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|#20/20 Iowa (17-5, 6-5) vs. Indiana (13-9, 4-7)|
|DATE||Thursday, Feb. 7 | 8:05 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Bloomington, Indiana | Assembly Hall (17,222)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
No. 20/20 Iowa (17-5, 6-5) travels to Bloomington, Indiana, to face Indiana (13-9, 4-7) on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at Assembly Hall (17,222).
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin (play-by-play) and Bob Hansen (analysis) call the action. 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: Thursday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN (WATCHESPN). Dan Shulman and Dan Dakich will call the action.
GAME #23 STORYLINES
• Freshman Joe Wieskamp has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week two of the last three weeks. Wieskamp earned the honor for a second time on Monday after helping lead Iowa to a 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan last Friday.
• Over the last five games, Luka Garza has averaged 21.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Garza is shooting 60.6 percent (43-of-71) from the field and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the foul line during the five-game stretch. The sophomore center netted 20+ points in four of the five games, scoring 19 in the other contest.
• Iowa has four starters averaging in double figures: Tyler Cook (15.2); Luka Garza (15.1); Joe Wieskamp (11.4); and Jordan Bohannon (10.3).
• Junior Isaiah Moss has risen to second in the Big Ten in 3-point accuracy (.456, 36-of-79) in large part to making 15 of his last 23 attempts (.652) over the last five games.
• Jordan Bohannon (1,043) became the 48th Hawkeye to score 1,000 career points versus Ohio State on Jan. 12. Jordan joins brothers Matt (1,092 at Northern Iowa) and Jason (1,170 at Wisconsin) in the 1,000-point club.
• Fran McCaffery tied Lute Olson for second on Iowa’s all-time win chart with 168 wins with Iowa’s 74-59 victory over No. 5 Michigan last Friday night in Iowa City.
• The Hawkeyes have won two of their last three road games (Northwestern, Penn State).
• Tyler Cook had his streak of 15+ points and 5+ rebounds snapped at ten versus Illinois on Jan. 20. Cook was the first Hawkeye in 25 years to total 15+ points and 5+ rebounds in ten straight games (James Winters, 1993-94).
• Junior Jordan Bohannon shot 29 percent (14-of-48) from 3-point range over the first nine games, but is 43.8 percent (32-of-73) from long distance over the last 12 contests.
• Senior Nicholas Baer is the only player in program history to total 500 points, 500 rebounds, 100 blocked shots, 100 steals, and 100 3-pointers.
• Junior Tyler Cook is one of 20 Hawkeyes to total 1,100 points and 500 rebounds.
• Iowa has been nationally ranked in either the Associated Press or Coaches Poll the last 13 weeks (Nov. 19-present). Iowa is ranked No. 20 in this week’s AP and Coaches polls.
• The Hawkeyes are 5-2 in games decided by nine points or less.
• Iowa won all of its non-conference games for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
HAWKEYES TOPPLE FIFTH-RANKED MICHIGAN AT HOME
A 21-2 run in the first half propelled Iowa to a 74-59 triumph over No. 5 Michigan last Friday evening in Iowa City. The win was the Hawkeyes’ fourth over a ranked opponent.
• Junior Ryan Kriener registered his first career double-double with career highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10).
• Iowa’s 74 points are the most No. 5 Michigan has allowed in Big Ten play this year and the second most this season (78 vs. South Carolina). The Hawkeyes also limited the Wolverines to a season-low 32.3 percent (21-of-65) shooting from the field.
• Joe Wieskamp (16 points) has netted double figures in 12 of Iowa’s 14 home games this season. Wieskamp became the fourth freshmen nationally to register 16+ points, 7+ rebounds and 5+ steals versus a ranked opponent over the last five seasons (LSU’s Ben Simmons; N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr.; Pitt’s Trey McGowens). Wieskamp collected five (personal best) of Iowa’s seven steals.
• Luka Garza, who entered the game scoring 20+ points in four straight contests, netted 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
• The win ties Fran McCaffery with Lute Olson for second on Iowa’s all-time win chart (168).
• Friday’s contest was the only regular season game between Iowa and Michigan.
• Iowa dominated around the basket, out-scoring Michigan 40-20 in the paint and out-rebounding the Wolverines by 12 (48-36).
• Friday’s win is the first time an unranked Iowa team (AP Poll) beat an AP Top 5 team by 15+ points since beating then-No. 5 Purdue, 88-69, on Feb. 18, 1998.
• Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis scored nine of his 16 points in the first 9:12 of the contest. Jordan Poole also netted 16 points, while Zavier Simpson contributed 10 points.
IOWA STATS VERSUS INDIANA
Iowa has three players average double figures in scoring in games versus Indiana: Tyler Cook (14.8 ppg in four games); Jordan Bohannon (12.5 ppg in four games); and Luka Garza (11.5 ppg in two games).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Indiana holds a 103-76 advantage in the series that began with an 18-12 Hoosier victory in 1909. The Hoosiers have won the last three meetings, dating back to the 2017 Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Indiana holds a 60-29 advantage in games played at Bloomington. The Hoosiers won last season’s contest played at Assembly Hall (77-64) on Dec. 4, 2017. Iowa’s last win in Bloomington, Indiana, came on March 3, 2015 (77-63).
• Indiana (43 NET Ranking) snapped a seven-game losing skid Saturday night at nationally-ranked Michigan State. The Hoosiers outlasted the Spartans, 79-75, in overtime. Five Hoosiers netted double figures, led by freshman Romeo Langford’s 19 points. Sophomore Justin Smith posted a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds). Indiana was 13-of-19 (.684) from the foul line, while Michigan State was 8-of-22 (.364).
• The Hoosiers are 10-2 at home this season and close out conference play with six of nine at Assembly Hall, including the next two contests (Iowa and Ohio State). Indiana has played six of its last eight conference games on the road. Indiana has sold out seven of its 12 home games.
• Two Hoosiers average double figures in scoring: Romeo Langford (17.4) and Juwan Morgan (15.9). Morgan also leads the team in rebounding (8.0), blocks (1.5), and steals (1.1).
• Indiana ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.474) and blocked shots (4.4), and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.316). Individually, Romeo Langford leads all freshman and is sixth in the conference in scoring (17.4). Senior Juwan Morgan ranks seventh in the Big Ten in both rebounding (8.0) and field goal percentage (.589).
• Archie Miller is in his second season as head coach at Indiana (29-25, .537) and eighth season overall as a collegiate head coach (168-87, .659).
The Hoosiers scored the game-winning basket with 49 seconds remaining to edge the Hawkeyes, 84-82, on Feb. 17, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa.
• Tyler Cook poured in 28 points, currently the most by Cook against a Big Ten team in his career. He also grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds for a double-double.
• Jordan Bohannon scored all 10 of his points in the final nine minutes. He also dished out a game-best seven assists, six of which came in the first 6:30 of the contest.
• Iowa took advantage of its free throw attempts, making 19 of its 22 attempts (.864). Tyler Cook was 10-of-12 (.833) from the charity stripe.
• The Hawkeyes were credited with 20 assists on 27 field goals made (.741).
• Iowa made 55 percent (27-of-49) of its field goal attempts, including making its first 10 attempts of the game. Indiana shot 56 percent (32-of-57) from the field, including 58 percent (14-of-24, .583) from 3-point territory.
• Iowa out-rebounded the visiting Hoosiers by 14 (33-19).
• Four Hoosiers netted double figures: Robert Johnson (29), Devonte Green (18), Justin Smith (15), and Juwan Morgan (12). Johnson’s 29 points were the most by an Iowa opposing player in 2018-19 and his nine triples tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record.
JOE WIESKAMP NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Joe Wieskamp was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday by the conference office. The honor is the second in three weeks for the native of Muscatine, Iowa.
Wieskamp helped Iowa knock off No. 5 Michigan, 74-59, in Iowa City on Feb. 1, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a personal-best five steals in the victory. He shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the field and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the foul line.
The five steals are the most by a Hawkeye in a Big Ten game in two years. Wieskamp became the fourth freshman nationally to register 16+ points, 7+ rebounds and 5+ steals versus a ranked opponent in the last five seasons (LSU’s Ben Simmons; NC State’s Dennis Smith, Jr.; Pitt’s Trey McGowens).
Iowa finished with 74 points against the Wolverines — the most Michigan has allowed in Big Ten play and second most this season (78 vs. South Carolina). The win is Iowa’s fourth over a ranked opponent this season and highest victory over a ranked opponent since beating No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 14, 2016.
COOK, BOHANNON JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Jordan Bohannon joined classmate Tyler Cook in the 1,000-point club on Jan. 12. Bohannon is 76 assists from becoming the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000 points and 500 assists.
Cook became the 20th Hawkeye to total 1,100 points and 500 rebounds with his rebounding totals in Iowa’s win over Illinois.
COOK ELEVATING HIS GAME
Tyler Cook has led the Hawkeyes in scoring seven of the last 14 games played and has led the squad in rebounding in nine of the 14. Cook recorded career point No. 1,000, in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 15. He netted 15+ points and 5+ rebounds in ten straight contests played, dating back to the Michigan State road game on Dec. 3. He is the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94).
Cook is one of two Big Ten student-athletes to average better than 16 points and eight rebounds per game (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ). Cook ranks in the top ten in the league in both scoring and rebounding. The St. Louis native collected seven points, eight boards, and a block in Iowa’s win over No. 5 Michigan last Friday.
MOSS FILLIN’ IT UP
Redshirt junior Isaiah Moss has been on fire shooting the basketball the last five games. Moss is 15-of-23 (.652) from 3-point range during that span. The Chicago native made all four 3-point attempts at Penn State — all in the first half — was 5-of-6 from long distance versus Illinois and 6-of-10 at Minnesota on Jan. 27.
Moss ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point accuracy (.456).
RYAN KRIENER TAKING THE NEXT STEP
Junior Ryan Kriener posted his first career double-double in Iowa’s 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan last Friday. Kriener was 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including making his only 3-point attempt, and was 2-of-4 from the foul line.
Kriener has registered single-season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior. His scoring (5.8) and rebounding (3.3) averages have improved, along with his shooting percentages. His 3-point accuracy (.400) has doubled from his freshman (.200) and sophomore (.200) seasons.
The native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, has tallied double figures in scoring in five of Iowa’s last nine contests.
FAST START FOR WIESKAMP
Joe Wieskamp is off to a fast start for the Hawkeyes as a freshman. The shooting guard ranks third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), and second in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and steals (23). Wieskamp is shooting at a 43 percent clip from 3-point range (36-of-84) — second best on the team — and 50.3 percent overall from the field (83-of-165).
Wieskamp led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season in Iowa’s win over Illinois (Jan. 20), matching a personal-best with 24 points. His efforts in Iowa’s two victories three weeks ago earned the native of Muscatine, Iowa, Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades on Jan. 21. Wieskamp helped Iowa set a Carver-Hawkeye Arena team record for field goal percentage, making 68 percent of its attempts (34-of-50) versus the Fighting Illini. He also helped the Hawkeyes total 89 points at Penn State, its highest point total ever at State College, dating back to 1955.
Wieskamp earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades for the second time in three weeks after totaling 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and two assists in Iowa’s 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan.
Wieskamp posted his first career double-double versus Pittsburgh on Nov. 27, totaling a team-best in points (18) and rebounds (11).
MAKING THE FREEBIES
Iowa has made 42 more free throws than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes have made 432 fouls shots, while Minnesota is second behind Iowa with 390 makes.
The Hawkeyes are the only team with three players ranked in the top 10 in the league free throw percentage. Jordan Bohannon ranks second (.866, 58-of-67), Luka Garza is third (.849, 62-of-73), and Connor McCaffery is ninth (.797, 59-of-74).
Iowa has been shooting the basketball at a good clip over the last five contests. During the five-game stretch spanning games played Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Iowa is shooting 50.3 percent (151-of-300) and 45.7 percent (48-of-105) from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes are also averaging 18.6 assists and 11.2 turnovers (1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio).
BOHANNON RECEIVED MUSIAL AWARD
Jordan Bohannon was one of the honorees at the 2018 Musial Awards, which celebrated the greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character.
Last February, Bohannon, an Iowa sophomore, was approaching the Hawkeyes’ consecutive free throws made record. The record was held by the late Chris Street, an Iowa basketball legend who died in a car accident in 1993 at age 20. With a chance to break the record, Bohannon intentionally — and selflessly — missed a free throw to honor Street and keep the record in his name.
The awards ceremony took place in St. Louis on Nov. 17. Bohannon traveled with the Street family from New York to St. Louis after Iowa’s two games in New York City.
Other honorees included recently-inducted Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Thome, Loyola men’s basketball team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Florida State softball head coach Lonni Alameda, Minnesota high school pitcher Ty Koehn, and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.
The event is named for Stan Musial, the late St. Louis Cardinals legend who was beloved for his approach on and off the field. The mission of the Musial Awards is to encourage selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society — and to inspire people across the country to be good sports.
Iowa has played 2,795 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,643-1,151 (.588). Iowa’s 1,643 wins are 41st most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,051-368 (.740) record in home games, a 586-781 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 772-783 (.496) mark in Big Ten games and a 456-142 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCE
Iowa returns 90.5 percent of minutes played a year ago, a percentage that is fourth most in the country: Washington (95.2 percent), Wisconsin (93.9 percent), and Syracuse (90.8 percent). Returning Iowa players scored 94.9 percent (2,496 of 2,630) of its offense a year ago and a combined 4,246 career points entering the 2018-19 season.
Iowa is one of four schools nationally to have all five starters return with all five being its top five scorers in 2017-18 (Syracuse, Brown, Harvard).
In addition to brothers Nicholas and Michael Baer on the Iowa men’s basketball team, the Baers have two cousins competing on other sports at the University of Iowa. Molly Kelly is a senior on the volleyball team, while Joe Kelly is a freshman on the Iowa wrestling team. Additionally, cousin Kristin Baer is a senior on the Notre Dame volleyball team.
MEASURING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa has four players with wingspans over seven feet: Ryan Kriener (7-3), Jack Nunge (7-2), Luka Garza (7-1.5), and Tyler Cook (7-1). Guards Maishe Dailey (6-11) and Joe Wieskamp (6-11) have longest wingspans among backcourt players.
McCAFFERY REACHES MILESTONES
Iowa’s regular season opener against UMKC was Fran McCaffery’s 700th career game as a head coach. The 2018-19 season is McCaffery’s ninth as Iowa’s head coach and 23rd overall as a collegiate head coach. McCaffery has 419 overall wins and 168 victories while on the Iowa sidelines. He is tied with Lute Olson for second on Iowa’s coaching win chart. Tom Davis is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach with 269 wins.
Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 58 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 125 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.
COOK ATTENDS NIKE BASKETBALL ACADEMY
Tyler Cook attended the prestigious Nike Basketball Academy last summer in California. The camp provided Cook the opportunity to train alongside some of the best NBA players and coaches. The prestigious skills development camp was limited to 25 of the nation’s top collegiate players, which included a combine experience, drills, off-court workouts, film sessions, and competition.
Cook is the fourth Hawkeye in five years to be invited to this elite basketball camp, joining Aaron White (2014), Jarrod Uthoff (2015), and Peter Jok (2016).
RECENT GRADUATES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL
A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Devyn Marble (Italy), Anthony Clemmons (Kazakhstan), Gabriel Olaseni (Germany), Jarrod Uthoff (Russia), Melsahn Basabe (Israel), Peter Jok (NBA G League: Northern Arizona Suns), Adam Woodbury (NBA G League: Stockton Kings), and Aaron White (Lithuania).
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
The Hawkeyes are 4-3 against nationally-ranked teams, beating No. 13 Oregon in New York City, No. 24 Nebraska, No. 16 Ohio State, and No. 5 Michigan in Iowa City. Iowa lost to No. 22 Wisconsin in Iowa City, No. 10 Michigan State in East Lansing, and No. 6 Michigan State in Iowa City.
CONNOR MCCAFFERY RETURNS HEALTHY
Guard Connor McCaffery received a medical redshirt following last season. McCaffery (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) has four years of men’s basketball eligibility remaining after averaging 13.3 minutes in only four games last December as a true freshman. The native of Iowa City missed two games due to a sprained ankle, eight contests due to mononucleosis, and 19 games after undergoing a tonsillectomy in December.
McCaffery is the son of head coach Fran McCaffery. Iowa is one of 12 Division I teams in which the head coach has a son on the 2018-19 roster (Alabama, Cal State Bakersfield, Central Connecticut State, Central Florida, Detroit Mercy, Kentucky, Oregon State, Portland, Syracuse, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Martin).
McCaffery is believed to be one of three Division I men’s basketball student-athletes who are dual-sport athletes in 2018-19. McCaffery (basketball and baseball), joins South Carolina junior Evan Hinson (football and basketball) and Buffalo sophomore Dominic Johnson (football and basketball).
Iowa is 20-5 in games in which Connor McCaffery has played, dating back to last season. McCaffery is second on the team in assists (66) and eighth in scoring (5.0 ppg).
• Iowa started the year 16-3, matching its best start in the Fran McCaffery era (2015-16).
• Iowa established a Carver-Hawkeye Arena field goal percentage record, making 68 percent of its attempts (34-of-50) in a 95-71 convincing victory over Illinois on Jan. 20.
• In both Iowa home Big Ten losses (Wisconsin and Michigan State), the Hawkeyes had eight point leads in the second half, but were unable to extend their advantage to double digits before the visitors came back to win.
• Iowa’s 89 points in a seven-point win at Penn State on Jan. 16, are the most scored by the Hawkeyes in State College, dating back to 1955. The previous high was 86 on Jan. 6, 2001.
• Iowa has scored 94 points or more in the last three games versus Illinois (104 at Illinois on Jan. 11, 2018; 96 in New York on Feb. 28, 2018; 95 in Iowa City on Jan. 20, 2019).
• Junior Tyler Cook is one of 21 players in Iowa history to have 10 or more double-doubles.
• Iowa is one of 20 schools nationally to have five or more redshirts on their roster. Iowa’s five redshirts are tied for second most in the B1G with Michigan State (Wisconsin, 8).
• Two Hawkeyes were named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team: Luka Garza (MVP) and Tyler Cook. Cook averaged 16.5 points and nine rebounds, while Garza averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two victories. Iowa trailed for only two minutes in the two victories over No. 13 Oregon and Connecticut.
• Iowa is 84-20 when scoring 80 points or more, the last nine seasons. The Hawkeyes are 70-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last eight years.
• Iowa has won 59 of its last 63 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Iowa made a school record with 19 3-pointers made versus Savannah State on Dec. 22, besting the previous mark of 18 previously set in 2016 against Savannah State.
• Iowa posted 98 points in its 14-point win over Iowa State. The last time Iowa scored 90 points or more against Iowa State was Dec. 10, 1988, in Iowa City (Iowa won 91-71).
• Iowa improved to 6-1 all-time in The Hy-Vee Classic with its 77-54 win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 15 in Des Moines. In the seven-year history of four-team Hy-Vee Classic, Nicholas Baer is the only player to win four games in four years. Baer averaged 10 points, nine rebounds, 2.75 assists, 2.5 blocked shots, and two steals in four games played.
• Iowa’s 105 points versus Alabama State, equaled the fourth highest point total by the Hawkeyes in a single-game in the Fran McCaffery era.
• Iowa torched Alabama State for 68 first-half points, the most points scored by Iowa in a half in the Fran McCaffery era besting a 63-point outburst in the second half at Minnesota a year ago.
• Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 games or more in six straight seasons (2013-18).
• 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.
NUNGE, FREDRICK TO REDSHIRT
Sophomore forward Jack Nunge and freshman guard CJ Fredrick plan to redshirt the 2018-19 season. Nunge, one of seven forwards on this season’s roster, saw action in all 33 games a year ago, ranking second on the team in blocked shots (25), fourth in steals (21), and fifth in scoring (5.7). Fredrick was the 2018 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year at Covington Catholic High School.
PEMSL HAS SEASON ENDING SURGERY
Junior Cordell Pemsl underwent season-ending surgery on Dec. 18.
“Cordell’s procedure removed hardware near his knee from a previous surgery when he was in high school,” said McCaffery.
Pemsl saw action in only two games this season, playing 13 minutes against UMKC (Nov. 8) and 18 minutes versus Iowa State (Dec. 6).
“I tried to give playing this season another shot in the Iowa State game, but after a week of rest and recovery, the chronic irritation caused by the hardware has remained resulting in my inability to play in Saturday’s game versus UNI. After further discussions with the medical staff, we determined that the best course of action is to correct the problem at this time.”
The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has played in 68 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will return to host Northwestern on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets are available for Iowa’s remaining home contests versus Northwestern (Sunday); Maryland (Tuesday, Feb. 19); Indiana (Friday, Feb. 22); and Rutgers (Saturday, March, 2) at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.