IOWA CITY, Iowa - Devon Archie returned to practice on Sunday, but Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter still views the junior college transfer as a prime candidate for a redshirt.
“We’ll just have to see how everything goes,” said Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter, who held his weekly news conference on Monday as his Hawkeyes prepare to play host to Virginia Tech Tuesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
“When (Aaron) Fuller gets hurt, you have to think about depth and that sort of thing. But if guys stay healthy and we feel like we can fill the holes, then I think it would be in our best interest and in Devon’s best interest probably to strongly consider that.”
The 6-foot-9 Archie broke his clavicle very early in the preseason and practiced for just the second time on Monday. He joined Iowa in the off-season after two years at Vincennes Community College in Indiana. He averaged 6.8 points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots as a sophomore while starting 19 of 30 games.
Fuller sprained his ankle against Bowling Green 10 days ago and has played only one minute in the three games since then. He experienced swelling after that one minute against Texas, but is practicing again, Lickliter said.
When asked if he “expected” Fuller to play on Tuesday, Lickliter was non-committal as to whether or not he would use the forward. The sophomore started the first two games of the season.
“He’ll be available, I think,” the coach said. “I haven’t seen him yet today, but after (Sunday night’s practice) I think he’ll be available.”
Getting Defensive: I felt like before this season that maybe some folks were underestimating how the transfers of Jeff Peterson and Jake Kelly would hurt Iowa on the defensive end of the floor. At least through six games, I think it has shown up there.
Although six games is a small sample size, the Hawkeyes have allowed opponents better offensive numbers across the board. Teams are shooting 45.5 percent (43.4 last season) from the floor and 40.2 percent (36.4) from beyond the arc. Iowa has allowed 63.7 points per game (59.6) and held just one opponent under 50 points (46 by Bowling Green).
Iowa held six opponents under 50 points last season and they all came in the non-conference season.
“There’s always a learning curve that’s just hard to overcome on the defensive end,” Lickliter said. “We’ve normally been ahead defensively because we’ve just spent so much time on it. You’re best when you’re playing one guy with minimal experience and you’ve got four guys out there that cover a little bit for him.
“So many times this year, we’ve had three guys on the court with Eric (May), Brennan (Cougill) and Cully (Payne). They’ve done as well as any freshmen that I’ve ever head as far as coming in and adjusting. But they just haven’t experienced this level before as far as the speed of the game and having to make the adjustments at such a high rate of speed.”
May and Cougill talk about growth in the defensive end in the videos posted below.
The Price is Right: Iowa students will be admitted to Tuesday night’s game for free. Yes, that means you don’t have to pay.
According to Iowa’s web site: Students may pick up a complimentary ticket at the IMU Box Office or at the ticket window in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday, Nov. 30, or Tuesday, Dec. 1. A student ID is required.
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Lickliter Opening Statement
Lickliter on Shooting Drills!
Lickliter on Big Ten-ACC Challenge