Game Notes: Iowa vs. Cincinnati

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IOWA (8-3, 1-1) vs. CINCINNATI (7-4, 0-0)
 DATE  Saturday, Dec. 21 | 8:10 p.m. CT
 LOCATION  Chicago, Illinois | United Center
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THE SETTING
Iowa (8-3, 1-1) will play a neutral site contest against Cincinnati (7-4, 0-0) on Saturday in the Chicago Legends event. Tipoff is set for approximately 8:05 p.m. (CT) at the United Center. The Iowa-Cincinnati game is the nightcap of a college basketball doubleheader, with Dayton challenging Colorado in the first contest (5:30 p.m.).

ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. 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: Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on BTN. Brian Anderson and Shon Morris will call the action.

RONNIE LESTER TO BE HONORED IN CHICAGO
Chicago Legends is a college basketball doubleheader that celebrates the history and tradition of Chicago basketball. Each team will have a legend who exemplified greatness for the game of basketball honored with an on-court presentation. 
    Iowa’s representative is Ronnie Lester, who was an All-American at Iowa, leading the Hawkeyes to the 1980 NCAA Final Four. He was also a six-year NBA veteran, NBA Champion and Gold Medalist for Team USA during the 1979 Pan-American Games.
    Other legends to be honored include Roosevelt Chapman (Dayton), Corie Blount (Cincinnati), and Donnie Boyce (Colorado). A news conference with all four honorees will take place on Friday, Dec. 20 (5 p.m. CT), at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (151 E. Wacker Drive).

CHICAGO LEGENDS STORYLINES
•    Iowa scored on nine of its final 10 possessions in a 79-72 win over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, this past March.
•    Luka Garza made history becoming the first Hawkeye in program history to be recognized as the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his efforts in road games at Syracuse and No. 4 Michigan. Garza averaged 33.5 points, shooting 55 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line, and 8.5 rebounds. 
•    Iowa split a pair of games at the United Center a season ago, beating Illinois (83-62) and losing to No. 10 Michigan (74-53) at the Big Ten Tournament.
•    Saturday will be Iowa’s sixth game away from Iowa City in seven games. In fact, Iowa will only play one more home game (Dec. 29) between now and Jan. 10, 2020.
•    Garza ranks fourth in the country in player efficiency ratings (36.47) and is sixth nationally in points per 40 minutes played (29.8). He reached the 1,000-point threshold with a free throw in the first half at Michigan (Dec. 6). Garza finished the contest with 44 points, the most points scored by an Iowa big man in program history and most by a visiting player in Crisler Center history, second only to Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich.
•    Jordan Bohannon had eason-ending hip surgery Thursday morning. Bohannon played in 10 games, averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.
•    Iowa ranks third in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), is 11th in assists (17.5) and tied for 15th in fewest turnovers per game (11.1).
•    Iowa’s three defeats have come to teams with a combined 29-4 record (DePaul, San Diego State, Michigan).
•    Iowa has won three games away from home the last three weeks, beating Texas Tech in Las Vegas and registering true road victories at Syracuse and Iowa State.
•    Connor McCaffery has 41 assists and only nine turnovers, tops in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.3).
•     Iowa has led the Big Ten in scoring offense two of the last six years, including last season.
•    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).
•    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.

HAWKEYES OVERWHELM CYCLONES IN AMES
Iowa led by as many as 25 points in an 84-68 win over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
•    Iowa snapped Iowa State’s eight-game win streak over the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum. Last Thursday’s win is Iowa’s first over the Cyclones in Ames since March 21, 2003.
•    Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Luka Garza (21), Joe Wieskamp (13), Jordan Bohannon (12), Connor McCaffery (12), and CJ Fredrick (11).
•    Luka Garza posted his sixth double-double of the season – second straight — and 12th of his career (21 points and 11 rebounds). Garza topped 20 points for the seventh time this season and 19th time in his career.
•    Six different players accounted for Iowa’s 10 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes made six more triples than the Cyclones and made 14 more free throws. Iowa was an efficient 18-of-20 (.900) from the foul line for the second time this season (San Diego State).
•    Iowa opened the game on a 14-4 run and went on a 21-6 scoring surge in the second half when Iowa State closed to within seven points.

BUILT GARZA TOUGH
Luka Garza’s toughness has been on display in every game this season, but none more so than the Texas Tech and Iowa State games. Garza got popped in the mouth during the second half against Texas Tech, went back to the locker room to receive four stitches, and returned to the court down the stretch to lead the Hawkeyes to victory. Last week, he got hit by an elbow fighting for a rebound, ehich jarred one of his front teeth loose.
    Garza leads the Big Ten in scoring, ranks fourth in the country in player efficiency ratings (36.47) and is sixth nationally in points per 40 minutes played (29.8).

BOHANNON UNDERGOES SEASON-ENDING SURGERY
Senior guard Jordan Bohannon underwent season-ending hip surgery (left) Thursday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Recovery from this procedure is typically 6-9 months.
    Bohannon had the same procedure successfully performed on his right hip this past May and played in 10 games this season (8.8 ppg and 3.3 apg). During the course of the last couple months, pain developed in his left hip that ultimately resulted in the decision for additional surgery. 
    A third-team All-Big Ten performer last season, Bohannon was credited with a team-best 118 assists, becoming just the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons. The native of Marion, Iowa, is one of 10 Division I basketball players since 1992, to total at least 79 3-pointers and 118 assists in each of his first three seasons. As a junior, Bohannon ranked third on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and led the Big Ten in free throw accuracy during league play. Bohannon is Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (284). Last season, Bohannon netted 85 points over the final two minutes of regulation and two minutes of overtime to rank among the nation’s best.
    Bohannon became the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner, B.J. Armstrong, Andre Woolridge, Mike Gesell, Devyn Marble).

BOHANNON JOINS 1,000-POINT/500-ASSIST CLUB
Jordan Bohannon dished out 10 assists in Iowa’s 20-point win over Minnesota (Dec. 9). His 10 assists pushed the senior over 500 career assists to become one of six Hawkeyes in program history with 1,000 points and 500 assists. The other five Hawkeyes in the exclusive club includes B.J. Armstrong, Dean Oliver, Andre Woolridge, Jeff Horner, and Mike Gesell.
    Bohannon is Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 284 3-pointers; Ohio State’s Jon Diebler (2008-11) is the Big Ten all-time leader in triples made (374).

SCOUTING CINCINNATI
•    Cincinnati won its last game, 78-66, over No. 21 Tennessee this past Wednesday night at home. The Bearcats had a very balanced offensive attack with seven players score between nine and 15 points. Tre Scott paced Cincinnati with 15 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort. The Bearcats outrebounded the Volunteers by 12 (32-21).
•    Five of the Bearcats’ seven wins have come at home with the other two victories coming on a neutral court at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
•    Four Bearcats average double figures in scoring: Keith Williams (13.0); Jarron Cumberland (12.8); Chris Vogt (12.7); and Jaevi Cumberland (11.5). Tre Scott leads the squad in rebounding (9.1) and is fifth in scoring (8.9).
•    Cincinnati ranks 23rd in the country in free throw attempts (258), and 38th in both defensive rebounds per game (29.0) and free throws made (171). Chris Vogt ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage (.692).
•    Jarron Cumberland is Cincinnati’s main 3-point threat, making 2.5 per game.
•    John Brannen is in his first season as head coach at Cincinnati. Brannen previously spent four seasons as the head coach for the Northern Kentucky University.

ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Cincinnati holds a 6-3 advantage in the series, with the most recent meeting being a 79-72 Hawkeye win in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Four of the nine meetings have taken place at neutral sites, including the last three contests. Iowa is 1-3 in games in Cincinnati, 2-2 in the neutral site games, and 0-1 in the only meeting in Iowa City.

LAST MEETING
Iowa upended seven-seeded and 22nd-ranked Cincinnati (79-72) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on March 22, 2019. 
•    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.
•    Iowa made 11 3-pointers (11-of-22, .500), while Cincinnati made six (6-of-27, .431).
•    Cincinnati was led by Jarron Cumberland’s 18 points and four assists, while Tre Scott had 10 points and seven rebounds.
•    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).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN…
Over the next six weeks, Iowa will play games in three different time zones, seven different states, and travel 8,362 total miles. 
    Iowa is in the middle of a stretch playing eight of 10 games away from Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will play six of seven contests against teams who finished in the Top 100 of the NCAA NET Ranking a year ago from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21 (Texas Tech, Syracuse, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Cincinnati).

GARZA NAMED NATIONAL, BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Luka Garza made history by becoming the first Hawkeye in program history to earn the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (Dec. 10) accolade for his efforts in road games at Syracuse and Michigan. The national honor is voted upon by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Garza was also named Big Ten Player of the Week.
    Garza averaged 33.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in road games at Syracuse and No. 4 Michigan. He reached 1,000 career points in the process of amassing a career-high 44 points in Ann Arbor — the most points scored in a game by an Iowa big man, third most in program history, most by an opposing player in Crisler Center history behind only Rudy Tomjanovich’s 48 points versus Indiana in 1969, and the most points scored by a Hawkeye since guard John Johnson poured in a school-record 49 points against Northwestern in 1970.
    Garza’s 44 points are believed to be the most in a game by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 against Kansas on March 24, 1994. Garza made 17 field goals versus Michigan, tying Bruce King (vs. Michigan on Jan. 31, 1976) for third most in a game in Iowa history. His 32 attempts tie three others (Fred Brown, Murray Wier and Charles Darling) for fourth most in a game in Iowa history. 
    Garza led Iowa to a Big Ten/ACC Challenge victory at Syracuse (68-54). The native of Washington, D.C., posted game bests in scoring (23) and rebounding (9).
    Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player. 

GETTING TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Iowa has earned 244 free throw attempts through 11 games. Iowa’s 22.2 average ranks 51st in the country. The Hawkeyes have made more free throws (181) than their opponents (160) have attempted (+21). Connor McCaffery ranks third in the conference individually, making 90.3 percent of his attempts (28-of-31).

VALUING THE BASKETBALL
Iowa has three of the top players ranked in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio: Connor McCaffery (1st, 4.3); Jordan Bohannon (2nd, 3.0); CJ Fredrick (T-3rd, 2.7).

LUKA GARZA MAKES HISTORY
•    Luka Garza became the 49th Hawkeye to score No. 1,000 points, reaching the 1,000-point milestone after netting a career-high 44 points against the Wolverines on Dec. 6. Garza’s 44 points are the most by an Iowa big man, third most in a single-game in program history, and are the most scored by a Hawkeye in a single-game since guard John Johnson poured in a school-record 49 points against Northwestern on Feb. 24, 1970. 
•    Garza’s 44 points are the most scored by a visiting player in Crisler Center history, besting Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson’s 39 points on Jan. 8, 1987. The 44-point outburst is the second highest scoring output by any player in Crisler Center history (48 by Rudy Tomjanovich vs. Indiana on Jan. 7, 1969).
•    Garza’s 44 points are believed to be the most in a game by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 against Kansas on March 24, 1994.
•    Garza made 17 field goals, tying Bruce King (vs. Michigan on Jan. 31, 1976) for third most in a game in Iowa history. Garza’s 32 attempts tie three others (Fred Brown, Murray Wier and Charles Darling) for fourth most in Iowa history.
•    Garza’s 27 first-half points are the most by a Hawkeye in a half since Jarrod Uthoff had 30 at Iowa State (Dec. 10, 2015).
•    Garza scored all 44 of his points against the Wolverines at the free throw line and inside the 3-point arc. Garza is the first Big Ten player to score 40 points or more without making a 3-pointer since Jared Sullinger tallied 40 points without a triple against IUPUI in 2010.

GARZA PRODUCING BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
Luka Garza has been Iowa’s bell cow the first 11 games. The junior is producing both inside and out, ranking second on the squad in 3-point percentage (.423, 11-of-26) and is third in field goal efficiency (.551, 97-of-176). 
    Garza’s 246 points are the most by a Hawkeye after the first 11 games of the season since Peter Jok’s 259 in 2016-17.
    Garza leads the team in 10 statistical categories: scoring (22.4), rebounding (9.9), double-doubles (6), offensive rebounding (3.9), defensive rebounding (6.0), blocked shots (1.3), field goals made (97) and attempted (176), free throws made (41) and attempted (62).
    The native of Washington, D.C., leads the Big Ten in scoring (22.4 ppg), tied for second in double-doubles (6), and is fifth in rebounding (9.9 rpg). 
    Garza has scored 25 points or more in three games (44 at Michigan; 30 vs. Oral Roberts; 29 vs. North Florida) and has controlled eight rebounds or more in all 11 contests in 2019-20.
    Garza has grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in three games this season (SIUE, North Florida, and Texas Tech). 
    Garza registered 30 points and 10 rebounds against Oral Roberts, becoming the first Hawkeye since Peter Jok in 2016 to total at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game.

McCAFFERY’S JOIN LIST OF BROTHERS ON SAME TEAM
Redshirt sophomore Connor McCaffery and freshman Patrick McCaffery are one of 16 brothers nationally who are playing on the same Division I team this season. The McCaffery’s at Iowa join brothers playing at Oklahoma State, Ohio, Northwestern State, Vermont, Pepperdine, Eastern Washington, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Maryland, Coppin State, Boston College, Robert Morris, Ohio State, SIUE, and The Citadel.
    Iowa is one of 13 father/coach and son/player duos in Division I in 2019-20 (Cal Poly, Central Connecticut State, Davidson, Detroit Mercy, Illinois, Oregon State, Portland, Syracuse, Texas Southern, UT Martin, Utah, and Wright State. Of the 13 schools, the McCaffery’s are the only program with a father/coach and two sons on the roster.

NUNGE SUFFERS TORN ACL
University of Iowa men’s basketball sophomore Jack Nunge suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his right knee on Nov. 24, against Cal Poly. The injury occurred late in the first half as Nunge was driving to the basket. Nunge is scheduled for surgery in mid-December.
    “All of us feel for Jack,” said McCaffery. “This is an unfortunate setback for a young man who spent countless hours in the gym and weight room last year preparing for this season. Jack has the full support of his teammates and coaches during his recovery.”
    Nunge (6-foot-11, 245 pounds) started Iowa’s first five games, averaging six points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. The native of Newburgh, Indiana, redshirted last season.

GET TO KNOW THE NAME — CJ FREDRICK
Redshirt freshman CJ Fredrick has made an impact on this team, just 10 games into his collegiate career. Fredrick was named to the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 13 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 rebounds. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, did not play at Syracuse (Dec. 3) due to a sore left quad, however returned to the starting lineup in Iowa’s last three outings, scoring 11 points in Iowa’s win at Iowa State (Dec. 12).
    Fredrick is third on the team in scoring (10.5) and ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point accuracy (.514, 18-of-35), is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), and 10th in field goal percentage (.567, 38-of-67).
    Fredrick led Iowa in scoring in three games (DePaul, Cal Poly, and San Diego State).

2 HAWKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
Junior Luka Garza and sophomore Joe Wieskamp have been named to preseason watch lists. 
    Garza is one of 20 players named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List. The honor recognizes the top center in college basketball. Garza has been a force over the first six weeks of the 2019-20 season, leading the Big Ten in scoring (22.4), and scoring his 1,000th career point in a 44-point effort at No. 4/5 Michigan (Dec. 6). The 44 points are the most by an Iowa big man in program history and ranks third most in school history (49 and 46 points by John Johnson).
    Wieskamp is one of 20 players named to the Jerry West Award Watch List. The honor recognizes the top shooting guard in men’s college basketball. Wieskamp was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team last season. Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (12.0) and rebounding (5.6).
    Both lists will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then five finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Abdul-Jabbar and West and the selection committees.

FRESHMAN GAINING CONFIDENCE
Freshman Joe Toussaint is gaining confidence with each game played. The native of New York is Iowa’s leading scorer off the bench (6.7) and is fourth in assists (2.3).
    Against North Florida, Toussaint shined, scoring seven of his 10 points and dishing out three of his four assists in highlight fashion over the final 20 minutes. The native of Bronx, New York, equaled a personal best with 13 points, including sinking all nine free throw attempts, against San Diego State in Las Vegas on Nov. 29.

WIESKAMP NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
Sophomore shooting guard Joe Wieskamp is one of 10 men’s basketball players selected to the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big Ten team as selected by a media voting panel. 
    Wieskamp was named to the five-player All-Big Ten Freshman Team a season ago, leading the team the team and finishing second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.424, 59-of-139). He ranked third on the team in scoring (11.1) and steals (32), and second in rebounding (4.9). The Muscatine, Iowa, native joins Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois and Maryland’s Jalen Smith as the only underclassmen recognized on the 10-player team. Wieskamp is the third Hawkeye in the last five seasons to be named Preseason All-Big Ten (Peter Jok, 2016; Jarrod Uthoff, 2015).

GARZA JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Luka Garza has put up numbers that few Hawkeyes have done through their sophomore season. Garza joins Aaron White, Jess Settles, and Tyler Cook 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.

SAMPLING OF IOWA WINS BY COACH McCAFFERY ON THE ROAD
In 10 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Fran McCaffery has led the Hawkeyes to wins at a number of visiting arenas. Below is a sample of some of the arenas Iowa has posted wins under coach McCaffery.
•    All 13 visiting arenas in the Big Ten
•    Carrier Dome (Syracuse)
•    Hilton Coliseum (Iowa State) 
•    United Center (Big Ten Tournament)
•    Madison Square Garden (multiple times)
•    Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Big Ten Tournament)
•    Barclays Center (NCAA Tournament)
•    KeyArena (NCAA Tournament)
•    Dean Dome (North Carolina)
•    John Paul Jones Arena (Virginia)

RYAN KRIENER TAKES THE NEXT STEP
Ryan Kriener registered single-season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior last year. 
    The native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, is off to a good start in 2019-20 ranking second off the bench in scoring (6.3) and fourth overall in rebounding (4.4). He is second on the team in field goal accuracy, making 26 of his 46 attempts (.565) and is 15-of-21 (.714) from the charity stripe. 

McCAFFERY’S JOIN LIST OF BROTHERS ON SAME TEAM
Redshirt sophomore Connor McCaffery and freshman Patrick McCaffery are one of 16 brothers nationally who are playing on the same Division I team this season. The McCaffery’s at Iowa join brothers playing at Oklahoma State, Ohio, Northwestern State, Vermont, Pepperdine, Eastern Washington, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Maryland, Coppin State, Boston College, Robert Morris, Ohio State, SIUE, and The Citadel.
    Iowa is one of 13 father/coach and son/player duos in Division I in 2019-20 (Cal Poly, Central Connecticut State, Davidson, Detroit Mercy, Illinois, Oregon State, Portland, Syracuse, Texas Southern, UT Martin, Utah, and Wright State. Of the 13 schools, the McCaffery’s are the only program with a father/coach and two sons on the roster.

3 HAWKEYES RETURN AFTER REDSHIRT YEAR
Forwards Jack Nunge and Cordell Pemsl, along with guard CJ Fredrick are on this season’s roster after redshirting a year ago.
    Nunge 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). However, Nunge will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in Iowa’s fifth contest of the season. Pemsl played in two nonconference games before undergoing a procedure to remove hardware near his knee last December. He has played in 68 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
    Fredrick was the 2018 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year at Covington Catholic High School.
    Joining the three redshirts on the roster this season will be newcomers: Bakari Evelyn, Joe Toussaint, Patrick McCaffery, and Aidan Vanderloo. Evelyn is a graduate transfer from Valparaiso, while Toussaint, McCaffery and Vanderloo (walk-on) are true freshmen.

IOWA HISTORY
Iowa has played 2,819 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,657-1,160 (.588). Iowa’s 1,657 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,058-371 (.740) record in home games, a 593-788 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 777-789 (.496) mark in Big Ten games and a 463-145 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

2019-20 SCHEDULE NOTES
•     Iowa will play 14 games against teams who finished in the Top 50 of the NCAA NET Rankings last season. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes will play six of seven games against teams who finished in the Top 100 of the NCAA NET Ranking a year ago from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21 (Texas Tech, Syracuse, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa State, Cincinnati).
•     Iowa will play games in three different time zones and ten states, including games in Las Vegas, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and New York.
•     From Nov. 28-Jan. 4, the Hawkeyes will travel 8,362 total miles (Las Vegas, Syracuse, Ann Arbor, Ames, Chicago, Philadelphia).
•     Iowa will visit the Palestra in Philadelphia on Jan. 4, for a Big Ten game against Penn State. It will mark the Hawkeyes’ first visit to the historic building since 1961. Fran McCaffery played inside the Palestra for three years while a guard at Penn (1980-82).
•     Iowa will play three straight Big Ten home games for the first time since 2003. The Hawkeyes will host Michigan on Jan. 17; Rutgers on Jan. 22; Wisconsin on Jan. 27.
•     Iowa will host nine weekend home games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including five Big Ten games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

PATRICK McCAFFERY GRANTED #22
Patrick McCaffery has been granted uniform No. 22 to wear by All-American Bill Seaberg (1954-56) in honor of his friend Austin “Flash” Schroeder, who passed away in 2015.
    McCaffery started wearing No. 22 when his father was the coach at Siena and it was the number of his favorite Siena player, Ryan Rossiter. McCaffery has worn that number for each team he has played for at every level. It also was the number that Schroeder wore in baseball.
    Cancer touched both of their lives. McCaffery had surgery on March 19, 2014, to remove a tumor on his thyroid. On that same day, while on a family spring break trip to Mexico, Austin discovered a large lump in his groin. Two days after Patrick’s surgery, doctors informed his family that the tumor was malignant. A second surgery was scheduled in April. That month, Schroeder started chemotherapy for T-Cell lymphoma. Schroeder was 15 when he passed away on April 28, 2015. 
    Seaberg’s No. 22 hasn’t appeared for 63 seasons and 1,845 games. McCaffery wrote Seaberg a letter, explaining what No. 22 means to him. Seaberg agreed to let McCaffery wear it, with the stipulation that it return to retired status after McCaffery’s playing career ends at Iowa.
    McCaffery played in Iowa’s first two games, however has missed the last six contests.

HAWKEYE FASTBREAKS
•     Luka Garza and CJ Fredrick were named to the 2019 Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team.
•    Iowa played in front of its fourth largest crowd for a regular season game on Dec. 3, at Syracuse (20,844). 
•    Iowa finished runners-up at the Las Vegas Invitational, beating No. 12 Texas Tech in the semifinals and falling to undefeated San Diego State in the championship game.
•    Jordan Bohannon dished out a season-high 10 assists (zero turnovers) against Minnesota (Dec. 9), marking the seventh time in his career that the senior was credited with 10 assists or more. 
•    Luka Garza netted a career-high 30 points, bolstered by sinking 12 field goals against Oral Roberts (Nov. 15). The 12 field goals made ties four former Hawkeyes for most in a single-game in the Fran McCaffery era (Peter Jok, Jarrod Uthoff, Matt Gatens, and Isaiah Moss). Garza is the seventh Hawkeye to score 30 or more points in a single game in the McCaffery era. Garza is the first Hawkeye to total 29 or more points in back-to-back games (Oral Roberts, North Florida) since Matt Gatens in 2011-12.
•     Iowa held the Minnesota to 52 points on Dec. 9, the fewest in the series since 2007 (49).
•    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 netted a career-high 30 points, making 12 field goals, including two 3-pointers, and four free throws. The 12 field goals made ties four former Hawkeyes for most in a single-game in the Fran McCaffery era (Peter Jok, Jarrod Uthoff, Matt Gatens, and Isaiah Moss). Garza is the seventh Hawkeye to score 30 or more points in a single game in the McCaffery era.
•     Iowa won 21 games in the 2018-19 regular season, matching the highest total in 13 seasons (2015 and 2016).
•     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 won its last three NCAA Tournament first round games (2015 vs. Davidson; 2016 vs. Temple; and 2019 vs. Cincinnati).
•    Riley Till and Michael Baer earned Dean’s List recognition for their academic achievements in the Fall of 2018.
•    Iowa has won 63 of its last 68 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012. 
•    Iowa is 91-22 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 10 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 75-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 10 years.
•    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.

LUTE OLSON ENSHRINED IN HALL OF FAME
Former Iowa head men’s basketball coach Lute Olson was enshrined in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Nov. 24. Olson coached Iowa for nine seasons (1974-83), taking the Hawkeyes to five straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 1980 Final Four. He left as the Hawkeyes’ winningest coach — his 165 wins now rank third most in school history. Olson was instrumental in the vision and construction of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which opened on Jan. 5, 1983. Olson went on to coach at the University of Arizona for 25 years (1983-2008).

FRAN McCAFFERY SIGNS FIRST GRAD TRANSFER
Fran McCaffery is in his 10th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes and signed his first graduate transfer this past July. Bakari Evelyn, a native of Detroit, played the previous two seasons at Valparaiso (2017-18) and his freshman year at Nebraska (2016). 
    Last season at Valparaiso, Evelyn tied for first on the team in 3-pointers made (48), ranked second in assists (68) and fifth in scoring (8.4 ppg). He led the team in steals and assists in six games, and scoring three times. 
     As a sophomore, Evelyn was a Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team selection and was named co-MVP of the Savannah Invitational. He was the only Crusader to start all 32 games, ranking second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and first in assists (93). 
    Evelyn saw limited action in 18 games as a freshman at Nebraska.

RECENT GRADUATES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL
A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Jarrod Uthoff (NBA G League: Memphis Hustle), Nicholas Baer (NBA G League; Raptors 905), Tyler Cook (NBA; Cleveland Cavaliers), Devyn Marble (NBA G League; Santa Cruz Warriors), Adam Woodbury (NBA G League: Grand Rapids Drive), Anthony Clemmons (Monaco), Gabriel Olaseni (Turkey), Melsahn Basabe (Slovakia), Peter Jok (France), and Aaron White (Italy).

McCAFFERY RECORDS WIN NO. 20
Last season, 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.

ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will host its final nonconference game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 29, when the Hawkeyes entertain Kennesaw State. Tipoff is set for 3:05 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are available for purchase at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.

 

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