|OPPONENT||#11 Iowa (15-6, 9-5) at #21 Wisconsin (15-7, 9-6)|
|LOCATION||Kohl Center – Madison, Wisconsin|
|DATE||Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021|
|TIPOFF||6:01 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 11 Iowa (15-6, 9-5) remains on the road Thursday to face No. 21 Wisconsin (15-7, 9-6). Tipoff is set for 6:01 p.m. (CT) at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
GAME #22 STORYLINES
• The Hawkeyes have eight combined Quad 1 (4) and Quad 2 (4) wins this season.
• Iowa has won an NCAA-best five games against AP Top 25 opponents this season.
• Iowa is averaging 9.4 turnovers per game through 21 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 (11.1%).
• Joe Wieskamp is this week’s Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in a pair of double-digit wins last week over No. 25 Rutgers (79-66) and Michigan State (88-58). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, shot a combined 59 percent from the field (16-of-27), including a blistering 71 percent from 3-point range (10-of-14) in the two wins.
• Joe Wieskamp is the first Hawkeye junior in school history with 1,100+ points, 500+ rebounds, 150+ 3-pointers, 100+ assists, and 75+ steals. He has made three or more triples in seven of the last nine games, shooting 31-of-51 (.608) during that span.
• Iowa starting guard CJ Fredrick has seen limited action since Iowa’s game on Jan. 21 due to a lower leg injury. He has missed four full games and halves of two others.
• Luka Garza is one of 11 Hawkeyes to post two 500-point seasons during their career. He 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 reached 2,000 points in 113 games, faster than any other Big Ten player over the last 25 years.
• Jordan Bohannon (599) is 14 assists from becoming Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612). Bohannon is five assists from becoming just the third player in program history with four 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner).
• The Hawkeyes have posted 24 runs of 10-0 or better this season, which includes scoring runs of 13-0 (first half) and 14-0 (second half) in Saturday’s contest at Michigan State.
• Luka Garza is Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten regular season games with 1,271 points and second in overall scoring; 44 points from surpassing Roy Marble (2,116).
• Connor McCaffery (4.2) and Jordan Bohannon (3.3) rank first and second, respectively in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio. McCaffery is seventh nationally, while Bohannon is 16th.
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (24.5 ppg) and 14th in double-doubles (9). He has scored 501 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: Thursday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN. Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale will call the action.
HAWKEYES SWEEP REGULAR SEASON SERIES VERUS MICHIGAN STATE
No. 15 Iowa cruised to an 88-58 victory over Michigan State last weekend at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan, to post a rare regular season sweep over the Spartans.
• Iowa’s 30-point win is its largest margin of victory ever in games played in East Lansing and the Spartans’ worst home defeat in 46 years (1975).
• Iowa’s 88 points are the most points scored at Michigan State since 1993 (96-90 OT).
• Iowa posted just its second regular season sweep over Michigan State since the 1993-94 season (2015-16). Saturday’s win was just Iowa’s second in its last 23 games in East Lansing (2016).
• Joe Wieskamp netted a game-best 21 points, leading the team in scoring for the fourth time in Iowa’s last six games. Wieskamp topped 20 points for the fifth time this season and 14th time in his career.
• Jack Nunge tied a career best with 18 points a posted game and career bests in rebounds (11) and assists (6). Nunge posted the second double-double of the season and third of his career. He reached double figures for the third time in five games.
• Iowa made 13 3-pointers, including eight in the first half. Wieskamp, who ranks 10th in career 3-pointers at Iowa, sank five treys, marking the seventh time in nine games the junior has made three 3-pointers or more.
• Connor McCaffery netted a season-high 16 points, bolstered by a personal best four triples.
• Jordan Bohannon moved into second place on the Big Ten career 3-pointers list surpassing Penn State’s Shep Garner. Bohannon scored six points moving him into the top 15 in Iowa career scoring. He registered four assists making him just the second player in program history with 600 assists (Jeff Horner).
• Guard CJ Fredrick did not play (lower leg injury).
• Iowa led by as many as 34 points in the second half.
• Michigan State was led by Gabe Brown (15 points) and Aaron Henry (13 points).
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Averaging 24.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2020-21 after averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in 2019-20. Garza is seeking to become just the third Big Ten player in the last 50 years to average 23 points and eight rebounds in consecutive seasons, joining Purdue’s Glenn Robinson (1992-93 & 1993-94) & Michigan’s Henry Wilmore (1970-71 & 1971-72).
• 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 1,271 points. Garza has tallied 309 points in 14 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 44 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
Thursday will be the 168th meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers own a narrow 85-82 advantage in the all-time series. The Hawkeyes won last season’s only meeting, 68-62, in Iowa City.
Eleven of the last 16 meetings, dating back to 2011, have been decided by seven points or less.
Wisconsin holds a 53-29 advantage in games played in Madison. The Badgers have won 13 of the last 15 games contested in Madison. Iowa is 4-13 at the Kohl Center, winning there in 2011 (72-65), 2000 (61-55), 1998 (79-76), and 2017 (59-57).
• Wisconsin (18 NET Ranking) has alternated wins and losses the last eight outings. The Badgers have not lost consecutive games this season.
• The Badgers are 11-3 at home this season, including a 5-3 mark in league games at the Kohl Center.
• Wisconsin lost its last outing, 67-59, to No. 3 Michigan on Sunday in Madison. The Badgers led 57-54, but the Wolverines outscored Wisconsin 13-2 the final four minutes, including scoring the last eight points the last two minutes. D’mitrik Trice scored a team-best 16 points, while Aleem Ford contributed 15 points.
• D’Mitrik Trice and Micah Potter led the team in scoring, averaging 13.6 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. Potter also leads the Badgers in rebounding (5.9).
• The Badgers have four players who have made over 22 3-pointers this season: Brad Davison (39), D’Mitrik Trice (39), Aleem Ford (33), and Micah Potter (22). Collectively, the Badgers shoot at a 36 percent clip from 3-point territory, fifth best in the Big Ten.
• Wisconsin ranks second in the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game (9.2). The Badgers rank first in the conference in scoring defense (62.6); second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4); and third in field goal percentage defense (.408), free throw percentage (.758), and turnover margin (2.5).
• Wisconsin assistant coach Dean Oliver was a three-time third-team All-Big Ten performer (1999-01) as a Hawkeye. Oliver’s 561 assists are fourth most in Iowa program history.
• Greg Gard is in his sixth season as collegiate head coach (116-63, .648). Gard led the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten regulation season title last season with a 14-6 conference record.
LAST MEETING VERSUS WISCONSIN
Iowa scored 23 of the final 28 points scored over the final seven minutes of regulation to register a 68-62 triumph over Wisconsin on Jan. 27, 2020, in Iowa City.
• Monday was the only regular season meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. So far, the Hawkeyes are 3-0 against one-plays this season (Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin).
• Luka Garza posted his Big Ten-leading 12th double-double of the season (21 points, 18 rebounds). The 18 rebounds equaled a personal best. Garza totaled 20+ points/10+ rebounds for the ninth time this season — tying for the most in the country — and second straight game.
• Freshman Toussaint tallied 11 points, bolstered by three traditional 3-point plays, including his third with 1:20 remaining to give Iowa the lead that it would not relinquish.
• Joe Wieskamp registered his third double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds).
• Iowa (25) made 19 more free throws than Wisconsin (6), while the Badgers (8) made five more 3-pointers than the Hawkeyes (3).
• Wisconsin was led by D’Mitrik Trice (16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) and Nate Reuvers (13 points, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds).
BOHANNON ERA AT WISCONSIN
Two of Jordan Bohannon’s older brothers played for the Badgers: Jason (2007-10) and Zach (2013-14).
Redshirt senior Jordan Bohannon, the youngest sibling, will likely play for the final time at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin, unless deciding to return for a sixth year in 2021-22.
Bohannon made the game-winning shot as a freshman, a 3-pointer in the final seconds, to lift the Hawkeyes over No. 22 Wisconsin (59-57) on March 2, 2017.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 5
Iowa has three 1,000-point scorers on its 2020-21 roster: Luka Garza (2,073), Jordan Bohannon (1,519), and Joe Wieskamp (1,147). 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 (4,739 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 (2.1). 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 seventh in the country with a 4.2 ratio (80 assists; 19 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 16th with a 3.3 ratio (95 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. Iowa has been ranked inside the Top 15 every week 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).
IT AIN’T EASY BEING WIESY
Joe Wieskamp is this week’s Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in a pair of double-digit wins last week over No. 25 Rutgers (79-66) and Michigan State (88-58). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, shot a combined 59 percent from the field (16-of-27), including a blistering 71 percent from 3-point range (10-of-14) in the two wins.
In Iowa’s 13-point triumph over the Scarlet Knights, Wieskamp posted his third double-double of the season and seventh of his career. He led all scorers with 26 points and controlled 10 defensive rebounds. Wieskamp made 64 percent of his total field goal attempts (9-of-14), including 5-of-7 from 3-point territory.
Wieskamp eclipsed 20 points for the second consecutive game in Saturday’s 30-point victory against Michigan State at the Breslin Center, netting a game-best 21 points and grabbing seven defensive rebounds. The 30-point win was Iowa’s largest margin of victory ever in East Lansing and the Spartans’ worst home defeat in 46 years. Once again, Wieskamp was dialed in from distance, sinking five of his seven 3-point attempts.
Wieskamp is 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 (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks fifth in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.38), and 10th in defensive rebounds per game (5.43).
Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 17 of Iowa’s 21 games this season and 62 career times. He became the 50th player in program history to score 1,000 career points on Jan. 20, 2021.
He is the first Hawkeye junior in school history to amass 1,100+ points, 500+ rebounds, 150+ 3-pointers, 100+ assists, and 75+ steals. Wieskamp has led or shared the team lead in scoring in four of the last six games, including the last three contests.
Wieskamp, who ranks ninth in career 3-pointers at Iowa, has made three or more triples in seven of the last nine games, shooting 31-of-51 (.608) during that span.
He has grabbed seven or more defensive rebounds in five of the last seven outings.
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 (7.8) and rebounder (5.9) off the bench. He has netted double figures in three of Iowa’s last five games.
Nunge posted career highs in rebounding (11) and assists (6) and tied a personal best with 18 points in Iowa’s win at Michigan State.
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 (1.0), and seventh in 3-pointers made (12). Murray started four of the last six 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 133.
Eighty-one percent of his made field goals have been 3-pointers (53-of-65). 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 337 3-pointers and is 37 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 337 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and are second best in Big Ten history. Bohannon has made three or more 3-pointers in nine of Iowa’s last 14 games.
Bohannon is four assists from becoming just the third Hawkeye to post four 100-assist seasons (Horner and Oliver).
• Fran McCaffery is one of four coaches to record multiple regular season sweeps of Michigan State during Tom Izzo’s tenure (Steve Fisher, John Beilein, and Matt Painter).
• The Hawkeyes rank first in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions).
• Iowa’s 42.7 scoring average in the first half ranks third nationally, while its 44.1 second half average ranks seventh.
• Iowa is 107-25 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 11 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 82-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 11 years.
• Iowa has two of the top four active scorers in the Big Ten: Luka Garza is first with 2,073 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,519 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.