Game Notes: No. 25 Iowa at Nebraska

OPPONENT No. 25 Iowa (19-8, 9-7) at Nebraska (7-20, 1-15)
LOCATION Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
DATE Friday, Feb. 25
TIP-OFF 8:07 p.m. (CT)

Iowa (19-8, 9-7) will visit Nebraska (7-20, 1-15) on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 8:07 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Hawkeyes enter Friday’s game winners of five of their last six contests.

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: Friday’s game will be televised on FS1. Bob Brainerd and former Hawkeye Jess Settles will call the action.

• The Hawkeyes are one win from notching their eighth 20-win season, including four straight, in the Fran McCaffery era.
• Iowa has won four true road games this season, including its last two (Maryland; OSU).
• Iowa’s Keegan Murray (last seven games) and Luka Garza (19 in a row) are the only two Big Ten men’s basketball players to have scored 20+ points in seven straight games over the last decade.
• The Hawkeyes are seeking their third season sweep over a Big Ten opponent on Friday. Iowa has already swept Maryland and Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have notched single-play wins over Indiana, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
• Iowa is 5-1 since shifting Jordan Bohannon from off guard to point guard.
• The Hawkeyes boast a 14-3 record in home games this season. Iowa has won 14 home contests each of the last four years. The Hawkeyes have averaged just over 13 home victories inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Fran McCaffery’s arrival in Iowa City in 2011.
• Keegan Murray, who is averaging 27.7 points over the last six games, is the only player nationally to average 23+ points, 8+ rebounds, and 2+ blocks this season.
• The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.83); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.8); and fourth in turnover margin (5.6).
• Iowa ranks No. 18 in the NCAA NET, while Nebraska i ranked No. 188. The Hawkeyes have one Quad 1 and six Quad 2 wins on their resume. Four of Iowa’s eight losses are by a five-point margin or less, all in conference play.
• Keegan Murray is fourth in the country in points per game (23.5); 27th in field goal percentage (.564); 41st in blocks per contest (2.08); and 84th in double-doubles (6). Murray is a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree and is selected to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 List, Naismith Trophy Midseason Team, Lute Olson National Player of the Year Watch List, and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year semifinalist.
• Iowa leads the Big Ten and is fourth nationally in scoring offense (83.6). The Hawkeyes have ranked first in the Big Ten in scoring offense the last three seasons and have led the conference in scoring four of the last eight seasons.
• Jordan Bohannon is Iowa’s career leader in assists (683), free throw percentage (.887) and 3-pointers (430). He is the NCAA all-time leader in games played (170).
• Jordan Bohannon (117) and Connor McCaffery (98) rank second and fifth, respectively, in most career wins among active Big Ten players.
• 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.

No. 25 Iowa cruised to an 86-60 victory over Michigan State Tuesday evening in Iowa City. The win was the Hawkeyes’ fifth in six games, dating back to Feb. 6.
• Tuesday’s victory was No. 500 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 14-3 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season.
• The Hawkeyes have won three straight in the series over Michigan State for the first time since the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
• Iowa has defeated the Spartans by a combined 56 points in its last two victories — 88-58 on Feb. 13, 2021, in East Lansing and 86-60 on Tuesday. Iowa has won by 26+ points in the last two meetings.
• The 26-point victory is the largest margin in Iowa City since 1996 (83-47).
• Tuesday’s win was Iowa’s second straight win over a ranked opponent (W, 75-62 over No. 18 Ohio State on Feb. 19). Iowa has won consecutive games over ranked opponents for the first time since beating No. 19 Northwestern and at No. 14 Rutgers last season
• The Hawkeyes’ 46 first-half points are the most Michigan State has allowed in the first half this season and the third-most it has allowed in a half this season.
• Sophomore Keegan Murray finished with a game-high 28 points. He has scored 25 or more in an NCAA-best 12 games this season.
• The Hawkeyes made 12 3-point field goals, shooting 42.9 percent from long range. Iowa has made 10 or more 3s in three of the last five games and in 10 contests this season. Michigan State entered the game with a Big Ten-best 30.2 percent 3-point defense.
• Sophomore Kris Murray tied a career-high with three 3-point field goals.
• Iowa won the rebounding battle, 44-43. The Hawkeyes are 16-0 this season when out-rebounding their opponents.
• Iowa went on a 10-0 run in the first half and a 12-0 run in the second half. It was the team’s 21st and 22nd runs of 10 or more points in 27 games.
• Malik Hall led the Spartans with 17 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Iowa holds a 23-13 edge in the series. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the 17 meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, including a 98-75 victory on Feb. 13, earlier this month in Iowa City.

Nebraska holds a 10-6 advantage over Iowa in games played in Lincoln. Friday will be Iowa’s sixth visit to Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Cornhuskers edged the Hawkeyes, 76-70, in the last meeting in Lincoln on Jan. 7, 2020. Two of the last four games played in Lincoln between Iowa and Nebraska has gone to overtime: 2017 (93-90 Nebraska win in double overtime) and 2019 (93-91 Nebraska victory).

• Nebraska’s current three-game losing streak began with its 98-75 loss in Iowa City on Feb. 13. The Huskers most recent loss game Tuesday evening at Northwestern, 77-65. Nebraska trailed 37-31 at halftime and could never catch the Wildcats over the final 20 minutes. Bryce McGowens and Alonzo Verge, Jr. each scored 15 points to lead the Nebraska scoring attack. McGowens and Derrick Walker each grabbed 10 rebounds as the Huskers won the rebounding battle, 35-31. Northwestern shot 50 percent from the field (30-60), including hitting 13-32 three-point attempts.
• Nebraska is playing its final home game of the season on Friday. The Huskers close the regular season with trips to Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
• Two Huskers average double figures in scoring: Bryce McGowens (16.7 ppg) and Alonzo Verge Jr. (13.7 ppg). Derrick Walker leads the squad in rebounding (5.9) and blocks (0.9), while Alonzo Verge, Jr. averages five assists per contest.
• The Huskers are 1-4 in games decided by six points or less, losing their last three.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten in steals per game (7.22); fourth in turnover margin (+0.93); second in free throw attempts (532); and fourth in 3-point attempts (607). Individually, Alonzo Verge Jr. ranks third in the league in assists per game (5.0). Bryce McGowens leads the Big Ten in free throws made (140) and attempted (168), and is second in percentage (.833). Verge, Jr. has three games with 10 or more assists.
• Fred Hoiberg is in his third season as head coach at Nebraska and his 16th season overall as a college head coach. Prior to three years as the Chicago Bulls head coach (2015-18), he was head coach at Iowa State for five seasons (2010-15). Hoiberg played his college career at Iowa State and is a native of Ames, Iowa.

Iowa led by as many as 36 points in a 98-75 triumph over Nebraska on Feb. 13, in Iowa City.
• The victory was Iowa’s third straight over Nebraska in the series and ninth consecutive over the Huskers inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• Iowa’s 98 points are the second most by either team in the 36-game series history (102 by Iowa in 2021).
• The Hawkeyes have scored 90+ points against the Huskers in five of the last six contests, dating back to 2019.
• Keegan Murray netted 24 of his game and career-high 37 points in the first half. The 37 points are the third highest total by any men’s basketball player in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history (45 by Brian Quinnett of Washington State in 1986; 41 by Iowa’s Luka Garza in 2020). The 37 points are the third-highest point total by a Big Ten player this season (Trayce Jackson-Davis, 43; Kofi Cockburn, 38).
• Iowa’s 39 field goals tie for the fifth most in a game in the Fran McCaffery era.
• Sophomore Keegan Murray has tallied 30+ points four times, the most by any underclassman in a single season in program history.
• Iowa outrebounded Nebraska, 41-35 and shot 51 percent from the field (39-of-76).
• Payton Sandfort netted 12 points, the most points by the true freshman in a Big Ten game. He also snagged a personal-best eight rebounds.
• The Huskers were led by Derrick Walker (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Bryce McGowens (11 points).

Iowa is seeking to become the first school to have a men’s basketball player lead the Big Ten in scoring three straight seasons since Purdue from 1968-70.

Iowa’s Luka Garza led the conference in scoring average in 2020 (26.2 ppg) and 2021 (21.9 ppg). Keegan Murray leads the league this season, averaging 23.5 points per game.

Purdue legend Rick Mount led the Big Ten in scoring in 1968 (29.7 ppg), 1969 (35.2 ppg), and 1970 (39.4 ppg).

Iowa has played 2,899 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,711-1,188 (.590). Iowa’s 1,711 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,096-377 (.744) record in home games, a 615-811 (.431) record in contests away from Iowa City, an 811-812 (.499) mark in Big Ten games and a 500-151 (.768) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Keegan Murray has been selected to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20, Naismith Trophy Midseason Team, Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award Midseason List, Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award semifinalist, Sporting News and The Athletic Second Team All-America, Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season (Nov. 22; Dec. 20; Jan. 3; Feb. 14), and the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week (Feb. 14).

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 has earned the Big Ten weekly honor a program-best four times (Nov. 22; Dec. 20; Jan. 3; Feb. 14). Garza previously held the school record for most Big Ten weekly accolades since the inception of the award during the 1981-82 season (three times in 2020-21).

Murray has totaled 25 points or more an NCAA-best 12 times this year. He is also the only Hawkeye underclassman (freshman or sophomore) with four 30+ performances in a single season.

Murray averaged 7.2 points per game last year and is averaging 23.5 this season (+16.3). The last Big Ten player to increase his scoring by 16 points per game from one season to the next was Illinois’ Rick Schmidt, who went from 3.8 ppg in 1972-73 to 21.4 ppg in 1973-74 (+17.6).

Murray combined for 65 points in two games against Maryland. He amassed 35 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 3 and tallied 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from the foul line and grabbed seven rebounds at Maryland on Feb. 10.

Murray poured in a game and career-best 37 points, six rebounds, and a game bests in steals (3) and blocks (2) against Nebraska on Feb. 13. The 37 points are believed to be the third most by any men’s basketball player in Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s 39-year history (45 by Brian Quinnett of Washington State in 1986; 41 by Iowa’s Luka Garza in 2020).

Murray is the first Hawkeye to score 30+ points in back-to-back Big Ten games since Matt Gatens 10 years ago in 2012 (30 vs. Indiana and 33 vs. Wisconsin).

Murray exploded for a then career-best 35 points versus Utah State. He scored 18 straight Iowa points spanning 6:08 in the first half. Murray was six points from the Sanford Pentagon scoring record.

Murray had a historic stat line against N.C. Central, registering 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.

Murray posted game bests in points (29), rebounds (10), and blocks (3), while also dishing out three assists in Iowa’s win over Western Illinois. He shot a blistering 65 percent from the field, making 13-of-20 attempts.

Sophomores Keegan and Kris Murray rank first and fourth, respectively, in team scoring. Keegan averages 23.5 points, while Kris averages 10.1 points. Keegan also ranks first on the squad in rebounds per game (8.1), blocks per game (2.04), and free throws made (104), while Kris ranks second on the squad in blocks per contest (1.04), third in rebounds (4.5), and first in 3-point accuracy (.405, 34-of-7849).

Jordan Bohannon, competing in his sixth season, is the program’s career leader in four statistical categories: assists (683), 3-pointers made (430), games played (170), and free throw percentage (.887, 346-390). He sank a school and Xfinity Center record 10 3-pointers at Maryland on Feb. 10, 2022. The 10 triples were one shy of tying the Big Ten record. His 430 triples are the most in Big Ten history and 168 more than any other Hawkeye.

He has made 66 treys this season, fourth most among Big Ten student-athletes.

Bohannon (170) 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 is 12th in the NCAA with 430 career 3-point field goals made. He is two 3-pointers from surpassing Tyler Hall (Montana State), Kevin Foster (Santa Clara), and Chris Lofton (Tennessee) for ninth. Bohannon ranks third in career scoring at Iowa (1,926) and 10th in field goals made (575).

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 previous 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.

• The Hawkeyes are a perfect 16-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 9-0 when Iowa shoots 50 percent or better from the field.
• The Hawkeyes have had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined 22 times in 27 games.
• Sophomore Keegan Murray has totaled 25 points or more an NCAA-best 12 times this season. Murray is also the only Hawkeye underclassman (freshman or sophomore) with four 30+ performances in a single season.
• Iowa is 124-28 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 12 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 90-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 12 years.
• Kris Murray leads the squad in 3-point accuracy, making 40.5 percent (34-of-84) of his attempts, while Jordan Bohannon is second (.375, 66-of-176). Both had three treys in the win over Michigan State.
• Iowa has been making the most of its trips to the foul line. The Hawkeyes are shooting 75.8 percent from the foul line, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 40th nationally. The Hawkeyes connected on 18-20 free throws against Michigan State, making their first 13 attempts. The 403 free throw makes are 40th most in the NCAA.
• Jordan Bohannon (30) and Keegan Murray (30) became the first Hawkeye duo to score 30+ points in the same game (at Maryland) since Bruce King (36) and Scott Thompson (30) at Michigan on Jan. 31, 1976.
• 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).
• 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).
• 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.
• The Hawkeyes have won 10 or more Big Ten games six of the last seven previous seasons.
• The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine, including four straight, Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.
• 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).
• 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.

Redshirt sophomore Patrick McCaffery has been playing his best basketball the past month. McCaffery has netted double figures in scoring seven of the last 11 games. He scored a season-high 18 points and tied a career high with seven rebounds in Iowa’s victory over Minnesota on Feb. 6. McCaffery has made at least one 3-pointer in seven of the last 11 contests, including sinking three in both games against Penn State last month.
He added 13 points and five rebounds in a loss to Michigan, including a basket to pull the Hawkeyes within three points with 1:20 remaining. He added seven points and five rebounds in Iowa’s win at No. 18 Ohio State and five points and six rebounds in a win over Michigan State.

Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 79th nationally in steals per game (7.6). The last time a Hawkeye team led the conference in steals was during the 2016-17 season (8.1 per game).

The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.83); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.8); and fourth in turnover margin (5.6).

Connor McCaffery has continued his mastery of limiting turnovers in 2021-22 with 44 assists and only eight turnovers (one per 47.9 minutes played), boasting a robust 5.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Joe Toussaint’s 2.49 ratio is third best in the league and 30th 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).

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.

Jordan Bohannon added another school record to his collegiate resume on Feb. 10, 2022, at Maryland.

Bohannon drained a school-record 10 3-pointers, surpassing the school’s 28-year record previously set twice by Chris Kingsbury (9) in 1994. His 16 3-point attempts tied a personal high (16 versus North Carolina in 2020).

The 10 triples are an Xfinity Center record and ties for second most by a Big Ten player ever. Bohannon’s previous high was eight 3-pointers (at Maryland in 2017 and vs Nebraska in 2021). Bohannon moved into 12th place in career treys in NCAA history.

Bohannon finished the contest with 30 points in 30 minutes, tying his career high (versus UAB on Nov. 22, 2017).

In addition to senior Jordan Bohannon scoring 10 points in the win at Ohio State, Iowa’s guard combination of Tony Perkins, Joe Toussaint and Ahron Ulis played well against the Buckeyes. That trio contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists against Ohio State, with just two turnovers in a just under a combined 49 minutes of action.

While Bohannon added 11 points in the win over Michigan State, the other three guards added 12 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and just two turnovers in a combined 52 minutes.

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.

The University of Iowa Athletics Department formally retired two-time National Player of the Year Luka Garza’s No. 55 on Feb. 22.

The athletics department also retired the jerseys of former Hawkeye greats Charles “Chuck” Darling, Roy Marble and Murray Wier.
Additionally, all other retired numbers and jerseys for the Iowa men’s and women’s basketball programs are now hanging from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena rafters.

• Men’s Basketball: B.J. Armstrong (#10) Ronnie Lester (#12), Carl Cain (#21), Bill Seaberg (#22), Bill Logan (#31), Bill Schoof (#33), Chris Street (#40), Greg Stokes (#41), Sharm Scheuerman (#46)
• Women’s Basketball: Michelle Edwards (#30), Megan Gustafson (#10)

Garza swept all major postseason men’s basketball awards in 2021 (Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, Oscar Robertson, NABC, Lute Olson, Sporting News) to become the program’s first consensus National Player of the Year. Garza is Iowa’s only two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American and only recipient in program history of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.

He was also named national player of the year by six national outlets in 2020, as well being a two-time honoree of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year and Pete Newell Big Man of the Year awards.

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).

Margaret McCaffery, wife of head coach Fran McCaffery, received the American Cancer Society’s distinguished St. George Award during last Sunday’s game versus Nebraska in Iowa City.

The St. George Award is one of the highest volunteer honors of the American Cancer Society and is presented to outstanding volunteers nationwide who have made significant contributions to the American Cancer Society’s strategic goals.

Margaret has served on the ACS National Board of Directors since 2018. Margaret, along with Fran, have been a champion for the Coaches vs. Cancer program and have raised significant funds to support American Cancer Society efforts, including more than $4.5 million the past 20 years. In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer, the McCaffery’s helped spearhead the launch of the new Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program in Iowa City. The American Cancer Society awarded the McCafferys with the Fighting Spirit Award in 2015.

First conceived in 1949, the St. George National Award has been presented to more than 1,400 Society volunteers nationwide.

Iowa returns home for its final home game of the season on Monday, Feb. 28. The Hawkeyes host Northwestern (7 p.m. CT, BTN) in the only meeting of the regular season between the two teams.