Game Notes: No. 25 Iowa vs. Northwestern

OPPONENT Northwestern (13-14, 6-12) at #25 Iowa (20-8, 10-7)
LOCATION Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
DATE Monday, Feb. 27
TIP-OFF 7:01 p.m. (CT)
TV B1G Network

Iowa (20-8, 10-7) will entertain Northwestern (13-14, 6-12) in the only regular season meeting between the two teams on Monday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:01 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: Monday’s contest will be televised on Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and former Boilermaker Rob Hummel will call the action.

• Monday is “Senior Night” in Iowa City. Seniors Austin Ash, Jordan Bohannon, and Connor McCaffery will be recognized prior to the game.
• The Hawkeyes enter Monday’s game winners of six of their last seven games, while the Wildcats have lost four of their last five contests.
• Iowa’s win at Nebraska on Friday was its 20th of the season. The Hawkeyes have posted eight 20-win seasons under head coach Fran McCaffery, including four straight.
• The Hawkeyes have won six games this month. Iowa will be seeking its first seven-win month of February since winning all eight February contests in 1981.
• The Hawkeyes have three regular season sweeps over Big Ten opponents this season. Iowa has swept Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska. Iowa has notched single-play wins over Indiana, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
• Keegan Murray (627) is five points from cracking Iowa’s single-season scoring Top 10 List.
• Iowa has now won 10 or more Big Ten games in seven of the last eight seasons.
• Iowa is 6-1 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.
• Keegan Murray, who is averaging 25.9 points over the last seven games, is the only player nationally to average 23+ points, 8+ rebounds, and 2+ blocks this season and one of three players from a major conference with those averages over the last decade.
• The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.81); fourth in turnover margin (5.4); and sixth in fewest turnovers per game (8.9).
• Iowa ranks No. 19 in the NCAA NET, while Northwestern i ranked No. 81. 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 (23.2); 30th in field goal percentage (.561); 43rd in blocks per contest (2.0); and 59th in double-doubles (7). 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 (83.8). 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 (118) and Connor McCaffery (99) 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 eight of the last 10 seasons.

A season-high six players netted double figures in an 88-78 Iowa victory at Nebraska Friday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
• Friday’s win is Iowa’s first in Lincoln since Feb. 22, 2015, and is the fourth straight victory in the series.
• The Hawkeyes have won five true road games this season, including three straight.
• Sophomore Tony Perkins netted 15 of his career-high 20 points in the second half. He also tied a season high with five rebounds. It was his first game in double figures since scoring 16 points against Illinois on Dec. 6, and his sixth game in double figures on the season.
• Perkins had a career-high eight field goals and tied a personal-best with two 3-point field goals.
• All-America candidate Keegan Murray finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season (and his career). It was Murray’s eighth double-digit rebounding contest of his career.
• Senior Connor McCaffery scored 11 points, his second game in double figures this season. McCaffery drained three 3-pointers, giving him six straight 3-point makes over his last three games.
• Iowa made 31-of-62 field goals and moves to 10-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.
• Iowa improved to 16-2 this season when scoring 80+ points and a perfect 17-0 when outrebounding its opponent.
• Iowa had a game-best 11-0 scoring run, its 23rd scoring run of 10-0 or more this season.
• Nebraska lost by 10 points despite shooting 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field.
• Four Huskers scored in double figures, led by Alonzo Verge’s 18 points and C.J. Wilcher’s 14 points.

Iowa holds a commanding 121-60 advantage over Northwestern in the series. The Hawkeyes have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, including six straight.
Iowa holds a dominate 70-18 advantage in games played in Iowa City, including a 30-4 record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won the last seven contests played against the Wildcats in Iowa City, dating back to 2013. Iowa’s 30 wins over Northwestern in Carver-Hawkeye Arena are the most over any opponent.

• Northwestern is 3-7 in true road games this season, with wins at Maryland, Michigan State and Nebraska. The Wildcats have lost their last three road games.
• Northwestern has three players averaging in double figures, including Pete Nance (15.0), Boo Buie (14.7) and Chase Audige (10.8). Nance leads Northwestern in rebounding (6.3), while Buie averages 4.5 assists per game.
• Northwestern’s Boo Buie is fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game (4.5), assist/turnover ratio (2.5) and free throw percentage (.812).
• Northwestern has lost eight games by six points or less, including six in Big Ten play.
• Iowa leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+5.36) and assist/turnover ratio (1.81), while Northwestern is second in both categories (+4.44, 1.66).
• Iowa is third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals per game (8.75), while the Wildcats are fourth (8.26).
• Northwestern is fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game (15.9) and steals (6.8).
• Chris Collins is in his ninth season as a head coach, all at Northwestern (131-148, .470). Collins led the Wildcats to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2017.

The Hawkeyes completed the season sweep over Northwestern with a convincing 96-73 victory over the Wildcats on Jan. 17, 2021, at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.
• Iowa’s 96 points are the most scored by the Hawkeyes in Evanston in 34 years (103 points on March 5, 1987).
• Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Luka Garza (17), Joe Wieskamp (16), CJ Fredrick (13), Jack Nunge (12), and Jordan Bohannon (11). Bohannon is the only one of the five players on Iowa’s current roster.
• All-American Luka Garza totaled 17 points (all in the first half), 10 rebounds (all defensive), and two blocked shots in only 24 minutes of action for his 26th career double-double.
• Iowa sank 10 triples, including three by Jordan Bohannon.
• Northwestern had three players score in double figures: Pete Nance (16), Boo Buie (12), and Ryan Greer (10). Buie scored all 12 of his points in the first half via four 3-point field goals.

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 23.2 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 2,900 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,712-1,188 (.590). Iowa’s 1,712 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,096-377 (.744) record in home games, a 616-811 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, an 812-812 (.500) 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 23.2 this season (+16.0). 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, who has posted a team-leading seven double-doubles this season, 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 23.2 points, while Kris averages 10.1 points. Keegan also ranks first on the squad in rebounds per game (8.2), blocks per game (2.0), and free throws made (107), while Kris ranks second on the squad in blocks per contest (1.04), third in rebounds (4.6), and first in 3-point accuracy (.398, 35-of-88).

Jordan Bohannon, competing in his sixth season, is the program’s career leader in four statistical categories: assists (687), 3-pointers made (431), games played (171), and free throw percentage (.887, 353-398). 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 431 triples are the most in Big Ten history and 169 more than any other Hawkeye.

He has made 67 treys this season, third most among Big Ten student-athletes.

Bohannon (171) 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 tied for ninth in the NCAA with 431 career 3-point field goals made. He ranks third in career scoring at Iowa (1,938) and ninth in field goals made (577).

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 eight of the last 10 seasons. McCaffery and Tom Davis (10) are the only Iowa coaches to win 20 or more games in at least eight 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 17-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 10-0 when Iowa shoots 50 percent or better from the field.
• Iowa has won 10 or more Big Ten games seven of the last eight seasons.
• The Hawkeyes have had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined 23 times in 28 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 has won five true road games this season, including its last three (Maryland; Ohio State; Nebraska).
• Iowa is 125-28 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 39.8 percent (35-of-88) of his attempts, while Jordan Bohannon is second (.370, 67-of-181). Both had three treys in last week’s win over Michigan State.
• Iowa has been making the most of its trips to the foul line. The Hawkeyes are shooting 75.5 percent from the foul line, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 48th nationally. The Hawkeyes connected on 18-20 free throws against Michigan State, making their first 13 attempts. The 420 free throw makes are 29th most in the NCAA.
• Iowa’s Keegan Murray (7 games this season) 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.
• 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).
• Iowa has won three straight games over Michigan State, dating back to 2021; that is the longest win streak over the Spartans since 2006. The Hawkeyes have 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 Feb. 22, 2022. The 26-point victory is the largest margin in Iowa City since 1996 (83-47).
• 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 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 eight of the last 12 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 eight of the last 12 contests, including sinking three in both games against Penn State last month.
He added 13 points and five rebounds in a loss to Michigan. 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. He scored 10 points in Iowa’s most recent outing at Nebraska.

Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 95th nationally in steals per game (7.4). 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 (1.81); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.9); and fourth in turnover margin (5.4).

Connor McCaffery has continued his mastery of limiting turnovers in 2021-22 with 45 assists and only 10 turnovers (one per 40.7 minutes played), boasting a robust 5.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Joe Toussaint’s 2.54 ratio is third best in the league and 27th 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 in double figures in six straight games, Iowa’s guard combination of Tony Perkins, Joe Toussaint and Ahron Ulis have played well during Iowa’s current three-game winning streak.

That trio contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists against Ohio State, with just two turnovers in just under a combined 49 minutes of action.

Against Michigan State the trio added 12 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and just two turnovers in a combined 52 minutes.

Perkins had a career-best 20 points in the win at Nebraska, hitting 8-10 field goal attempts, and matching his career-best five rebounds.

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.

Iowa 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.

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 will hit the road for its final two regular season games, beginning Thursday at Michigan (8:07 p.m., FS1) and concluding at nationally-ranked Illinois (6:37 p.m., FS1).

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