What is Dispatches from Blogfrica? Pretty simple: I ask questions of a blogger for an opposing team; he (or she) answers. A truly revolutionary idea, no? Today: Ace from The Bucket Problem, an excellent new blog for all things Michigan sports.  1. Michigan went just 2-4 last year in the abbreviated COVIDContinue Reading

Sometimes the Player of the Year winners come as surprises, honors bestowed upon players who came out of nowhere to dominate their particular position in a given season. That was not Tyler Linderbaum in 2021.  Linderbaum was (arguably) the best offensive lineman in the Big Ten last year (officially, Ohio State’s WyattContinue Reading

Thanks to Iowa’s 28-21 victory over Nebraska on Black Friday, plus a delightful set of circumstances landing the Hawkeyes’ way the next day, the Hawkeyes are set to face Michigan in the Big Ten Championship on December 4 in Indianapolis. That’s the team’s exclusive focus for this week, and we are eagerlyContinue Reading

There have been a few constants for Iowa basketball over the last few seasons: high-powered offenses that score a lot of points and often play at warp speed tempos, inconsistent defenses prone to getting torched for extended periods, timeouts called a few minutes too late to slow down an opponent.Continue Reading

I had thought there would be time to write a “Who should start for Iowa in the Big Ten Championship” post, but alas, Kirk Ferentz wanted to dispel any doubt about the quarterback situation and named Spencer Petras as Iowa’s starter. The depth chart: Spencer Petras is listed as IowasContinue Reading

WHO: Virginia Cavaliers (5-2)WHEN: 6:00 PM CT (Monday, November 29)WHERE: John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, VA)TV: ESPN2 (Anish Shroff and Cory Alexander)RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | SiriusXM Ch. 195 (?)STREAM: WatchESPNMOBILE: ESPN appTWITTER: @IowaHoops | @IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTNLINE: Virginia -2 (TOTAL: 130)KENPOM: Iowa -1 (52% win probability) NOTE: Don’t forgetContinue Reading