Panthers, ASU paired in Puerto Rico

CEDAR FALLS – The Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will face Arizona State in the first round of the 10th annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The three-day, 12-game bracket tournament will be played Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan. The Panthers and Sun Devils will square off Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

The 2016 Puerto Rico Tip-Off showcases four teams that participated in postseason tournaments last season, including NCAA participants Northern Iowa, Oklahoma and Xavier and NIT entrant Davidson. The Sooners advanced to the Final Four, where they were defeated by eventual champion Villanova. Other competing schools in the tournament include Arizona State, Clemson, Missouri and Tulane.

All 12 games of the 2016 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be televised across ESPN Networks.

Jewell named to Butkus watch list

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa junior Josey Jewell has been named to the 2016 Butkus Award Watch List, the Butkus Foundation announced Tuesday. The Butkus Award is presented annually to the nation’s best linebacker.

Jewell (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) started all 14 games at middle linebacker last season, anchoring a Hawkeye defense that allowed 11 rushing touchdowns, the seventh lowest total in the country, and yielded an average of 121.4 rushing yards per game, ranking 15th nationally. Jewell led Iowa with 126 total tackles, including 62 solo stops and three sacks. His four interceptions ranked second on the team, while his 7.5 tackles for loss tied for second best.

Following last year’s breakout season, Jewell garnered second team all-Big Ten honors by league coaches and media, and The Associated Press. The Decorah native has garnered preseason third team All-America and second team all-Big Ten recognition by Athlon Sports. Jewell was named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List – presented to the best defensive player in college football – earlier this month.

Former Hawkeye Larry Station was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 1985, while Chad Greenway was a semifinalist in 2005.