|OPPONENT||#9 Iowa (17-6, 11-5) at #3 Michigan (16-1, 11-1)|
|LOCATION||Crisler Center – Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|DATE||Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021|
|TIPOFF||6:01 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
No. 11 Iowa (17-6, 11-5) hits the road for a pair of games against AP Top 5 opponents, beginning Thursday against third-ranked and Big Ten-leading Michigan (16-1, 11-1). Tipoff is scheduled for 6:01 p.m. (CT) at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thursday will be the only regular season contest between the two teams. The Hawkeyes are seeking their first five-game win streak in February since 2015.
GAME #24 STORYLINES
• Luka Garza became the program’s all-time leading scorer in its last outing versus Penn State, surpassing the late-great Roy Marble. Garza reached Marble’s 32-year old all-time benchmark 15 games faster than Marble (119 games).
• Jordan Bohannon (610) is three 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).
• Michigan is ranked No. 3 and Iowa is ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. The last time these two teams played with both teams ranked in the Top 10 was Feb. 9, 1989 (No. 10 Michigan edged No. 8 Iowa, 108-107 in double overtime in Iowa City).
• Luka Garza was named this week’s Naismith Trophy Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week leading the Hawkeyes to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State. Garza averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests. He totaled 30 points and eight boards against the Badgers, and 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Nittany Lions.
• The Hawkeyes have 10 combined Quad 1 (4) and Quad 2 (6) 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 five opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• Iowa averages 9.7 turnovers per game. The Hawkeyes are on pace to break the school record for turnovers per game in a single season, which is 10.3 set during the 2015-16 season. Iowa ranks first in the country in turnovers per offensive play (11.6%).
• Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (24.7 ppg) and 13th in double-doubles (10). He has scored 531 points against AP Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• Jerry West Award Finalist 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 11 games, shooting 37-of-62 (.597) 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, 850 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.
• The Hawkeyes have posted 26 runs of 10-0 or better this season, which includes scoring runs of 14-0 and 10-0 in last Thursday’s contest at No. 21 Wisconsin.
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 game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale will call the action.
IOWA UPENDS PENN STATE IN IOWA CITY
No. 11 Iowa erased a five-point halftime deficit to rally and win its fourth straight game, 74-68, over Penn State on Sunday in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
• Luka Garza broke the program’s 32-year old all-time scoring record previously held by Roy Marble (2,116 in 134 games) with a second-half layup at the 8:18 mark. Garza reached the benchmark 15 games faster than Marble (119 games). The All-American posted his team-leading 10th double-double of the season and 31st of his career (23 points and 11 rebounds).
• Garza, the nation’s leading scorer, has netted 22+ points and NCAA-best 16 times this year.
• Joe Wieskamp was Iowa’s second player to register a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds), his fourth of the season and eighth of his career. Wieskamp was limited to two first-half points, but scored nine straight Iowa points to start the second half.
• Nine of Wieskamp’s 11 rebounds were defensive; he has grabbed seven or more defensive rebounds in seven of the last nine outings.
• Iowa has held its last five Big Ten opponents to 70 points or fewer.
• CJ Fredrick tallied 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including a game-best 4-of-7 from 3-point range, his highest total since Dec. 29, 2020 (19 versus Northwestern). Fredrick was a game-best +14 in the plus/minus statistic.
• Iowa held Penn State to only two field goals over the final 12:16 of the second half.
• Iowa recorded its first win of the season when trailing at halftime (1-4).
• Three Nittany Lions scored in double figures: Myreon Jones (11), Izaiah Brockington (11), and Myles Dread (10).
• Iowa improved to 19-4 against Penn State inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, winning 14 of the last 15 meetings.
LUKA GARZA CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Named the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists and one block in wins over No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State.
• Ranks 21st in Big Ten history with 2,126 career points.
• Broke Iowa’s 32-year old all-time scoring record in the last outing versus Penn State.
• Garza’s 30-point performance at No. 21 Wisconsin last 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).
• One of 10 final candidates for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award.
• Averaging 24.7 points and 8.5 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 1,324 points. Garza has tallied 362 points in 16 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.
• One of only three players in the nation (Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski, Duke’s Matthew Hurt) to shoot at least 56 percent on FGAs and 44 percent on 3FGAs, with at least 30 made 3-pointers; Garza has attempted more than 100 field goal attempts than Hurt 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 four times (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 averaged 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in wins over No. 16 North Carolina, Iowa State, and Northern Illinois. He averaged 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 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).
BACK-TO-BACK VERSUS TOP 5 TEAMS
Iowa is scheduled to play back-to-back games against AP Top 5 teams later this week at No. 3 Michigan on Thursday and at No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday.
The last time the Hawkeyes played back-to-back contests against Top 5 teams was during the 2012-13 season (lost at home to No. 5 Indiana on Dec. 31, 2012 and lost at No. 2 Michigan on Jan. 6, 2013).
The last time an Iowa team played consecutive games against Top 5 teams was during the 1964-65 season (lost at No. 5 Indiana on Jan. 18, 1965 and lost at No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 29, 1965).
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Michigan holds a 96-65 edge in the series. The two teams split last season’s two meetings with each team winning on its home floor.
The Wolverines hold a 53-24 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor. The teams have split the last four meetings at the Crisler Center, with Michigan winning the last two. Iowa’s 72-54 victory in Ann Arbor in 2015, was Iowa’s largest margin of victory at Michigan in 61 years.
• Michigan (3 NET Ranking) has won 16 of its 17 games, with the lone setback coming on the road at Minnesota on Jan. 16. The Wolberines are a perfect 11-0 at the Crisler Center.
• Michigan’s last three games have each been decided by eight points or less, with the Wolverines winning all three.
• In its last outing at No. 4 Ohio State, Michigan won 92-87 in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines shot a blistering 10-of-13 (.769) from 3-point range in the first half, while cooling off over the final 20 minutes (1-of-10, .100). Freshman center Hunter Dickinson tallied a team-best 22 points. Eli Brooks netted 17 points, while Mike Smith contributed 11 points and a game-best seven assists.
• Michigan ranks first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.385); second in fewest fouls per game (14.8), blocks (5.0), field goal (.502) and free throw (.767) accuracy, and rebounding margin (+8.2); and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), 3-point field goal percentage (.387) and scoring offense (79.1).
• Three starters average double figures in scoring: Hunter Dickinson (15.0), Isaiah Livers (14.4), and Franz Wagner (12.4). Dickinson ranks ninth in the country in field goal percentage (.639).
• Five Wolverines have made 20+ 3-pointers, led by Isaiah Livers (39).
• Freshman center Hunter Dickinson hails from Alexandria, Virginia, the same area where Iowa center Luka Garza was raised.
• Former Michigan All-American Juwan Howard is in his second season as a collegiate head coach. Howard previously spent the last six years with the Miami Heat. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Howard played 19 years in the NBA, including winning back-to-back NBA championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013. Howard helped lead the Wolverines to Final Four appearances in 1992 and 1993.
GARZA VERSUS THE WOLVERINES
Luka Garza amassed 77 points in two games against the Wolverines in 2019-20, the most points by any Big Ten player versus a single opponent in regular season conference play over the last 20 seasons.
Garza netted career point No. 1,000 at Michigan last season on Dec. 6, 2020, in the process of amassing a career-high 44 points in Ann Arbor — the most points scored in a game by an Iowa big man, third most in program history, most by an opposing player in Crisler Center history.
Garza’s 44 points are the most in a game by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 against Kansas on March 24, 1994. Garza made 17 field goals versus Michigan, tying Bruce King (vs. Michigan on Jan. 31, 1976) for third most in a game in Iowa history. His 32 attempts tie three others (Fred Brown, Murray Wier and Charles Darling) for fourth most in a game in Iowa history.
Garza accumulated 33 points and seven rebounds when the Wolverines played at Iowa on Jan. 17, 2020. Garza made a career-high 11 free throws and was 10-of-18 from the field.
LAST MEETING VERSUS MICHIGAN
Trailing by six points with 7:44 remaining, Iowa used a 10-0 run and never relinquished the lead down the stretch in a 90-83 triumph over No. 19 Michigan Friday in Iowa City on Jan. 17, 2020.
• For the first time since Iowa’s win over Illinois on Jan. 20, 2019 (Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp, Isaiah Moss), the Hawkeyes had three players score 20 points or more in the same game. Big Ten leading scorer, Luka Garza, had 33 points (career-high 11 free throws made), while CJ Fredrick tied a personal best with 21 and Joe Wieskamp netted 20.
• In two games against the Wolverines last season, Garza totaled 77 points.
• Iowa was a season-best 27-of-30 (.900) from the foul line, making its first 17 attempts. Michigan was 4-of-5 (.800) from the charity stripe.
• Connor McCaffery did not score, but grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, to go along with five assists.
• Four Wolverines scored in double figures: Eli Brooks (25); Franz Wagner (18); Jon Teske (14); and David DeJulius (10).
GARZA EARNS 2 WEEKLY AWARDS
Luka Garza was named this week’s Naismith Trophy Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, leading Iowa to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State.
Garza averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests. He totaled 30 points and eight boards against the Badgers, and 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Nittany Lions.
The native of Washington, D.C., became Iowa’s all-time leading scorer in its last outing against Penn State on Sunday. Garza broke the school’s 32-year old record held by Roy Marble. Garza’s layup with 8:18 remaining in the second half was the record-breaking basket. Garza recorded his 31st career double-double and team-leading 10th of the season, totaling 23 points and 11 rebounds, against the Nittany Lions.
Garza totaled 30 points and eight rebounds against the Badgers last Thursday. He was 11-of-19 (.579) from the field, including a blistering 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point territory. The 15-point victory (77-62) at Wisconsin is its largest margin of victory in Madison since a 15-point win over the Badgers on Jan. 25, 1988; its 77 points are the most scored by a Hawkeye team at the Kohl Center since a 79-76 win on Feb. 3, 1998.
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 (2,126), Jordan Bohannon (1,531), and Joe Wieskamp (1,175). 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 (4,832 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 (2.01). The Hawkeyes have two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick has a blistering 11.5 ratio (46 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 3.65 ratio (84 assists; 23 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is eighth with a 3.53 ratio (106 assists; 30 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. Iowa has been ranked inside the Top 15 every week this season, including No. 9 this week.
• 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 was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 15, after averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in a pair of double-digit wins 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 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 five finalists for the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He is averaging 18.8 points and nine rebounds during Iowa’s four-game win streak. Wieskamp, who ranks ninth in career 3-pointers at Iowa, is shooting the basketball at an extremely high level, making 55 percent of his field goal attempts (26-of-47) and a blistering 64 percent from 3-point range (16-of-25) during the winning streak.
Wieskamp has made five 3-pointers in three of the last four games and three or more in eight of the last 11 contests, shooting 37-of-62 (.597) during that span. He went 5-of-6 from long distance last Thursday at No. 21 Wisconsin.
Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks second in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.43), and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.65). He leads all players in 3-point accuracy, making 50.6 percent of his attempts (41-of-81) in Big Ten play.
Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 19 of Iowa’s 23 games this season and 64 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 eight contests.
He has grabbed seven or more defensive rebounds in seven of the last nine 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 (7.5) and rebounder (5.6) off the bench.
He made six crucial points (and-1 and 3-pointer) in the second half when the Badgers were making a run last 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 (1.04), and seventh in 3-pointers made (13). Murray started four of the last eight 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 135. Furthermore, his 135 games played are seventh most in school history.
Eighty-two percent of his made field goals have been 3-pointers (56-of-68). 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 340 3-pointers, which are the most of any active player from a Power 5 conference and second best in Big Ten history (374, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler).
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 have won 10 or more Big Ten games six of the last seven seasons.
• The Hawkeyes rank first in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions).
• 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 86.4 points per game.
• Iowa’s 42.1 scoring average in the first half ranks fourth nationally, while its 43.7 second half average ranks seventh.
• The Hawkeyes have won 70 of its last 75 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• 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 2,126 points, while Jordan Bohannon is fourth with 1,531 points.
• The Hawkeyes opened their season with 93+ points in each of their first six games for the first time in program history.
• Iowa’s 15-point victory (77-62) is its largest in Madison since a 15-point win over the Badgers in 1988. Iowa’s 77 points are the most scored at the Kohl Center since a 79-76 win in 1998.
• 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 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 recorded wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State for the first time since 1988.
• 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.
• 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.
• Entering the 2020-21 season, 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.
• 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.