We probably need to start talking about Megan Gustafson's 2017-18 season as the best season by an Iowa women's basketball player ever, now that she has obliterated the Big Ten record for most Player of the Week awards.
Megan Gustafson of @IowaWBB collects her eighth #B1GWBBall Player of the Week award this season (extending her conference record), averaging 29.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg and 5.0 apg with a .742 FG% and 2 double-doubles last week pic.twitter.com/lePgxMoFVW
— B1G Women's Hoops (@B1Gwbball) February 12, 2018
Gustafson now leads the nation in scoring average at 24.8 per game, is fifth nationally in rebounding (12.8 per game), and is 39th nationally in blocked shots (2.15 per game). As of last week, she was in the top eight nationally in nine different categories:
Gustafson is the only player in the country averaging 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds per game. She currently ranks in the top-8 nationally in nine statistical categories. Gustafson leads the nation in field goals made (228) and total points (588), ranks second in double-doubles (22), points per game (24.5), field goal percentage (65.5), and rebounds (303), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (9) and rebounds per game (12.6), and eighth in free throws made (132).
Gustafson also is getting the soft-toned ESPN feature treatment (she was the front-page story on ESPN.com at one point last week):
To get to the Gustafsons' hometown from Iowa City, head north until you get wet. An hour east of Duluth, Minnesota, along the shores of Lake Superior, Port Wing, Wisconsin, is as small as small town gets. The population barely reaches into triple digits, while single-digit temperatures represent almost a heat wave in winter. Even pooling kids from several towns, South Shore High School, where both sisters went, graduates classes that number in the teens.
She's the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year, which puts her high in the running for national player of the year, which puts her on Mount Rushmore in Iowa City. What I'm saying is, there's a potential legend in our midst, and most aren't paying attention. It's time to start watching just how far Gustafson can take this team.
Purdue became the fourth team in the Big Ten to allow beer and wine sales to all football patrons this season. The result: $567,000 in revenue over a six-game schedule.
“In general, it was very positive and it added to the game day experience. Fans responded to it,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said recently.
“We’ve talked to our concessionaire group about how we can improve the operation so we don’t create bottlenecks and long lines that cause people to miss extended periods of the game. It was a really good start.”
Purdue bottlenecked sales in two stadium areas, which led to long lines that it says it will remedy this year. But putting the brakes on beer drinkers by artificially creating a long wait might make some sense for Iowa, which loves money but is always concerned with drinking on campus. Minnesota, Maryland and Ohio State also allow beer sales in their stadiums.
As it stands right now, you can only drink in Kinnick Stadium if you pay enough for a luxury box. I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon, even with the promise of seven-figure revenues.
Odds and Ends
Brandon Snyder pleaded guilty to DUI late last week. No word on disciplinary action, but I would expect a game or two at the beginning of next season (which Snyder, who is coming off an injury-plagued 2017, might need regardless).
That ESPN article on Gustafson is about Megan and her older sister. Chad Leistikow does the same with Jordan Bohannon.
Alex Kirschner from SB Nation looked at which program recruited each state the best. Iowa wins Iowa (obviously) and Indiana (mad props to Kelvin Bell)
Who recruited each state best in 2018, based on the ratings of the top players signed?
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) February 9, 2018
Former Hawkeye tight end and nickname recipient C.J. "Polish Hat" Fiedorowicz is considering retirement after a series of concussions.
Dochterman gets to the bottom of why Iowa's playing Penn State in each of the next four seasons.