|OPPONENT||Penn State (7-11, 4-10) at #11 Iowa (16-6, 10-5)|
|LOCATION||Carver-Hawkeye Arena – Iowa City, Iowa|
|DATE||Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021|
|TIPOFF||4:01 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 11 Iowa (16-6, 10-5) returns home to challenge Penn State (7-11, 4-10), presented by Green State Credit Union, on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 4:01 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Sunday will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Due to the pandemic, there will be no general admission admittance for this game.
GAME #23 STORYLINES
• Luka Garza is Iowa’s all-time scoring leader in Big Ten regular season games with 1,301 points and second in overall scoring; 14 points from surpassing Roy Marble (2,116).
• The Hawkeyes have nine combined Quad 1 (5) and Quad 2 (4) wins this season.
• Iowa has won an NCAA-best six games against AP Top 25 opponents this season.
• The Hawkeyes have held each of their last four opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• Iowa is averaging 9.5 turnovers per game. 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, this reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds during Iowa’s three-game win streak. Wieskamp is shooting the basketball at an extremely high level, making 61 percent of his field goal attempts (22-of-36) and a blistering 75 percent from 3-point range (15-of-20) during the winning streak.
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (24.7 ppg) and 14th in double-doubles (9). He has scored 531 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• 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 eight of the last 10 games, shooting 36-of-57 (.631) 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 (604) is nine assists from becoming Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612). Bohannon is one of three players in program history with four 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner).
• The Hawkeyes have posted 26 runs of 10-0 or better this season, which includes scoring runs of 14-0 and 10-0 in Thursday’s contest at No. 21 Wisconsin.
• Connor McCaffery (3.7) and Jordan Bohannon (3.4) rank first and second, respectively in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio. McCaffery is eighth nationally, while Bohannon is 13th.
• Iowa, who has led the Big Ten in scoring each of the last two seasons, ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the country this season, averaging 87.0 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: Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1. Adam Amin and Nick Bahe will call the action.
HAWKEYES WIN AT WISCONSIN ON THURSDAY
No. 11 Iowa posted its third consecutive victory on Thursday, going into Madison and knocking off No. 21 Wisconsin, 77-62, at the Kohl Center.
• Iowa’s 15-point victory is its largest in Madison since a 15-point win over the Badgers on Jan. 25, 1988. Iowa’s 77 points are the most scored at the Kohl Center since a 79-76 win on Feb. 3, 1998.
• Iowa with wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State for the first time since 1988.
• Thursday’s win was Iowa’s NCAA-best sixth against an AP Top 25 opponent this season.
• Luka Garza totaled 30 points and eight rebounds. Garza has netted 20+ 15 times this season and 52 times in his career. Garza made four 3-pointers, marking the third time this season the center made four or more triples. It was Garza’s NCAA-best seventh 30-point game and 12th of his career, trailing on John Johnson (13) for the most in school history.
• Garza’s 30-point performance was his sixth against an AP Top 25 opponent in his career. Over the last 25 seasons, the only player to have more 30-point games against ranked opponents is Duke’s Jay Williams (7).
• Joe Wieskamp netted 17 points, bolstered by draining a team-best five 3-pointers. His plus/minus for the game was a staggering +29. Wieskamp has made five 3-pointers in three consecutive games and three or more for the eighth time in 10 contests.
• Iowa shot a season-best 63.2 percent (12-of-17) from 3-point range.
• True freshman Keegan Murray snagged a game-best 12 rebounds off the bench.
• Thursday’s win was Fran McCaffery’s 99th regular season Big Ten victory.
• Jordan Bohannon was credited with a team-best five assists increasing his season total to 100. He is one of three Hawkeyes in program history with four 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner).
• Wisconsin was led by Micah Potter (23 points) and Brad Davison (15 points).
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Needs 14 points to surpass Roy Marble to become Iowa’s scoring leader.
• Garza’s 30-point performance at No. 21 Wisconsin on Thursday was his sixth against an AP Top 25 opponent in his career. Over the last 25 seasons, the only player to have more 30-point games against ranked opponents is Duke’s Jay Williams (7).
• Candidate for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award
• Averaging 24.7 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) and 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 1,301 points. Garza has tallied 339 points in 15 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.
• 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 three players in the country (Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski, Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert) to shoot at least 56 percent on FGAs and 45 percent on 3FGAs, with at least 30 made 3-pointers; Garza has attempted more than 100 field goal attempts than Kispert and 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 an NCAA-best seven times this season. Garza has topped 30 points 12 career times, second most in program history trailing only John Johnson (13). Garza has topped 22 points an NCAA-best 15 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.
• 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).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Iowa holds a 31-18 advantage in the series versus Penn State. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 18 meetings.
Penn State and Iowa split last season’s two meetings; the Hawkeyes were victorious in Iowa City (77-68) while the Nittany Lions won on a neutral court at The Palestra in Philadelphia (89-86).
Iowa holds a commanding 18-4 advantage in games played at Iowa City, with all 22 meetings taking place in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won 13 of the last 14 meetings in Iowa City.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
• Penn State (40 NET Ranking) has lost four of its last five, including three straight. The Nittany Lions dropped back-to-back games to Michigan State and Nebraska by a combined three points last week.
• Penn State lost its last outing, 82-72, to No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday in University Park. A 15-0 second half run lifted the Buckeyes to victory. Four of the eight Nittany Lions who played reached double figures in scoring, led by Myreon Jones’ 18 points. Penn State sank 12 triples and shot 45 percent from the field. However, the Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
• Sunday is the start of a two-game road trip for the Nittany Lions. Penn State will travel to Nebraska following the Iowa contest to face the Cornhuskers in a rescheduled game on Tuesday.
• Three Nittany Lions average double figures in scoring: Myreon Jones (15.1), Izaiah Brockington (13.7), and Seth Lundy (10.9). Jones has missed the last six games due to illness. Penn State has three players who have made 30+ 3-pointers this season: Myreon Jones (42), Myles Dread (31), and Seth Lundy (31).
• Penn State ranks first in the league in forced turnovers (14.3) and offensive rebounding (12.4); and second in 3-pointers per game (8.7) and steals (7.7). John Harrar ranks first in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding (3.7); Jamari Wheeler is second in steals per game (1.7); Myreon Jones is fourth in 3-pointers per game (2.3); while Izaiah Brockington is sixth in free throw accuracy (.814).
• Jim Ferry is Penn State’s interim head coach. Ferry was the head coach at Duquesne from 2012-17 before serving as an assistant coach under Pat Chambers the last three seasons.
LAST MEETING VERSUS PENN STATE
A 14-2 run spanning halves help lift No. 18 Iowa over No. 16 Penn State in a Top 25 Showdown on Feb. 29, 2020, in Iowa City.
• Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Luka Garza (25), Joe Wieskamp (13), and CJ Fredrick (10).
• All-American Luka Garza recorded a double-double totaling 25 points and 17 rebounds.
• After shooting 3-of-16 (.188) in the first half, Garza was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field in the second stanza.
• The Hawkeyes were credited with 22 assists on 28 field goals. Joe Toussaint dished out a personal-best eight assists.
• Starting guard CJ Fredrick returned to action scoring 10 points in 32 minutes after missing the previous three and a half games with an injury (ankle).
• Penn State was led by senior Lamar Stevens (20 points and 10 rebounds), freshman Seth Lundy (19 points and two steals), and sophomore Myles Dread (11 points).
Iowa made 52 percent (13-of-25) of its 3-point attempts at Michigan State and 63 percent (12-of-19) at Wisconsin; the last time Iowa sank 52 percent of its 3-point attempts in consecutive games was 2004 against UNC Greensboro and Northern Iowa.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK — 5
Iowa has three 1,000-point scorers on its 2020-21 roster: Luka Garza (2,103), Jordan Bohannon (1,525), and Joe Wieskamp (1,164). 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 (4,792 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 (2.07). The Hawkeyes have two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick has a blistering 11.0 ratio (44 assists; 4 turnovers), but does not meet the minimum assists per game requirements to be ranked. Connor McCaffery is eighth in the country with a 3.73 ratio (82 assists; 22 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 13th with a 3.45 ratio (100 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 6-3 versus ranked teams this season. The six 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 18 games over ranked foes over the last three seasons, second most in the nation (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 the reigning 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 Iowa’s 30-point victory against Michigan State at the Breslin Center on Feb. 13, 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. He is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds during Iowa’s three-game win streak. Wieskamp, who ranks ninth in career 3-pointers at Iowa, is shooting the basketball at an extremely high level, making 61 percent of his field goal attempts (22-of-36) and a blistering 75 percent from 3-point range (15-of-20) during the winning streak.
Wieskamp has made five 3-pointers in three consecutive games and three or more in eight of the last 10 contests, shooting 36-of-57 (.631) during that span. He went 5-of-6 from long distance in Iowa’s last outing at No. 21 Wisconsin.
Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks second in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.5), and seventh in defensive rebounds per game (5.5). Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 18 of Iowa’s 22 games this season and 63 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 seven contests.
He has grabbed seven or more defensive rebounds in six of the last eight 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 (5.7) off the bench. He has netted double figures in three of Iowa’s last six games.
He made six crucial points (and-1 and 3-pointer) in the second half when the Badgers were making a run Thursday night.
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 (5.1), second in blocked shots per game (1.0), and seventh in 3-pointers made (12). Murray started four of the last seven 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 134.
Eighty-two percent of his made field goals have been 3-pointers (54-of-66). 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 338 3-pointers and is 36 triples from tying the all-time Big Ten record (374, Jon Diebler). His 338 triples are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and are second best in Big Ten history.
Bohannon is one of only three Hawkeyes to post four 100-assist seasons (Jeff Horner, Dean 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 42.4 scoring average in the first half ranks third nationally, while its 44.0 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 2,103 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,525 points.
• The Hawkeyes opened their season with 93+ points in each of their first six games for the first time in program history.
• The Hawkeyes have won 70 of its last 75 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Iowa’s 88-58 win over Michigan State on Feb. 13, is its largest margin of victory (30 points) ever 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). The Hawkeyes posted just their second regular season sweep over Michigan State since the 1993-94 season (2015-16). The win was just Iowa’s second in its last 23 games in East Lansing (2016).
• 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 G League: Erie BayHawks), 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.