Adam Woodbury's offense might surprise you this season

Rick Brown
Iowa Hawkeyes center Adam Woodbury (34) dunks the ball in the second half of a college basketball game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at UD Arena.

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has lofty expectations for his 7-foot-1 junior center, Adam Woodbury.

"I think you're going to see him score the ball a little bit more," McCaffery said Thursday at Big Ten media day. "He's much more comfortable. He's worked on a variety of things, whether it be post moves or face-up jump shots. I think you're going to see him be more aggressive in that area. We're going to go to him a little bit more."

Woodbury averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. He scored a career-high 16 points in last season's final game, an overtime loss to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"He's in the best shape of his life physically, and I think that's really going to help him," McCaffery said. "He's strong but lean and fit. His intensity level in practice has been incredibly impressive in terms of competing on every possession, and I think that's been one of his great qualities."

LAST NO MORE: Nebraska was picked to finish last the previous two seasons in a preseason media poll. The Cornhuskers finished fourth last season at 11-7 and made the NCAA Tournament. That same media poll, organized by the Columbus Dispatch, picked Nebraska to finish fourth this season.

Nebraska coach Tim Miles said his assistant coach, Jim Molinari, gave him some sage advice he repeated Thursday when asked about the media polls.

"Never trust the media unless it helps you with recruiting," Miles said.