Game Notes: No. 24 Iowa at Michigan

OPPONENT No. 24 Iowa (21-8, 11-7) at Michigan (16-12, 10-8)
LOCATION Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
DATE March 3, 2022
TIP-OFF 8:07 p.m. (CT)

Iowa (21-8, 11-7) will face Michigan (16-12, 10-8) on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (CT) at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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. Kevin Kugler and Donny Marshall will call the action.

• Iowa has won five true road games this season, including its last three (Maryland; Ohio State; Nebraska).
• The Hawkeyes enter Thursday winners of seven of their last eight games. Iowa went 7-1 during the month of February, its most wins in February since winning all eight February contests in 1981.
• The Hawkeyes are seeking their ninth upper division Big Ten finish in the last 10 seasons.
• Iowa has posted eight 20-win seasons under head coach Fran McCaffery, including four straight.
• Keegan Murray cracked Iowa’s single-season scoring Top 10 List on Monday. He currently ranks sixth with 653 points. He is nine points from fifth-place Fed Brown (662 points).
• Iowa has won 10 or more Big Ten games in seven of the last eight seasons.
• Iowa is 7-1 since shifting Jordan Bohannon from off guard to point guard.
• Iowa has won 18 of its 21 games by 10 points or more, including 11 by 20+ points.
• All-America candidate Keegan Murray, who averaged 25.9 points and 9.3 rebounds during the month of February, 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.
• Connor McCaffery has been white-hot shooting from 3-point range as of late, making 11-of-15 (.733) from long distance over the last four contests.
• The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8); fourth in turnover margin (5.3); and sixth in fewest turnovers per game (8.9).
• Iowa ranks No. 18 in the NCAA NET, while Michigan i ranked No. 37. 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 (23.3); 27th in field goal percentage (.561); 46th in blocks per contest (2.0); and 50th in double-doubles (8). Murray is a five-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 fifth nationally in scoring offense (83.7). 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 (119) and Connor McCaffery (100) 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.

No. 24 Iowa led by as many as 30 points in an 82-61 convincing victory over Northwestern on Monday in Iowa City in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
• Keegan Murray registered his team-leading eighth double-double by halftime. The sophomore finished the game with 26 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. The 18 rebounds are the most by Murray during conference play and most since pulling down 21 against N.C. Central (Nov. 16, 2021).
• The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, Keegan Murray, moved up five spots on Iowa’s single season scoring list by virtue of his 26 points. Murray now has 653 points this season, ranking sixth.
• Iowa improved to 17-2 this season when scoring 80+ points and a perfect 18-0 when outrebounding its opponent. Iowa was +15 on the glass.
• Jordan Bohannon made four 3-pointers, moving into a tie for sixth place in NCAA history with 435 career 3-pointers. The 435 triples are the second most by a player from a major conference (457 by Duke’s J.J. Reddick).
• Connor McCaffery netted a season-high 17 points, bolstered by draining a career-high five 3-pointers. He has made 3+ triples in back-to-back games. McCaffery is shooting 11-of-15 (.733) from long distance over the last four contests.
• Iowa made 13 3-pointers, its second highest total in conference play this season (19 at Maryland).
• Iowa held Northwestern to just 17 first-half points, the fewest first half points allowed by the Hawkeyes this season (20 by Western Michigan and Portland State in November). The 17 points are the fewest Iowa has allowed in a first half against a Big Ten opponent since holding Nebraska to 16 points on Feb. 22, 2015.
• Iowa recorded its 15th home victory of the season, marking the third time in the Fran McCaffery era that a Hawkeye team won 15 or more home games in a single season.
• Ty Berry led the Wildcats scoring 19 points off the bench. Leading scorer Boo Buie did not score, playing only six minutes due to illness.

Michigan holds a 98-65 edge in the series. The Wolverines won this season’s earlier eeting, 84-79, in Iowa City two weeks ago.
The Wolverines hold a 54-24 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won the last three meetings contested in the Crisler Center. Iowa’s last victory in Ann Arbor was on March 5, 2016 (81-71). Iowa’s 72-54 victory in Ann Arbor in 2015, was its largest margin of victory at Michigan in 61 years.

• Michigan (32 NET ranking) is playing its third game of the week, all at home. The Wolverines hosted Illinois on Sunday and Michigan State Tuesday. The Wolverines close the regular season Sunday at Michigan State.
• Michigan defeated Michigan State Tuesday, 87-70, after beginning the week with a 93-85 loss to Illinois. Hunter Dickinson led the Wolverines with 33 points and nine rebounds, hitting 13-19 field goals. The Wolverines shot 58.2 percent from the field.
• Thursday’s game will feature two of the longest tenured Big Ten players — Michigan’s Eli Brooks (153 career games, Michigan record) and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon (172 career games, NCAA record).
• Michigan is 2-1 in one-possession games this season.
• Michigan ranks 29th in the country in rebound margin (+5.9) and 34th in field goal percentage (.473). Hunter Dickinson ranks 30th in the country in field goal percentage (.558); DeVante’ Jones is 62nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.17)
• Four players average double figures in scoring: Hunter Dickinson (18.3), Eli Brooks (11.9), Caleb Houstan (10.9), and DeVante’ Jones (10.1). Dickinson also leads the squad in rebounding (8.4) and blocked shots per game (1.4).
• Two Wolverines have made 40+ 3-pointers: Caleb Houstan (51) and Eli Brooks (45).
• Former Michigan All-American Juwan Howard is in his third season as a collegiate head coach (58-29, .667). Howard spent the previous six years with the Miami Heat. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Howard played 19 years in the NBA, including winning back-to-back NBA championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013. Howard helped lead the Wolverines to Final Four appearances in 1992 and 1993.
• Phil Martelli is serving as acting head coach the remainder of the regular season while Juwan Howard serves a five game suspension. The Wolverines have won two of three games under Martelli.

• Iowa rallied from a 12-point deficit with 3:25 remaining to pull within three points in the final minute before ultimately falling to Michigan, 84-79, in Iowa City on Feb. 17.
• An Iowa 3-point attempt to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining misfired. Iowa had one last 3-point attempt just before the final buzzer, but that shot was off the mark and the Wolverines added two free throws with less than a second remaining.
• Michigan was led by freshman Moussa Diabate with 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field. Hunter Dickinson added 14 points and Eli Brooks scored 13.
• Keegan Murray led Iowa with 23 points, and was joined in double figures by Patrick McCaffery (13), Filip Rebraca (12) and Jordan Bohannon (11). Murray added a team-best seven rebounds, sophomore guard Tony Perkins contributed five assists, and Murray collected four blocked shots.

Sophomore Keegan Murray has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fifth time this season after leading Iowa to wins over Michigan State and at Nebraska. It is the fifth weekly honor for Murray, who averaged 21.5 points and 8.2 rebounds.

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 2,901 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,713-1,188 (.590). Iowa’s 1,713 wins are 36th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,097-377 (.744) record in home games, a 616-811 (.432) record in contests away from Iowa City, an 813-812 (.500) mark in Big Ten games and a 501-151 (.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 five times this season (Nov. 22; Dec. 20; Jan. 3; Feb. 14; Feb. 28), 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 five times. 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 13 times this year, which are the most of any player from a major conference. 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 23.3 this season (+16.1). 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 eight 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 23.3 points, while Kris averages 9.9 points. Keegan also ranks first on the squad in rebounds per game (8.6), blocks per game (2.0), and free throws made (113), while Kris ranks second on the squad in blocks per contest (1.0), third in rebounds (4.5), and first in 3-point accuracy (.400, 36-of-90).

Jordan Bohannon, competing in his sixth season, is the program’s career leader in four statistical categories: assists (691), 3-pointers made (435), games played (172), and free throw percentage (.886, 357-403). 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 435 triples are the most in Big Ten history and 173 more than any other Hawkeye.

He has made 71 treys this season, third most among Big Ten student-athletes.

Bohannon (172) is the NCAA all-time leader in career games played. He is tied for sixth in the NCAA with 435 career 3-point field goals made. The 435 triples are the second most by a player from a major conference (457 by Duke’s J.J. Reddick). He ranks third in career scoring at Iowa (1,956) and eighth in field goals made (582).

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 18-0 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 29 games.
• Sophomore Keegan Murray has totaled 25 points or more 13 times this season, the most of any player from a major conference. Murray is also the only Hawkeye underclassman (freshman or sophomore) with four 30+ performances in a single season.
• Iowa is 126-28 when scoring 80 points or more, the last 12 seasons. The Hawkeyes are 91-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last 12 years.
• 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, Northwestern, and Ohio State.
• Kris Murray leads the squad in 3-point accuracy, making 40 percent (36-of-90) of his attempts, while Jordan Bohannon is second (.370, 71-of-192). The duo combined for five triples in Iowa’s last game versus Northwestern.
• Iowa has been making the most of its trips to the foul line. The Hawkeyes are shooting 75.4 percent from the foul line, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 49th nationally. The Hawkeyes connected on 18-20 free throws against Michigan State, making their first 13 attempts. The 435 free throw makes are 31st 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.
• The Hawkeyes boasted a 15-3 record in home games this season. Iowa has won 14+ home contests each of the last four years.
• 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 played. He did not play in Iowa’s the outing against Northwestern due to a hip injury (day-to-day).

McCaffery 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 netted 10 points at Nebraska (Feb. 25).

Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 86th nationally in steals per game (7.5). The last time a Hawkeye team led the conference in steals was during the 2016-17 season (8.1 per game). The Hawkeyes recorded 10 steals in their most recent outing against Northwestern.

The Hawkeyes are tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8); second in fewest turnovers per game (8.9); and fourth in turnover margin (5.3).
Connor McCaffery has continued his mastery of limiting turnovers in 2021-22 with 47 assists and only 10 turnovers (one per 44.1 minutes played), boasting a robust 5.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Joe Toussaint’s 2.51 ratio is fourth best in the league and 29th 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 seven straight games, Iowa’s guard combination of Tony Perkins, Joe Toussaint and Ahron Ulis have played well during Iowa’s current four-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. He also was credited with a personal-best five steals in Iowa’s last outing against Northwestern.

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.

Iowa concludes the regular season Sunday, March 6, on the road at No. 20 Illinois (6:37 p.m., FS1).

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