Can Iowa start to crawl out of the smoldering crater that its Big Ten campaign is quickly becoming? Will Anthony Tucker see meaningful minutes? Can he play meaningful minutes? Will the real David Palmer stand up? Bottomline, are you still into Iowa basketball? If not, why?
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The biggest, bestest question? Will Bo Ryan do the “Hambone”?
From the UI sports info:
IOWA’S TUCKER WILL MISS SECOND SEMESTER
IOWA CITY, Iowa – - University of Iowa freshman guard Anthony Tucker will miss the second semester of the 2008-09 season due to being ruled ineligible in accordance with Big Ten Conference academic requirements. The announcement came from Hawkeye Coach Todd Lickliter Wednesday.
“Since the conclusion of the first semester, Anthony has been involved in an appeal process concerning his academic course work,” said Lickliter. “We have been informed that the appeal process has been completed and Anthony is not eligible, by Big Ten Conference standards, to compete during the spring semester.”
Tucker (6-4, 200) joined the Iowa program after a prep career at Minnetonka, MN HS. He started eight of the 14 games he has played. He is averaging 10.4 points and three rebounds per game. Tucker is shooting 43.8% from the field, including 42.7% from three-point range.
Tucker scored a career-high 24 points in a loss to West Virginia and recorded his only double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Southeast Missouri State. He scored in double figures in eight games.