|OPPONENT||Iowa State at #3 Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)|
|DATE||Friday, Dec. 11, 2020|
|TIPOFF||8:07 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 3 Iowa (4-0) will conclude its five-game homestand this weekend with games against instate rival Iowa State (1-1) and Northern Illinois (0-4). Tipoff for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Game is set for 8:07 p.m. (CT) on Friday, while Iowa’s contest against the Huskies will start at 1:01 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Due to the pandemic, there will be no general admission admittance for this game.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK GAME STORYLINES
• The Hawkeyes improved to 4-1 all-time against North Carolina after its 93-80 win over the Tar Heels on Tuesday in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight ACC/Challenge games and four straight Challenge home games.
• Iowa opened its season with 93+ points in each of its first four games for the first time in program history.
• The Hawkeyes are playing three games in six days this week (North Carolina; ISU; NIU).
• Jordan Bohannon has been on three teams that have recorded wins over Iowa State. The redshirt senior is looking to become the fourth Hawkeye ever to win four times over the Cyclones (Kevin Boyle; Bob Hansen; Mark Gannon).
• Iowa has won 17 of its last 18 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won 68 of its last 73 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Jordan Bohannon led all scorers with 24 points in Tuesday’s game versus North Carolina. Prior to Tuesday, Luka Garza had led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 17 of the last 18 games, dating back to Jan. 14, 2020.
• The Hawkeyes sank 17 3-pointers in Tuesday’s win over the Tar Heels. The 17 triples were two shy of a school record (19 against Savannah State on Dec. 22, 2018).
• Luka Garza is averaging a double-double (29.5 ppg & 10.8 rpg). His 29.5 points per game is tops in the country. Garza has scored 336 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• Luka Garza’s streak of scoring 20+ points ended in Iowa’s last outing against No. 16 North Carolina. His streak of 19 straight tied N.C. State’s T.J. Warren (2013-14) for the longest streak by a major conference player over the last 20 seasons.
• Iowa is the only school from a major conference to have two players shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range (minimum 10 made): Joe Wieskamp (.579, 11-of-19) and CJ Fredrick (.588, 10-of-17).
• Assistant Coach Billy Taylor was named on Monday to the class of 2021 for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
• Luka Garza is 18 points from surpassing Devyn Marble for sixth in Iowa career scoring.
• All-American Luka Garza scored 30 points or more in the first half twice this season (Southern; Western Illinois).
• Iowa returns a large percentage of its production: scoring (81%), rebounding (76%), assists (77%), steals (83%), and blocks (67%). Iowa is one of eight schools from Power 5 conferences to have at least 65 percent of its production return from the previous season.
• Head Coach Fran McCaffery, who is in his 25th season as a head coach, is one victory from his 450th career victory and two wins from victory No. 200 as Iowa’s head coach.
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: Friday’s game will be televised on BTN. Jeff Levering and Robbie Hummel will call the action.
FAN CUTOUTS AVAILABLE FOR CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Four options of fan cutouts are available for purchase for its basketball and wrestling arena. Prices are $35 for students, $50 for season ticket holders and $70 for fans who are not season ticket holders. For $250, fans may purchase a cutout that will be signed by head coaches Tom Brands, Lisa Bluder or Fran McCaffery after the season and returned via mail.
Twenty percent of revenue from the cutouts will go toward University of Iowa Dance Marathon, the remainder of the profits will support the I-Club General Scholarship Fund for all student-athletes. To purchase a fan cutout, go to hawkeyesports.com/fancutouts.
HAWKEYES SHOOT DOWN NORTH CAROLINA
Iowa made a season-high 17 3-pointers in a 93-80 triumph over No. 16 North Carolina Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Iowa City.
• Trailing 68-67, Iowa used a 14-0 run — that spanned 2:33 — to rebuild a double digit advantage with 6:57 remaining.
• Luka Garza recorded his 23rd career double-double, totaling 16 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks. His totals moved him past Ronnie Lester for seventh all-time in Iowa scoring.
• Iowa started the contest making seven of its first nine 3-point attempts. Iowa’s 17 triples are the most by any team in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge event. Additional, the 17 3-pointers tie for the third most ever against the Tar Heels.
• Iowa has won its last four ACC/Big Ten Challenge home games: Notre Dame (2013), Florida State (2015), Pitt (2018), and North Carolina.
• Jordan Bohannon tallied a season-high 24 points, moving into Iowa’s top 20 in career scoring. The senior drained a season-best seven triples — one shy of a career best — which tied for second most by any player in the 21-year history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.J. Armstrong for fifth in Iowa career assists.
• Joe Wieskamp had himself a night, registering season highs in scoring (19), rebounds (9) and 3-pointers (5) and a career high in assists (5).
• CJ Fredrick netted a season-high 21 points and tied a personal best with five 3-pointers.
Three Hawkeyes sank five or more 3-pointers in Tuesday’s victory over No. 16 North Carolina: Jordan Bohannon (7), CJ Fredrick (5), and Joe Wieskamp (5). It was the first time in UNC history that three opponent players made five or more triples in a game. It is also the only time in the last 25 years that three teammates (on any team) have made 5+ threes apiece in regulation against an AP Top 25 opponent.
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Garza scored 44 points at Michigan (Dec. 7, 2019) and 41 points versus Southern University (Nov. 27, 2020). He is one of two players in program history to score 40 points or more in two games in a career (John Johnson, 49 and 46).
• He tallied 102 points in three games; that is the most points by any Division I player over his first 3 games of a season since Davidson’s Stephen Curry had 106 in 2008-09.
• Garza is the only Division I player in the last 25 years to score 100+ points on 75.0 percent shooting over any 3-game span. The last NBA player to accomplish that over a 3-game span was Shaquille O’Neal in January, 1996.
• Torched Southern University for 41 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks. Garza netted 36 first-half points, which is believed to be the most points scored by a Hawkeye in a half in program history. In the first half, Garza made all 12 field-goal attempts and was 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
• His 41 points are the most points scored by a Hawkeye in a single-game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history (1983), besting 36 scored by Adam Haluska (2006) and Rob Griffin (2000). The arena record is 45 points by Brian Quinnett of Washington State in a neutral site contest contested against Loyola Marymount (1986).
• Finished the Southern University contest with a .933 field goal percentage (14-of-15), including a perfect 1.000 (3-of-3) from 3-point range, which is the best single-game mark by a Big Ten player since 1984 (Minnesota’s Tommy Davis, 15-of-16, at Indiana).
• Posted his third double-double of the season and 23rd of his career with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and a season-high four blocks against No. 16 North Carolina.
VALUING THE BASKETBALL
Three of Iowa’s guards have outstanding assist-to-turnover numbers through three games. Connor McCaffery, who led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio last season, has a 5.67 ratio (17 assists, 3 turnovers). CJ Fredrick has a 4.3 ratio (13 assists, 3 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon has a 2.8 ratio (20 assists, 7 turnovers).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Iowa holds a 46-27 advantage in the Iowa State series. Iowa has won three of the last four meetings. The Hawkeyes snapped an eight-game losing skid in Hilton Coliseum a year ago, posting an 84-68 win in Ames. The home team has won 14 of the last 17 in the series, dating back to 2004, with the Cyclones winning in Iowa City in 2010 and 2015 and the Hawkeyes winning in Ames in 2019. Iowa holds a 29-7 edge in games played at Iowa City, with the Hawkeyes winning six of the last eight meetings in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa is 7-0 all-time against Northern Illinois, including an unblemished 6-0 in games contested in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting between the two teams, 70-49, on Nov. 26, 2014.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
• Iowa State dropped its last contest, 71-68, to South Dakota State on Dec. 2. The Cyclones were scheduled to host DePaul on Dec. 6, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols inside the DePaul program.
• In their last outing, the Jackrabbits (9) sank five more triples than Iowa State (4). The Cyclones made just four of their 23 3-point attempts (.174). Four Cyclone starters scored in double figures, led by redshirt senior Solomon Young’s 24 points.
• Four Cyclones average in double figures in scoring: Jalen Coleman-Lands (14.5), Solomon Young (13.0), Rasir Bolton (13.0), and Javan Johnson (10.5).
• More than half of Iowa State’s roster is comprised of upperclassmen: freshmen (4), sophomores (2), juniors (8), and seniors (2).
• Jalen Coleman-Lands has played against the Hawkeyes five previous times on two previous teams (Illinois and DePaul). Coleman-Lands netted double figures in four of the five contests, including scoring 17 points and sinking five 3-pointers in three of those games. He has made 20-of-43 (.465) from long distance in games against Iowa.
• The Cyclones have been to seven NCAA Tournaments in the last nine seasons.
• Steve Prohm is in his sixth season as head coach of Iowa State. Prohm has won 96 games as the Cyclones’ head coach and 200 overall in his ten seasons as a college head coach.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
• Hailing from the Mid-American Conference, Northern Illinois is 0-4 to begin the season. Last time out, the Huskies fell in their conference opener (79-70) in overtime against Ball State at home. Last season, NIU was 18-13 overall and 11-7 in league play, and captured a MAC West division title last season.
• NIU is led by returning starters and juniors, Trendon Hankerson (13.3 ppg) and Darius Beane (13.8 ppg). Sophomore Tyler Cochran (14 ppg) is the third Huskie to average double digits.
• The Huskies have only one player who has made more than three 3-pointers this season, Trendon Hankerson (10-of-25, .400). As a team, NIU is shooting 28 percent from long distance (17-of-61).
• The Huskies have no freshmen on their 15-player roster; there are three seniors, eight juniors, and four sophomores.
• Sunday will be NIU’s second road game of the season. The Huskies lost by 30 points at Pittsburgh on Dec. 5 (89-59).
• The Huskies are coached by Mark Montgomery, who is in his 10th season at NIU. He owns a 123-167 career record. His 123 wins are the third most in school history.
LAST MEETING VERSUS IOWA STATE
Iowa led by as many as 25 points in an 84-68 win over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Dec. 12, 2019.
• Iowa snapped Iowa State’s eight-game win streak over the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum. It was Iowa’s first win 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).
• 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.
• 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.
LAST MEETING VERSUS NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Iowa posted a 70-49 win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 26, 2014.
• Iowa blocked 12 shots, one shy of the school record of 13 set against Illinois in 2013. Jarrod Uthoff denied a career-best five shots, while Gabriel Olaseni rejected four shots.
• The Hawkeyes forced 17 turnovers and converted those miscues into 22 points.
• Iowa outscored Northern Illinois, 11-0, in fast break points.
• Aaron White tallied 10 of his 14 points in the first half. Adam Woodbury netted 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
• Iowa shot 79 percent from the free throw line, sinking 15 of its 19 attempts. Anthony Clemmons was 6-of-7 from the foul line.
• Iowa’s bench produced 28 points, 19 of which came from Josh Oglesby (nine) and Olaseni (10).
IN THE RANKINGS
• The last time the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll was Jan. 25, 2016.
• Iowa’s No. 5 preseason ranking is its highest preseason position in 65 years (No. 4 in the 1955-56 preseason poll). This marks the eighth time in program history that Iowa is ranked in the AP Preseason Top 10: No. 4 in 1954-55, No. 4 in 1955-56, No. 9 in 1981-82, No. 7 in 1983-84, No. 7 in 1988-89, No. 8 in 1995-96, and No. 9 in 2001-02. Iowa last started a season ranked in the AP Poll 15 seasons ago (No. 20 in 2005-06).
• Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, led by No. 3 Iowa. Michigan State is No. 4, followed by No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 21 Rutgers, and No. 22 Ohio State.
IOWA HAD 4 BIG TEN STAT CHAMPIONS IN 2019-20
The Hawkeyes had four different players lead the conference in four major statistical categories. Luka Garza was first in points per game (23.9), Joe Wieskamp led all players in free throw accuracy (.856), CJ Fredrick was tops in 3-point field goal percentage (.461), while Connor McCaffery led the league and nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.6).
All four return in 2020-21, along with redshirt senior Jordan Bohannon, who is Iowa’s all-time 3-point leader.
Iowa has had a student-athlete lead the Big Ten in free throw percentage (league games only) each of the past three seasons. Jordan Bohannon led the conference in 2018 (.949) and 2019 (.901), while Joe Wieskamp was first in 2020 (.874).
GARZA RETURNS FOR SENIOR SEASON
All-American Luka Garza has been named to every major preseason All-America list, including headlining the AP Preseason All-America Team. Garza, who is the first Iowa men’s basketball player named to a preseason AP All-American, was the lone unanimous selection, receiving all 64 votes. Below is a sampling of Garza’s preseason recognition:
• Associated Press Unanimous Preseason All-American
• Blue Ribbon First Team Preseason All-American
• CBS Sports First Team Preseason All-American
• USA Today First Team Preseason All-American
• Dick Vitale Preseason Player of the Year
• Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
• NABC Player of the Year Watch List
• Wooden Award Top 50 Watch List
• Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Watch List
• Unanimous All-Big Ten Preseason Team
• Kareem Abdul Jabbar Center of the Year Watch List
EMOTIONAL YEAR FOR NUNGE
It has been a difficult 12 months for forward Jack Nunge. On Nov. 24, 2019, Nunge tore his ACL (right knee) in the fifth game of the 2019-20 season after sitting out the previous season (redshirt). Nearly 12 months to the day later, Nunge’s father (Dr. Mark Nunge) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 53 on Nov. 28, 2020.
Nunge did not play in Iowa’s first two games against N.C. Central and Southern University as the redshirt sophomore was with family back home in Indiana. Nunge returned to Iowa City last week and played in his first game in over a year, tying a career high with 18 points and snagging five rebounds versus Western Illinois.
CJ FREDRICK MADE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
CJ Fredrick made an impact in 2019-20 as a freshman. He was third in team scoring (10.2), and first in the Big Ten in 3-point accuracy (.461, 47-of-102) and 14th in field goal accuracy (.483, 87-of-180). His 10.2 points per game ranked third among Big Ten freshmen.
The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has made 10 of his first 17 (.588) 3-point attempts in 2020-21. He also has dished out 13 assists to only three turnovers through four games this season. Fredrick ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 11 points per contest.
Fredrick was one of only three players nationally — and only player from a major conference dating back to 1993 — with 65+ assists, 32 or fewer turnovers, and shoot 46%+ from 3-point range.
Last season, Fredrick missed six full games and two second halves due to different injuries (quad, ankle, stress reaction in foot).
Fredrick was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team, Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 20, 2020), and earned all-tournament honors at the Las Vegas Invitational.
CONNOR McCAFFERY VALUES THE BASKETBALL
Connor McCaffery was the nation’s best in taking care of the basketball in 2019-20 as a redshirt sophomore. He was the only player in the country with 120+ assists and less than 30 turnovers. He finished the 2019-20 campaign as the national leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.6).
He was the only player nationally, dating back to 1993, with 120+ assists, 120+ rebounds, 175+ points, 25+ steals, and 27 or fewer turnovers in a season.
McCaffery has dished out 17 assists to only three turnovers through the first four games of the 2020-21 season.
Over the last 10 games a year ago, he had three seven-assist/0-turnover efforts, boasting a 6.85 assist-to-turnover ratio (48 assists; seven turnovers in a combined 322 minutes).
McCaffery, who played multiple positions in 2019-20 due to lack of depth (1-4), had more steals (35) than turnovers (27).
In addition to his accolades on the court, the two-sport student-athlete is a role model off the court. McCaffery (finance major) was named UI’s Male Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, and earned NABC Honors Court, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-District First Team, and Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2020. He is also on the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition.
JORDAN BOHANNON RETURNS FOR REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON
Jordan Bohannon had surgery on his left hip last December after playing in 10 games in 2019-20. The native of Marion, Iowa, had the same procedure successfully performed on his right hip May, 2019. He played in 10 games prior to his latest procedure, averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Bohannon enters this weekend tied with Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice for most games played among active Division I players with 116. Bohannon tallied a season-high 24 points, bolstered by draining seven 3-pointers in Tuesday’s victory over No. 16 North Carolina.
Bohannon has made a school-record 294 3-pointers and is 80 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 294 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference. He is six 3-pointers from 300 and cracking the Big Ten’s top 10.
A third-team All-Big Ten performer in 2019, Bohannon was credited with a team-best 118 assists, becoming just the seventh Hawkeye to register three 100-assist seasons. He 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.
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, who ranks fifth in Iowa career assists, has dished out 10 assists or more seven times in his career.
LUKA GARZA HAD HISTORIC SEASON
Luka Garza had a historic season in 2019-20, earning National Player of the Year honors by six major news outlets, recognized as the Big Ten and USBWA District VI Player of the Year, Pete Newell Big Man of the Year and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, as well as being honored as a unanimous consensus first-team All-American.
The six news outlets to name Garza National Player of the Year include: Sporting News, Basketball Times, Stadium, Bleacher Report, FOX, and ESPN. He is the first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn national player of the year distinction. Garza was also a unanimous consensus first-team All-America selection. He joins former Hawkeyes Murray Wier (1948) and Charles Darling (1952) as the program’s only consensus first team All-Americans. Garza is also the first Hawkeye to win the Abdul-Jabbar and Newell national awards.
Garza (740 points and 305 rebounds) is one of three Big Ten players to ever total 740+ points and 300+ rebounds in a single-season (Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994 and Purdue’s Joe Barry Carroll in 1979). He ranked second nationally with 12 20-point/10-rebound performances, 20-point games (25); third in total field goals made (287) and points per 40 minutes played (29.8), fifth in scoring (23.9), 10th in 30-point games (5), 19th in double-doubles (15) and offensive rebounds per game (3.58), and 34th in rebounding (9.8). His 15 double-doubles are third most in a single-season by a Hawkeye in three decades. Garza averaged 26.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 12 games against AP ranked opponents in 2019-20, including recording 11 straight 20-point performances, the longest streak by any player since UConn’s Kemba Walker in 2011.
Iowa’s Male Athlete of the Year, Garza finished the 20-game league schedule averaging 26.2 points per game, becoming the first player to average at least 26 points in Big Ten play since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994 (31.1 ppg). Garza scored a school-record 740 points, breaking the program’s 50-year old record previously set by John Johnson in 1970. He scored 20 points or more in a school-record 16 straight Big Ten games, the longest streak by any player in the Big Ten since Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson 16 in 1987.
Garza is the only Big Ten player to register seven 25-point/10-rebound performances in the same season in more than 17 years. He produced the two highest point totals in a game by a Big Ten player last season (44 at Michigan; 38 at Indiana).
LUKA GARZA HONORS (2019-20)
• National POY (Sporting News, Basketball Times, ESPN, Stadium, Bleacher Report, FOX)
• Unanimous Consensus First-Team All-America
• NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year
• Naismith Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
• Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year
• USBWA District VI Player of the Year
• Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson, and Lute Olson award finalist
• Iowa Male Athlete of the Year
5 NEWCOMERS TO JOIN ROSTER IN 2020-21
The Iowa basketball program welcome five freshmen to the 2020-21 roster: Keegan Murray, Kris Murray, Josh Ogundele, Tony Perkins, and Ahron Ulis.
Perkins was one of 13 seniors named to the 2020 Indiana All-Star Team. As a senior, Perkins averaged 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals leading Lawrence North to a 25-2 record. He shot 58 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range.
Ulis was the ESCC Player of the Year and named to the AP All-State Class 4A First Team. The three-year starter finished with over 1,500 points, trailing only his brother, Tyler, in the school’s record book.
COOL HAND LUKA
Last season, Luka Garza became the sixth Hawkeye to average 22+ points per game and first in 49 years since Fred Brown averaged 27.6 points per game in 1971. He became the fourth Big Ten player since 1993 to average at least 23 points per game (Glenn Robinson, Shawn Respert, and Carsen Edwards).
Garza finished the 20-game conference schedule averaging 26.2 points per game to become Iowa’s first scoring leader in Big Ten games only since Adam Haluska (21.3 ppg) in 2007. Garza’s 26.2 Big Ten scoring average is the highest by a true center since Minnesota’s Tom Kondla (28.3 ppg) in 1967.
Garza tallied 38 points at Indiana (Feb. 13, 2020). The 38 points were two points shy of matching the Assembly Hall single-game record by an opponent. Garza had the two highest single-game point totals in the Big Ten in 2019-20: 44 at Michigan & 38 at Indiana. He amassed 77 points in two games against Michigan, the most points by any Big Ten player versus a single opponent in regular season conference play over the last 20 seasons.
Garza, who is 12th on Iowa’s career scoring chart with 1,559 points, is the fourth Hawkeye over the last four decades to average better than 20 points per game. He totaled 287 field goals and 530 field goal attempts; two field goals from John Johnson’s record of 289 in 1970 and five attempts from tying Fred Brown’s record of 535 in 1971.
He is one of six Hawkeyes in school history with 1,550 points and 650 rebounds and is the only Iowa player to post those numbers through his junior season. Garza joined Jarrod Uthoff (2015 & 2016) as the only players in program history to total 50+ blocks and 35+ 3-pointers in a season.
Garza is also one of only five Big Ten players since the 2010-11 season to register multiple 30-point/10-rebounds games in the same season.
Garza scored 25 points or more 13 times in 2019-20 (fifth nationally). He controlled 10 rebounds or more in 14 games. He snagged a career-best 18 boards twice in 2019-20.
Last season, Iowa had six players miss time due to injuries or illness: Patrick McCaffery (29), Jack Nunge (26), Jordan Bohannon (21), CJ Fredrick (5), Cordell Pemsl (3), and Riley Till (1). Collectively the group missed 86 games, which ranked fourth highest amongst Division I teams.
1. Louisiana 105
2. North Carolina 104
3. George Mason 91
4. IOWA 86
3 HAWKEYES GRANTED MEDICAL HARDSHIP WAIVERS
Forwards Jack Nunge and Patrick McCaffery, and guard Jordan Bohannon were each granted medical hardship waivers in 2019-20.
Nunge suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his right knee in November. Bohannon had season-ending hip surgery in December, while McCaffery was dealing with residual health and wellness issues related to his thyroid.
Redshirt junior Connor McCaffery and redshirt freshman Patrick McCaffery are one of 16 father/coach and son/player duos in Division I in 2020-21 (Boise State, Connecticut, Detroit Mercy, Illinois, Liberty, Memphis, Michigan State, USC Upstate, Southern, Syracuse, Texas Southern, Utah, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Wright State). Of the 16 schools, the McCaffery’s are the only program with a father/coach and two sons on the roster.
• Iowa is 100-23 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 11 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 79-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 10 years.
• Iowa is one of six teams from last year’s final AP Top 25 that returns their leading scorer; the other five teams include Baylor, Illinois, Houston, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
• Iowa’s second conference game will be played on Christmas Day at Minnesota. It marks just the third time in program history that the Hawkeyes will play on Christmas; the previous two times were in holiday tournaments in Hawaii in 1984 and 1988.
• Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring offense (77.7) in 2019-20; the Hawkeyes have led the conference in scoring three of the last seven seasons, including the last two years.
• Luka Garza scored 20+ points in 19 straight games (Jan. 10-Dec. 3, 2020), including 16 straight against Big Ten opponents, breaking the school’s 49-year old record. The 16-game streak against Big Ten opponents is the longest streak since Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson accomplished the feat in 1987. Garza scored 20+ points in 19-of-20 Big Ten games in 2019-20.
• Luka Garza (23.9) and Joe Wieskamp (14.0) combined to average 37.9 points per game, which was the fifth best scoring duo in the country in 2019-20. Garza and Wieskamp combined for 1,175 points, the third highest scoring duo in program history. Garza and Wieskamp are one of four returning tandems who averaged 37+ points per game from last season (IUPUI, Austin Peay, Texas-San Antonio).
• Head Coach Fran McCaffery has coached a first-team All-Big Ten honoree five of the last seven seasons, the most over a seven-year span since 1956-62. Garza joins Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), Jarrod Uthoff (2016), and Peter Jok (2017) as first team selections.
• Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to 20 wins or more in six of the last eight seasons. He has led Iowa to Big Ten upper division finishes seven of the last eight years. Only Michigan State (8) has more first division finishes than Iowa (7) and Wisconsin (7) since the 2013 season.
• If not for the COVID-19 global pandemic, Iowa would have competed in its 27th NCAA Tournament in 2020, including its fifth appearance in seven seasons.
• The Hawkeyes have won 10 or more Big Ten games five of the last six seasons.
• Iowa had the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in five sports in 2019-20: Luka Garza (men’s basketball), Kathleen Doyle (women’s basketball), Spencer Lee (wrestling), Wayne Lawrence (indoor track & field), and Laulauga Tausaga (women’s track & field).
• Iowa posted a 14-2 record at home in 2019-20, winning 13 straight contests between Nov. 15 and Feb. 29. The 13-game home winning streak was the second longest in a single-season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history (17 in 2006). Iowa was the last team to win a loose a Big Ten home game in 2019-20.
• Iowa was nationally ranked in the AP Poll each of the last eight weeks and in the Coaches Poll nine straight weeks last year. The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 25 in the final AP Poll.
• Iowa won five straight Big Ten games during the month of January, marking the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Hawkeyes have won at least five consecutive Big Ten games (2019-20; 2018-19; 2015-16; 2014-15).
• Iowa has qualified for four NCAA tournaments over the last six completed seasons (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019) and seven postseason tournaments over the last eight completed seasons (4 NCAA; 3 NIT).
McCAFFERY RECORDS WIN NO. 20
Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes have reached the 20-win plateau six of the last eight 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.
McCaffery has taken Iowa to the NCAA Tournament four times, and likely a fifth time last March if not for the postseason cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 is second.
This season is the 20-year anniversary of Iowa’s first Big Ten Tournament championship. The Hawkeyes won four games in four days, knocking off Northwestern (72-55), Ohio State (75-66), Penn State (94-74), and Indiana (63-61). Reggie Evans was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
RECENT GRADUATES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL
A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Jarrod Uthoff (NBA Washington Wizards), Devyn Marble (Kazakhstan), Tyler Cook (NBA Denver Nuggets), Adam Woodbury (NBA G League: Grand Rapids Drive), Anthony Clemmons (Bosnia), Gabriel Olaseni (Turkey), Peter Jok (Spain), and Aaron White (Greece).LUKA
Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 73 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 125 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.
Iowa is one of two programs nationwide who have four current/former Division I head coaches on their active coaching staffs (Pitt).
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa won its first game of the season on Tuesday, dropping No. 16 North Carolina (93-80) in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes have won seven straight home games against AP ranked opponents. That’s the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
Iowa won seven contests against ranked opponents last season, the most by any team nationally and the most by a Hawkeye team in a single-season since 2006 (8).
MEN’S BASKETBALL REPRESENTED ON BIG TEN COALITION
In June 2020, the Big Ten Conference formed the Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, which includes student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten family representing all 14 member institutions.
The University of Iowa has 10 representatives on the Coalition, including head coach Fran McCaffery, assistant coach Billy Taylor, and redshirt junior Connor McCaffery.
The Coalition will leverage, support, and complement the extraordinary efforts already taking place across the Big Ten through initiatives on our campuses, as well as through existing conference-wide organizations like the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes will pause for final exams before closing out nonconference play against top-ranked Gonzaga on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT), with the game televised nationally on CBS.