A Look at #9 Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball Team

Head coach Fran McCaffery (courtesy Iowa Athletic Communications)

9 IOWA (17-7, 11-6) at #4 OHIO STATE (18-6, 12-6)

Feb. 28, 2021 // Columbus, Ohio // Value City Center // 3:05 p.m. CT

IOWA HAWKEYES (Previous Game Starters)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown Statistical Summary
G 3 Jordan Bohannon 6-1 175 RS-Sr. Marion, Iowa 9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 apg
G 5 CJ Fredrick 6-3 195 RS-So Cincinnati, Ohio 8.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.4 apg
G/F 10 Joe Wieskamp 6-6 212 Jr. Muscatine, Iowa 15.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 apg
G/F 30 Connor McCaffery 6-5 205 RS-Jr. Iowa City, Iowa 3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg
C 55 Luka Garza 6-11 265 Sr. Washington, D.C. 24.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg,

Head Coach: Fran McCaffery (Penn, 1979); 11th Season at Iowa (211-150); 23rd Season Overall (462-327)


 Luka Garza became the program’s all-time leading scorer last Sunday versus Penn State,

surpassing the late-great Roy Marble. Garza reached Marble’s 32-year old all-time benchmark 15 games faster than Marble (119 games).
• Jordan Bohannon (610) isthree assistsfrombecoming Iowa’s all-time assists leader (Jeff Horner, 612). Bohannon is one of three players in program history with four 100-assist seasons (Dean Oliver, Jeff Horner).
• Ohio State is ranked No. 4 and Iowa is ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. The only previous time these two teams played with both teams ranked in the Top 10 was Feb. 18, 1961 (No. 1 Ohio State edged No. 9 Iowa, 62-61, in Iowa City).
• Forward Jack Nunge suffered a season-ending knee injury Thursday at Michigan.
• Luka Garza was named this week’s Naismith Trophy Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week leading the Hawkeyes to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State. Garza averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests. He totaled 30 points and eight boards against the Badgers, and 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Nittany Lions.
• Iowa has 11 combined Quad 1 (6) and Quad 2 (5) wins this season. Those 11 wins tie Illinois and Michigan for second most among Big Ten teams behind Ohio State (12).
• Iowa has won six games against AP Top 25 opponents this season, a total that ties Michigan for most in the country in 2020-21.
• The Hawkeyes have held five of their last six opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• Iowa averages 9.7 turnovers per game. The Hawkeyes are on pace to break the school record for turnovers per game in a single season, which is 10.3 set during the 2015-16 season. Iowa ranks first in the country in turnovers per offensive play (11.7%).
• Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award Finalist Luka Garza ranks first in the country in points per game (24.3 ppg) and 14th in double-doubles (10). He has scored 547 points against AP
Top 25 teams, the most of any player since the start of the 2019-20 season.
• Jerry West Award Finalist Joe Wieskamp is the first junior in school history with 1,100+ points, 500+ rebounds, 150+ 3-pointers, 100+ assists, and 75+ steals. He has made three or more triples in eight of the last 11 games, shooting 37-of-62 (.597) during that span.
• Luka Garza is one of two Hawkeyes to post two 575-point seasons (B.J. Armstrong). He is the only Hawkeye in school history to amass four 400-point seasons.
• Luka Garza is the first and only student-athlete in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,000 points, 850 rebounds, 125 blocked shots, and 100 3-pointers. He is the only player from
a major conference with those numbers dating back to the 1992-93 season.
• Luka Garza reached 2,000 points in 113 games, faster than any other Big Ten player over the last 25 years.
• The Hawkeyes have posted 26 runs of 10-0 or better this season.

Redshirtsophomore Jack Nunge suffered a season-ending torn meniscus of his right knee in the first half of Thursday’s road game at Michigan.
It is the second time Nunge has suffered a season-ending knee injury the last 16 months.
He sustained a torn ACL on the same knee on Nov. 24, 2019, versus Cal Poly.
The 6-foot-11 forward is expected to undergo surgery next week to repair the meniscus and is expected to be sidelined four to six months.
“Jack has been through so much and we all feel for him,” said head coach Fran McCaffery.
“He was really playing well and making great strides this year. Jack is beloved and respected by his teammates, and everyone in our program will support him during his recovery.”
Nunge was the team’s leading scorer (7.1) and rebounder (5.3) off the bench.

Ohio State leads the all-time series, 82-81. The two teams have
split the last 10 meetings, dating back to 2014.
Ohio State holds a 50-28 advantage in games played in Columbus. Sunday will be Iowa’s first visit to Value City Arena since Feb. 26, 2019. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings in Columbus, with the last Iowa win coming in 2014. The Hawkeyes were the first opponent to win at the Value City Arena (1999).

• Ohio State has lost its last two outings following a seven-game
win streak. The two losses came at home to No. 3 Michigan
(92-87) and on the road at Michigan State (71-67).
• The Buckeyes are 10-2 at home at Value City Arena. The two
setbacks came to Purdue and No. 3 Michigan.
• Michigan State edged the Buckeyes, 71-67, on Thursday in East
Lansing. E.J. Liddell netted a team-best 18 points, while Duane
Washington Jr. scored 17. Washington Jr., the Big Ten’s leading
3-point shooter, was an uncharacteristic 1-of-7 from 3-point
range. Both teams shot nearly identical percentages from the
floor and 3-point range, but the Spartans made one more field
goal and two more free throws than Ohio State.
• The Buckeyes were without starter senior Kyle Young, who
missed the game due to concussion protocol.
• Three starters average double digits in scoring: E.J. Liddell (16.0),
Duane Washington Jr. (15.6), and Justice Sueing (10.3). Liddell is
seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.494), eighth in
points per game (16.0), and ninth in rebounding (6.8). C.J. Walker
is tops in the NCAA in free throw accuracy (.957, 67-of-70).
• Ohio State has made the second most free throws in the country
(415) and attempted the sixth most (535).
• The Buckeyes are 3-4 in games decided by five points or fewer.
• Ohio State’s top two 3-point threats are Duane Washington, who
leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game (2.8), and Justin
Ahrens, who ranks 11th in the league (2.04).
• The Buckeyes rank first in the Big Ten in free throw percentage
(.776); third in fewest turnovers per game (10.4); fourth in scoring offense (78.0), field goal percentage (.464) and 3-point field
goal accuracy (.366); and fifth in rebounding margin (+3.5).

Chris Holtmann has led Ohio State to the NCAA Tournament his
first two seasons (2018, 2019). In his first season at Ohio State,
Holtmann was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Prior to being
appointed at Ohio State, Holtmann spent the previous three
seasons at Butler.

No. 7 Ohio State rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half
to upend No. 8 Iowa, 89-85, on Feb. 4, in Iowa City.
• Each team made 14 3-pointers, dished out 20 assists, collected
four steals, and committed six turnovers.
• Jack Nunge tied a personal best with 18 points, bolstered by a
career-best four 3-pointers.
• Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon drained four 3-pointers
each. Wieskamp finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while
Bohannon contributed 18 points and a team-best six assists.
• Luka Garza recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, and dished out
a career-high five assists.
• Iowa starting guard CJ Fredrick did not play due to injury (lower
leg injury).
• Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, and Duane Washington Jr. each netted 16
points to pace the Buckeyes. Justice Sueing recorded his fourth
career double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). CJ Walker came
off the bench registering a game-best nine assists.
• Ohio State posted its fourth consecutive win over a Top 15 opponent on the road (Rutgers, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa).

Iowa will play back-to-back road games against AP Top 5 teams
this week: at No. 3 Michigan (Thursday) and No. 4 Ohio State
The last time the Hawkeyes played back-to-back contests
against Top 5 teams was during the 2012-13 season (lost at home
to No. 5 Indiana on Dec. 31, 2012 and lost at No. 2 Michigan on
Jan. 6, 2013).
The last time an Iowa team played consecutive road games
against Top 5 teams was during the 1964-65 season (lost at No. 5
Indiana on Jan. 18, 1965 and lost at No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 29, 1965).

Luka Garza was named this week’s Naismith Trophy Player of the Week and Big Ten CoPlayer of the Week, leading Iowa to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State.
Garza averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests. He totaled 30 points and eight boards against the Badgers, and 23 points and 11 rebounds versus the Nittany Lions.
The native of Washington, D.C., became Iowa’s all-time leading scorer in its last outing against Penn State on Sunday. Garza broke the school’s 32-year old record held by Roy Marble. Garza’s layup with 8:18 remaining in the second half was the record-breaking
basket. Garza recorded his 31st career double-double and team-leading 10th of the season, totaling 23 points and 11 rebounds, against the Nittany Lions.
Garza totaled 30 points and eight rebounds against the Badgers last Thursday. He was 11-of-19 (.579) from the field, including a blistering 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point territory.
The 15-point victory (77-62) at Wisconsin is its largest margin of victory in Madison since a 15-point win over the Badgers on Jan. 25, 1988; its 77 points are the most scored by a Hawkeye team at the Kohl Center since a 79-76 win on Feb. 3, 1998.

Iowa ranks first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.95). The Hawkeyes have two players ranked high nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. CJ Fredrick has a blistering 12.0 ratio (48 assists; 4 turnovers), but does not meet the minimum assists per game requirements to be ranked. Connor McCaffery is sixth in the country with a 3.7 ratio (85 assists;
23 turnovers), while Jordan Bohannon is 14th with a 3.3 ratio (106 assists; 32 turnovers).
Iowa has teammates who recorded 10-assist/0-turover games in consecutive games.
Connor McCaffery and Jordan Bohannon are the first Division I duo from the same team to accomplish the feat in the last 10 years. McCaffery had 10 assists and zero turnovers at Maryland (Jan. 7), while Jordan Bohannon was credited with 14 assists and zero turnovers versus Minnesota (Jan. 10).

Iowa has three 1,000-point scorers on its 2020-21 roster: Luka Garza (2,142), Jordan Bohannon (1,544), and Joe Wieskamp (1,186). It marks the fifth time in program history that three 1,000-point scorers are on the same team: 1987-88 (Roy Marble, B.J. Armstrong, Jeff Moe); 1988-89 (Roy Marble, B.J. Armstrong, Ed Horton); 1995-96 (Jess Settles, Kenyon Murray, Chris Kingsbury); 2004-05 (Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner, Pierre Pierce).
Iowa’s 2020-21 trio (4,872 points and counting) is the second highest trio in school history behind the 1988-89 trio of Marble, Armstrong, and Horton (5,193 points).

Iowa has played 2,860 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,685-1,175 (.589). Iowa’s 1,685 wins are 38th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,078-374 (.742) record in home games, a 601-800 (.429) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 797-802 (.498) mark in Big Ten games and a 483-149 (.764) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Joe Wieskamp was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 15, after averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in a pair of double-digit wins over No. 25 Rutgers (79-66) and Michigan State (88-58). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, shot a combined 59 percent from the field (16-of-27), including a blistering 71 percent from 3-point range
(10-of-14) in the two wins.
In Iowa’s 13-point triumph over the Scarlet Knights, Wieskamp led all scorers with 26 points and controlled 10 defensive rebounds. Wieskamp made 64 percent of his total field
goal attempts (9-of-14), including 5-of-7 from 3-point territory.
Wieskamp eclipsed 20 points for the second consecutive game in Iowa’s 30-point victory against Michigan State at the Breslin Center on Feb. 13, netting a game-best 21 points and grabbing seven defensive rebounds. The 30-point win was Iowa’s largest margin of victory ever in East Lansing and the Spartans’ worst home defeat in 46 years. Once again, Wieskamp was dialed in from distance, sinking five of his seven 3-point attempts.
Wieskamp is one of five finalists for the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He is averaging 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds overthe last five outings. Wieskamp, who ranks ninth in career 3-pointers at Iowa, is shooting the basketball at an extremely high level, making 54 percent of his field goal attempts (30-of-56) and a blistering 56 percent from 3-point range (17-of-30) during the winning streak.
Wieskamp has made five 3-pointers in three of the last five games
and three or more in eight of the last 12 contests, shooting 38-of-67
(.567) during that span.
Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and
rebounding (6.8 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks fifth
in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.37) and defensive
rebounds per game (5.62). He leads all players in 3-point accuracy,
making 49 percent of his attempts (42-of-86) in Big Ten play.
Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 20 of Iowa’s 24 games
this season and 65 career times. He became the 50th player in
program history to score 1,000 career points on Jan. 20, 2021.
He is the first Hawkeye junior in school history to amass 1,100+
points, 500+ rebounds, 150+ 3-pointers, 100+ assists, and 75+
He has grabbed seven or more defensive rebounds in seven of
the last 10 games.

• Iowa was ranked in the AP Top 10 the first 11 weeks. The last
time the Hawkeyes were ranked in the Top 10 11 consecutive
weeks was the 1986-87 season. Iowa has been ranked inside
the Top 15 every week this season, including No. 9 this week.
• The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll three of the first
four weeks of the season. The last time Iowa wasranked as high
as third nationally was Jan. 25, 2016.
• Iowa’s No. 5 preseason ranking isits highest preseason position
in 65 years (No. 4 in the 1955-56 preseason poll). This marks
the eighth time in program history that Iowa isranked in the AP
Preseason Top 10: No. 4 in 1954-55, No. 4 in 1955-56, No. 9 in
1981-82, No. 7 in 1983-84, No. 7 in 1988-89, No. 8 in 1995-96,
and No. 9 in 2001-02. Iowa last started a season ranked in the
AP Poll 15 seasons ago (No. 20 in 2005-06).
• Iowa’s game against Gonzaga on Dec. 19, was just the second
time in program history thatIowa played in a contest pitting No.
1 against No. 3.

Iowa is 6-4 versus ranked teams this season. The six victories
tie Michigan for the most by any team in the country during the
2020-21 season.
The Hawkeyes have won 10 of its 11 home games against AP
ranked foes, with the line loss coming to No. 4 Ohio State on Feb.

  1. That loss snapped Iowa’s nine-game win streak, the longest such
    streak in program history during the AP Poll era (since 1948-49).
    The Hawkeyes have won 18 games over ranked foes over the last
    three seasons, second most in the nation (Michigan State, 23).
    Iowa won seven contests against ranked opponents last season,
    the most by any team nationally and the most by a Hawkeye team
    in a single-season since 2006 (8).

Jordan Bohannon had surgery on his left hip last December after
playing in 10 games in 2019-20. The native of Marion, Iowa, had
the same procedure done on his right hip in May, 2019.
Bohannon averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and
0.5 turnovers at Maryland and at home against Minnesota to earn
Big Ten Co-Player of the Week accolades on Jan. 11. He made 61
percent (11-of-18) of his field goal attempts, including a blistering
62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-16) in the two wins.
Bohannon had a ridiculous stat line against the Gophers on Jan.
10: 19 points, 14 assists, 7 rebounds, 0 turnovers. Bohannon is
the first Big Ten player to post those numbers in a game since the
2002-03 season. He has recorded a program-best seven career
double-doubles in points and assists.
Bohannon is tied with Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice for the most
games played among active Division I players with 136. Furthermore, his 136 games played tie for fifth most in school history.
Eighty percent of his made field goals have been 3-pointers (58-
of-72). He is one of four Division I players since the 1992-93 season
to amass more than 600 assists and 325 3-pointers.
Bohannon has made a school-record 342 3-pointers, which are
themost of any active playerfroma Power 5 conference and second
best in Big Ten history (374, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler).
Bohannon is one of only three Hawkeyes to post four 100-assist
seasons (Jeff Horner, Dean Oliver).

Small forward Keegan Murray is playing with a quiet confidence
when his name is called coming off the bench. All-American center
Luka Garza has tabbed him “Nicholas Baer 2.0.”
He ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (5.1), second in blocked
shots per game (1.04), and sixth in 3-pointers made (14). Murray
started four Big Ten games, replacing CJ Fredrick (lower leg injury).
The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, scored a personal-best 14
points and led the team in rebounding (9), steals (3), and blocks (3)
against the Scarlet Knights. Murray was a staggering +30, totaling
12 points, five rebounds, and a game-best two blocks versus the
Terrapins. Murray’s plus-minus is the third highest of any Hawkeye
this season (Patrick McCaffery +39 and Fredrick +33 vs. Northern
Illinois). He totaled eight points, seven rebounds, two rejections,
and two assists against the Wildcats.
Although technically a true freshman, Murray and his twin, Kris,
gained a year of experience following high school graduation playing at DME Academy in Florida in 2019-20 prior to arriving in Iowa
City. The Murray twins are legacy Hawkeyes; their father Kenyon
played for head coach Tom Davis for four seasons (1993-96).

It has been a difficult 16 months for forward Jack Nunge. On Nov.
24, 2019, Nunge tore his ACL (right knee) in the fifth game of the
2019-20 season after sitting out the previous season (redshirt).
Nearly 12 months to the day later, Nunge’s father (Dr. Mark
Nunge) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 53 on Nov. 28,

  1. Nunge did not play in Iowa’s first two games of the year as he
    was with family back home in Indiana.
    On Feb. 25, 2021, Nunge suffered a season-ending meniscus tear
    in the same knee (right) in the first half at Michigan. He is expected
    to be sidelined four to six months.
    Nunge played in 22 games this season, leading the team in scoring (7.1) and rebounding (5.3) off the bench.

Iowa made 52 percent (13-of-25) of its 3-point attempts at Michigan State and 63 percent (12-of-19) at Wisconsin; the last time
Iowa sank 52 percent of its 3-point attempts in consecutive games
was 2004 against UNC Greensboro and Northern Iowa.

Three Hawkeyes sank five or more 3-pointers in Iowa’s victory over
No. 16 North Carolina: Jordan Bohannon (7), CJ Fredrick (5), and
Joe Wieskamp (5). It was the first time in UNC history that three
opponent players made five or more triples in a game. It is also
the only time in the last 25 years that three teammates (on any
team) have made 5+ threes apiece in regulation against an AP Top
25 opponent.

Redshirt junior Connor McCaffery and redshirt freshman Patrick
McCaffery are one of 16 father/coach and son/player duos in Division I in 2020-21 (Boise State, Connecticut, Detroit Mercy, Illinois, Liberty, Memphis, Michigan State, USC Upstate, Southern,
Syracuse, Texas Southern, Utah, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Wright State). Of the 16 schools, the McCaffery’s are
the only program with a father/coach and two sons on the roster.

Luka Garza was named to every major preseason All-America list,
including headlining the AP Preseason All-America Team. Garza,
who is the first Iowa men’s basketball player named to a preseason AP All-American, was the lone unanimous selection. Below is a sampling of Garza’s preseason recognition:
• Associated Press Unanimous Preseason All-American
• Blue Ribbon First Team Preseason All-American
• CBS Sports First Team Preseason All-American
• USA Today First Team Preseason All-American
• Dick Vitale Preseason Player of the Year
• Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
• NABC Player of the Year Watch List
• Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 List
• Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Mid-Season Watch List
• Unanimous All-Big Ten Preseason Team
• Kareem Abdul Jabbar Center of the Year Finalist
• Senior CLASS Award Finalist
• Lute Olson Award Mid-Season Watch List

Last season, Luka Garza became the sixth Hawkeye to average
22+ points per game and first in 49 years since Fred Brown averaged 27.6 points per game in 1971. He became the fourth Big Ten
player since 1993 to average at least 23 points per game (Glenn
Robinson, Shawn Respert, and Carsen Edwards).
Garza finished the 20-game conference schedule averaging
26.2 points per game to become Iowa’s first scoring leader in Big
Ten games only since Adam Haluska (21.3 ppg) in 2007. Garza’s
26.2 Big Ten scoring average is the highest by a true center since
Minnesota’s Tom Kondla (28.3 ppg) in 1967.
Garza tallied 38 points at Indiana (Feb. 13, 2020). The 38 points
were two points shy of matching the Assembly Hall single-game
record by an opponent. Garza had the two highest single-game
point totals in the Big Ten in 2019-20: 44 at Michigan & 38 at
Indiana. He amassed 77 points in two games against Michigan,
the most points by any Big Ten player versus a single opponent in
regular season conference play over the last 20 seasons.
Garza became the fourth Hawkeye over the last four decades to
average better than 20 points per game. He totaled 287 field goals
and 530 field goal attempts; two field goals from John Johnson’s
record of 289 in 1970 and five attempts from tying Fred Brown’s
record of 535 in 1971.
Garza joined Jarrod Uthoff (2015 & 2016) as the only players in
program history to total 50+ blocks and 35+ 3-pointers in a season
in 2019-20.
Garza is also one of only five Big Ten players since the 2011 season
to post multiple 30-point/10-rebounds games in the same season.
Garza scored 25 points or more 13 times in 2019-20 (fifth nationally). He snagged a career-best 18 boards twice in 2019-20.

This season is the 20-year anniversary of Iowa’s first Big Ten Tournament championship. The Hawkeyes won four games in four
days, knocking off Northwestern (72-55), Ohio State (75-66), Penn
State (94-74), and Indiana (63-61). Reggie Evans was voted the
Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes have reached the 20-win
plateau six of the last eight seasons. McCaffery joins Lute Olson
(6) and Tom Davis (10) as the only Iowa head coaches to win 20 or
more games in at least five seasons.
McCaffery has taken Iowa to the NCAA Tournament four times,
and likely a fifth time last March if not for the postseason cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among Iowa’s head basketball coaches, McCaffery ranks third in tournament appearances
behind Davis (9) and Olson (5). Davis is Iowa’s all-time winningest
coach, while McCaffery is second.

Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staffs in the
country. The Iowa men’s basketballstaff has 73 years of combined
collegiate head coaching experience and more than 125 years of
collegiate coaching under their belts.
Iowa is one of two programs nationwide who have four current/
former Division I head coaches on their active coaching staffs (Pitt).
Coach ______________ Years
Fran McCaffery ______ 24 years
Kirk Speraw _________ 20 years
Sherman Dillard ______ 10 years
Billy Taylor_______________________ 14 years
Al Seibert ___________ 5 years

In June 2020, the Big Ten Conference formed the Anti-Hate and
Anti-Racism Coalition, which includes student-athletes, coaches,
athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of
the Big Ten family representing all 14 member institutions.
The University of Iowa has 10 representatives on the Coalition,
including head coach Fran McCaffery, assistant coach Billy Taylor,
and redshirt junior Connor McCaffery.
The Coalition will leverage, support, and complement the extraordinary efforts already taking place acrossthe Big Ten through
initiatives on our campuses, as well asthrough existing conference wide organizations like the Big Ten Advisory Commission.

Luka Garza had a historic season in 2019-20, earningNational Player
of the Year honors by six major news outlets, recognized as the Big
Ten and USBWA District VI Player of the Year, Pete Newell Big Man
of the Year and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, as well as
being honored as a unanimous consensus first-team All-American.
The six news outlets to name Garza National Player of the Year
include: Sporting News, Basketball Times, Stadium, Bleacher Report,
FOX, and ESPN. He is the first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn
national player of the year distinction. Garza was also a unanimous
consensus first-teamAll-America selection.He joins former Hawkeyes
Murray Wier (1948) and Charles Darling (1952) as the program’s only
consensus first team All-Americans. Garza is also the first Hawkeye
to win the Abdul-Jabbar and Newell national awards.
Garza (740 points and 305 rebounds) is one of three Big Ten players to ever total 740+ points and 300+ rebounds in a single-season
(Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994 and Purdue’s Joe Barry Carroll in
1979). He ranked second nationally with 12 20-point/10-rebound
performances, 20-point games (25); third in total field goals made
(287) and points per 40 minutes played (29.8), fifth in scoring (23.9),
10th in 30-point games (5), 19th in double-doubles (15), and 34th in
rebounding (9.8). Garza averaged 26.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, and
1.7 blocks in 12 games against AP ranked opponents in 2019-20,
including recording 11 straight 20-point performances.
Iowa’s Male Athlete of the Year, Garza finished the 20-game
league schedule averaging 26.2 points per game, becoming the first
player to average at least 26 points in Big Ten play since Purdue’s
Glenn Robinson in 1994 (31.1 ppg). Garza scored a school-record
740 points, breaking the program’s 50-year old record.
Garza is the only Big Ten player to register seven 25-point/10-
rebound performances in the same season in more than 17 years.
• National POY (Sporting News, Basketball Times, ESPN, Stadium, Bleacher Report, FOX)
• Unanimous Consensus First-Team All-America
• NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year
• Naismith Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
• Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year
• USBWA District VI Player of the Year
• Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson, and Lute Olson award finalist
• Iowa Male Athlete of the Year