|OPPONENT||#7 Iowa (12-3, 6-2) at #19 Illinois (10-5, 6-3)|
|LOCATION||State Farm Arena – Champaign, Illinois|
|DATE||Friday, Jan. 29, 2021|
|TIPOFF||8 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 7 Iowa (12-3, 6-2) will face No. 19 Illinois (10-5, 6-3) on Friday in the only regular season game between the two teams. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. Both teams have been idle for more than a week due to game postponements due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Illinois last played on Jan. 19 (Penn State), while Iowa last played on Jan. 21 (Indiana).
GAME #16 STORYLINES
• Iowa has avoided consecutive losses this season; the Hawkeyes’ three defeats came on Dec. 19 (No. 1 Gonzaga), Dec. 25 (Minnesota), and Jan. 21 (Indiana).
• Iowa is 2-0 in conference one-plays this season. The Hawkeyes beat Purdue (home) and Maryland (away), both by double-digit margins. The Hawkeyes’ other one-plays include Nebraska and Penn State at home, and Michigan and Illinois on the road.
• Ten of Iowa’s 12 victories this season have come by 15 points or more.
• Friday’s game features the Big Ten’s top two scoring threats: Iowa senior Luka Garza (26.9 ppg) and Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu (21.7 ppg).
• Iowa has been ranked in the AP Top 10 the first ten weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 10 ten consecutive weeks was the 1988-89 season.
• Luka Garza became Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten games after his 33-point effort versus Minnesota (Jan. 10). Garza now has 1,161 points in regular season Big Ten games, surpassing Roy Marble (1,113). Garza has tallied 199 points in eight 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.
• Jordan Bohannon (574) is two assists from surpassing Andre Woolridge for second on Iowa’s career assists chart. He is 39 assists from Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612).
• Freshman forward Keegan Murray is one of 26 players nationally to record at least 100 points, 65 rebounds, 15 blocks, and 15 steals this season. Murray was a staggering +30 in Iowa’s win at Maryland on Jan. 7.
• Joe Wieskamp scored 20 points versus No. 16 Minnesota on Jan. 10. His totals against the Gophers helped the junior become the 50th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 career points.
• Iowa is 9-0 this season when Jordan Bohannon makes multiple 3-pointers. Bohannon has made three or more triples in six of Iowa’s last eight outings.
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (26.9 ppg) and eighth in double-doubles (7). He has scored 444 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• The Hawkeyes have posted 19 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 37 points from point No. 2,000 and 154 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 (255) than its opponents have attempted (236).
• Iowa, who has led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last two seasons, ranks second in the country, averaging 90.7 points per game.
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 nationally on FS1. Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo will call the action.
SECOND HALF RALLY PROPELS INDIANA OVER HAWKEYES
Indiana rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to snap Iowa’s five-game win streak, 81-69, last Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
• The Hoosiers posted a 23-3 scoring run, spanning nearly ten minutes (12:00-2:06), in the second half to comeback and hand Iowa its first home setback of the season.
• Iowa had two players post double-doubles: Luka Garza (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Joe Wieskamp (16 points, 12 rebounds). Garza registered his team-leading seventh double-double of the season and 27th of his career. Wieskamp recorded his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career.
• Iowa shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first half but made just 26.5 percent of its field goal attempts in the second stanza. The Hawkeyes made four 3-pointers in the first half but misfired on its first 10 attempts before making their final attempt from long distance over the final 20 minutes.
• While Iowa struggled shooting the basketball in the second half, the Hoosiers were the opposite, making 60 percent of its attempts, including 66.7 percent from 3-point range.
• Starter CJ Fredrick played only 13 minutes before exiting in the first half and did not return due to a lower leg injury. It marked the second straight game against Indiana that Fredrick sustained a lower leg injury and missed the second half (Feb. 13, 2020).
• The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Hoosiers by 14 (46-32).
• Four Hoosier starters scored in double figures: Tracy Jackson-Davis (23), Rob Phinisee (18), Aljami Durham (14), and Armaan Franklin (11).
• The Hoosiers attempted 35 free throws, an Iowa opponent best this season. Durham made nine of his 10 attempts (.900) from the charity stripe.
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Became Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten games after his 33-point effort versus Minnesota (Jan. 10). Garza now has 1,161 points in regular season Big Ten games, surpassing Roy Marble (1,113). Garza has tallied 199 points in seven 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.
• After passing 10 former players on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart this season. Garza needs 154 points to surpass Roy Marble to become Iowa’s scoring leader.
• Luka Garza is one of just five players from major conferences, since 1992, to average 25+ points and 8+ rebounds (KSU’s Michael Beasley, 2008; Texas’ Kevin Durant, 2007; UConn’s Donyell Marshall, 1994; Purdue’s Glenn Robinson, 1994).
• One of only two players in the country (Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski) to shoot at least 60 percent on FGAs and 46 percent on 3FGAs, with at least 20 made 3-pointers; Garza has more than double the field goals made and attempted as Laszewski.
• 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.
• 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 three 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).
• Scored a game-high 32 points and snagged a season-best 17 rebounds at Minnesota.
• 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
Illinois holds an 86-76 advantage in the series. The Hawkeyes have won five of the last six over the Illini.
The two teams split last year’s two meetings, with each team winning on its home court. The Hawkeyes won in Iowa City (72-65) on Feb. 2, while the Fighting Illini held on in Champaign (78-76) on March 8, 2020. Illinois’ victory over Iowa in last season’s regular season finale snapped Iowa’s five-game win streak over the Illini.
Illinois holds a 63-17 advantage in games played in Champaign. Iowa has won three of the last five meetings at the State Farm Center.
• Illinois (7 NET Ranking) enters Friday’s contest having won five of its last seven contests. After dropping back-to-back home games to Maryland and Ohio State, the Fighting Illini rebounded with a 79-65 triumph over Penn State.
• Friday will be the sixth time in seven games that Illinois will play a home game, including four straight. The Fighting Illini’s last two road games were postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols (Nebraska, Jan. 13; Michigan State, Jan. 23). Illinois is 7-2 at the State Farm Center this season, winning its first seven, before dropping consecutive contests to Maryland and Ohio State.
• Three starters scored in double figures in its 14-point victory over the Nittany Lions on Jan. 19: Kofi Cockburn (21), Trent Frazier (13), and Ayo Dosunmu (13). The Illini held Penn State to just 1-of-7 (.143) shooting from 3-point range in the second half.
• Illinois is 1-3 in games decided by three points or less this season. The Fighting Illini beat Ohio by two points, and lost by three points to Missouri, Rutgers and Maryland.
• Two Illini average double figures in scoring: Ayo Dosunmu (21.7) and Kofi Cockburn (17.4). Cockburn leads the country in double-doubles (11), and is first in the Big Ten in rebounding (10.3) and field goal percentage (.701), and is sixth in blocked shots (1.5). Dosunmu’s scoring average of 21.7 points per game is second best in the league, while he is fourth in the conference in assists per game (4.9).
• Illinois ranks sixth in the country in rebounding margin (+10.8); 11th in field goal percentage (.509); 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (.397); 19th in scoring offense (82.9); and 23rd in assists per game (17.3);
• Brad Underwood is in his fourth season as head coach at Illinois (57-54, .514). Underwood arrived at Illinois from Oklahoma State, where he led OSU to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Prior to his one-year at Oklahoma State, he led Stephen F. Austin to the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles in each of his three seasons.
• Like Iowa where Connor and Patrick McCaffery play for their father (Fran), Illinois senior Tyler Underwood is playing for his father (Brad).
LAST MEETING VERSUS ILLINOIS
Illinois held on for a 78-76 victory over on March 8, in a battle between border rivals at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois.
• Luka Garza poured in a game-best 28 points to lead the Hawkeyes. Garza’s game-tying field goal attempt was blocked by Kofi Cockbrun in the final seconds to preseve the win for Illinois.
• Connor McCaffery tied a then-career high with eight assists to go along with 10 points. Freshman Joe Toussaint contributed 14 points.
• Iowa was a perfect 15-of-15 (1.000) from the free throw line. The last time the Hawkeyes went a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe was March 27, 2013 at Virginia in the NIT Quarterfinals.
• Connor McCaffery tied a then-career high with eight assists to go along with 10 points.
• Four Illinois starters scored in double figures: Ayo Dosunmu (17), Andres Feliz (14), Kofi Cockburn (12), and Kipper Nichols (10).
VALUING THE BASKETBALL
Iowa ranks first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). The Hawkeyes have two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick has a blistering 9.0 ratio (36 assists; 4 turnovers), but does not meet the minimum assists per game requirements to be ranked. Connor McCaffery is third with a 5.9 ratio (65 assists; 11 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 17th with a 3.3 ratio (70 assists; 21 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 ten weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 10 ten 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.
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 (7.0) and rebounder (5.5) off the bench.
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 26 players nationally to record at least 100 points, 65 rebounds, 15 blocks, and 15 steals this season.
He ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (4.5), second in blocked shots per game (1.2), and tied for fifth in 3-pointers made (8).
Murray was one of the team’s key contributors in Iowa’s last three road wins at No. 14 Rutgers, Maryland, and Northwestern. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, scored a personal-best 14 points and led the team in rebounding (9), steals (3), and blocks (3) against the Scarlet Knights. Murray was a staggering +30, totaling 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-best two blocks versus the Terrapins. Murray’s plus-minus is the third highest of any Hawkeye this season (Patrick McCaffery +39 and Fredrick +33 vs. Northern Illinois). He totaled eight points, seven rebounds, two rejections, and two assists against the Wildcats.
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).
FREDRICK HAVING SOLID SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
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 (.500, 26-of-52), third in 3-pointers made (26) and has a staggering 9.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (9.1).
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.
Bohannon averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 turnovers at Maryland and at home against Minnesota to earn Big Ten Co-Player of the Week accolades on Jan. 11. 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).
Bohannon had a ridiculous stat line against the Gophers on Jan. 10: 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 enters this week tied with Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice for the most games played among active Division I players with 127. 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-nine of Bohannon’s 49 made field goals have been 3-pointers. He shot a blistering 63 percent (22-of-35) from behind the arc during Iowa’s five-game win streak (Dec. 29-Jan. 17).
Bohannon has made a school-record 323 3-pointers and is 51 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 323 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and are sixth best in Big Ten history. Bohannon has made three or more 3-pointers in six of Iowa’s last eight games, including making a combined 13 in Iowa’s three of the last four games. Iowa is 9-0 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.
Bohannon’s 14 assists on Jan. 10 against the Gophers moved him past Mike Gesell and Dean Oliver for third on Iowa career assists list. He is one of seven Hawkeyes to record three 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner, B.J. Armstrong, Andre Woolridge, Mike Gesell, Devyn Marble). Only two Hawkeyes have posted four 100-assist seasons (Horner and Oliver).
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 nine straight home games against AP ranked opponents. That’s the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
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 105-24 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 10 of 15 games. The Hawkeyes have four players who have made 24+ 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 1,963 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,457 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).
• Iowa has won 22 of its last 24 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last season.
• The Hawkeyes opened their season with 93+ points in each of their first six games for the first time in program history.
• Iowa scorched Northwestern for 96 points in its 23-point win on Jan. 17, which are the most points scored by the Hawkeyes in Evanston in 34 years (103 points on March 5, 1987).
• Iowa has won 22 of its last 24 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last season.
• 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.
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).
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.