Bobbi Burrows looks to pass during Wartburg's season-ending defeat at Loras in the Iowa Conference tournament semifinals Thursday. -- Justin Szykowny

Column: Wartburg women hope to carry momentum into next season

When lone senior and second leading scorer Carly Jacobs tore her ACL in a 74-70 loss to Coe that dropped Wartburg’s women’s basketball team to 1-3 in the IIAC, the Knights didn’t seem to have much left in the tank. An overtime win over Buena Vista in the next game […]

Around the IIAC: Tournament seeding scenarios

Around the IIAC: Tournament seeding scenarios

The best week of the season is quickly approaching: Championship Week. Iowa Conference basketball teams have their regular season finales Saturday before next week’s Iowa Conference tournament, so here’s a team-by-team breakdown of how Saturday’s games will affect tournament seeds. First, a note on tiebreakers. No. 1: The first tiebreaker […]

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Luther's Cale Austin (1) and John Androus (33) block out Wartburg's Dan Van Groningen at Levick Arena Saturday.

Around the IIAC: More fun with advanced stats

Last week I wrote about the four most common advanced stats in basketball and brought them to the Iowa Conference. If you didn’t notice, all four of those stats calculated offensive efficiency of some sort. They say defense wins championships, though, so this week I’m focusing on defensive rating, or, […]

Dubuque's Jacob Mohlis contests Wartburg's Eddie Diemer's shot at the basket last Wednesday at Levick Arena

Around the IIAC: The statistical keys to winning

We can debate shooting percentage, turnover and rebound margins all we want, but unless you get deeper into advanced stats, it’s hard to make a really clear argument about team success. Dean Oliver’s 2003 book, “Basketball on Paper,” outlined the four key stats to winning games: effective field goal percentage, […]

The “Levick Lunatics” cheer on the basketball teams at Levick Arena last season. -- File Photo

Around the IIAC: Best student sections

One of the best parts of college basketball, especially at the Division I level, is the gameday atmosphere. And one of the best parts of the gameday atmosphere is no doubt the student sections. It’s similar at the Division III level, though too often, especially lately, students sections are, well, […]