Game Notes: Hawkeyes Face Illinois at B1G Tournament

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ILLINOIS (14-17, 4-14) vs. IOWA (13-18, 4-14)
 DATE  Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 4:30 p.m. CT
 LOCATION  New York, New York | Madison Square Garden

Iowa (13-18, 4-14) is the No. 12 seed at this week’s Big Ten Tournament and will square-off against 13th-seeded Illinois (14-17, 4-14) on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (CT) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
    Single-session tickets for the tournament are available for purchase, ranging from $20 to $135 depending on the session and seat location. Tickets will be available at the Madison Square Garden box office, or

Radio: Iowa games at the tournament are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network, Sirius/XM, and Compass Media Networks. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show.
TV: Wednesday’s game will be televised nationally on BTN (BTN2GO). Kevin Kugler, Stephen Bardo, and Mike Hall will call the action.

Prior to Iowa’s game versus Illinois on Wednesday, there will be a Hawkeye Hoops Huddle at Playwright Irish Pub (27 W 35th Street, New York) from 3:30-5 p.m. (ET). Playwright Irish Pub is located approximately one half mile from Madison Square Garden. 
    As Iowa progresses through the tournament, additional huddles will be held at Playwright Irish Pub on Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (ET) and Saturday, noon-1:30 p.m. (ET).   
    On Sunday, prior to the championship game, weather permitting, fans are encouraged to attend the Big Ten’s official pep rally from 3-3:45 p.m. (ET) on Pedestrian Plaza (33rd between 7th & 8th Avenues). Each championship team’s band, cheerleaders, and mascot will be participating in a brief program. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (ET). 

•    Jordan Bohannon (media) and Tyler Cook (media and coaches) were named honorable mention all-Big Ten.
•    The Hawkeyes registered their third largest comeback in school history, and second largest on the road, when they rallied from a 20-point deficit at Illinois on Jan. 11.
•    Jordan Bohannon shares Iowa’s consecutive free throws made record with Chris Street (1993) at 34 straight. Bohannon had an opportunity to break the record in the regular season finale vs. Northwestern but chose to miss, saying after the game, “it’s not my record to have.”
•    Sophomore Tyler Cook has recorded double-doubles in six of Iowa’s last 13 games.
•    Nine of Iowa’s 13 victories came at home inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with three coming on neutral courts, and one on the road (Illinois).
•    Jordan Bohannon is the only player in the country over the past 25 seasons to record 150+ assists and 80+ 3-pointers as a freshman and sophomore.
•    Iowa is 12-1 this season when leading with five minutes remaining in the second half. The lone setback came to No. 4 Michigan State on Feb. 6 in Iowa City.
•    Isaiah Moss scored 19 points in the final 1:36 at Minnesota on Feb. 21.
•    Iowa’s top four scorers are underclassmen, with all four averaging double figures.
•    Iowa has scored 50 points or more in the second half in four of its last nine games, including pouring in 63 second-half points at Minnesota on Feb. 21.
•    Over the previous 25 seasons, just five Big Ten freshmen have averaged 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block per game. Luka Garza averages 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and one block.
•    Twelve of Iowa’s 13 wins have come scoring 80 points or more. Iowa has scored 93 points or more in three Big Ten games (Illinois, Minnesota, and MSU) for the first time since 1994-95.
•    Luka Garza, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree, has registered four, the most by a Hawkeye freshman since Aaron White’s four in 2011-12.
•    Tyler Cook has 57 dunks this season, including a season-best six in a win over Drake.
•    Iowa has played only two games this year with a full roster (Drake and Southern Utah).
•    Jordan Bohannon has six 10+ assists games in his career, matching Cal Wulfsberg for the most by a Hawkeye in program history. Bohannon’s six career double-doubles — all in points and assists — are the most in program history.

Four Hawkeyes netted double figures en route to a 77-70 win over Northwestern Sunday night in Iowa City. The win snapped Iowa’s season-long six-game losing streak.
•    Both teams shot the ball extremely well from 3-point range, making a combined 23 triples. Scottie Lindsey of Northwestern equaled a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record, making nine of his 11 attempts (.818), while Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon drained a season-high seven treys, six of which came in the first half.
•    Jordan Bohannon scored a team-best 25 points, followed by Luka Garza’s 18-point effort, 14 points by Tyler Cook, and 12 by Isaiah Moss.
•    Iowa improved to 6-2 in regular season finales under McCaffery. Furthermore, Sunday’s win was McCaffery’s 150th as head coach of the Hawkeyes.
•    In addition to his 14 points, Cook grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for his team-leading seven double-double. He also was credited with a career-high six assists.
•    Jordan Bohannon made his first two free throw attempts to tie Chris Street’s consecutive free throw record (34) before missing the potential record-breaking shot on purpose.
•    The Hawkeyes owned the glass, outrebounding the Wildcats by 12 (41-29). Iowa scored 20 second-chance points after snagging 17 offensive rebounds.
•    Iowa was 17-of-23 (.739) from the charity stripe, making 14 more free throws than the visitors from Northwestern.
•    Scottie Lindsey was Northwestern’s only player in double figures, leading all scorers with 32 points, bolstered by his 9-of-11 shooting from 3-point territory. Vic Law did not play due to injury and starting point guard Bryant McIntosh played only seven minutes.

Illinois holds an 85-72 advantage in the series that began with a 46-36 Iowa win in 1908.  The Hawkeyes snapped a three-game losing streak to the Fighting Illini with its 104-97 overtime win in Champaign, Illinois, earlier this season on Jan. 11, 2018.
    Iowa and Illinois have faced off against the Fighting Illini twice in Big Ten tournaments. 
Iowa beat Illinois, 64-61, in Indianapolis in 2012, while the Illini edged the Hawkeyes, 68-66, in Indianapolis in 2016.

•    Illinois is 14-17 overall, ending the regular season with a 75-62 win at Rutgers, its only road win of the season. Illinois has won two of its last four games. The Fighting Illini lost three overtime games in Big Ten play, including its only meeting with Iowa.
•    While winning just one true road game and one neutral site contest (Missouri), Illinois posted a 12-6 home record
•    Illinois prides its play on the defensive end, as the Illini led the Big Ten and rank eighth nationally in forced turnovers (16.9). Illinois is also 19th in turnover margin (3.4), 22nd in offensive rebounds per game (12.6), and 25th in total steals (232).
•    Along with leading the Big Ten in forced turnovers, Illinois ranks second in turnover margin, steals per game, total steals, and offensive rebounds per game.  
•    Illinois has two players averaging in double figures, including Leron Black (15.7) and Trent Frazier (12.5), while two additional players average over nine points per game. Black also leads the Fighting Illini in rebounding (5.3) and field goal percentage (.552)
•    Illinois reserves led the way in the win at Rutgers, scoring 37 of the 75 points. Michael Finke (19) and Aaron Jordan (15) sparked the Illini’s offense. Illinois was credited with 12 steals against the Scarlet Knights.
•    Illinois has two of the top free throw shooters in the Big Ten, including Kipper Nichols (second, 85.2%) and Leron Black (eighth, 80.9%). As a team Illinois is shooting 73.2 percent from the foul line.
•    Illinois has the same number of assists and turnovers through 31 games (419).
•    Brad Underwood is in his first season as head coach at Illinois. Underwood arrived at Illinois from Oklahoma State, where he led OSU to a 20-win season and 2017 NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to his one year at Oklahoma State, he led Stephen F. Austin to Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles in each of his three seasons.

Iowa trailed by as many as 20 points and ultimately prevailed over Illinois, 104-97, in overtime at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Jan. 11.
•    Iowa trailed 49-29 with 3:53 left in the first half. The Hawkeyes outscored the Illini in overtime, 14-7. The 20-point comeback is its third largest in school history and second largest on the road. Iowa had a 22-point comeback in 1987 at Illinois. The largest comeback is 23 points against Gardner-Webb coached by Chris Holtmann in 2012 in Iowa City.
•    Iowa’s 104 points are the most it has ever scored against Illinois in the 109-year series history. Iowa’s 104 points are the most it has scored in a Big Ten game since 1995 against Northwestern (W, 116-77). Iowa topped 100 points in a Big Ten road game for the first time since beating Michigan State, 103-87, on March 3, 1998.
•    All five Hawkeye starters netted double figures: Jordan Bohannon (29), Tyler Cook (21), Luka Garza (19), Isaiah Moss (12), and Nicholas Baer (10). Garza scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and overtime periods.
•    Two Hawkeyes posted double-doubles: Luka Garza (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Tyler Cook (21 points and 13 rebounds).
•    Iowa made a season-high 33 free throws, making 22 more foul shots than the Illini. The Hawkeyes made their first 17 attempts of the contest.
•    The Hawkeyes owned the glass, outrebounding the Illini by 19 (45-26).
•    Four Illinois players scored in double figures: Trent Frazier (27), Aaron Jordan (18), Leron Black (18), and Kipper Nicholas (13). Frazier drained a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
•    Four Illinois players fouled out of the game: Leron Black, Da’Monte Williams, Mark Alstork, and Kipper Nichols. Te’Jon Lucas, who averages 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 28 games this season, did not play in the game.

This week is the first time the Big Ten Tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
    Iowa has posted a 15-18 record in Big Ten Tournament games. The Hawkeyes earned tournament titles in 2001 and 2006 and lost in the title game in 2002. Only Michigan State (28), Illinois (27), Ohio State (25), Wisconsin (23), and Michigan (18) have more wins and a higher winning percentage than the Hawkeyes. Michigan State has won five tournament titles, Ohio State has won four, Wisconsin has won three, while Illinois and Iowa have two tournament titles (Ohio State was forced to vacate its 2002 title). 
    Iowa has played 10 different teams in the event, having met each team except Nebraska, Rutgers, and Maryland at least once (Rutgers and Maryland played in their first Big Ten Tournament in 2015). Iowa (2001 as a No. 6 seed) and Michigan (2017 as a No. 8 seed) are the only teams to claim the tournament title by winning four games in four days.
    Iowa has been eliminated by the tournament champion in four of the 18 tournaments it did not win, including Michigan in the 1998 quarterfinals, Michigan State in the 2000 quarterfinals and 2012 quarterfinals, and Ohio State in the 2002 title game. 
    The Hawkeyes, a seventh seed, lost to Indiana (95-73) in the first round of the tournament a year ago.

Five Hawkeyes were named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List: Nicholas Baer, Brady Ellingson, Connor McCaffery, Jack Nunge, and Charlie Rose. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must receive a 3.5 or higher grade-point average (GPA) on at least 12 graded semester hours. It was the first time that each student-athlete earned Dean’s List distinction.

Iowa has scored 50 or more second-half points seven times this season, including four of its last eight games (50 at Nebraska, 57 versus Minnesota, 51 versus No. 4 Michigan State, and 63 at Minnesota). The 63 second-half points at the Golden Gophers on Feb. 21 are the most by the Hawkeyes in a half of a Big Ten game since scoring 63 at Michigan on March 4, 1989.
    The last time Iowa scored 63 or more points in the second half of a Big Ten game, The Cosby Show was the No. 1 rated television show, Major League and Field of Dreams were released in the movie theaters, gas was $0.97/gallon, and minimum wage was $3.80.
    Other Iowa games this season netting 50 points or more include Louisiana (54), Southern (50), and Drake (50).

Sophomore Jordan Bohannon, an honorable mention all-Big Ten honoree, has had a solid sophomore campaign, dishing out a team-best 166 assists, and averaging 13.2 points. He is averaging 2.8 3-pointers made per game, which ties Shep Garner of Penn State for first in the league and 54th in the country. His 3-point percentage of 42.4 percent also ranks 37th nationally. He has made five 3-pointers or more in a game eight times, with six of the eight times coming in games played away from home.
    The native of Marion, Iowa, has six 10+ assists games in his career (Indiana, South Dakota, TCU, Ohio State, and Wisconsin), which ties Cal Wulfsberg for the most by a Hawkeye in program history.  His six career double-doubles — all in points and assists — are the most in program history.
    Bohannon is one of three players from a major conference with 300+ assists and 150+ made 3-pointers through their sophomore season in the last two decades joining Duke’s Jay Williams (2000-01) and Chris Thomas of Notre Dame (2002-03). Additionally, he is the only player nationally over the past 25 years to register 150+ assists and 80+ 3-pointers as a freshman and sophomore.
    Bohannon, one of five players named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2017, led the Hawkeyes in assists (175) and 3-pointers made (89), and was third in scoring (10.9 ppg). He was one of only two freshmen in the nation over the last 25 seasons to register 175+ assists and 85+ 3-pointers. His 89 triples shattered Iowa’s single-season freshman record, besting Matt Gatens’ previous mark of 52 set in 2009. Bohannon’s 175 assists are the most by an Iowa rookie and rank eighth-best by any Hawkeye player in a single season. He finished the season by posting a school-record three straight double-doubles in points and assists (Indiana, South Dakota, and TCU).

Jordan Bohannon made 34 consecutive free throws from Jan. 4-Feb. 25 to tie Chris Street’s school record for consecutive makes in 1993. Bohannon had an opportunity to break the 25-year old record in the final minutes against Northwestern on Feb. 25. 
    The Hawkeye sophomore chose to miss on purpose to preserve Street’s name in the record books. After the game Bohannon said, “it was not my record to have; life is bigger than basketball.”
    The legendary Chris Street owned the consecutive free throws made school record, making 34 straight over a span of six games (Jan. 2-16, 1993). Street’s streak ended when he was killed in an auto accident on Jan. 19, 1993.
    Bohannon’s season percentage (.890) ranks second in the Big Ten. Bohannon was 37-of-39 from the charity stripe in 18 Big Ten contests, missing at Indiana (Dec. 4) and versus Northwestern (Feb. 25).

Freshman Luka Garza leads the team in blocked shots (1.0), and is second in rebounding (6.3), double-doubles (4), free throws made (88) and attempts (130), and is third in field goal accuracy (.554) and scoring (11.8). His 6.3 rebounding average and 55.4 shooting percentage ranks first and third, respectively, among Big Ten freshmen this season.
    Garza’s numbers are much better in home games, averaging 14.8 points (.626 FG%), 6.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in Carver-Hawkeye Arena compared to 9.1 points (.479 FG%), 5.8 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks on the road.
    Garza has made 72 of his last 91 free throws (.791), including a stretch of making 14 straight free throws, after starting the season 16-of-39 (.410) from the charity stripe. He posted a team-high 19 and 17 points against No. 3 Purdue and Wisconsin, respectively. He also snagged 16 boards to register his fourth double-double in the victory over Wisconsin; the 16 rebounds are the most by a Hawkeye in a single game since Adam Woodbury had 18 against the Badgers on Feb. 24, 2016.
    Garza has netted double figures in 13 of Iowa’s last 21 games. He poured in a game-best 22 points (10-of-16 FG, 2-2 FT) at No. 22/21 Michigan. Garza netted 17 of his 19 points in the second half and overtime and snagged 11 rebounds for his third double-double in Iowa’s come-from-behind-victory at Illinois on Jan. 11. He was a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line against the Fighting Illini. 
    Garza had a stellar performance against Northern Illinois, going 8-of-8 from the field, including making all three 3-pointers, and going 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, scoring a personal-best 25 points. He also denied a season-best five shots. His performance earned the forward Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels.
    Against Chicago State on Nov. 10, Garza became the second Hawkeye in the last 20 years to register 16 points and five rebounds in their debut (Aaron White in 2011).
    Garza followed up that performance against Chicago State (16 points, 5 rebounds) with a double-double against Alabama State. The native of Washington, D.C., had 11 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Garza is the fifth Hawkeye to post a double-double in either his first or second game over the last 20 years, joining Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Devon Archie, and Aaron White. Garza’s efforts garnered the forward Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades.

Iowa players have posted 15 double-doubles this season, led by sophomore Tyler Cook’s seven. Luka Garza has four, followed by Jordan Bohannon (3), and Nicholas Baer (1).
    Cook’s seven double-doubles are the seventh most among Big Ten athletes and the most by a Hawkeye in a single season since Adam Woodbury had seven as a senior in 2015-16. Garza’s four double-doubles are the most by a Hawkeye freshman since Aaron White had four in 2011-12.

Tyler Cook, an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection, ranks first on the team in scoring (15.7), rebounding (6.9), and free throws made (113) and attempted (169).
    He had the best game of his career versus UAB (29 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 13-of-16 from the free throw line). Cook’s 28-point performance against Indiana on Feb. 17, was the most points scored by the forward against a Big Ten team in his two years as a Hawkeye.
    Cook has registered 56 dunks this season (1.8 per game), including a season-best six in Iowa’s win over Drake on Dec. 16. 
    Cook is eighth in the league in field goal accuracy (.563) and tied for 11th in rebounding (6.9). The native of St. Louis has a team-best seven double-doubles to his credit this season (Penn State, Illinois, Rutgers, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern). Cook has registered six double-doubles in the last 13 contests.

Iowa has played two games this season with a full active roster of 16 (Drake and Southern Utah).

• Connor McCaffery: 26 games (combination of ankle, mono, tonsils)
• Nicholas Baer: first six games (finger)
• Ahmad Wagner: three games (shoulder, ankle, and illness)
• Ryan Kriener: six games (concussions)
• Cordell Pemsl: one game (leg laceration)
• Brady Ellingson: four games (concussion)

•    Fran McCaffery (150) is two victories from tying Steve Alford (152) for third most wins as head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
•    Iowa is 76-19 when scoring 80 points or more, the last eight seasons. The Hawkeyes are 67-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last eight years.
•    Four Hawkeyes (Jack Nunge, Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, and Jordan Bohannon) have been credited with 21 steals, ranking second on the squad behind Nicholas Baer’s team-leading 26.
•    Iowa trailed Illinois, 49-29, with 3:53 left in the first half and ultimately prevailed in overtime. The 20-point comeback is its third largest in school history and second largest on the road. Iowa had a 22-point comeback, also at Illinois, in 1987. The largest comeback in program history is 23 points against Gardner-Webb in 2012 in Iowa City.
•    Iowa scored 63 second-half points after scoring only 19 points in the first stanza at Minnesota on Feb. 21. The 44-point differential per half is the second largest in the country this season (46 by Maine vs. Albany). Furthermore, the Hawkeyes netted 22 points in the final 96 seconds of the second half. Isaiah Moss scored 19 of Iowa’s 22 points during that span. 
•    Iowa and Michigan State combined for 189 points in the Spartans’ 96-93 win in Iowa City on Feb. 6. It was the highest scoring game played between the two teams since 1988 (103-87 Iowa win in East Lansing).
•    Iowa had six players score in double figures in two games: Chicago State (Nov. 11) and Minnesota (Jan. 30).
•    Isaiah Moss netted 32 points at Minnesota on Feb. 21, which ties for the sixth highest point total in a single game during the Fran McCaffery era.
•    Iowa’s 104 points are the most it has ever scored against Illinois in the 109-year series history. Iowa’s 104 points are the most it has scored in a Big Ten game since 1995 against Northwestern (W, 116-77). Iowa topped 100 points in a Big Ten road game for the first time since beating Michigan State, 103-87, on March 3, 1998.
•    Iowa’s 18-point victory is over Wisconsin on Jan. 23 (85-67), is its largest margin of victory since beating the Badgers by 25 points (78-53) on Jan. 11, 1997.
•    Iowa was credited with 34 assists on 36 field goals in its nonconference finale against Northern Illinois. The 34 assists tie the school single-game record previously set on Dec. 1, 1984 against George Mason and are the most by a Big Ten team this season.
•    Iowa is one of only three teams (Michigan State and Wisconsin) to have posted a Big Ten record of .500 or better each of the last five seasons (2013-17).
•    Iowa has won 51 of its last 55 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
•    Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 games or more in six straight seasons. 
•    Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to upper division finishes in the Big Ten in five of the last six seasons. McCaffery has accumulated 17 first division finishes in 22 years as a head coach.

Iowa finished its European Tour with a perfect record in August notching wins in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. 
    Four Hawkeyes averaged in double figures in the four games. Freshman Luka Garza averaged a double-double (22.5 points, 10.3 rebounds), sophomore Isaiah Moss averaged 12.5 points, Cook averaged 12.3 points, while Ryan Kriener averaged 11.3 points. As a team, the Hawkeyes shot 48.6 percent from the field, out-rebounded their opponents by 18, and had a +5.8 turnover margin.
    Iowa played its first game in Germany, the home of Hawkeye senior Dom Uhl. The native of Frankfurt, Germany, had seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block in his homecoming. 
    Garza led the team in scoring in all four games.

Iowa has played 2,771 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,625-1,146 (.586). Iowa’s 1,625 wins are 38th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,039-366 (.739) record in home games, a 582-777 (.428) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 766-778 (.496) mark in Big Ten games and a 444-140 (.760) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Siena Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes former men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery. 
    McCaffery led Siena to the most decorated five-year run in program history, which culminated with the Saints being the only Division I program to win both their regular season and tournament championships for three consecutive years from 2008-10. The Philadelphia native amassed a 112-51 (.687) overall record from 2005-10, including a 68-22 (.756) mark in the MAAC. McCaffery guided Siena to four straight 20-win seasons and MAAC Tournament Championship Game appearances. Named the 2009-10 NABC District I Coach of the Year and 2008-09 MAAC Coach of the Year, he led Siena to school record-tying 27-win seasons in each of his last two years at the helm, which included a program record 15-game winning streak in his final campaign. McCaffery both recruited and coached four fellow Siena Athletics Hall of Famers, and three of the top-five scorers in program history. 

A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Melsahn Basabe (Poland), Anthony Clemmons (Kazakhstan), Gabriel Olaseni (Spain), Jarrod Uthoff (NBA G League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Peter Jok (NBA G League: Northern Arizona Suns), Josh Oglesby (NAPB: Rochester RazorSharks); Adam Woodbury (NBA G League: Westchester Knicks), and Aaron White (Lithuania).

Iowa will return to the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, Nov. 15-16 when it competes in the 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Joining the Hawkeyes in New York will be Syracuse, Oregon and Connecticut.
    Tickets for the 2K Classic Championship Rounds go on sale Feb. 28, and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or online at