Significant milestone within reach for Aaron White
Aaron White was in Columbus, Ohio, and witnessed the devastation in person from his seat behind the Iowa bench.
Dressed in his green and white high school letter jacket, the senior from Strongsville, Ohio, who had signed a letter of intent with Iowa, came to Value City Arena to see his future team play top-ranked Ohio State in January of 2011. The Buckeyes rolled, 70-48.
"We got our ears pinned back that night by (Jared) Sullinger and those guys," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery recalled.
McCaffery and White had a conversation after the game.
"I told him, 'It's going to get better when you're here,' " McCaffery said. "It's going to get better because you're here.' "
The sixth-ranked Buckeyes put a 76-47 pasting on Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in White's freshman season. But White and his team won two of the three times Iowa played at Value City Arena during his career. There was an 84-74 victory over the third-ranked Buckeyes last season, the program's first road victory over a top-five team since 2001. Iowa made it two in a row with a 71-65 triumph over the nation's 20th-ranked team last month.
"We've done pretty well against them," the senior forward said. "That's a testimony to what coach McCaffery has done here. But I've never beaten them at home."
White's final chance comes Saturday in a 1 p.m. game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has lost five straight games to the Buckeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a 76-69 decision less than a month after Iowa's 10-point victory in Columbus.
White also heads into Saturday's game on the brink of a significant milestone. He needs just 10 more rebounds to join Acie Earl and Greg Stokes as the only players in school history to be in the career top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.
White's 13 points at Minnesota Tuesday enabled him to pass Dean Oliver and move into 10th in scoring with 1,569 points. His six rebounds gave him 774 for his career. Don Nelson is 10th with 784 rebounds.
"I'm just so thrilled that he has enjoyed the experience that he has," McCaffery said. "It's been great for us. But it's been terrific for him. He'll be playing for a long time."
Iowa improved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten with the 77-75 victory at Minnesota Tuesday. The Hawkeyes are now 3-0 in true road games. It's the first time since the 1998-99 season that an Iowa team has won that many true road games this early in the season.
Jarrod Uthoff's game-winning basket with 3.5 seconds to play was Iowa's first late-second victory since 2008, when Cyrus Tate's bucket at the wire beat Kansas State in Las Vegas, Nev. Iowa had lost its previous six games over the last five seasons when it had the ball with a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
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Iowa senior forward Aaron White has 774 career rebounds and needs just 10 more to move into Iowa's career top 10 list. He reached the top 10 in scoring Tuesday at Minnesota.
IOWA CAREER SCORING LEADERS
1. Roy Marble (1986-89) 2,116
2. Acie Earl (1990-93) 1,779
3. Greg Stokes (1982-85) 1,768
4. B.J. Armstrong (1986-89) 1,705
5. Devyn Marble (2011-14) 1,694
6. Ronnie Lester (1977-80) 1,675
7. Matt Gatens (2009-12) 1,635
8. Jess Settles (1994-97, 99) 1,611
9. Adam Haluska (2005-07) 1,578
10. Aaron White (2011-15) 1,569
IOWA CAREER REBOUNDING LEADERS
1. Greg Brunner (2003-06) 990
2. Kevin Kunnert (1971-73) 914
3. Ed Horton (1986-89) 877
4. Michael Payne (1982-85) 857
5. Bruce King (1975-77) 852
6. Acie Earl (1990-93) 811
7. Greg Stokes (1982-85) 807
8. Ryan Bowen (1995-98) 804
9. Reggie Evans (2001-02) 794
10. Don Nelson (1960-62) 784