|OPPONENT||Michigan State (8-4, 2-4) at #5 Iowa (11-2, 5-1)|
|LOCATION||Carver-Hawkeye Arena – Iowa City, Iowa|
|DATE||Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021|
|TIPOFF||8:07 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 5 Iowa (11-2, 5-1) remains home to entertain Michigan State (8-4, 2-4), presented by U.S. Cellular, on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Due to the pandemic, there will be no general admission admittance for this game.
GAME #14 STORYLINES
• Iowa has won 22 of its last 23 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last season.
• The Hawkeyes have won nine straight home games against AP ranked opponents, dating back to last season. That’s the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
• Iowa has won five of its last six games, including four straight, while Michigan State has lost four of six.
• The last time a ranked Iowa team played a unranked Michigan State team was on Jan. 21, 2006; the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 23 and the Spartans were unranked.
• Jordan Bohannon was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after leading Iowa to double-digit wins over Maryland and Minnesota. Bohannon averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 turnovers. He made 61 percent (11-of-18) of his field goal attempts, including a blistering 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-16).
• Iowa has been ranked in the AP Top 10 the first eight weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 10 eight consecutive weeks was the 1988-89 season.
• Luka Garza became Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten games after Sunday’s 33-point effort versus Minnesota. Garza now has 1,116 points in regular season Big Ten games, surpassing Roy Marble (1,113). Garza has tallied 154 points in six Big Ten games this season; 496 in 20 games in 2019-20; 243 in 19 contests in 2018-19; and 223 in 18 games in 2017-18.
• Freshman forward Keegan Murray is one of eight players nationally, and the only bench player, to record at least 80 points, 55 rebounds, 15 blocks, and 15 steals this season. Murray was a staggering +30 in Iowa’s win at Maryland last Thursday.
• Joe Wieskamp scored 20 points on Sunday versus No. 16 Minnesota. His totals against the Gophers helped the junior become the 50th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 career points.
• Iowa is 8-0 this season when Jordan Bohannon makes multiple 3-pointers. Bohannon has made three or more triples in five of Iowa’s last six outings.
• The Hawkeyes have posted 18 runs of 10-0 or better this season, which includes a 20-0 run in Iowa’s at Maryland on Jan. 7 (via @Hlas).
• Luka Garza surpassed Aaron White for second place on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart at Rutgers on Jan. 2. Garza is 82 points from point No. 2,000 and 199 points from surpassing Roy Marble to become Iowa’s all-time leading scorer.
• Jordan Bohannon has posted a program-best seven double-doubles in points and assists.
• Iowa has made more free throws (219) than its opponents have attempted (187).
• Iowa, who has led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last two seasons, ranks third in the country, averaging 91.9 points per game.
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (27.6 ppg) and 12th in double-doubles (5). He has scored 442 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
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: Thursday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1. Adam Amin and Nick Bahe will call the action.
BIG SECOND HALF LIFTS HAWKEYES OVER MINNESOTA
No. 5 Iowa posted its fourth straight victory and avenged its only conference loss of the season, with an 86-71 triumph over No. 16 Minnesota on Sunday in Iowa City.
• The nation’s scoring leader, Luka Garza, finished with a game-best 33 points, five rebounds, and three assists. The All-American posted his sixth 30-point effort of the season and 11th of his career, second most in program history (13, John Johnson).
• Joe Wieskamp’s free throw with 17:48 remaining in the second half was his 1,000th career point, becoming the 50th Hawkeye to achieve that milestone. Wieskamp tallied 20 points, equaling his season high set twice before (Northern Illinois, Gonzaga).
• Iowa improved to 8-0 when Jordan Bohannon makes multiple 3-pointers. Bohannon made a game-high four triples. In addition to his 19 points, Bohannon had zero turnovers and recorded career highs in assists (14) and rebounds (7). The 14 assists were the most by a Hawkeye since B.J. Armstrong had 15 against the Gophers in 1989.
• Bohannon registered his seventh career double-double (14 assists, 19 points). His 14 assists moved the redshirt senior past Mike Gesell and Dean Oliver for third on Iowa’s all-time assists chart (Woolridge, 575; Horner, 612).
• The Hawkeyes won their ninth straight home game over a against AP ranked opponents, dating back to last season. That’s the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
• Iowa, who leads the league in assists per game, was credited with 27 assists on 31 field goals.
• Jack Nunge pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds, leading the team in rebounding for the second time this year.
• Four Gopher starters scored in double figures; Marcus Carr and Both Gach each netted 13 points, Brandon Johnson tallied 12 points, while Lima Robbins contributed 10.
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Became Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten games after Sunday’s 33-point effort versus Minnesota. Garza now has 1,116 points in regular season Big Ten games, surpassing Roy Marble (1,113). Garza has tallied 154 points in six Big Ten games this season; 496 in 20 games in 2019-20; 243 in 19 contests in 2018-19; and 223 in 18 games in 2017-18.
• Luka Garza has passed ten former players (Dean Oliver, Adam Haluska, Jess Settles, Matt Gatens, Ronnie Lester, Devyn Marble, B.J. Armstrong, Greg Stokes, Acie Earl, and Aaron White) on Iowa’s all-time scoring list this season. Only one player in program history has scored more points than Garza (Roy Marble).
• Luka Garza tallied 18 points against Northwestern (Dec. 29), halting his streak of scoring 20+ points at 18 straight Big Ten games, dating back to last season. His 18-game streak is the longest by any player against a Big Ten team in over three decades.
• One of only two players in the country (Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski) to shoot at least 60 percent on FGAs and 48 percent on 3FGAs, with at least 20 made 3-pointers; Garza has more than double the field goals made and attempted as Laszewski.
• Reached the 30-point plateau six times this season. No other player in Division I has more than three such games this season. Garza has topped 30 points 11 career times, second most in program history trailing only John Johnson (13). Garza has topped 20 points 11 times this season and 48 times in his career.
• Shot 70 percent or better from the field in six games in 2020-21, including 80 percent or better in four games (93% vs. Southern; 93% vs. Iowa State; 80% vs. Northern Illinois; 80% at Rutgers).
• Twice has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season (Nov. 30 and Dec. 14). Garza was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in wins over No. 16 North Carolina, Iowa State, and Northern Illinois. Garza was named Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 33.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks in victories over N.C. Central and Southern.
• 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).
• 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).
• Recorded his fifth double-double of the season and 25th of his career at Minnesota (Dec. 25). Garza scored a game-high 32 points and snagged a season-best 17 rebounds.
• Posted a double-double (16 points and 14 rebounds) to go along with a season-high four blocks against No. 16 North Carolina.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Michigan State holds a 76-55 advantage over Iowa in the series. The Spartans have won five straight and 14 of the last 16 meetings, dating back to 2011. Michigan State won last season’s only meeting (78-70) in East Lansing, Michigan.
Iowa holds a 35-26 advantage in games played against Michigan State in Iowa City. Michigan State won, 82-67, in its last visit to Iowa City on Jan. 24, 2019. The Hawkeyes’ last victory over Michigan State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena was on Dec. 29, 2015, when Iowa took down the top-ranked Spartans, 83-70. That Hawkeye victory was the program’s third win over a No. 1 ranked team.
Michigan State, in 1983, won the first basketball game ever played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State’s 17 wins are the most by any Iowa opponent in the facility.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State (84 NET Ranking) won all six nonconference contests, including winning at Duke. The Spartans are 2-4 in league play, beating Nebraska and Rutgers.
• Michigan State was edged 55-54 by Purdue at home last Friday. The Spartans led for most of the contest, but the Boilermakers rallied late to escape the Breslin Center with the win. Both teams struggled from 3-point range, with each team sinkining only three triples. Michigan State was credited with nine blocked shots and went 19-of-25 (.760) from the foul line. Aaron Henry (13 points) and Ray Langford (10 points) led the Spartans.
• Two starters average double figures in scoring: Aaron Henry (13.9) and Joey Hauser (11.8). Hauser ranks seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.1), while Henry is fourth in steals per game (1.6), sixth in blocked shots (1.6), and seventh in free throw accuracy (.829).
• Michigan State has three players who have made 15 or more 3-pointers: Joey Hauser (18), Gabe Brown (18), and Josh Langford (15). As a team, the Spartans shoot 34.7 percent from distance.
• The Spartans rank second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.766), fifth in rebounding margin (+5.4), and sixth in rebounding (38.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
• Tom Izzo is in his 26th season as head coach at Michigan State (636-245, .722).
LAST MEETING VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE
No. 24 Michigan State rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to upend No. 18 Iowa, 78-70, on Feb. 25, 2020, in East Lansing, Michigan.
• Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Luka Garza (20), Ryan Kriener (18), and Connor McCaffery (11). Garza also pulled down a game-best nine rebounds.
• Kriener, who started his third straight contest, reaching double figures for the third consecutive game with 18 points.
• In addition to his 11 points, McCaffery dished out a team-best seven assists with zero turnovers, and had a game-best three steals.
• Iowa outrebounded the Spartans by eight (40-32), snagging 16 offensive rebounds.
• Iowa held Michigan State to 1-of-9 (.111) from 3-point range in the first half, but the Spartans were able to make 6-of-11 (.545) over the final 20 minutes. Iowa was 6-of-27 (.200) from long distance for the game.
• Starting guard CJ Fredrick missed the game due to injury (ankle).
• The Hawkeyes held Cassius Winston to one point in the first half, but the senior netted 19 points in the second stanza, including scoring 11 straight over a span of 2:30 for the Spartans. Winston also was credited with a game-best nine assists. Rocket Watts led all scorers with 21 points, while Aaron Henry had 17 points.
VALUING THE BASKETBALL
Iowa ranks first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). The Hawkeyes have three players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick is tied for third with an 8.0 ratio (32 assists; 4 turnovers). Connor McCaffery is 14th with a 5.2 ratio (57 assists; 11 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 60th with a 3.4 ratio (64 assists; 20 turnovers).
Iowa has teammates who recorded 10-assist/0-turover games in consecutive games. Connor McCaffery and Jordan Bohannon are the first Division I duo from the same team to accomplish the feat in the last 10 years. McCaffery had 10 assists and zero turnovers at Maryland (Jan. 7), while Jordan Bohannon was credited with 14 assists and zero turnovers versus Minnesota (Jan. 10).
IN THE RANKINGS
• Iowa has been ranked in the AP Top 10 the first eight weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 10 eight consecutive weeks was the 1988-89 season.
• The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll three of the first four weeks of the season. The last time Iowa was ranked as high as third nationally 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).
• Iowa’s game against Gonzaga on Dec. 19, was just the second time in program history that Iowa played in a contest pitting No. 1 against No. 3.
• Six of the 14 Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s AP Top 25, led by No. 5 Iowa. Michigan is No. 7, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 14 Illinois, No. 21 Ohio State, and No. 23 Minnesota.
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 on Dec. 1, and played in his first game in over a year, tying a career high with 18 points and snagging five rebounds versus Western Illinois (Dec. 3).
Nunge is Iowa’s leading scorer (6.7) and rebounder (6.0) off the bench.
WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
Small forward Keegan Murray is playing with a quiet confidence when his name is called coming off the bench. All-American center Luka Garza has tabbed him “Nicholas Baer 2.0.”
Murray is one of eight players nationally, and the only bench player, to record at least 80 points, 55 rebounds, 15 blocks, and 15 steals this season. One of the other nine players is Michigan State’s Aaron Henry.
He ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (4.3), second in blocked shots per game (1.1), and fifth in 3-pointers made (8).
Murray was one of the team’s key contributors in Iowa’s road wins at No. 14 Rutgers and Maryland. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, scored a personal-best 14 points and led the team in rebounding (9), steals (3), and blocked shots (3) against the Scarlet Knights. Murray was a staggering +30, totaling 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-best two blocks at Maryland. Murray’s plus-minus is the third highest of any Hawkeye this season (Patrick McCaffery +39 and Fredrick +33 vs. Northern Illinois).
Although technically a freshman, Murray and his twin brother Kris gained a year of experience following high school graduation playing at DME Academy in Florida in 2019-20 prior to arriving in Iowa City. The Murray twins are legacy Hawkeyes; their father Kenyon played for head coach Tom Davis for four seasons (1993-96).
HEALTHY CJ FREDRICK PAYING DIVIDENDS
Last season, CJ Fredrick missed six full games and two second halves due to different injuries (quad, ankle, stress reaction in foot). After undergoing foot surgery this past July, Fredrick entered the 2020-21 season fully healthy.
Fredrick ranks first on the team in 3-point accuracy (.511, 23-of-45), second in 3-pointers made (23) and leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (8.0). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (9.5).
Fredrick had a fantastic stretch a couple weeks ago, scoring 23 points at Minnesota (Dec. 25), netting 19 versus Northwestern (Dec. 29), and contributing seven points and two assists at Rutgers (Jan. 2). The Cincinnati native sank a combined 9-of-15 (.600) from long distance in those three contests.
In his redshirt freshman season in 2019-20, 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.
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.
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 done on his right hip in May, 2019. He played in 10 games prior to his latest procedure, averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Bohannon, who was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, had a ridiculous stat line on Sunday against the Gophers: 19 points, 14 assists, 7 rebounds, 0 turnovers. Bohannon is the first Big Ten player to post those numbers in a game since the 2002-03 season. He has recorded a program-best seven career double-doubles in points and assists.
Bohannon has played the most games among active Division I players with 125. He is the only player other than Luka Garza to lead the Hawkeyes in game scoring this season, scoring a team-best 24 points in wins over No. 16 North Carolina and No. 19 Northwestern.
Thirty-six of Bohannon’s 45 made field goals have been 3-pointers. He is shooting a blistering 63 percent (19-of-30) from behind the arc over the last four contests.
Bohannon has made a school-record 320 3-pointers and is 54 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 320 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and tie for sixth best in Big Ten history. Bohannon has made three or more 3-pointers in five of Iowa’s last six games, including making a combined ten in Iowa’s last two outings. Iowa is 8-0 this season when Bohannon makes multiple 3-pointers.
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.
This past Sunday, Bohannon’s 14 assists helped him move past Mike Gesell and Dean Oliver for third on Iowa career assists list. He is one of seven Hawkeyes to post three 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner, B.J. Armstrong, Andre Woolridge, Mike Gesell, Devyn Marble).
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.
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.
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 became 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.
Garza joined Jarrod Uthoff (2015 & 2016) as the only players in program history to total 50+ blocks and 35+ 3-pointers in a season in 2019-20.
Garza is also one of only five Big Ten players since the 2011 season to post 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.
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 104-24 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 11 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 81-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 10 years.
• Iowa has made 10+ 3-pointers in nine of 13 games. The Hawkeyes have four players who have made 22+ triples: Luka Garza, CJ Fredrick, Jordan Bohannon, and Joe Wieskamp.
• Iowa has two of the top four active scorers in the Big Ten: Luka Garza is first with 1,918 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,446 points.
• Iowa has won nine straight games over ranked opponents at home, dating back to last season. That is the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll Era (since 1948-49).
• The Hawkeyes opened their season with 93+ points in each of their first six games for the first time in program history.
• Iowa is 2-0 in one-plays so far this season. The Hawkeyes beat Purdue and Maryland. The Hawkeyes’ other one-plays this season include Nebraska and Penn State at home, and Michigan and Illinois on the road.
• Iowa’s 22-point win (89-67) at Maryland on Jan. 7, is the largest margin of victory for either team in the series. The 89 points are the most points Iowa has scored in the 12-game series.
• Iowa’s 53-point win over Northern Illinois (106-53) tied the 18th largest margin of victory in program history.
• Iowa beat Northern Illinois by 53 points, tying the 18th largest margin of victory in program history.
• The Hawkeyes have won 70 of its last 75 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• 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 105 points and 28-point victory on Dec. 11, are the most points scored and the largest margin of victory, respectively, in the 74-game series history with Iowa State.
• 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.
• The Hawkeyes sank 17 3-pointers against the Tar Heels. The 17 triples were two shy of a school record (19 against Savannah State on Dec. 22, 2018). Additionally, the 17 3-pointers tie for the third most ever against North Carolina.
• Assistant Coach Billy Taylor has been named to the class of 2021 for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
• 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.
• Jordan Bohannon joined Bob Hansen, Kevin Boyle, and Mark Gannon as the only Hawkeyes to register four victories over the Cyclones in their career.
• 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.
• As a result of Iowa’s win over No. 16 North Carolina, the Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight ACC/Big Ten Challenge games and four straight Challenge home games.
• 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.
• The Hawkeyes have won 10 or more Big Ten games five of the last six seasons.
• 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 CLIMBING WINS CHART
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 is 4-1 versus ranked teams. The Hawkeyes beat No. 16 North Carolina (93-80) and No. 16 Minnesota (86-71), and No. 19 Northwestern (87-72) in Iowa City. Iowa fell at No. 1 Gonzaga (99-88) in South Dakota, and beat No. 14 Rutgers (77-75) in New Jersey. The road victory over Rutgers was Iowa’s first road win over a ranked opponent since March, 2017.
The Hawkeyes have won eight 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.