|OPPONENT||Indiana (12-3, 3-2) vs. Iowa (11-4, 1-3)|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)|
|DATE||Thursday, Jan. 13|
|TIP-OFF||8:07 p.m. (CT)|
|TICKETS||Adults ($25); Students/Kids ($15)|
|RADIO||HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK|
|LIVE STATS||Live Stats|
Iowa (11-4, 1-3) returns home to host Indiana (12-3, 3-2) on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,056). Thursday will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth and UI Students. Terrace Club tickets are also available for purchase for $61.25.
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 on FS1. Joe Davis and Bill Raftery will call the action.
GAME #16 STORYLINES
• Iowa has limited its turnovers in each of the first 15 games. The Hawkeyes are second in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02); third in fewest turnovers per game (8.7); and 10th in turnover margin (5.7).
• Iowa has one player on its roster who hails from Indiana: Tony Perkins (Indianapolis).
• Keegan Murray is tops in the country in points per game (24.5); 24th in field goal percentage (.595); 42nd in blocks per contest (2.1); and 59th in free throws made (59). Murray is a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree and one of 25 players selected to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Watch List.
• Iowa ranks No. 27 in the NCAA NET, while Indiana is ranked No. 33.
• Iowa is tops in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in scoring offense (86.7). The Hawkeyes have ranked first in the Big Ten in scoring offense the last three seasons. Iowa’s 83.7 points per game average in 2021 is its highest since the 1988-89 season (89.6). The Hawkeyes have led the conference in scoring four of the last eight seasons.
• Kris Murray leads the squad in 3-point accuracy, making 43.9 percent (18-of-41) of his attempts, while Jordan Bohannon ranks second (.402, 35-of-87). Bohannon is one 3-point field goal made from No. 400 and four 3-point attempts from No. 1,000.
• Jordan Bohannon is Iowa’s career leader in assists (662), free throw percentage (.884), games played (158), and 3-pointers (399). Bohannon became the NCAA all-time leader in games played last Thursday, surpassing Ohio State’s David Lighty (2007-11).
• The Hawkeyes have had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined 14 times in 15 games.
• Jordan Bohannon (109) and Connor McCaffery (90) rank second and fourth, respectively, in most career wins among active Big Ten players.
• Jordan Bohannon sank his 375th career 3-pointer on Nov. 18, to surpass Ohio State’s Jon Diebler (2008-11) to become the Big Ten’s all-time 3-point leader.
• Iowa has been making the most of its trips to the foul line. The Hawkeyes are shooting 77 percent from the foul line. Iowa is tops in the Big Ten and 28th nationally in free throw accuracy. The Hawkeyes have made (241) nearly more free throws than their opponents have attempted (247). The 241 free throw makes are 12th most in the NCAA.
• Fran McCaffery has coached a first-team All-Big Ten honoree six of the last eight years. He has guided Iowa to 20+ wins seven of the last nine seasons and Big Ten upper division finishes eight of the last nine years. Iowa, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have each recorded a Big Ten-best eight first division finishes since 2013.
• Iowa is the only Division I program with two sets of brothers on the 2021-22 roster, with one being identical twins. Connor and Patrick McCaffery are two years apart, while Keegan and Kris Murray are identical twins. The Murray twins are one of five twins on Division I rosters this season (Arizona State, San Diego State, SIUE, and Wisconsin).
HAWKEYES FALL AT #23 WISCONSIN
No. 23 Wisconsin outrebounded the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes by 17 in an 87-78 victory at the Kohl Center in Madison Wisconsin last Thursday in the only regular season meeting.
• The game featured two of the country’s top scoring players. Iowa’s Keegan Murray posted team bests in points (27) and blocked shots (3). Murray has tallied 20+ points 11 times, including five straight, and 25+ points an NCAA-best eight times this season. Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis registered 26 points and nine rebounds.
• Jordan Bohannon became the NCAA all-time leader in career games. Last Thursday was game No. 158 for the sixth year senior. He had 12 points, all in the second half, and three assists.
• After making only one 3-pointer in the first half, the Hawkeyes drained seven triples in the second half.
• Both teams shot the ball well from the field. Wisconsin made 50 percent of its attempts (33-of-66), while Iowa made 49 percent (30-of-61).
• All five Badgers scored in double digits. In addition to Davis’ 26, Brad Davison netted 18, Tyler Wahl had 16, Steven Crawl recorded 12, while Chucky Hepburn tallied 11. Front court starters Wahl and Crowl combined to shoot 12-of-15 (.800) from the field.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Indiana holds a 106-78 advantage in the series, dating back to 1909.
Two of the last nine contests have been decided in overtime in Iowa City, with the Hawkeyes winning both (2017, 2019).
Iowa leads, 46-43, in games played at Iowa City, holding a 21-13 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won nine of the last 14 meetings in Iowa City.
• Indiana (33 NET Ranking) has won five of its last six games. Three of its last four contests have been played at home.
• The Hoosiers are a perfect 11-0 in home games, but are 0-3 in true road games. Indiana fell at Syracuse (112-110 OT), at Wisconsin (64-59), and at Penn State (61-58).
• Indiana won its last outing, 73-60, over Minnesota on Sunday. Five players netted double figures, led by Xavier Johnson’s 14 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis posted his sixth double-double of the season (13 points, 12 rebounds). The Hoosiers held the Gophers to 38 percent shooting from the field, including 20 percent from 3-point range.
• Two Hoosiers average double figures in scoring: Trayce Jackson-Davis (19.4) and Race Thompson (10.7). Indiana has two players who have made 15 or more 3-pointers this season: Parker Stewart (31) and Northwestern transfer Miller Kopp (17). Jackson-Davis ranks 13th nationally in blocked shots (3.0); 14th in free throw attempts (92); 20th in field goal percentage (.600); and 35th in points per game (19.4).
• Indiana ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.353); fourth in defensive rebounding (30.8); 18th in blocks per contest (5.6); 21st in rebounding margin (+8.2); and 33rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.289).
• The Hoosiers are 3-3 in games decided by seven points or less, including a 1-2 mark in games decided by three points or fewer.
• Indiana has the same number of blocked shots (84) and steals (84) through 15 games.
• Indiana’s next two games are on the road, traveling to Nebraska on Monday following Thursday’s contest in Iowa City. After this two-game western road swing, the Hoosiers will return home for three straight (Purdue, Michigan, and Penn State).
• Former All-American and Indianapolis native Mike Woodson is in his first year as Indiana’s head coach. Woodson returns to Bloomington after playing 11 seasons in the NBA and serving as a coach in the league for seven NBA franchises, including nine years combined as a head coach with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.
LAST MEETING AGAINST INDIANA
Indiana completed the season sweep over No. 8 Iowa with a 67-65 victory at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, on Feb. 7, 2021.
• Armaan Franklin sank a 15-footer with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Hoosiers to victory.
• Iowa was led by Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp, each netting 18 points. Garza scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including a stretch of scoring 12 straight points. Wieskamp netted 15 of his 18 points in the first half. Wieskamp also led the team in rebounding, pulling down eight boards.
• Jordan Bohannon tallied 11 points to move past 1,500 career points. He also tied a career high with seven rebounds.
• Connor McCaffery posted a game-best +23 plus-minus in 24 minutes of action.
• Iowa shot the basketball well from the free throw line, sinking 19-of-22 (.864).
• Trayce Jackson-Davis posted a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Race Thompson scored 15 points and blocked a game-best four shots for the Hoosiers.
VALUING THE BASKETBALL
The Hawkeyes rank second in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02); third in fewest turnovers per game (8.7); and 10th in turnover margin (5.7).
McCaffery has continued his mastery of limiting turnovers in 2021-22 with 30 assists and only five turnovers, boasting a robust 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ahron Ulis’ 2.88 ratio is third best in the league and 24th nationally.
Iowa ranked first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02) last season. The Hawkeyes had two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. Connor McCaffery was fourth in the country with a 3.73 ratio (112 assists; 30 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon was 13th with a 3.07 ratio (135 assists; 44 turnovers).
At Virginia and versus Illinois, the Hawkeyes committed a season-low four turnovers, tying the third fewest total in a single-game in the Fran McCaffery era. The four turnovers against the Cavaliers are the fourth lowest in any Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.
KEEGAN MURRAY GARNERS HONORS
Keegan Murray is one of 25 players selected to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Watch List and has been named Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season (Dec. 20; Nov. 22; Jan. 3).
The Hawkeyes have had a student-athlete named to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 25 three straight years and four of the last seven seasons. Former Hawkeye Luka Garza was the recipient of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award and was a finalist in 2020 award, while Jarrod Uthoff was a semifinalist in 2016.
Murray and former Hawkeye and All-American Luka Garza are the only Hawkeyes to earn three Big Ten Player of the Week accolades in the same season since the award was started in 1981-82.
Murray powered the Hawkeyes to a convincing 94-75 victory over Utah State on Dec. 18, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Murray exploded for a career-best 35 points. He scored 18 straight Hawkeye points spanning 6:08 in the first half. Murray was six points from the arena record. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also totaled a game-best seven rebounds and had two steals, one block, and an assist. Iowa was +22 when Murray was on the court against the Aggies.
Murray averaged 26.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in a pair of wins over N.C. Central and Alabama State. He had a historic stat line against N.C. Central, totaling 27 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks against the Eagles. He became the fourth Hawkeye over the last five decades, and first since 1977, to score 20+ points and grab 20+ rebounds in a game. Against Alabama State, Murray amassed 26 points, six rebounds, and a career-high four assists. He sank two of Iowa’s school-record 20 3-pointers in a 26-point win.
Murray posted game bests in points (29), rebounds (10), and blocks (3), while also dishing out three assists in Iowa’s 92-71 win over Western Illinois on Dec. 29. He registered his third double-double of the season and shot a blistering 65 percent from the field, making 13-of-20 attempts.
JORDAN BOHANNON HOLDS 4 IOWA ALL-TIME RECORDS
Jordan Bohannon, competing in his sixth season, is the program’s career leader in four statistical categories: assists (662), 3-pointers made (399), games played (158), and free throw percentage (.884, 321-363). His 399 triples are the most in Big Ten history and 137 more than any other Hawkeye.
Bohannon (158) became the NCAA all-time leader in career games played last Thursday at Wisconsin, surpassing Ohio State’s David Lighty (157 games played between 2007-11). Bohannon ranks fourth in career scoring (1,800) and is 60 points from surpassing Aaron White (1,859) for third.
Bohannon, an honorable mention all-conference honoree in 2021, is one of 30 Division I players over the last 25 years to make 75+ 3-pointers in four seasons.
Bohannon ranked first in the league in 3-point accuracy (.394) and second in 3-pointers made per game (2.58) in 2021. He was second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.07) and fourth in assists per contest (4.4).
Bohannon’s 80 3-pointers in 2021 are fourth most and his 135 assists are ninth most by a senior in program history.
He is one of only three Division I players since the 1992-93 season to amass more than 625 assists and 360 3-pointers.
Bohannon is one of only three Hawkeyes to post four 100-assist seasons (Jeff Horner, Dean Oliver). He has accumulated seven points-assists double-doubles, the most in school history. Bohannon registered a school-record eight games with 10 or more assists.
TWICE AS NICE
Sophomores Keegan and Kris Murray rank first and fourth, respectively, in team scoring. Keegan averages 24.7 points, while Kris averages 9.4 points. Keegan also ranks first on the squad in rebounds per game (7.9), blocks per game (2.1), and free throws made (59), while Kris ranks third on the squad in rebounds per contest (4.6), and first in 3-point accuracy (.439, 18-of-41).
The Murray’s combined for 52 of Iowa’s 94 points versus Utah State. Keegan amassed a career-high 35 points, while Kris matched a personal best with 17 points against the Aggies. The duo also combined for 11 rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots.
TOUSSAINT RETURNS TO STARTING LINEUP
Junior Joe Toussaint has been a good floor general so far this season. After starting 20 games in 2019, his role changed to coming off the bench last year with a roster filled with upperclassmen.
The native of Bronx, New York, nearly registered his second points-assists double-double of the season on Jan. 3, against Maryland, totaling nine points and posting game bests in assists (9) and steals (3).
Toussaint scored the game-winning bucket with eight seconds remaining at Virginia on Nov. 29.
He was all over the floor in the opener versus Longwood tallying nine points, four assists, and four of Iowa’s six steals. Against Alabama State, he totaled a career-high 11 assists and a season-high 11 points.
Toussaint ranks 11th in the Big Ten in assists per game (3.86) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6). He has already surpassed his 3-point field goals made mark from a year ago at the midway point of this season (5).
Iowa has played 2,887 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,703-1,184 (.590). Iowa’s 1,703 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,091-375 (.744) record in home games, a 612-809 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 803-808 (.498) mark in Big Ten games and a 495-149 (.768) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
Iowa is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season, losing all three on the road at No. 2 Purdue (77-70), at No. 17 Iowa State (73-53), and at No. 23 Wisconsin (87-78).
Iowa’s eight victories versus ranked opponents tied Illinois and Kansas for third most by any team in the country during the 2020-21 season (Baylor, 11; Oklahoma State, 9). Additionally, the eight wins are the most by a Hawkeye team since 2006 (8).
The Hawkeyes won 15 games over ranked foes the previous two seasons, the most in the country.
Iowa won seven contests against ranked opponents in 2019-20, the most by any team nationally.
SPOTLIGHTING KEEGAN MURRAY’S DOMINATING EFFORT
Keegan Murray posted 27 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in Iowa’s win over North Carolina Central on Nov. 16. He accomplished something that has not been done in over four decades by a Hawkeye.
Murray is the first Hawkeye to total 25+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game since Bruce King in 1977. King had 31 points and 21 rebounds vs. Ohio State in 1977.
Murray is one four players over the last five decades to post a 20-20 game: Kevin Kunnert (24-23) vs. Illinois in 1972; Fred Haberecht (29-20) vs. Wisconsin in 1975; Bruce King (42-20) vs. Pittsburgh in 1976; Bruce King (31-21) vs. Ohio State in 1977.
The last Big Ten player to have a 20-20 performance was Purdue’s Trevion Williams at Michigan on Jan. 9, 2020 (36-20).
Murray is the first Hawkeye since Greg Brunner in 2006 to grab 20+ rebounds in a game; Brunner had 23 against Minnesota on Jan. 18, 2006.
Murray is the first major conference player with 27+ points, 21+ rebounds, and 4+ blocks since Kansas State’s Michael Beasley versus Sacramento State on Nov. 9, 2007.
• Keegan Murray and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (2007-08) are the only two players from a major conference to score 24+ points in each of their first five games of the season over the last 15 years. He is one of three Big Ten players since the 2002-03 season with six consecutive 20-point games to start the season.
• Iowa posted school single-game records in 3-pointers made (20) and attempted (44) against Alabama State on Nov. 18, besting the previous records of 19-of-43 against Savannah State on Dec. 22, 2018. Iowa’s 20 3-pointers made equals the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record (20 by Purdue on Jan. 20, 2018).
• The Hawkeyes topped the century mark in three of its first five games (Longwood, Alabama State, Western Michigan). The last time an Iowa team scored 100+ points in three of its first five games was the start of the 1997-98 season.
• Iowa is 119-27 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 12 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 87-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 12 years.
• The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine, including four straight, Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.
• Virginia has allowed 75+ points at home only six times under head coach Tony Bennett. Iowa has accounted for two of those six (75 in 2021 and 75 in 2013).
• Iowa has won 77 of its last 82 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• The Hawkeyes have won 10 or more Big Ten games six of the last seven seasons.
• Iowa has won an NCAA Tournament game each of its last four tournament appearances.
• Iowa has qualified for five NCAA tournaments over the last seven completed seasons (2014-16, 2019, 2021) and eight postseason tournaments over the last nine completed seasons (5 NCAA; 3 NIT).
• Iowa has won 14 home games each of the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes have averaged just over 13 home victories since Fran McCaffery’s arrival in Iowa City in 2011.
KEEGAN MURRAY TABBED PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN
Sophomore forward Keegan Murray was named to the 2021-22 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year.
It marks the third straight season that one or more Hawkeyes have been selected to the preseason list, voted upon by a selected panel of media. Joe Wieskamp was selected in 2019 and 2020, while Luka Garza was tabbed the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year in November 2020.
Murray is one of the league’s top emerging players after being named to the five-player All-Big Ten Freshman Team a year ago. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native was one of only five players nationally — and only bench player — to amass 200 points, 35 blocks, 25 steals, and 15 3-pointers. He was the team’s leading scorer (7.8) and rebounder (5.5) off the bench in conference play. Murray led team in blocks 12 times and steals five times. The 6-foot-8 forward was second on the team in steals (26) and ranked 11th in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game (1.26).
His 39 blocks tie for fourth most by a freshman in program history.
Murray totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and a steal in Iowa’s first-round victory over Grand Canyon to become the first Hawkeye ever to stuff the stat sheet with those numbers in an NCAA Tournament contest.
McCAFFERY CLIMBING WINS CHART
Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes have reached 20 wins seven of the last nine seasons. McCaffery and Tom Davis (10) are the only Iowa coaches to win 20 or more games in at least seven seasons.
Among Iowa’s head basketball coaches, McCaffery ranks second in tournament appearances behind Davis (9). 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: Joe Wieskamp (NBA San Antonio Spurs), Luka Garza (NBA Detroit Pistons), Jarrod Uthoff (Japan), Devyn Marble (Israel), Tyler Cook (NBA Chicago Bulls), Anthony Clemmons (Italy), Gabriel Olaseni (Turkey), Ryan Kriener (Matsuyama), Bakari Evelyn (Germany), Peter Jok (France), Melsahn Basabe (Puerto Rico), and Aaron White (Serbia).
Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 75 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 125 years of collegiate coaching under their belts.