Unbeaten Campbell squares off Wednesday against Big Ten member Iowa

Rico Ferguson
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Rico Ferguson (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

IOWA CITY, IOWA – Riding a 4-game win streak to open the season for the first time since 1987-88, Campbell University continues its three-game road trip through the Midwest on Wednesday in a 7:00 p.m. (CST) tip-off at Big Ten member Iowa.

Wednesday's game will be aired throughout the Sandhills on WCLN 107.3 FM and over the World Wide Web at GoCamels.com with Chris Hemeyer calling the play-by-play.

The Camels are coming off Monday's 75-69 win at Chicago State in the Dale Howard Classic, which includes five teams from four states and is co-hosted by Iowa and Creighton.  Campbell (4-0) shot 62 percent from the floor in the second half and hit 25-34 free throws on the night to win their first road game of the year.

Darren White scored 25 points – 19 in the 2nd half – on 8-12 shooting, including 4-6 from 3-point range to lead all scorers.  Eric Griffin added 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals.  Trey Freeman chipped in 12 points, 9 boards and 6 assists, while Rico Ferguson had 10 points 4 assists and 3 steals.

Campbell leads the Big South Conference in team field goal percentage (.543), free throw percentage (.752) and blocked shots (6.5).  CU is 2nd among league leaders in rebounding margin (+6.5) and assists (18.3).

Campbell at Iowa Notes:

Campbell has started the season 4-0 for the first time since 1987-88, when CU's 4-0 start included a pair of wins over Division III programs.  CU's start this season marks the first time the Camels have defeated 4-straight DI schools to open the year since joining the NCAA's top level in 1977-78.

Three of the top five scorers in the Big South Conference wear the Orange & Black.  Darren White leads the league at 20 ppg, while Eric Griffin is 3rd (18.8) and Trey Freeman tied for 5th (16.8).  Griffin leads the BSC in FG% (.711) and blocks, while ranking 2nd in rebounding (8.3).

Freeman was named Big South Conference freshman of the week on Monday.  The point guard from Virginia Beach, Va., leads the league in free throw percentage (1.000, 28-of-28), while ranking 3rd in minutes played (33.5), 6th in assists (4.25) and 11th in steals (1.75).

Iowa opened the year with Dale Howard Classic wins over Chicago State (96-53) and NC A&T (95-79) before topping Northern Illinois (88-55).  The Hawkeyes lost to Creighton 82-59 Sunday in Des Moines.  Iowa has made more free throws (66-91) than its opponents have attempted (43-64).

Wednesday's game at Iowa marks only the second time Campbell has ever faced a Big Ten Conference member, including a 67-57 loss Dec. 1, 1997 at Minnesota.

Campbell, Iowa and Creighton both went 2-0 against Chicago State and North Carolina A&T in Dale Howard Classic preliminary round play.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery's UNC Greensboro team defeated the Camels twice in 2003-04 during Robbie Laing's first year as head coach.  The Spartans defeated CU 78-66 at Carter Gym and 79-61 in Greensboro.

Iowa stands 3-0 at home this year after going 8-of-8 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2010-11.

Campbell plays seven of its next 10 games on the road.  The Camels were 4-10 on the road last year and are 1-0 this season after Monday's win at Chicago State.

Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw is in his second year on the Hawkeye staff after spending 17 years as head coach at Central Florida, where his teams went 16-6 against the Camels when both programs were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Hawkeyes senior guard Matt Gatens ranks 4th among Big Ten Conference career leaders in free throw percentage (.869).  He leads the team in scoring (15.5), while shooting 55 percent from the field (10-25 from 3-point range).  Forward Eric May is averaging 13.0 points through four games.

Following Wednesday's game, the Camels head to Omaha, Neb., for a 7:05 p.m. (CST) tip-off Friday at 25th-ranked Creighton.