FINAL IOWA HAWKEYE NOTES FROM 2018-19
• Iowa is one of only four teams to win an FBS bowl game and win at least one game in the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament (Kentucky, Baylor, Oregon).
• Iowa posted five victories over nationally-ranked opponents in 2018-19, equaling Iowa’s highest total in the Fran McCaffery era and the most since 2006 (8).
• Iowa has qualified for four NCAA tournaments over the last six years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019) and seven postseason tournaments over the last eight seasons (4 NCAA; 3 NIT).
• Iowa has won its last three NCAA Tournament first round games (2015 vs. Davidson; 2016 vs. Temple; and 2019 vs. Cincinnati).
• Iowa finished 2018-19 with 23 victories, its second highest total in 13 seasons, and most victories under Fran McCaffery for an NCAA Tournament team. Iowa won 25 games in the 2012-13 season (NIT runner-up).
• Iowa was nationally-ranked for 16 straight weeks in either the Associated Press or Coaches Poll (Nov. 19, 2018 – Feb. 25, 2019).
• The Hawkeyes registered three victories over conference tournament champions (Iowa State, Oregon, and Cincinnati).
• Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to 20 wins or more in five of the last seven seasons and upper division finishes in the Big Ten six of the last seven seasons. Only Michigan State (7) has more first division finishes than Iowa (6) and Wisconsin (6) since the 2013 season.
• Iowa went undefeated in regular season nonconference play for the first time since the 1986-87 season, winning all 11 games by a margin of 16.9 points.
• Iowa improved its overall win total by nine games after winning 14 contests a year ago and more than doubled its Big Ten win total (10) from last season (4). Additionally, Iowa improved its scoring defense during conference play by 6.4 points per game.
• Jordan Bohannon became the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner, B.J. Armstrong, Andre Woolridge, Mike Gesell, Devyn Marble).
• In only three seasons, Jordan Bohannon (264) surpassed Jeff Horner (262) to become Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made.
• Iowa posted back-to-back buzzer beaters for the first time since 2002. Both of Iowa’s buzzer beaters over Northwestern (Bohannon) and Rutgers (Wieskamp) were 3-pointers. Both buzzer beaters in 2002 were made by Luke Recker in the Big Ten Tournament.
• Jordan Bohannon has led the Big Ten in free throw percentage each of the last two seasons. The junior guard missed only seven free throws in 20 league games this season (64-of-71, .901). Bohannon was 37-of-39 (.949) a year ago.
• Jordan Bohannon is the 10th player in all of Division I basketball since 1992, to post at least 79 triples and 118 assists per season in each of his first three seasons.
• Luka Garza joins Aaron White and Jess Settles as the only Hawkeyes to total more than 800 points and 350 rebounds through their sophomore season.
• Tyler Cook was named a USBWA and NABC all-district honoree in addition to being name to the All-Big Ten second team (media) and third team (coaches).
• Jordan Bohannon (1,204 points) surpassed brother Matt (1,092 at UNI) and Jason (1,170 at Wisconsin) for most points scored in a career by a Bohannon. With the win over Cincinnati, Jordan joins brothers Matt, Zach, and Jason with NCAA Tournament wins.
• Iowa’s 285 three-pointers made and 782 three-pointers attempted are second most, while its 2,740 points are fifth most in a single season in program history.
• Senior Nicholas Baer is the only player in program history to total 750 points, 500 rebounds, 100 blocked shots, 100 assists, 100 steals, and 100 3-pointers. Baer also became just the third Hawkeye since 1980 to lead the team in steals three consecutive seasons and the firsty Hawkeye to lead the team in blocks and steals in the same season twice (2017, 2019).
• Five Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors: Austin Ash, Michael Baer, Nicholas Baer, Connor McCaffery, and Jack Nunge. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in their second academic year.
• The Big Ten led all conferences with eight teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten advanced seven teams to the Round of 32 for the first time in league history (7-1).
HAWKEYES SPLIT TWO GAMES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Iowa upended seven-seeded and 22nd-ranked Cincinnati (79-72) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Hawkeyes came back from down 25 points to force overtime against second-seeded and sixth-ranked Tennessee but ulimately lost in overtime (83-77) in the second round.
• The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before collecting the win on the strength of a 48-36 scoring advantage in the final 20 minutes. Iowa scored at least one point on nine of final 10 offensive possessions.
• Luka Garza netted a team-best 20 points against the Bearcats. Garza became the sixth Hawkeye in history to have 20 points and seven rebounds in their NCAA Tournament debut (Carl Cain, 1955; Chad Calabria, 1970; Glenn Vidnovic, 1970; Jess Settles, 1996; Greg Brunner, 2005; Luka Garza, 2019).
• Freshman Joe Wieskamp scored 19 points in his first NCAA Tournament contest as a Hawkeye. Wieskamp is the first Hawkeye freshman with 19+ points & 5+ rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game since Guy Rucker had 19 points and five rebounds against Virginia in the first round in 1997.
• The win over Cincinnati was Iowa’s second win as a lower seed in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament in program history. The other came as a No. 9 seed over No. 8 seed Texas in 1992.
• The Hawkeyes made 11 three-pointers versus Cincinnati (11-of-22, .500). Iowa improved to 10-2 in 2018-19 when making 10 or more triples. Iowa shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range six times in 2018-19.
• Iowa shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field (17-of-26), including 63.6 percent from 3-point range (7-of-11) in the second half against Cincinnati.
• Iowa handed Cincinnati its first loss of the season when leading at halftime (23-1).
• Iowa trailed by as many as 25 points in the first half and came all the way back to tie the contest and send the game into overtime. The 25-point comeback equaled the largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history (BYU rallied from a 25-point deficit versus Iona in the 2012 First Four).
• The Iowa-Tennessee game was the first overtime contest of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and was Iowa’s fifth overtime game in the NCAA Tournament.
• The last two Iowa-Tennessee games played in the NCAA Tournament have gone to overtime (2014 First Four, 2019 Round of 32).
• All five Iowa starters (Bohannon, Moss, Garza, Cook, Wieskamp) scored in double figures.
• Iowa never led in the game against the Volunteers, tying the game twice in the final 2:39 of regulation.
DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT
Iowa was one of nine schools from Power 5 conferences to have its men’s and women’s basketball teams with 23 wins or more. Joining Iowa are Kentucky, and Mississippi State from the SEC; Florida State and N.C. State from the ACC; Maryland from the Big Ten; Iowa State and TCU from the Big 12; and Oregon from the Pac-12.
4 HAWKEYES GARNER POSTSEASON CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Tyler Cook (14.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg) was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree by the media and third-team pick by the coaches. Jordan Bohannon (11.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg) was a third-team honoree by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. Luka Garza (13.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg) earned honorable mention recognition by the media, while Joe Wieskamp (11.1 ppg & 4.9 rpg) was voted to the five-player All-Big Ten Freshman Team by the league coaches.
Cook was also tabbed to the USBWA All-District Team and to the NABC All-District 7 Second Team. Cook ranked third in the league in free throws attempted per game (6.16), sixth in rebounding (7.9), 11th in field goal percentage (.528), and 12th in scoring (14.9). Cook (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) is one of only nine players in program history to total more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, posted a team-best six double-doubles in 2018-19 and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles. He recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds over a 10-game span from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94). The junior forward was named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in wins over Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
TYLER COOK TO ENTER NBA DRAFT
Junior Tyler Cook announced his intentions to hire and agent and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.
In his third season with Iowa, Cook was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and earned all-district accolades by the NABC and USBWA. He led the team in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (7.6), while ranking fifth in the Big Ten in free throws attempted per game (6.12), eighth in rebounding (7.6), 12th in scoring (14.5), and 13th in field goal percentage (.528).
Cook is one of only nine players in Iowa history to total more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, posted a team-best six double-doubles this past season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles. He recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds over a 10-game span from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94). The junior forward was named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in wins over 13th-ranked Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“We fully support Tyler’s decision to pursue his professional goals,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “It has been an honor to coach Tyler the past three years and watch him develop both as a player and person. We are thankful for Tyler’s significant contributions that he has made to our basketball program. My staff and I look forward to supporting Tyler in the next steps of his journey.”
The NBA Draft will be held on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
DAILEY TO TRANSFER
Maishe Dailey announced that he has submitted his name in the NCAA transfer portal with the intent of departing the Hawkeye basketball program.
“Maishe has expressed his desire to play his final season elsewhere,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “Maishe has been a great teammate and a valuable member of our program throughout his career. We thank him for his contributions to our program and we wish him the best.”
“I would like to thank Coach McCaffery and the coaching staff for the opportunity to be a part of the Iowa program,” said Dailey. “I want to wish my teammates the best of luck in the future.”
Dailey (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) is a native of Beachwood, Ohio. He played in all 35 games in 2019, averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per outing. He played in 80 career games in his three seasons. His career scoring high of 16 points came in a win over Colorado early in the 2018 season.
GARZA JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Luka Garza has put up numbers that few Hawkeyes have done through their sophomore season. Garza joins Aaron White and Jess Settles as the only Hawkeyes to total more than 800 points and 350 rebounds through their sophomore year.
Garza’s sophomore campaign started with surgery in early September to remove a benign cyst in his abdomen. The native of Washington, D.C., recovered in time to start the season opener and have another stellar season for the Hawkeyes. Garza was an honorable mention all-conference honoree and was voted the MVP of the 2K Empire Classic in New York City.
Garza achieved single season bests in points per game (13.1), field goals made per game (4.9), and free throw percentage (.804). He ranked second on the squad in scoring (13.1) and fourth in rebounding (4.5).
Garza tallied 20 or more points a team-best eight times, including four straight games (at Penn State, Illinois, No. 6 Michigan State, at Minnesota), becoming the first Hawkeye to do so since Aaron White in 2015.
Garza reached double digits in both NCAA Tournament games, including a game-high 20 points in Iowa’s first round win over Cincinnati. He became the sixth Hawkeye in history to have 20 points and seven rebounds in their NCAA Tournament debut.
IOWA PLAYED WELL AT NEUTRAL SITE GAMES
Iowa was 5-2 in neutral site games in 2018-19. The Hawkeyes won two games at Madison Square Garden in November, beating Oregon (77-69) and Connecticut (91-71) in the 2K Empire Classic.
Iowa beat Northern Iowa (77-54) at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa in December.
The Hawkeyes split two games at the Big Ten Tournament played at the United Center in Chicago. Iowa posted an 83-62 triumph over Illinois and fell to No. 10 Michigan, 74-53.
Iowa split two NCAA Tournament games played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, knocking off Cincinnati (79-72) in the first round, but falling in overtime to Tennessee (83-77) in the second round.
McCAFFERY RECORDS WIN NO. 20
Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes reached the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in seven seasons. McCaffery joins 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 or more victories over a span of six of seven seasons.
McCaffery has taken Iowa to the NCAA Tournament four times. Among Iowa’s head basketball coaches, McCaffery ranks third in tournament appearances behind Davis (9) and Olson (5). Davis is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach, while McCaffery moved past Olson into second place earlier this season.
COOK, BOHANNON JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Jordan Bohannon joined classmate Tyler Cook in the 1,000-point club on Jan. 12. Bohannon is 29 assists from becoming the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000 points and 500 assists. Bohannon also surpassed Jeff Horner for first in career triples made as a Hawkeye with his three treys in Iowa’s last contest of the season against No. 6 Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Cook became the ninth Hawkeye to total 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. Cook is one of 15 players in Iowa history to have 15 or more double-doubles.
Last season, Iowa was 14-19 overall, including a 4-14 mark in conference play. The Hawkeyes more than doubled its Big Ten win total from a year ago and have eight more overall victories than last season.
Iowa’s overall win total improvement and conference improvement 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 23 wins.
RYAN KRIENER TOOK 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.
The native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, registered single-season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior. His scoring (5.7) and rebounding (3.0) averages improved, along with his shooting percentages.
Kriener tallied double figures seven times in 2018-19.
Jordan Bohannon, who was tabbed third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and an honorable mention selection by the media this season, scored when it mattered most down the stretch. The junior guard averaged 4.2 points in the first half and 7.4 points in the second half in 2018-19.
There were four games (Green Bay, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Indiana) where he was held scoreless in the first half but finished in double figures. In 19-of-35 games, Bohannon scored more points in the second half than the first. He scored 10 or more points in the second half 13 times in 2018-19.
Bohannon totaled 118 assists as a junior, becoming just the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons, joining Dean Oliver, Mike Gesell, Andre Woolridge, Devyn Marble, B.J. Armstrong, and Jeff Horner.
Bohannon ranked among the nation’s best in most points in the final two minutes of regulation and final two minutes of overtime this season with 85 points. In the final two minutes of games, Bohannon shot 54.2 percent (19-of-35) from the field, 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from 3-point range, and 87.2 percent from the foul line (41-of-47).
COOK ELEVATED HIS GAME
Tyler 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 was tabbed second-team All-Big Ten by the media and third-team by the coaches this season. He was also voted to the 11-player All-District VI team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the NABC All-District 7 Second Team. Cook’s honor marked the fifth time is six seasons that a Hawkeye has garnered all-district recognition (Devyn Marble in 2014; Aaron White in 2015; Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok in 2016; Jok in 2017; Cook in 2019).
Cook is one of ten Hawkeyes in program history to total 1,300 points and 600 rebounds.
Cook ranked in the top 15 in the league in scoring (12th), rebounding (eighth), and field goal percentage (13th). The St. Louis native registered his team-leading sixth double-double of the season at Ohio State on Feb. 26.
RELIVING BACK-TO-BACK BUZZER BEATERS
Iowa won consecutive games in thrilling fashion, upending Northwestern and Rutgers in mid-February on last-second 3-pointers. The last time the Hawkeyes won back-to-back games at the buzzer was 2002. Luke Recker sank game-winning baskets over Wisconsin (58-56) and Indiana (62-60) at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
• 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 on Feb. 10. 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 made his first 3-pointer of the game on a banked 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to propel the visiting Hawkeyes to a 71-69 win at Rutgers on Feb. 16. Iowa led the Scarlet Knights by two points in the closing seconds before Geo Baker rattled home a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining to give Rutgers a one-point advantage before Wieskamp’s heroics.
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 424 overall wins and 174 victories while on the Iowa sidelines. He 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.
Bohannon led Iowa to a pair of victories over Indiana (Feb. 7) and Northwestern (Feb. 10), 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 made two treys in the final 25 seconds against the Wildcats.
MAKING THE FREEBIES
Iowa made 49 more free throws than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes made 627 fouls shots, while Minnesota was second behind Iowa with 578 makes. Iowa made more free throws than six Big Ten teams attempted (Rutgers, Northwestern, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin). The Hawkeyes ranked fifth in the country in free throw makes (627) and ninth nationally in free throw attempts (849).
Individually, Jordan Bohannon ranked second in the conference and 23rd nationally in free throw accuracy (.872, 102-of-117), while Luka Garza was seventh in the Big Ten (.814, 92-of-113).
Bohannon led the Big Ten in free throw percentage each of the last two seasons. The native of Marion, Iowa, missed only seven free throws in 20 league games this season (64-of-71, .901). Bohannon was 37-of-39 (.949) a year ago.
CONSISTENT PLAY OUT OF FRESHMAN WIESKAMP
Joe Wieskamp was a consistent contributor for the Hawkeyes as a freshman, earning recognition on the five-player All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Wieskamp announced on April 11, that he is going through the 2019 NBA Draft process without an agent.
The shooting guard ranked fourth on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg); second in rebounding (4.9 rpg); tied for second in steals (30). Wieskamp shot 42.4 percent clip from 3-point range (59-of-139) and 48.8 percent overall from the field (125-of-256). His 42.4 percentage from 3-point range was second in the Big Ten and ranked second all-time among Iowa freshmen behind Jake Kelly (.435, 30-of-69). Additionally, his 59 triples is second among Iowa rookies behind Jordan Bohannon’s 89 in 2017.
Wieskamp twice earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. The native of Muscatine, Iowa, sank his first 3-pointer of the game with 0.2 seconds left and Iowa trailing by one point to propel the Hawkeyes to a 71-69 thrilling win at Rutgers on Feb. 16.
Wieskamp matched a personal-best with 24 points in Iowa’s win over Illinois. His efforts in Iowa’s victories over Illinois and at Penn State in mid-January earned Wieskamp, Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades on Jan. 21. The rookie 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 laurels 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).
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.
SHOOTING FOR PERFECTION
Iowa had a player make all his 3-point attempts in the first half (min. four attempts) four times in 2018-19.
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).
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.
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.
CONNOR MCCAFFERY RETURNS HEALTHY
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.
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).
After Iowa lost in the Big Ten Tournament, McCaffery went to Duane Banks Field and saw action in three baseball games against Cal State Northridge. McCaffery pinch hit in the first two games of the series, before starting game three in left field. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles against the Matadors.
• Iowa posted six Quad 1 wins and six Quad 2 victories in 2018-19.
• Iowa won 21 games in the regular season, matching the highest total in 13 seasons (2015 and 2016).
• Iowa recorded its first regular season sweep over Indiana since the 2010-11 season.
• Riley Till and Michael Baer earned 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 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.
• 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 posted back-to-back wins over Michigan and Indiana for the first time since 2007.
• 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 86-21 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. The Hawkeyes went a perfect 8-0 against nonleague opponents in 2018-19.
• Iowa made a school record with 19 3-pointers made versus Savannah State on Dec. 22.
• 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 UNI 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 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 has guided Iowa to upper division finishes in the Big Ten in six of the last seven seasons. McCaffery has accumulated 18 first division finishes in 23 years as a head coach.
NUNGE, FREDRICK TO REDSHIRT
Sophomore forward Jack Nunge and freshman guard CJ Fredrick redshirted the 2018-19 season. Nunge, one of seven forwards on the 2018-19 roster, saw action in all 33 games as a freshman, 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 has played 2,808 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,649-1,157 (.587). Iowa’s 1,649 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,053-370 (.740) record in home games, a 590-786 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 776-788 (.496) mark in Big Ten games and a 458-144 (.761) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
The Hawkeyes went 5-7 against ranked teams in 2018-19, beating No. 13 Oregon, No. 24 Nebraska, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, and No. 22 Cincinnati. Iowa lost to No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 10 Michigan State, No. 6 Michigan State, No. 24 Maryland, No. 21 Wisconsin, No. 10 Michigan, and No. 6 Tennessee.
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.
PEMSL HAS SEASON ENDING SURGERY
Junior Cordell Pemsl underwent season-ending surgery on Dec. 18. Pemsl will apply for a medical hardship waiver this spring.
“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 in 2018-19, playing 13 minutes against UMKC (Nov. 8) and 18 minutes versus Iowa State (Dec. 6).
The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has played in 68 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
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).