Iowa wraps up its home regular-season home schedule on Saturday and will honor seniors Cyrus Tate and J.R. Angle before the start of the 1 p.m. game against Penn State.
Coach Todd Lickliter said final regular season home games always seem to come quickly for players who a couple of years earlier were only recruits.
“I always tell guys coming in to enjoy that, that the time will go quickly and when seniors put on or take off that uniform for the last time, it’s difficult,” Lickliter said. “It’s a sign that it’s almost over for them. Hopefully, we can get these guys a few more games — at least five would be great — but it’s a time I’m sure that will allow them to reflect a bit.”
Lickliter inherited both players when he arrived at Iowa two years ago, but said “both of them have been fun to work with.”
Iowa’s work today will be quick. There is a women’s gymnastics meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight, forcing the Hawkeyes to get in a quick workout so equipment can be set up. Tomorrow’s guest, Penn State, isn’t so lucky.
The Nittany Lions will workout out in the archaic North Gym of the Iowa Field House today. That’s the same place Oakland coach Greg Kampe labeled “the most god-awful place” he’d ever taken a team when his club was forced to work out there prior to a November game at Iowa.
Iowa’s Jeff Peterson is back on the practice court with the team, although Lickliter said he is not yet close to 100 percent and will not likely see playing time against Penn State.
“We’re hoping he will be available by Thursday,” Lickliter said, referring to his team’s Big Ten tourney opener.