Game Notes: Iowa vs Minnesota

OPPONENT Minnesota (11-8, 2-8) vs. Iowa (14-7, 4-6)
LOCATION Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
DATE Sunday, Feb. 1
TIP-OFF 3:31 p.m. (CT)
TICKETS Adults ($30); Students/Kids ($15)
TV Big Ten Network

Iowa (14-7, 4-6) will host Minnesota (11-8, 2-8) on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:31 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,056) in Iowa City, Iowa. Tickets are available for purchase at

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 on Big Ten Network. Dave Revsine and Robbie Hummel will call the action.

• Iowa’s midweek game at No. 16 Ohio State was postponed due to travel complications and Winter Storm Landon sweeping through the Midwest.
• Jordan Bohannon (1,848) is 11 points from tying and 12 points from surpassing Aaron White (1,859) for third place on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart.
• Iowa is 11-2 in home games, averaging 90 points and nearly nine steals per game, and shooting 80 percent from the foul line and 47.6 percent from the field.
• The Hawkeyes are first in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.9); and fourth in turnover margin (6.0).
• Iowa ranks No. 24 in the NCAA NET, while Minnesota is ranked No. 90. The Hawkeyes have two Quad 2 victories on their resume (Indiana; Utah State). Five of Iowa’s seven losses have come to teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this week, with another coming on in double overtime at Penn State on Monday.
• Keegan Murray is fifth in the country in points per game (22.3); 44th in field goal percentage (.551); 43rd in blocks per contest (2.05); and 69th in free throws made. Murray is a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree and selected to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 List and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Watch List.
• Keegan and Kris Murray have all 13 of Iowa’s top individual scoring games this season. Keegan has 11, including the top four, while Kris has two.
• Iowa is second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in scoring offense (82.8). The Hawkeyes have ranked first in the Big Ten in scoring offense the last three seasons. The Hawkeyes have led the conference in scoring four of the last eight seasons.
• Kris Murray leads the squad in 3-point accuracy, making 40 percent (26-of-65) of his attempts, while Jordan Bohannon is second (.349, 45-of-129). Bohannon is one of 20 players in NCAA history, and fifth player from a Power 5 Conference, to make 400 triples in a career.
• Jordan Bohannon is Iowa’s career leader in assists (671), free throw percentage (.886) and 3-pointers (409). He is the NCAA all-time leader in games played (164).
• The Hawkeyes have had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined 16 times in 21 games.
• Jordan Bohannon (112) and Connor McCaffery (93) rank second and fifth, respectively, in most career wins among active Big Ten players.
• Iowa has been making the most of its trips to the foul line. The Hawkeyes are shooting 77 percent from the foul line, which is tops in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally. The 330 free throw makes are 26thmost 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.

A game that saw 15 ties and 15 lead changes, Penn State prevailed over Iowa, 90-86, in double overtime Monday evening at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.
• Monday was Iowa’s first overtime contest of the season; its first double overtime game since Feb. 8, 2017 (at Minnesota); and fourth overtime contest in the Iowa-PSU series.
• Four of the last six Iowa-Penn State games have been decided by seven points or less.
• Connor (4) and Patrick McCaffery (3) combined to make seven of Iowa’s 11 three-pointers. Both Connor and Patrick equaled career highs in 3-pointers made. Patrick tied season bests in scoring (16) and rebounding (7)
• Connor McCaffery scored a season-high 12 points, netting all 12 in the first half. The redshirt senior entered Monday’s game with four 3-point field goals this season, he matched that total sinking 4-of-6 in the first half. Connor left the game with four minutes remaining in regulation with an upper body injury.
• Keegan Murray, who scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half and overtime sessions, tipped in a Jordan Bohannon missed 3-point attempt at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
• The Hawkeyes sank 11 three-pointers, their highest total in a Big Ten game this season and most since making 11 against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 21, 2021.
• Sophomore Ahron Ulis tied a career high with seven made free throws, sinking all seven in the two overtime periods. Ulis also snagged a personal-best five rebounds.
• Both Iowa (21-of-28) and Penn State (18-of-24) shot 75 percent from the foul line.
• Iowa dropped its last two road games by a combined six points (Rutgers; Penn State).
• Hawkeye reserves tallied 36 points, the third highest point total during Big Ten play (46 versus Indiana; 43 versus Illinois).
• John Harrar paced the Nittany Lions with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Seth Lundy contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Greg Lee had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Minnesota holds a 107-99 advantage in the series. The 206 meetings are the most Iowa has played against any opponent. The Hawkeyes have won four of the last five meetings, with the lone loss coming in overtime in Minneapolis on Christmas night in 2020 (102-95). Eight of the last 12 meetings, dating back to 2014, have been decided by seven points or less.

Iowa holds a 59-41 advantage in games played in Iowa City and a 23-10 advantage at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has won 14 of the last 19 meetings in Iowa City, including seven of the last eight.

• Minnesota has lost its last three games and seven of its last eight conference games. The lone victory during that stretch was a three-point victory over Rutgers (68-65).
• Despite shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (11-of-22), the Gophers fell to fourth-ranked Purdue (88-73) Wednesday night in Minneapolis. The Boilermakers also shot 50 percent from 3-point range (12-of-24) and made eight more field goals than Minnesota. Payton Willis (24) and Jamison Battle (21) combined for 45 points and seven 3-point field goals. Power forward Eric Curry played in his second straight game after missing three straight due to injury (Jan. 16-27).
• The Gophers are 5-3 in contests away from Minneapolis, including a 3-3 mark in true road games this season.
• Three Golden Gophers average double figures in scoring: Jamison Battle (17.8), Payton Willis (16.7), and E.J. Stephens (11.3). All three of those players are 3-point threats with Willis leading the squad with 50 triples, followed by Battle (47) and Stephens (25).
• Minnesota ranks fourth in the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game (9.2); 22nd in fewest personal fouls per game (14.0); 28th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36); and 39th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.300). Jamison Battle (37.06) and Payton Willis (36.55) rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in minutes played per game. Battle ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (2.63) and defensive rebounds per game (6.22). Willis is second in the league in steals (1.79).
• The Gophers are 6-3 in games decided by eight points or less.
• After playing four of five at home, Minnesota will play four if its next five on the road beginning Sunday in Iowa City.
• Ben Johnson is in his first season as head coach at Minnesota. Johnson, who graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, returned to his alma mater after spending three seasons at Xavier as an assistant coach. Johnson previously served as an assistant coach at Minnesota (2013-18), Nebraska (2012-13), and Northern Iowa (2008-12).

Iowa led by as many as 23 points and scored the final seven points in an 81-71 triumph versus Minnesota on Jan. 16, in Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
• The Hawkeyes registered their largest margin of victory in Williams Arena since a 13-point win in 2007.
• Keegan Murray registered his fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
• Senior transfer Filip Rebraca had his first double-double as a Hawkeye (12 points and 12 rebounds).
• Iowa outscored the Gophers 52-32 in the paint and outscored Minnesota 17-3 in second chance opportunities.
• The Gophers were without two assistant coaches and four student-athletes (Eric Curry, Sean Sutherlin, Danny Ogele and Joey Kern) due to either illness, COVID-19 health and safety protocols or injury.
• E.J. Stephens (22) and Jamison Battle (20) combined to score 42 of Minnesota’s 71 points. Battle drained all four of his 3-pointers over the final 8:06 of the second half.

The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.9); and third in turnover margin (6.0).

McCaffery has continued his mastery of limiting turnovers in 2021-22 with 35 assists and only seven turnovers, boasting a robust 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. Joe Toussaint’s 2.35 ratio is fifth best in the league and 44th 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 has been selected to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20, the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award Midseason List, Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award semifinalist, Sporting News Second Team All-American, and has been named Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season (Nov. 22; Dec. 20; Jan. 3).

The Hawkeyes have had a student-athlete named to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 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. Garza was also the recipient of the 2021 Lute Olson Award.
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 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. He became the fourth Hawkeye over the last five decades, and first since 1977, to score 20+ points and grab 20+ rebounds. 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.

Sophomores Keegan and Kris Murray rank first and third, respectively, in team scoring. Keegan averages 22.3 points, while Kris averages 10.5 points. Keegan also ranks first on the squad in rebounds per game (8.3), blocks per game (2.0), and free throws made (80), while Kris ranks third on the squad in rebounds per contest (4.5), and first in 3-point accuracy (.400, 26-of-65).

Jordan Bohannon, competing in his sixth season, is the program’s career leader in four statistical categories: assists (671), 3-pointers made (409), games played (164), and free throw percentage (.886, 335-378). His 409 triples are the most in Big Ten history and 147 more than any other Hawkeye.

Bohannon (164) became the NCAA all-time leader in career games played at Wisconsin on Jan. 6, surpassing Ohio State’s David Lighty (157 games played between 2007-11). Bohannon ranks fourth in career scoring (1,848) and is 12 points from surpassing Aaron White (1,859) for third. He is approaching Iowa’s Top 10 in field goals made.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Toussaint ranks 11th in the Big Ten in assists per game (3.8) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.35). He has already surpassed his 3-point field goals made mark from a year ago at the midway point of this season (7).

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.

Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 62nd nationally in steals per game (8.0). The last time a Hawkeye team led the conference in steals was during the 2016-17 season (8.1 per game).

Iowa is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, falling on the road at No. 2 Purdue (77-70), at No. 17 Iowa State (73-53) and at No. 23 Wisconsin (87-78), and at home to No. 6 Purdue (83-73).

The Hawkeyes won 15 games over ranked foes the previous two seasons, the most in the country.

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.

• The Hawkeyes are 12-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 7-0 when Iowa shoot 50 percent or better from the field.
• Sophomore Keegan Murray has totaled 25 points or more an NCAA-best nine times this season.
• Iowa is 121-28 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 12 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 88-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 12 years.
• The Hawkeyes own a +7.0 differential in scoring points off turnovers this season.
• 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 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).
• 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.
• Florida State has won an NCAA-record 13 straight overtime games, dating back to January, 2018. The last team to beat the Seminoles in overtime was Iowa (78-75) on Dec. 2, 2015, in Iowa City. That game featured 21 lead changes.

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).

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.

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.