Hawkeye Fan Shop — A Black & Gold Store | Hawk Talk Monthly — February | 24 Hawkeyes to Watch | Game Notes (PDF)
|#21/17 Iowa (19-5, 8-5) vs. Rutgers (12-12, 5-9)|
|DATE||Saturday, Feb. 16 | 5:01 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Piscataway, New Jersey | The RAC (8,000)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
|LIVE STATS||Sidearm Stats|
No. 21/17 Iowa (19-5, 8-5) will travel east to face Rutgers (12-12, 5-9) on Saturday in the first of two meetings this season. Tipoff is set for 5:01 p.m. (CT) at The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey. Saturday’s game is sold out.
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: Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1 (FOXSPORTSGO). Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel will call the action.
GAME #25 STORYLINES
• The Hawkeyes have won three of their last four road games (Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana).
• Iowa is one win from reaching the 20-win plateau. Fran McCaffery has guided the Hawkeyes to 20 wins or more in four of the last six seasons.
• The Hawkeyes have already doubled their conference win total from a year ago with seven league contests remaining. Iowa won four games in 2018, and enter Saturday’s game with an 8-5 record in the Big Ten.
• Jordan Bohannon was clutch in Iowa’s two wins last week at Indiana and versus Northwestern. Bohannon scored Iowa’s final 11 points at Indiana and netted 13 points over the final 3:20, including the game-winning 3-pointer with under one second remaining, versus Northwestern.
• Jordan Bohannon (1,083 points) is closing in on brothers Matt (1,092 at Northern Iowa) and Jason (1,170 at Wisconsin) for most points scored in a career by a Bohannon.
• Tyler Cook’s 14 career double-doubles tie for 15th most in program history.
• Iowa has been nationally ranked in either the Associated Press or Coaches Poll the last 14 weeks (Nov. 19-present). Iowa is ranked No. 21 in this week’s AP and 17th in the Coaches poll.
• Iowa has two of the top three accurate 3-point shooters in the Big Ten. Joe Wieskamp is second (.453), followed by Isaiah Moss (.452). Moss has made 17 of his last 28 attempts (.607) over the last seven games.
• 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 47 percent (40-of-85) from long distance over the last 14 contests.
• Senior Nicholas Baer is the only player in program history to total 700 points, 500 rebounds, 100 blocked shots, 100 steals, and 100 3-pointers.
• Junior Tyler Cook is one of 13 Hawkeyes to total 1,200 points and 500 rebounds.
• Iowa won all of its non-conference games for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
HAWKEYES RALLY FOR COMEBACK WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN
Junior Jordan Bohannon scored the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Hawkeyes to an 80-79 win over Northwestern last Sunday.
• Jordan Bohannon scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including 13 points in the final 3:20.
• Northwestern led Iowa by 15 points (72-57) with 4:30 left in the game and 11 points (76-65) with 2:09 remaining. Iowa out-scored Northwestern 23-7 to rally for the victory.
• Freshman Joe Wieskamp netted a team-best 21 points, reaching 20 points for the fourth time this season.
• Junior Tyler Cook led Iowa with 19 points and 11 rebounds for his team-leading fifth double-double of the season and 14th of his career. Cook surpassed three Hawkeyes (Bill Logan, Dave Gunther, and Kevin Boyle) to move into Iowa’s top-25 in career scoring.
• Iowa’s defense forced 16 turnovers, including four in the final five minutes to give its offense opportunities to make the comeback.
• Iowa out-scored Northwestern, 19-9, in fast break points.
• Four Wildcats scored in double figures: Vic Law (24), Ryan Taylor (16), A.J. Turner (15), and Dererk Pardon (13). Law was 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half.
• Iowa improved to 4-1 in games decided by five points or less.
Iowa has five Quad 1 wins and five Quad 2 wins. All five of Iowa’s losses are Quad 1 losses.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Saturday will be only the seventh meeting between Iowa and Rutgers. The Hawkeyes are 5-1 against the Scarlet Knights, including a 2-1 record in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Rutgers and Iowa played only once a year ago, with the Scarlet Knights picking their first ever win over the Hawkeyes, 80-64, on Jan. 17, 2018, in Piscataway, New Jersey.
• Rutgers snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday night at Northwestern (59-56). Wednesday’s game in Evanston was the Scarlet Knights’ second straight contest in the state of Illinois. Rutgers lost by a narrow margin at Illinois last Saturday (99-90 in overtime).
• In Wednesday’s win over Northwestern, Rutgers made 41 percent of its field goals, netting 34 of his 59 points in the paint. The Scarlet Knights were 3-of-16 (.188) from behind the 3-point arc. Geo Baker and Montez Mathias each scored 12 points, while Eugene Omoruyi contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
• Rutgers is 9-5 at home this season, winning two of its last three at The RAC. Saturday will be the Scarlet Knights’ second home game during the month of February.
• Two starters average in double figures for Rutgers: Eugene Omoruyi (14.0) and Geo Baker (13.0). Baker also leads the squad in 3-pointers (49-of-139, .353), assists (3.95), and steals (1.45).
• Rutgers ranks first in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding (13.0) and third in rebounding margin (+5.1). The Scarlet Knights are last in the league in scoring offense (67.6), free throw percentage (.631), and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9). Eugene Omoruyi ranks 10th in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.4) and 19th in scoring (14.0). Geo Baker is fourth in the conference in steals (1.5), fifth in assists (3.95), and 11th in 3-pointers made (2.0).
• Per KenPom analysis, Rutgers is among the nation’s youngest teams with 1.09 years of experience to rank 324th nationally out of 353 D-I programs. Rutgers is also one of the nation’s tallest teams with an average height of 78.9″ to rank sixth.
• Steve Pikiell is in his 14th season as a head coach (234-205, .533) and his third season at Rutgers (42-49, .462).
Four Rutgers players scored in double figures en route to an 80-64 win over Iowa on Jan. 17, 2018, in Piscataway, New Jersey.
• Point guard Jordan Bohannon led all scorers with 23 points, bolstered by 5-of-9 shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Tyler Cook posted a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds), while Nicholas Baer contributed 11 points.
• Rutgers shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field, compared to Iowa’s 39.3 percent (24-of-61). The Scarlet Knights converted 17 Iowa turnovers in 24 points.
• Corey Sanders paced Rutgers with 18 points and eight assists, while Geo Baker had 17 points, five assists, and a game-best four steals.
Bohannon led Iowa to a pair of victories over Indiana and Northwestern, averaging 20 points, 4.5 assists and one steal, while shooting 66.7 percent (8-12) from 3-point range and 54.5 percent (12-22) from the field.
The native of Marion, Iowa, tied a season best with 25 points and also dished out a team-best six assists with no turnovers in a 77-72 win at Indiana. Bohannon scored Iowa’s final 11 points, including going 5-of-6 from the free throw line, over the final 90 seconds to preserve the win at Assembly Hall.
Bohannon netted all 15 of his points over the final 5:28 of Sunday’s win over Northwestern to cap a 15-point Iowa comeback over the final 4:30, including sinking the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining. The last second win was Iowa’s first since Adam Woodbury’s last second game-winner over Temple on March 18, 2016, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bohannon’s game-winning triple was the 239th of his career to tie Matt Gatens for second all-time in program history. Bohannon made two treys in the final 25 seconds against the Wildcats.
MOSS FILLIN’ IT UP
Redshirt junior Isaiah Moss has been on fire shooting the basketball the last seven games. Moss is 17-of-28 (.607) 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 third in the Big Ten in 3-point accuracy (.452).
COOK, BOHANNON JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Jordan Bohannon joined classmate Tyler Cook in the 1,000-point club on Jan. 12. Bohannon is 65 assists from becoming the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000 points and 500 assists. Bohannon also tied Matt Gatens for second in career triples made as a Hawkeye with his three treys over the final three minutes in Iowa’s comeback win over Northwestern last Sunday.
Cook became the 13th Hawkeye to total 1,200 points and 500 rebounds with his scoring totals in Iowa’s win over Northwestern on Feb. 10. Cook is one of 15 players in Iowa history to have 14 or more double-doubles.
COOK ELEVATING HIS GAME
Tyler Cook has led the Hawkeyes in scoring seven of the last 16 games played and has led the squad in rebounding in 11 of the 16. 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 scoring (seventh), rebounding (fifth), and ninth in field goal percentage (.561). The St. Louis native registered his fifth double-double of the season in Iowa’s comeback win over Northwestern last Sunday.
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 on Feb. 1. 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 (5.5) and rebounding (3.0) averages have improved, along with his shooting percentages. His 3-point accuracy (.364) has nearly doubled from his freshman (.200) and sophomore (.200) seasons.
The native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, has tallied double figures six times this season.
CLOSING IN ON 20 WINS
Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes are one win from reaching the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in seven seasons. McCaffery would join Lute Olson (6) and Tom Davis (10) as the only Iowa head coaches to win 20 or more games in at least five seasons. Both Olson and Davis had 20+ wins over a span of six of seven seasons.
Last season, Iowa posted a 14-19 overall record, including a 4-14 mark in conference play. The Hawkeyes have already doubled its Big Ten win total from a year ago and have five more victories than last season with seven regular season games remaining.
Iowa’s overall win total improvement (.368) and conference improvement (.393) from a year ago both rank among the best in the country among schools in Power 5 conferences.
Iowa’s all-time winning coach, Tom Davis (1987-1999), had his lowest win total as a Iowa’s coach in his eighth season (11 wins) and rebounded in his ninth year with 21 victories. Fran McCaffery also had his lowest win total as Iowa’s coach in his eighth year (14 wins) and has rebounded this season with 19 wins and counting.
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 (11.9 ppg), and second in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and steals (24). Wieskamp is shooting at a team-best 45.3 percent clip from 3-point range (43-of-95) and 51.6 percent overall from the field (94-of-182).
Wieskamp has been the Big ten Freshman of the Week two of the last four weeks.
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 after totaling 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and two assists in Iowa’s 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan. 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).
Last week, Wieskamp had a 13-point effort in Iowa’s win at Indiana — making all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half — and scored a team-best 21 points in the comeback victory over Northwestern.
Wieskamp posted his first career double-double versus Pittsburgh on Nov. 27, totaling a team-best in points (18) and rebounds (11).
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.
MAKING THE FREEBIES
Iowa has made 50 more free throws than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes have made 464 fouls shots, while Minnesota is second behind Iowa with 414 makes. The Hawkeyes rank first in the country in free throw makes (464) and seventh nationally in free throw attempts (617).
The Hawkeyes are the only team with three players ranked in the top 10 in the league free throw percentage. Jordan Bohannon ranks second (.868, 66-of-76), Luka Garza is tied for third (.853, 64-of-75), and Connor McCaffery is ninth (.789, 60-of-76).
SHOOTING FOR PERFECTION
Iowa had a player make all his 3-point attempts in the first half (min. four attempts) four times this season.
Freshman Joe Wieskamp made all four of his 3-point attempts at Indiana (Feb. 7) and was 4-of-4 vs. Illinois (Jan. 20). Junior Isaiah Moss was 4-of-4 at Penn State (Jan. 16) and was 5-of-5 vs. Illinois (Jan. 20).
Iowa has played 2,797 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,645-1,151 (.588). Iowa’s 1,645 wins are 41st most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,052-368 (.740) record in home games, a 587-781 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 774-783 (.497) mark in Big Ten games and a 457-142 (.763) 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 420 overall wins and 170 victories while on the Iowa sidelines. He recently surpassed Lute Olson for second on Iowa’s coaching win chart with Iowa’s win at Indiana on Feb. 7. 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).
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 22-5 in games in which Connor McCaffery has played, dating back to last season. McCaffery is second on the team in assists (71) and eighth in scoring (4.9 ppg). He also is tied for first in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0).
• Iowa’s 74 points versus No. 5 Michigan are the most the Wolverines have 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 on Feb. 1.
• Congratulations to Riley Till and Michael Baer on earning Dean’s List recognition for their academic achievements in the Fall of 2018.
• Iowa started the year 16-3, matching its best start in the Fran McCaffery era (2015-16).
• Iowa posted back-to-back wins over Michigan and Indiana for the first time since 2007.
• 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).
• 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 won the 2K Empire Classic in New York City with wins over Oregon and Connecticut. The last time Iowa won an in-season tournament outside of the state of Iowa was the 1998 San Juan Christmas Shootout.
• Iowa is 85-20 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.
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.
LIST OF HISTORIC COMEBACKS IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Iowa rallied from a 15-point deficit with 4:15 remaining to win 80-79 over Northwestern on Feb. 10, 2019. Below is a list of some other historic comebacks by the Hawkeyes over the years:
• vs. Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17, 2012): Trailed 38-15 (23 points) with 13 seconds left in first half; won 65-56
• at Illinois (Jan. 14, 1987): Trailed 61-39 (22 points) with approximately 16 minutes remaining; won 91-88 (OT)
• at Illinois (Jan. 11, 2018): Trailed 49-29 (20 points) with 3:53 remaining in the first half; won 104-97 (OT)
• at Purdue (Jan. 2, 2016): Trailed 37-18 (19 points) with 2:21 remaining in the first half; won 70-63
• at Kansas (Dec. 8, 1988): Trailed 59-41 (18 points) with 12:52 left in the second half; won 85-81
• at Michigan State (Jan. 28, 1993): Trailed by 17 points with 5:32 left; won 96-90 (OT)
• vs. George Washington (March 15, 1996): Trailed 73-56 (17 points) with 8:21 remaining, won 81-79 (NCAA Tournament game)
• vs. Northwestern (Feb. 10, 2019): Trailed 72-57 (15 points) with 4:15 remaining, won 80-79
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).
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.
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.
Iowa’s 15-point win over No. 5 Michigan is its highest win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 14, 2016. Additionally, it marked 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.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes will return to Iowa City for a pair of home games next week against Maryland (Tuesday) and Indiana (Friday). Tuesday’s contest against the Terrapins will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
Tickets are available for Iowa’s remaining home contests versus Maryland (Tuesday, Feb. 19); Indiana (Friday, Feb. 22); and Rutgers (Saturday, March, 2) at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.