games: PG Anthony Clemmons, 39.08 (1st in Big Ten)

Few college basketball fans would tell you anyone not named Trey Burke is the nation’s best point guard. The Michigan sophomore has the controls to one of the nation’s most potent offenses at his fingertips, and he dishes out just north of 7 assists per game.

But Clemmons has taken similar control of Iowa’s attack since becoming the starter. The freshman has an assist percentage of 38.57 percent on the season, second only to Burke (39.42) in the Big Ten, and 5th among all major conference players. That means when Clemmons has been on the floor, just under 40 percent of Iowa’s made field goals have come as a result of his setups.

In conference play, that number has jumped to 39.08 percent, which leads all Big Ten players, including Burke (36.12).

Players ranked in the top 190 in rebounds per game: 0

Team rebounds per game: 40 (3rd in the Big Ten, 18th nationally)

Iowa has been one of the nation’s best rebounding teams this season and become so by committee. The Hawkeyes don’t have a dominant rebounder like Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe (who leads the Big Ten at 8.7 boards per game), but strong efforts from both the bench and the guards have picked up the slack.

Aaron White leads the Hawkeyes with 6.1 grabs, followed by 7-1 freshman center Adam Woodbury, who manages 5.3 rebounds a game.

Iowa’s bench has been paced by junior Melsahn Basabe’s 4.3 rebounds per game and has combined to corral 19.8 missed shots a night. And the guards, led by Devyn Marble and Eric May (4.1 and 3.6 boards per game, respectively), have posted 15.8 rebounds per contest.

3-point percentage defense: 28.9 percent (1st in the Big Ten, 20th nationally)

The Hawkeyes’ shooting woes this season have been well documented, but they’ve avoided getting burned by long balls on the other end. The Black and Gold have used improved defensive rotations and an injection of athleticism from the freshmen class to lock down the perimeter — and make life miserable for the Big Ten’s best 3-point shooting teams.

The Hawkeyes have seen six of the seven teams ranked in the top half of the conference in 3-point shooting — Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Wisconsin — and held them to a combined 34-of-106 (32 percent) from behind the arc.

Free-throw rate: F Aaron White, 81.6 (1st in Big Ten, 9th nationally)

Only a few players in the Big Ten have gotten to the free-throw line more than White, who is fourth in the conference with 129 attempts. But no one is more efficient at getting there.

White has a free-throw rate — a player’s ratio of free-throw attempts to field-goal attempts — of 81.6, tops in the Big Ten. The sophomore takes advantage of those opportunities, too. White hits on 72.1 percent of his free-throw attempts and has scored 34.7 percent of his points this season from the charity stripe.

Bench minutes: 94.1 per game

Head coach Fran McCaffery has consistently used up to 11 players in his rotation, giving him the freedom to press more and always keep fresh legs in the game. His bench players have combined to play 94.1 minutes per game (out of a possible 200), and Marble is the only starter who plays more than 27 minutes per contest.

May, Basabe, Zach McCabe, and Josh Oglesby each average more than 15 minutes, and the quartet combines to give the Hawkeyes 22 points per game.

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