Gutty. Deceptively Quick. Awkward Dancers. All words used to describe the 2012 version of the Iowa Hawkeyes that await the Cyclone men's team tonight.
Receiving most of the accolades are the two freshman that already cracked the starting lineup, Mike Gesell & Adam Woodbury. Though the season is still very young these two are already making people take notice. Gesell runs the point with smart basketball plays and a deceivingly quick first step. Woodbury, on the other hand, handles the paint with solid footwork, a high motor and unusual athleticism for someone of his body type. Both will be counted on for heavy minutes.
Notable returners for the Hawks include: Aaron White, a fiery competitor who can play multiple spots on the floor. Jeff Oglesby, the 3-point sniper and surprisingly adequate ball handler and Melsahn Basabe who provides a much-needed ability to grow facial hair to the young squad.
Roy Devyn Marble, Jr, a legacy charity case, and several other players round out the Iowa roster. The Hawkeyes are led into battle by the ever-irritated coach Fran McCaffery. Fran, though markedly unattractive for someone in his position, has seemingly built a promising foundation for the future with this team. We'll see tonight how bright that future looks.