|OPPONENT||#15 Iowa (14-6, 8-5) at Michigan State (10-7, 4-7)|
|LOCATION||Breslin Center – East Lansing, Michigan|
|DATE||Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021|
|TIPOFF||1:37 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 15 Iowa (14-6, 8-5) hits the road again for a Saturday matinee against Michigan State (10-7, 4-7). Tipoff is set for 1:37 p.m. (CT) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The two teams met 11 days ago in Iowa City, with the Hawkeyes winning, 84-78.
GAME #21 STORYLINES
• The Hawkeyes have seven combined Quad 1 (4) and Quad 2 (3) wins this season.
• Iowa is averaging 9.6 turnovers per game through 20 games played. The Hawkeyes are on pace to break the school record for turnovers per game for a single season, which is 10.3 established during the 2015-16 season. Iowa ranks first in the country this season in turnovers per offensive play (11.3%).
• Joe Wieskamp become the 50th Hawkeye to reach 1,000 career points last month. Wieskamp has made three or more 3-pointers in six of the last eight games. The junior has made 26 of his last 44 attempts (.591) the last month (eight games).
• Iowa starting guard CJ Fredrick returned to the starting lineup in Iowa’s win over No. 25 Rutgers on Wednesday after missing time the previous five contests (lower leg injury).
• Luka Garza became the 11th Hawkeye to post two 500-point seasons during their career. He eclipsed the 500-point plateau in Iowa’s last contest versus the Scarlet Knights Wednesday. Garza is the only Hawkeye in school history to amass four 400-point seasons.
• Luka Garza is the first and only student-athlete in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 125 blocked shots, and 100 3-pointers. He is the only player from a major conference with those numbers dating back to the 1992-93 season.
• Luka Garza totaled 27 points and 12 rebounds in the previous game versus Michigan State, pushing the All-American over 2,000 points and 800 rebounds. Garza reached 2,000 points in 113 games, faster than any other Big Ten player over the last 25 years.
• Jordan Bohannon (596) is 17 assists from becoming Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612). Bohannon is eight assists from becoming just the third player in program history with four 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner).
• The Hawkeyes have posted 22 runs of 10-0 or better this season, which includes two 14-0 runs (one in each half) at Indiana last Sunday.
• Three Hawkeyes have made four or more 3-pointers in two games this season. Three players made five triples in the win over No. 16 North Carolina and three Hawkeyes made four treys in Thursday’s loss to No. 7 Ohio State.
• Luka Garza is Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten regular season games with 1,263 points and second in overall scoring; 52 points from surpassing Roy Marble (2,116).
• Connor McCaffery (4.6) and Jordan Bohannon (3.2) rank first and second, respectively in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio. McCaffery is fourth nationally, while Bohannon is 21st.
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (25.3 ppg) and eighth in double-doubles (9). He has scored 479 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• Iowa, who has led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last two seasons, ranks third in the country, averaging 87.4 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: Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on FOX. Gus Johnson and Jimmy Jackson will call the action.
HAWKEYES POST SEASON SWEEP OVER RUTGERS
No. 15 Iowa completed the regular season sweep over No. 25 Rutgers by virtue of a 79-66 Hawkeye victory Wednesday evening in Iowa City.
• Wednesday’s victory was Iowa’s NCAA-best fifth against an AP Top 25 opponent this season. The Hawkeyes have won 10 of its last 11 against ranked opponents at home, dating back to last season.
• Both Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp recorded double-doubles, the ninth and third, respectively of the season for the Hawkeye duo. It marks the second contest this season the tandem posted double-doubles in the same game (Indiana, Jan. 21).
• Luka Garza netted his 500th point of the season in the second half. The All-American finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
• Joe Wieskamp amassed a game and season-best 26 points; he also snagged 10 defensive rebounds. He has grabbed eight or more defensive rebounds in four of the last six outings. Wieskamp topped 20 points for the fourth time this season and 14th time in his career.
• Wieskamp, who ranks 10th in career 3-pointers at Iowa, equaled a season best with five treys, marking the sixth time in eight games the junior has made three 3-pointers or more.
• Rutgers missed 15 of its first 16 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
• Guard CJ Fredrick returned to the starting lineup, playing 17 minutes.
• Rutgers’ 25 points first-half points are a season low for an Iowa opponent this season.
• Iowa improved to 4-1 against Rutgers in Iowa City.
• Iowa outscored Rutgers, 16-4, at the free throw line.
• The Scarlet Knights were led by Geo Baker and Jacob Young. Baker totaled 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Young contributed 10 points and four assists. Starting center Myles Johnson was held to just two points, one rebound, and one block.
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Reached 2,000 points in 113 games, faster than any other Big Ten player over the last 25 years. The only Big Ten player to reach the milestone faster was Wisconsin’s Michael Finley, who accomplished the feat in 107 games.
• Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten regular season games with 1,263 points. Garza has tallied 301 points in 13 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.
• Needs 52 points to surpass Roy Marble to become Iowa’s scoring leader.
• Only Hawkeye in program history with four 400-point seasons and one of 11 players in school history with two 500-point seasons.
• Accounts for nine of the 12 27-point/10-rebound games in the Fran McCaffery era.
• 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 57 percent on FGAs and 43 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. 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 76-56 advantage over Iowa in the series. The Spartans have won five of the last six and 14 of the last 17 meetings, dating back to 2011. Iowa won this season’s first meeting, 84-78, in Iowa City on Feb. 2.
The Spartans hold a 46-18 advantage in games played in East Lansing. Iowa snapped an 18-game losing streak at East Lansing, Michigan, with an impressive 76-59 win on Jan. 14, 2016, inside the Breslin Center. Iowa is 3-23 all-time at the Breslin Center.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State (86 NET Ranking) won all six nonconference contests, including winning at Duke on Dec. 1.
• Saturday will be Michigan State’s third consecutive home game, winning the previous two over Nebraska and Penn State.
• Five of Michigan State’s final seven contests will be against ranked opponents, with four of the five being contested at the Breslin Center.
• The Spartans registered a 60-58 victory over Penn State on Tuesday at the Breslin Center. Trailing 58-54 with tree minutes remaining, Michigan State scored the final six points of the game. Aaron Henry (20) and Malik Hall (10) combined for half of Michigan State’s scoring.
• Two Spartans average double digits in scoring: Aaron Henry (14.4) and Joey Hauser (10.5). Hauser ranks seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.8). Henry is sixth in free throw accuracy (.815), seventh in steals per game (1.4), and eighth in blocks (1.4).
• Michigan State has three players who have made 18 or more 3-pointers: Josh Langford (26), Joey Hauser (22), and Gabe Brown (18). Brown did not play in the previous game versus Iowa on Feb. 2. As a team, the Spartans shoot 32.7 percent from distance.
• The Spartans rank second in the Big Ten in assists per game (17.4), fourth in rebounding (38.7), fifth in free throw percentage (.750), and sixth in rebounding margin (+4.1).
• Tom Izzo is in his 26th season as head coach at Michigan State (638-248, .720).
LAST MEETING VERSUS MICHIGAN STATE
Iowa received a boost from its reserves in an 84-78 triumph over Michigan State on Feb. 2 in Iowa City.
• Iowa’s reserves combined for 39 points, 19 rebounds, and eight assists. The 39 points is the highest total by Iowa’s bench in a Big Ten contest this season.
• All-American Luka Garza finished the contest with game bests in scoring (27) and rebounding (12) for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season and 28th of his career. He is the first Hawkeye to amass at least 27/10 in a win over the Spartans since Acie Earl had 27/16 in a 96-90 (OT) victory on Jan. 28, 1993.
• The Hawkeyes valued the basketball committing a season-low five turnovers against Michigan State’s defense. The five turnovers ties for the fifth lowest total in a single game in the Fran McCaffery era.
• Half of Iowa’s 84 points came in the paint (42).
• Point guard Joe Toussaint provided a spark off the bench recording 10 points and a game-best six assists.
• CJ Fredrick returned to the lineup after missing time the last two games due to a lower leg injury, but was limited to 11 minutes.
• Three Spartan starters scored in double figures: Aaron Henry (24), Joshua Langford (15), and Joey Hauser (10).
• The Spartans tied its season high with 12 made 3-pointers, sinking its first six attempts.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 5
Iowa has three 1,000-point scorers on its 2020-21 roster: Luka Garza (2,065), Jordan Bohannon (1,513), and Joe Wieskamp (1,126). 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 (4,704 points and counting) is the second highest trio in school history behind the 1988-89 trio of Marble, Armstrong, and Horton (5,193 points).
VALUING THE BASKETBALL
Iowa ranks first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.04). The Hawkeyes have two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick has a blistering 10.0 ratio (40 assists; 4 turnovers), but does not meet the minimum assists per game requirements to be ranked. Connor McCaffery is fourth in the country with a 4.59 ratio (78 assists; 17 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 21st with a 3.17 ratio (92 assists; 29 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 was ranked in the AP Top 10 the first 11 weeks. The last time the Hawkeyes were ranked in the Top 10 11 consecutive weeks was the 1986-87 season. Iowa has been ranked all 12 weeks this 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.
IOWA VERSUS RANKED TEAMS
Iowa is 5-3 versus ranked teams this season. The five victories are the most by any team in the country during the 2020-21 season.
The Hawkeyes have won 10 of its 11 home games against AP ranked foes, with the line loss coming to No. 4 Ohio State on Feb. 4. That loss snapped Iowa’s nine-game win streak, the longest such streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
The Hawkeyes have won 17 games over ranked opponents over the last three seasons, which tie Kansas and Virginia for the second most in the country (Michigan State, 21).
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).
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).
Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks fifth in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.25), and 10th in defensive rebounds per game (5.35). Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 15 of Iowa’s 20 games this season and 60 career times. He became the 50th player in program history to score 1,000 career points on Jan. 20, 2021.
Wieskamp, who ranks 10th in career 3-pointers at Iowa, equaled a season best with five treys in Wednesday’s game versus No. 25 Rutgers, marking the sixth time in eight games the junior has made three 3-pointers or more.
Wieskamp totaled a game and season-best 26 points against the Scarlet Knights; he also snagged 10 defensive rebounds. He has grabbed eight or more defensive rebounds in four of the last six outings.
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.
EMOTIONAL YEAR FOR NUNGE
It was 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 of the year as he 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.
The native of Newburgh, Indiana, is Iowa’s leading scorer (7.3) and rebounder (5.6) off the bench.
Nunge equaled a career high with 18 points, bolstered by sinking a personal-best four triples versus No. 7 Ohio State on Feb. 4.
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 (4.9), second in blocked shots per game (1.0), and seventh in 3-pointers made (10). Murray started three of the last five contests, replacing the injured CJ Fredrick (lower leg injury).
Murray was one of the team’s key contributors in Iowa’s 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).
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 is tied with Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice for the most games played among active Division I players with 131.
Eighty-one percent of his made field goals have been 3-pointers (52-of-64). 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 336 3-pointers and is 38 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 336 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and tie Penn State’s Shep Garner for second best in Big Ten history. Bohannon has made three or more 3-pointers in nine of Iowa’s last 13 games.
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).
• The Hawkeyes rank first in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions).
• Iowa’s 42.5 scoring average in the first half ranks third nationally, while its 44.2 second half average ranks fifth.
• Iowa is 106-25 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 two of the top four active scorers in the Big Ten: Luka Garza is first with 2,065 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,513 points.
• 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’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.
• 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), Ryan Kriener (Belgium), Peter Jok (Spain), and Aaron White (Greece).
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.