|OPPONENT||Michigan State (8-6, 2-6) at #8 Iowa (12-4, 6-3)|
|LOCATION||Carver-Hawkeye Arena – Iowa City, Iowa|
|DATE||Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2021|
|TIPOFF||6 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 8 Iowa (12-4, 6-3) will entertain Michigan State (8-6, 2-6) on Tuesday evening. Tipoff is set for 6:07 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Due to the pandemic, there will be no general admission admittance for this game. The Spartans enter Tuesday’s game having lost three straight contests, while the Hawkeyes have lost their last two.
GAME #17 STORYLINES
• Ten of Iowa’s 12 victories this season have come by 15 points or more.
• Tuesday begins a stretch of three games in six days for the Hawkeyes. Tuesday will be the third game in six days for the Spartans, with all three coming on the road.
• The last time a ranked Iowa team played an unranked Michigan State team was on Jan. 21, 2006; the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 23 and the Spartans were unranked.
• Iowa has been ranked in the AP Top 10 the first 11 weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the Top 10 11 consecutive weeks was the 1986-87 season.
• Luka Garza is 18 points from career point No. 2,000 and two rebounds from career board No. 800.
• Iowa has won 22 of its last 24 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last 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 1,180 points in regular season Big Ten games, surpassing Roy Marble (1,113). Garza has tallied 218 points in nine 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.
• Connor McCaffery (5.4) and Jordan Bohannon (3.3) rank first and second, respectively in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio. McCaffery is second nationally, while Bohannon is 17th.
• Jordan Bohannon (579) is 34 assists from becoming Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612).
• 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 9-1 when Jordan Bohannon makes multiple 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes suffered their first setback last Friday at Illinois when Bohannon made multiple triples (2).
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (26.4 ppg) and eighth in double-doubles (7). He has scored 463 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 18 points from point No. 2,000 and 135 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 (258) than its opponents have attempted (253).
• Iowa, who has led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last two seasons, ranks second in the country, averaging 89.7 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: Tuesday’s contest will be televised nationally on FS1. Kevin Kugler and Nick Bahe will call the action.
ILLINOIS EDGES HAWKEYES IN CHAMPAIGN
No. 19 Illinois posted an 80-75 win over No. 7 Iowa last Friday in the only regular season meeting between the two teams at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois.
• The game featured 22 lead changes and eight ties.
• The loss snapped Iowa’s three-game Big Ten road win streak.
• Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza led Iowa with 19 points each. Wieskamp tied a season high with five 3-pointers (North Carolina); he made his first four attempts from long distance.
• Connor McCaffery surpassed his season high in scoring the first eight minutes of the first half. He finished the contest with 11 points and five assists.
• Keegan Murray started his first collegiate game, replacing the CJ Fredrick in the lineup. Murray led the squad in rebounding (8).
• Guard CJ Fredrick did not play due to a lower leg injury.
• Jordan Bohannon dished out five assists to surpass Andre Woolridge for second on Iowa’s career assists chart.
• Illinois (17) attempted 11 more free throws than Iowa (6).
• Ayon Dosunmu (25) and Trent Frazier (24) combined for more than half of the Fighting Illini’s points.
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 1,180 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 135 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 45 percent on 3FGAs, with at least 25 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 four 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 22 points an NCAA-best 11 times this season.
• 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
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 two years ago (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. Michigan State, in 1983, won the first basketball game ever played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 5
Iowa has three 1,000-point scorers on its 2020-21 roster: Luka Garza (1,982), Jordan Bohannon (1,463), and Joe Wieskamp (1,060). It marks the fifth time in program history that three 1,000-point scorers are on the same team: 1987-88 (Roy Marble, B.J. Armstrong, Jeff Moe); 1988-89 (Roy Marble, B.J. Armstrong, Ed Horton); 1995-96 (Jess Settles, Kenyon Murray, Chris Kingsbury); 2004-05 (Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner, Pierre Pierce).
Iowa’s 2020-21 trio (4,505 points and counting) is the second highest trio in school history behind the 1988-89 trio of Marble, Armstrong, and Horton (5,193 points).
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State (95 NET Ranking) won all six nonconference contests, including winning at Duke. The Spartans are 2-6 in league play, beating Nebraska and Rutgers.
• Tuesday will be the Spartans’ third road game in six days. Michigan State was forced to postpone three consecutive games after its one-point setback to Purdue on Jan. 8, out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19.
• Michigan State fell 79-62 in its last contest at No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday. The Spartans shot 32 percent (17-of-53) from the field, while the Buckeyes made 45.5 percent (25-of-55) of their attempts. Three Spartans scored in double figures: Joshua Langford (14), Joey Hauser (11), and Aron Henry (10).
• The Spartans were limited to 37 points at Rutgers last Thursday in the first game in 20 days. The 37 points is the second fewest scored during the the Tom Izzo era (36 points at Iowa in 2008).
• Two starters average double digits in scoring: Aaron Henry (13.1) and Joey Hauser (11.3). Hauser ranks seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.4). Henry is fourth in steals per game (1.5), sixth in blocked shots (1.4), and seventh in free throw accuracy (.804).
• Michigan State has three players who have made 18 or more 3-pointers: Joey Hauser (19), Gabe Brown (18), and Josh Langford (18). As a team, the Spartans shoot 32.7 percent from distance.
• The Spartans rank second in the Big Ten in assists per game (17.8), fifth in free throw percentage (.752) and rebounding (38.1), and sixth in rebounding margin (+3.9).
• Tom Izzo is in his 26th season as head coach at Michigan State (636-247, .720).
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 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 second in the country with a 5.4 ratio (70 assists; 13 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 17th with a 3.3 ratio (75 assists; 23 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 11 weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the top 10 11 consecutive weeks was the 1986-87 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.
WIESKAMP NAMED JERRY WEST AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Joe Wieskamp has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. It marks the third time in five seasons that a Hawkeye has been named a semifinalist for the award (Wieskamp, 2020; Peter Jok, 2017).
Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball.
Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks eighth in the league in field goal percentage, making 49.7 percent of his attempts (81-of-163), 10th in 3-pointers made per game (2.0), and 11th in defensive rebounds per game (4.9). Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 12 of Iowa’s 16 games this season and 57 career times. He became the 50th player in program history to score 1,000 career points on Jan. 20, 2021.
Wieskamp has averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, making a combined 13 3-pointers (13-of-18, .722), over Iowa’s last four contests.
In late February, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Jerry West Award will be presented on April 9, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five.
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 (6.8) and rebounder (5.4) 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.”
He ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (4.8), second in blocked shots per game (1.1), 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 has missed Iowa’s last game at Illinois (Jan. 29) and the second half of its home contest versus Indiana (Jan. 21) due to a lower leg injury.
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.
Fourty-one of Bohannon’s 51 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 325 3-pointers and is 49 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 325 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 nine games. Iowa is 9-1 this season when Bohannon drains 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).
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 11 of 16 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 1,982 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,463 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 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’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.