Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

The Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team represents the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, as a member of the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Coach Fran McCaffery is the current head coach, and has been at Iowa since 2010.

Iowa Hawkeyes
2019–20 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Iowa
Head coachFran McCaffery (9th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationIowa City, Iowa
ArenaCarver-Hawkeye Arena
(Capacity: 15,400)
Student sectionHawks Nest
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1955, 1956, 1980
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1955, 1956, 1980, 1987
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1955, 1956, 1970, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1999
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1955, 1956, 1970, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
2001, 2006
Conference Regular Season Champions
1923, 1926, 1945, 1955, 1956, 1968, 1970, 1979

The Hawkeyes have played in 26 NCAA Tournaments, eight NIT Tournaments, won eight Big Ten regular-season conference championships and won the Big Ten tournament twice.[2] Iowa has played in the Final Four on three occasions, reaching the semifinals in 1955 and 1980 and playing in the championship game against the University of San Francisco in 1956.[3][2]

Iowa basketball was widely successful in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s with a program resurgence under Lute Olson and the tenures of George Raveling and Tom Davis. Under Olson, the Hawkeyes won their last Big Ten regular season championship and went to the 1980 Final Four.[4]

They currently play in 15,400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena, along with Iowa women's basketball, wrestling, and volleyball teams.[5]

Prior to playing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which opened in 1983,[6] the Hawkeyes played in the Iowa Armory and the Iowa Field House, which is still used today by the school's gymnastics teams.[7][8] In 2006, the Hawkeyes accumulated a school-record 21 consecutive wins at home before losing to in-state rival Northern Iowa.[9][10]

Four Iowa coaches have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: Sam Barry, Ralph Miller, Lute Olson and George Raveling.


Early years (1901–1922)

The roots of Iowa basketball lie in 1901, when Ed Rule coached the Hawkeyes to a 10–2 record in their very first season of varsity basketball. Earlier, when the sport was evolving and still in a club format, Iowa played the University of Chicago club in the first five-on-five college game on January 18, 1896.[11] Rule coached the Hawkeyes in four non-consecutive seasons (1901–02, 03–04, 05–07), leading Iowa to a 37–15 record under his watch.[12] Even today, Rule's winning percentage stands as the best among head coaches in Iowa basketball history.[12]

Aside from Rule's tenure, the Hawkeyes were coached by: Fred Bailey (1902–1903), John Chalmers (1904–1905), John Griffith (1907–1910), Walter Stewart (1910–1912), Floyd Thomas (1912–1913), Maury Kent (1913–1918), Edwin Bannick (1918–1919), and James Ashmore (1919-1922). In the era of multiple sport coaches, Chalmers (24–8), Griffin (2-4), Kent (assistant) and Ahsmore (assistant) also were Coaches of Iowa Hawkeyes football. Kent pitched briefly for the Brooklyn Dodgers and coached the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team (42-26), as did Chalmers (24-6), Stewart (16-12), Ashmore (23–20) and Griffith (9-6).[11] From 1902–1923, the best Iowa basketball finished in conference play was fifth on three separate occasions. Iowa began play in the Western Conference (1902–1917) which evolved and changed its name to the Big Ten Conference beginning in 1917–1918.[11]

Sam Barry era (1922–1929)

But all that changed when Sam Barry was hired as Iowa's 10th head coach. In Barry's first season, 1923, Iowa went 13–2 overall and won the Big Ten championship for the first time in school history.[13] The winning did not stop there: the Hawkeyes also tied for the Big Ten championship in 1926, along with Indiana, Michigan, and Purdue. Barry also coached the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team, going 19-15 in 1923-1924.[14] Before Barry continued his Hall of Fame career at the USC in 1929, he authored a handbook on the sport, Basketball: Individual Play and Team Play, featuring Iowa players and facilities. 62-54 at Iowa, Barry remained at USC until his death in 1950 at age 57. Barry was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank
1922–33IowaSam Barry13–211–1T-1st
1923–24IowaSam Barry7–184–89th
1924–25IowaSam Barry6–105–77th
1925–26IowaSam Barry12–58–4T-1st
1926–27IowaSam Barry9–87–5T-4th
1927–28IowaSam Barry6–113–7T-7th
1928–29IowaSam Barry9–85–77th
Totals62–54 (.534)43–39 (.524)

Rollie Williams era (1929–1942)

Following Barry in the line of Hawkeye coaches was Rollie Williams, who would coach Iowa on two occasions, from 1929 to 1942 and in 1951.[11] Williams' winning percentage of 51.5% (139-131), and his long tenure at Iowa allowed him to become the winningest coach in Iowa history until Lute Olson, Tom Davis and Fran McCaffery surpassed him.[12]

Early during Williams' head coaching tenure, in 1929, Iowa's teams were suspended from participation in the Big Ten for violating conference rules.[15] After a Big Ten investigation uncovered an illegal slush fund and possible recruiting violations, Iowa relented to the Big Ten's demands and was eventually reinstated into the conference on February 1, 1930.[16] Fourteen players, including four on the basketball squad, were declared ineligible as a result of the Big Ten's findings.[17]

Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner for Iowa Hawkeyes football, also played basketball at Iowa. Starting for Coach Williams in 1937-1938 as a sophomore, Kinnick finished 2nd on the team and 15th in Big Ten scoring with 75 total points (6.3 points per game) that season, his only hoops season.[18][19]

Williams left the Hawkeyes in 1942 during WWII to enter military service in the Navy. He would return to Iowa after his tour of duty and coached one final season in 1950-1951, after illness had forced Pop Harrison away from the sideline the previous season.[20]

Overall Williams had a 42-year tenure at the University of Iowa (1924-1966), working in various coaching capacities and moving into athletic administration at Iowa after his coaching career.[21]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank
1929–30IowaRollie Williams4–130–0*10th
1930–31IowaRollie Williams5–122–1010th
1931–32IowaRollie Williams5–123–9T-8th
1932–33IowaRollie Williams15–58–4T-3rd
1933–34IowaRollie Williams13–66–6T-5th
1933–35IowaRollie Williams10–96–66th
1935–36IowaRollie Williams9–105–7T-6th
1936–37IowaRollie Williams11–93–9T-8th
1937–38IowaRollie Williams11–96–6T-5th
1938–39IowaRollie Williams8–113–910th
1939–40IowaRollie Williams9–124–88th
1940–41IowaRollie Williams12–84–88th
1941–42IowaRollie Williams12–810–5T-2nd
1950–51*IowaRollie Williams15–79–53rd
Totals139–131 (.515)69–90 (.434)

Pops Harrison era (1942–1950)

Just as the country emerged from the depression, so did Iowa's basketball fortunes. Following a rocky 7–10 season in 1943, Pops Harrison led the Hawkeyes to their third overall Big Ten title (and first unshared title) in 1945.[11]

Murray Weir was the centerpiece of Harrison's teams from 1944-1948, as Wier was a starter all four-year years under coach Harrison and developed into a prolific scorer, leading the NCAA In 1944–1945, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Conference season championship. The Hawkeyes finished second to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten during Weir's his senior season of 1947–48.[22]

Wier led the Hawkeyes in scoring in 1946-1947 and 1947-1948 with 15.1 and 21.0 points per game.[23] Weir's 21.0 ppg led the NCAA in scoring in 1947-1948, with Wier becoming the first officially recognized Major College division scoring leader. Weir was a first team all-Big Ten selection, the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player. Weir was named a 1948 consensus first team All-American.[24]

In the following decade, from 1946 to 1956, the Hawkeyes had but one non-winning season in 1949, Harrison's last full season as head coach. Illness forced Harrison miss a good portion of the season, coaching in eleven games in the 1949-50 season.[11][20]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank
1942–43IowaPops Harrison7–103–99th
1943–44IowaPops Harrison14–49–3T-2nd
1944–45IowaPops Harrison17–111–11st
1945–46IowaPops Harrison14–48–4T-3rd
1946–47IowaPops Harrison12–75–76th
1947–48IowaPops Harrison15–48–42nd
1948–49IowaPops Harrison10–103–98th
1949–50IowaPops Harrison9–2*1–1*Inc*
Totals98–42 (.700)46–38 (.548)

Bucky O'Connor era (1949–1958)

After playing and graduating from Drake University, O'Connor first came to Iowa from Boone Junior College in Boone, Iowa. He began at Iowa as the freshman basketball coach and Head Golf Coach in 1948. In 1950, O'Connor took over after the first two coaches of the 1949–50 season stepped down. He became the official coach in the 1951–52 season. Following short tenures by O'Connor in 1950 and Rollie Williams (with O'Connor assisting) for the entire 1950-1951, in subbing for the ill Pops Harrison, O'Connor became Iowa's permanent coach in 1951. O'Connor would hold that position and achieve great success, until his death on April 22, 1958.[11][25]

Chuck Darling was an early prominent player under O'Connor. Darling was a Consensus first-team All-American in (1952), along with being named 1952 First-team All-Big Ten. Darling was the 1st Round pick (#8 overall) of the Rochester Royals in the 1952 NBA draft. He played instead for the AAU Phillips 66ers in order to remain an amateur. He later played in the 1956 Olympics.[26]

The Fabulous Five / back to back Final Fours

In 1953, Iowa finished second in the Big Ten behind the efforts of a starting lineup fully composed of sophomores nicknamed the "Fabulous Five:"Sharm Scheuerman, Bill Seaberg, Carl Cain, Bill Schoof, and Bill Logan.[25]

As juniors, Iowa, with the "Fabulous Five" won the Big Ten outright and eventually finished fourth in the nation, advancing to the Final Four of the 1955 NCAA Tournament, defeating Penn State 82-53 and Marquette 86-81 to advance.[25]

In 1955-1956, as seniors, Iowa again won the Big Ten outright and advanced to the Final Four of the 1956 NCAA Tournament. They defeated Morehead State 97-83 and Kentucky and Coach Adolph Rupp 89-77 to advance to the Final Four. There, they defeated Temple 83-76 to advance to the NCAA Championship game. In the NCAA Final, Iowa lost to the San Francisco Dons with Bill Russell 83-71. San Francisco ended the season undefeated.[27]

Despite losing in the championship game, for the only time in school history, the Hawkeyes recorded consecutive Big Ten championships.[11] Scheuerman, Seaberg, Cain, Schoof, and Logan, all members of the "Fabulous Five", had their jerseys retired in 1980.[28]

1956 USA Basketball Olympians

Chuck Darling and Carl Cain were members of the 1956 United States men's Olympic basketball team that won the Gold Medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Hall of famers Bill Russell and KC Jones were fellow team members. Darling averaged 9.3 points per game in the Olympics.[26][29]

O'Connor's death

On April 22, 1958, at the age of 44, O'Connor died in a car accident near Waterloo, Iowa, killed in a collision with a truck on Highway 218. O'Connor, who had once coached Iowa's Golf team, was on his way to Waterloo to play golf before a speaking engagement with the Sports of Sorts Club in Waterloo.[30][31]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1949–50IowaBucky O'Connor6–5* (15-7)5–5* (6-6)5th
Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1950–51IowaRollie Williams15–79–53rd
Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1951–52IowaBucky O'Connor19–311–32nd
1952–53IowaBucky O'Connor12–109–96th
1953–54IowaBucky O'Connor17–511–32nd
1954–55IowaBucky O'Connor19–711–31stNCAA FINAL FOUR
1955–56IowaBucky O'Connor20–613–11stNCAA RUNNER-UP
1956–57IowaBucky O'Connor8–144–108th
1957–58IowaBucky O'Connor13–97–76th
Totals114–59 (.659)71–41 (.634)*
  • Includes Second Half of 1949–50 Season

Sharm Scheuerman era (1958–1964)

After graduating from Iowa, Scheuerman had been hired as an assistant coach under Bucky O'Connor. Scheuerman was hired as head coach in 1958 after O'Connor was killed.[32] At age 24, Scheuerman became the youngest head basketball coach in Big Ten Conference history. In six years as the Hawkeyes' head coach, Scheuerman's teams compiled a record of 72–69. He resigned after the 1963-1964 season and entered private business. He later became an announcer for Iowa telecasts.[33]

A two-time All-American at Iowa, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee and 5 x NBA Champion and Coach, Don Nelson, played for Iowa and Coach Scheuerman from 1959–1962. Nelson has the most wins as a coach in NBA history and his #19 is retired by the Boston Celtics.[34]

Scheuerman recruited Naismith Hall of Fame player Connie Hawkins to Iowa in 1960. After enrolling at Iowa as a freshman, Hawkins was named in an investigation into gambling and point-shaving in his native New York City. Hawkins had borrowed and repaid $200 from former NBA player Jack Molinas and was questioned by the FBI without legal representation. He was banned and never played collegiately again, before embarking on a professional career. He eventually sued the NBA who had banned him, winning a 1.6 million dollar settlement and reinstatement. Hawkins' #42 was retired by the Phoenix Suns.[35][36][37]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1958–59IowaSharm Scheuerman10–127–7T-5th
1959–60IowaSharm Scheuerman14–106–8T-6th
1960–61IowaSharm Scheuerman18–610–4T-2nd
1961–62IowaSharm Scheuerman13–117–7T-4th
1962–63IowaSharm Scheuerman9–155–98th
1963–64IowaSharm Scheuerman8–153–119th
Totals72–69 (.511)38–46 (.452)

Ralph Miller era (1964–1970)

Iowa enjoyed 5 years of tremendous success under Ralph Miller from 1965–66 through 1969–70, winning two Big Ten conference titles during that span. Miller joined the Hawks as head coach after completing a successful stint as head coach at Wichita State.

The 1967–68 team tied for the Big Ten Title with Ohio State with a 10–4 conference record, and a 16–9 overall record. This team was led by Sam Williams, a high-scoring forward who led the Big Ten in scoring that year.

The 1969–70 team was arguably the greatest team in Iowa basketball history. Known as the "Six-Pack" (because only 6 players played most of the minutes), this team stormed through the Big Ten with a perfect 14–0 record, one of the few Big Ten teams ever to go undefeated in the conference. The team averaged over 100 points in conference play, highlighted by a 108–107 victory in West Lafayette over Purdue late in the season to clinch the outright title. Rick Mount of Purdue scored 61 points in that game in a losing effort.

The Six-Pack team was led by John Johnson and "Downtown" Fred Brown, who both enjoyed long and successful NBA careers after playing for the Hawkeyes, Johnson was the 1st round pick (#7) overall of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1970 NBA Draft. Glenn "the Stick" Vidnovic and Chad Calabria also were Six-pack members. Iowa averaged almost 80% accuracy as a team from the free throw line for the season.

To the chagrin of many Hawkeye fans, Ralph Miller left Iowa after the 1969–70 season to accept the head coaching job at Oregon State, where he coached until 1989. Miller was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1964–65IowaRalph Miller14–108–65th
1965–66IowaRalph Miller17–78–63rd
1966–67IowaRalph Miller16–89–53rd
1967–68IowaRalph Miller16–910–41st
1968–69IowaRalph Miller12–125–98th
1969–70IowaRalph Miller20–514–01stNCAA SWEET 16
Totals95–51 (.651)54–30 (.643)

Dick Schultz era (1970–1974)

Miller and Scheuerman's assistant (and Iowa's baseball coach), Dick Schultz, succeeded Miller as head coach in 1970. A dual coach, Schultz had previously coached the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team, going 129-106 from 1963-1970. Schultz was 41–55 overall during his four-year run as coach, with "Downtown" Freddie Brown and Kevin Kunnert becoming First Round NBA Draft Picks.

Brown was the 1st round pick (#6 overall) of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1971 NBA draft and Kunnert was the first round pick (#12 overall) of the Chicago Bulls in 1973 NBA draft).

Schultz resigned in 1974, after four second-division finishes in the Big Ten and a 41–55 overall recond. Schultz later became the executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1988–1983. He then became executive director of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) from 1995–2000.

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1970–71IowaDick Schultz9–154–107th (T)
1971–72IowaDick Schultz11–135–98th (T)
1972–73IowaDick Schultz13–116–86th (T)
1973–74IowaDick Schultz8–165–97th
Totals41–55 (.427)20–36 (.357)

Lute Olson era (1974–1983)

Iowa hired Long Beach State coach Lute Olson to replace Schultz in 1974. After progressive improvements from 1975 to 1977, Olson coached the Hawkeyes to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1979 to 1983. The 1978–79 squad earned a share the Big Ten Title.

1980 Final Four

Olson's tenure was highlighted by an appearance in the Final Four in 1980 on a team led by Ronnie Lester, with a supporting cast of Kenny Arnold, Steve Waite, Steve Krafcisin, Vince Brookins, Kevin Boyle, Bobby Hanson, and Mark Gannon. Iowa started 7–0 on the season when Lester was injured early in the season at Dayton, not returning until the regular season finale.

Nineteen regular season wins earned Iowa a No. 5 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament (then, a 48-team field). In the four tournament wins that took Iowa to the Final Four, All-American Lester dished out 26 assists while committing only seven turnovers along with 51 points. Iowa opened by defeating Virginia Commonwealth 86–72 and No. 4 seed NC State 77–64. In a huge upset, Iowa knocked off No. 1 seed Syracuse 88–77, setting up a matchup in the Elite Eight with No. 3 Georgetown. Iowa earned an improbable Final Four trip to Indianapolis on March 16, 1980 defeating John Thompson's Georgetown squad 81–80. Iowa overcame a 10-point halftime deficit, making 17 of their final 21 shots and going 15–15 from the free-throw line. The winning basket was Steve Waite's three-point play in the closing seconds.

In the semi-final game against Denny Crum's Louisville team, Lester scored the first 10 points for Iowa. But after eight minutes of play he reinjured his knee and exited the game, ending his Iowa career. In Lester's absence, Louisville bested Iowa by only eight points, 80–72 and went on to win the Tournament, defeating UCLA, led by Larry Brown, in the final. Lester's value to his team was evident in the numbers. Not counting the Louisville game, they were 15–1 with Lester and 8–9 without him. Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who played two seasons at Michigan State, once claimed Lester the toughest opponent he ever faced in the Big Ten. Lester was drafted 10th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft, but the knee issues limited him in the NBA. He donated $100,000 to the University of Iowa in 2009.[38]

Career at Iowa

After Olson coached the Hawkeyes to the 1980 Final Four, Iowa made the next three NCAA Tournaments. They advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the 1983 NCAA Tournament, his final season at Iowa. Then nicknamed "The House That Lute Built", Carver-Hawkeye Arena opened on January 5, 1983, replacing the Iowa Field House.[39] After the 1982-1983 season, Olson left Iowa for the University of Arizona. Olson was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.[40]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1974–75IowaLute Olson10–167–117th
1975–76IowaLute Olson19–109–95th
1976–77IowaLute Olson20–712–64th
1977–78IowaLute Olson12–155–138th
1978–79IowaLute Olson20–813–5T-1stNCAA First Round
1979–80IowaLute Olson23–1010–84thNCAA Final Four
1980–81IowaLute Olson21–713–54thNCAA First Round
1981–82IowaLute Olson21–812–62ndNCAA Second Round
1982–83IowaLute Olson21–1010–8T-2ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
Total167–91 (.651)91–71 (.562)

George Raveling era (1983–1986)

When Lute Olson left for Arizona, George Raveling came to Iowa from Washington State, where he coached from 1972-1983. Raveling immediately recruited Michigan high school stars B.J. Armstrong, Bill Jones, and Roy Marble, Springfield, Illinois' Lanphier High School teammates Ed Horton and Kevin Gamble, as well as USC transfer Gerry Wright, and Les Jepsen, all of whom would go on to play in the NBA. During Raveling's three years with the program, the Hawkeyes made two trips to the NCAA Tournament, after his first Iowa team finished 13-15. Like Sam Barry decades before, Raveling left Iowa (after the 1985–86 season) to take the head coaching position at the University of Southern California. Raveling was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1983–84IowaGeorge Raveling13–156–12T-7th
1984–85IowaGeorge Raveling21–1110–85thNCAA First Round
1985–86IowaGeorge Raveling20–1210–86thNCAA First Round
Totals55–38 (.591)26–28 (.481)

Tom Davis era (1986–1999)

Dr. Tom Davis was hired after George Raveling departed. Davis coached the Hawkeyes for 13 seasons from 1986–87 to 1998–99. Davis had coached Lafayette (1971-1977), Boston College (1977-1982) and Stanford (1982-1986) prior to Iowa. Davis is Iowa's all time victory leader with 269 wins.[41]

Davis's utilized a full court press defense and rapid continuous substitution. In 1986-1987, the Hawkeyes won their first 18 games and obtained the No. 1 ranking in the AP and UPI polls for the first time in school history. Iowa, with future NBA players Brad Lohaus, B.J. Armstrong, Ed Horton, Kevin Gamble, Bill Jones and Roy Marble, along with Jeff Moe won a school-record 30 games. Iowa finished 14-4 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.[42]

In the 1987 NCAA Tournament #2 seed Iowa defeated Santa Clara 96-76, UTEP 84-82 and Oklahoma 93-91 to advance to the Elite Eight. In the Western Regional Final Iowa lost to #1 seed UNLV 84–81 after having a 16-point halftime lead. Kevin Gamble, who had hit the winning shot against the University of Oklahoma to send the Hawkeyes to the Elite Eight, shot a 3-pointer as time expired, but the shot bounced off the rim.[42]

Retaining B.J. Armstrong, Ed Horton, Bill Jones and Roy Marble, the Hawkeyes began the 1987–88 season ranked in the top five by most polls and publications. Iowa advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, avenging their loss to UNLV in the Second Round 106-89, before losing 99-79 to former coach Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats.

On January 16, 1993, Iowa player Chris Street, a junior averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on Iowa's 12-2 team, was killed in an accident with a snow plow in Iowa City. His # 40 was retired by Iowa.[43]

In all, Davis led the Hawkeyes to nine NCAA Tournaments, winning every First Round game in the process. In his final season, Iowa advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to eventual National Champion UConn. Under Davis the Hawkeyes also made two appearances in the National Invitational Tournament. He is the all-time winningest coach in Iowa history with 269 wins. He would later come out of retirement to rebuild the Drake University program before being succeeded at Drake by his son Keno Davis.[41]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1986–87IowaTom Davis30–514–43rdNCAA Elite Eight
1987–88IowaTom Davis24–1012–63rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
1988–89IowaTom Davis23–1010–84thNCAA Second Round
1989–90IowaTom Davis12–164–14T–8th
1990–91IowaTom Davis21–119–9T–5thNCAA Second Round
1991–92IowaTom Davis19–1110–85thNCAA Second Round
1992–93IowaTom Davis23–911–7T–3rdNCAA Second Round
1993–94IowaTom Davis11–165–13T–9th
1994–95IowaTom Davis21–129–9T–7thNIT third round
1995–96IowaTom Davis23–911–74thNCAA Second Round
1996–97IowaTom Davis22–1012–6T–2ndNCAA Second Round
1997–98IowaTom Davis20–119–7T–5thNIT first round
1998–99IowaTom Davis20–109–7T–3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
Totals269–140 (.658)125–105 (.543)

Steve Alford era (1999–2007)

Steve Alford, a former All-American as an Indiana Hoosier and a member of the Olympic gold-winning 1984 United States basketball team, arrived at Iowa after coaching Southwest Missouri State University to the 1999 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In his first game as coach of the Hawkeyes, Iowa defeated the defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies in Madison Square Garden. Iowa finished 14–16.

During his second year (2000–01) the Hawkeyes' roster included Indiana transfer Luke Recker and Reggie Evans, who would lead the Big Ten Conference in rebounds and double-doubles during his two seasons with Iowa, as well as Iowa Mr. basketball 1997 Dean Oliver. However, after a knee injury sidelined Recker, the Hawkeyes dropped six of their last seven conference games, finishing 23–12 for the regular season and 7–9 in the Big Ten Conference regular season. Despite the setback, they battled back and won the Big Ten Conference Tournament with four straight wins against Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Indiana. This earned them a #7 seed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Creighton in the first round but lost to Kentucky in the second round.

The Hawkeyes' conference record dropped to 5–11 during the 2001–02 season, but they defeated Purdue, Wisconsin, and Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament before losing to Ohio State in the finals. The Hawkeyes played in the 2002 National Invitation Tournament, losing to LSU in the first round to finish with a 19–16 record. This was the first of three straight seasons that the Hawkeyes played in the NIT under Alford.

Iowa won the first two rounds of the 2003 tournament against Valparaiso and Iowa State before losing to Georgia Tech, finishing with a 17–14 record. In 2004, they returned to the NIT, losing to St. Louis in the first round to complete the season at 16–13. Their 9–7 conference record marked the first winning Big Ten Conference record under Alford.

The Hawkeyes finished 21–12 with a 7–9 conference record in the 2004–05 regular season. They won their first two Big Ten Tournament games against Purdue and Michigan State before losing the third game to Wisconsin, 59–56. They earned an at-large invitation to the 2005 NCAA Tournament as a #10 seed, where they lost 76–64 to Cincinnati in the first round. During the season, leading scorer Pierre Pierce was dismissed from the team amid charges of sexual abuse; Pierce ultimately served one year in prison.

During the 2005–06 season, the Hawkeyes went undefeated at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time in school history and finished in a second-place tie with Illinois with an 11–5 conference record, one game behind Ohio State. However, the Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota, Michigan State, and Ohio State to win the Big Ten Tournament and finish 25–8 going into its third NCAA Tournament under Alford. They were ranked No. 11 nationally and seeded #3 in the Atlanta Regional of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, but lost in a first-round upset to #14 seed Northwestern State 64–63, leaving Alford with only one NCAA Tournament win since taking over at Iowa. The game was lost on a last-second shot, and the Hawkeyes would not return to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament until 2014–15.

During the 2006–07 season, Alford led the Hawkeyes to an 8–6 non-conference record (which included a home loss to Drake for the first time in 40 years) and a 9–7 record in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa was not invited to the post-season, marking the first time since the 1976–77 season that a Hawkeye team with a winning record (17-14) failed to make either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

At the conclusion of the 2006–07 season, Alford resigned from the University of Iowa to accept the coaching position at the University of New Mexico.

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
1999–00IowaSteve Alford14–166–10T–7th
2000–01IowaSteve Alford23–127–9T–6thNCAA second round
2001–02IowaSteve Alford19–165–11T–8thNIT 1st Round
2002–03IowaSteve Alford17–147–9T–8thNIT Elite Eight
2003–04IowaSteve Alford16–139–74thNIT 1st Round
2004–05IowaSteve Alford21–127–97thNCAA 1st Round
2005–06IowaSteve Alford25–911–5T–2ndNCAA 1st Round
2006–07IowaSteve Alford17–149–7T–4th
Total152–106 (.589)61–67 (.477)

Todd Lickliter era (2007–2010)

Following Alford's departure, Butler coach and reigning NABC Coach of the Year Todd Lickliter was hired. The graduation of Adam Haluska and the transfer of leading scorer Tyler Smith to Tennessee created a void. The 2007–2008 Hawkeyes would finish 13–19 for the season, including 6–12 in the Big Ten. The 2008–09 Hawkeyes would improve slightly to 15–17. The 2009–10 Hawkeyes dropped to 10–22. After experiencing the worst three-year run in the program's history, Lickliter was fired on March 15, 2010.[44]

Year School Coach Record Conference Big Ten Rank Postseason
2007–08IowaTodd Lickliter13–196–128th
2008–09IowaTodd Lickliter15–165–1310th
2009–10IowaTodd Lickliter10–224–149th
Total38–57 (.400)15–39 (.278)

Fran McCaffery era (2010–present)

Coach Fran McCaffery came to Iowa from Siena in 2010. In his 23rd season as a head coach at Iowa, Lehigh (1985-1988), UNC-Greensboro (1999-2005) and Siena (2005-2010), McCaffery has a career record of 424–308 (.583).

Iowa's attendance increased by 20 percent from the previous year. McCaffery guided Iowa to two victories over top-50 RPI teams, including sixth-ranked Purdue.

In 2012 the Hawkeyes were 4–3 against teams ranked in the AP top 25. For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Men's Basketball program saw a marked uptick in attendance inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa's average attendance for all home games for the 2011–12 season was 11,841, the conference-only attendance was 13,254 per game.

During the 2012–2013 season Iowa finished the regular season with a 20–11 record, including an 11–2 non conference and 9–9 conference record. Coach McCaffery also earned his 300th career win as a head coach on March 9, 2013 with a 74–60 win over Nebraska. In postseason play they defeated Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament before falling to the #3 seeded Michigan State Spartans in the second round. The Hawkeyes went on to earn a #3 seed in the 2013 NIT tournament where they would go advance to the championship game for the first time in school history before losing to Baylor (74–54). Iowa's 25 win total was the most by the team since setting the same mark in the 2005–2006 season.

During the 2013–2014 season, Iowa achieved a non-conference record of 11–2, including a runner-up finish in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and a loss to in-state rival Iowa State. The Hawkeyes finished the Big Ten Conference season with a 9–9 record and a regular season record of 20–12. The Hawkeyes were seeded sixth in the Big Ten Conference tournament but lost to No. 11-seeded Northwestern 67–62, a team that the Hawkeyes had twice beaten by 26 points in two conference season games. The Hawkeyes played in the 'first four' during the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, playing Tennessee in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. This was their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2005–2006 season.

The 2014–2015 Hawkeyes finished their non-conference schedule 9–4, with losses to #10 Texas (71–57) and #23 Syracuse (66–63) in the 2K Classic. Additional non-conference losses came at the hands of rivals #14 Iowa State (90–75) and UNI (56–44). McCaffery led Iowa to a 12–6 record in the Big Ten, including memorable wins over #20 Ohio State (71–65) and #17 Maryland (71–55). McCaffrey's Hawkeyes were upset in the second round of the Big Ten tournament by Penn State (67–58), but still finished tied for third in the conference. Iowa earned a 7th seed in the NCAA Tournament and beat Davidson (83–52) in the Round of 64 before bowing out to Gonzaga (87–68) in the third round. McCaffery's Hawkeyes finished 22–12 on the year.

During the 2015–16 season, the University of Iowa reached a new peak during the McCaffery era, twice defeating Michigan State during the regular season, attaining a 19–4 overall record and a No. 3 Associated Press rankings. However, the Hawkeyes lost seven of their last 10 games, including a 68–66 loss to 12th-seeded Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, a team the Hawkeyes had defeated handily a month earlier and would not play in the post-season. As a result of the late-season swoon, the Hawkeyes fell to No. 25 in the final Associated Press rankings. Seeded seventh in the NCAA Division I tournament's South regional, the Hawkeyes used a buzzer-beating tip-in to defeat Temple 72–70 in overtime. The Hawkeyes lost to second-seeded Villanova in the second round, 87–68, to end the season 22–11.

After the 2015–16 season graduated 4 senior starters, Iowa got off to a rocky start to the 2016–17 campaign, going 3–5 with losses to Seton Hall (91–83), Virginia (74–41), Memphis (100–92), Notre Dame (92–78), and Nebraska–Omaha (98–89). The Hawkeyes turned things around in December and ended non-conference play with five straight victories, including wins over in-state rivals #25 Iowa State (78–64) and UNI (69–46). Iowa finished non-conference play 8–5 on the year. The Hawkeyes went 10–8 in conference play, with wins over Michigan (86–83), #17 Purdue (83–78), Ohio State (85-72), #24 Maryland (83–69), Indiana (96–90), and #22 Wisconsin (59–57). McCaffery's Hawkeyes were invited to the NIT post-season tournament and defeated South Dakota (87–75) before losing in overtime to eventual champion TCU (94–92), finishing their season 19–15. Senior Peter Jok lead the Big Ten in scoring (19.9 ppg) and was first-team all-conference.

Season School Coach Overall Big Ten Big Ten Rank Postseason
2010–11IowaFran McCaffery11–204–1410th
2011–12IowaFran McCaffery18–178–107thNIT 2nd Round
2012–13IowaFran McCaffery25–139–96thNIT Runner-Up
2013–14IowaFran McCaffery20–139–96thNCAA Play-In Round
2014–15IowaFran McCaffery22–1212–63rd(T)NCAA 2nd Round
2015–16IowaFran McCaffery22–1112–63rd(T)NCAA 2nd Round
2016–17IowaFran McCaffery19–1510–85th(T)NIT 2nd Round
2017–18IowaFran McCaffery14-194-1411th(T)
2018–19IowaFran McCaffery23-1210-106thNCAA 2nd Round
Total173-129 (.573) 78-86 (.476)

Iowa Basketball Coaches List

The Hawkeyes have had 22 coaches in their 116-year history. Fran McCaffery is the current Iowa coach. Two coaches have been named Big Ten Conference Coach-of-the-Year since it officially began in 1975: Lute Olson in 1979 and Tom Davis in 1987. Four Iowa coaches have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: Sam Barry, Ralph Miller, Lute Olson and George Raveling.[45]

Head-to-head Big Ten records

Note: Through 2018-19 season Source:

Team Total meetings Overall record Win %
Michigan State12653–73.421
Ohio State12564–61.512
Penn State4730–17.638


NCAA Tournament results

The Hawkeyes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times. Their combined record is 30–28.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1955Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Penn State
La Salle
W 82–53
W 86–81
L 73–76
L 54–75
1956Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Morehead State
San Francisco
W 97–83
W 89–77
W 83–76
L 71–83
1970Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Notre Dame
L 103–104
W 121–106
1979No. 4Second RoundNo. 5 ToledoL 72–74
1980No. 5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Third Place Game
No. 12 VCU
No. 4 NC State
No. 1 Syracuse
No. 3 Georgetown
No. 2 Louisville
No. 6 Purdue
W 86–72
W 77–64
W 88–77
W 81–80
L 72–80
L 58–75
1981No. 3Second RoundNo. 6 Wichita StateL 56–60
1982No. 6First Round
Second Round
No. 11 Northeast Louisiana
No. 3 Idaho
W 70–63
L 67–69 OT
1983No. 7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 10 Utah State
No. 2 Missouri
No. 3 Villanova
W 64–59
W 77–63
L 54–55
1985No. 8First RoundNo. 9 ArkansasL 54–63
1986No. 11First RoundNo. 6 NC StateL 64–66
1987No. 2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 15 Santa Clara
No. 7 UTEP
No. 6 Oklahoma
No. 1 UNLV
W 99–76
W 84–82
W 93–91 OT
L 81–84
1988No. 5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 12 Florida State
No. 4 UNLV
No. 1 Arizona
W 102–98
W 104–86
L 79–99
1989No. 4First Round
Second Round
No. 13 Rutgers
No. 5 NC State
W 87–73
L 96–102 2OT
1991No. 7First Round
Second Round
No. 10 East Tennessee State
No. 2 Duke
W 76–73
L 70–85
1992No. 9First Round
Second Round
No. 8 Texas
No. 1 Duke
W 98–92
L 62–75
1993No. 4First Round
Second Round
No. 13 Northeast Louisiana
No. 5 Wake Forest
W 82–69
L 78–84
1996No. 6First Round
Second Round
No. 11 George Washington
No. 3 Arizona
W 81–79
L 73–87
1997No. 8First Round
Second Round
No. 9 Virginia
No. 1 Kentucky
W 73–60
L 69–75
1999No. 5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 12 UAB
No. 4 Arkansas
No. 1 Connecticut
W 77–64
W 82–72
L 68–78
2001No. 7First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Creighton
No. 2 Kentucky
W 69–56
L 79–92
2005No. 10First RoundNo. 7 CincinnatiL 64–76
2006No. 3First RoundNo. 14 Northwestern StateL 63–64
2014No. 11First FourNo. 11 TennesseeL 65–78OT
2015No. 7Second Round
Third Round
No. 10 Davidson
No. 2 Gonzaga
W 83–52
L 68–87
2016No. 7First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Temple
No. 2 Villanova
W 72–70 OT
L 68–87
2019No. 10First Round
Second Round
No. 7 Cincinnati
No. 2 Tennessee
W 79–72
L 77–83 OT

*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.

Historical NCAA Tournament seeding

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '91 '92 '93 '96 '97 '99 '01 '05 '06 '14 '15 '16 '19
Seeds → 453678112547946857103117710

NIT results

The Hawkeyes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eight times. Their combined record is 10–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1995First Round
Second Round
Penn State
W 96–87
W 66–62
L 64–67
1998First RoundGeorgiaL 93–100
2002First RoundLSUL 61–63
2003Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
Iowa State
Georgia Tech
W 62–60
W 54–53
L 78–79
2004First RoundSaint LouisL 69–70
2012First Round
Second Round
W 84–72
L 97–108
2013First Round
Second Round
Indiana State
Stony Brook
W 68–52
W 75–63
W 75–64
W 71–60
L 54–74
2017First Round
Second Round
South Dakota
W 87–75
L 92–94OT

Individual honors

Retired numbers

Nine Hawkeye players have had their numbers retired by the University of Iowa:[46]

Iowa Hawkeyes retired numbers
No. Player Year retired
10B.J. Armstrong (jersey)1992
12Ronnie Lester1980
21Carl Cain1980
22Bill Seaberg1980
31Bill Logan1980
33Bill Schoof1980
40Chris Street1993
41Greg Stokes1985
46Sharm Scheuerman1980

All-American selections

Each year, numerous publications and organizations release lists of All-America teams, hypothetical rosters of players considered the best in the nation at their respective positions.[47] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) uses officially recognized All-America selectors to determine the consensus selections. Over time, the sources used to determine the consensus selections have varied. Currently, the NCAA uses four "major" selectors to determine consensus All-Americans: the Associated Press, The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association and Sporting News magazine. Since 1984, the NCAA has applied a standardized point system to those teams designated as "major" All-American teams to determine consensus teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.[48] Many other publications and organization compile their own "minor" All-America teams in addition to the selectors listed here.

Through the 2009 season, 17 Iowa players have earned 24 All-America selections. Of Iowa's 17 All-Americans, 10 players were first-team All-American selections, with Ronnie Lester doing so twice. Iowa has had four consensus first and second team All-American selections; they are listed in bold in the table below.[49]


      First-team selection 

      Second-team selection 

      Third-team selection 

Year Player Remarks
1934Ben Selzer
1944Dave Danner
1944Dick Ives
1945Dick Ives2nd
1945Herb Wilkinson
1946Herb Wilkinson2nd
1946Dick Ives3rd
1947Herb Wilkinson3rd
1948Murray Wier
1952Charles Darling
1952Bob Clifton
1955Bill Seaberg
Year Player Remarks
1956Carl Cain
1956Bill Logan
1961Don Nelson
1962Don Nelson2nd
1967Sam Williams
1968Sam Williams2nd
1970John Johnson
1971Fred Brown
1973Kevin Kunnert
1979Ronnie Lester
1980Ronnie Lester2nd
1997Andre Woolridge
Year Player Remarks
2016Jarrod Uthoff

Big Ten honorees

Big Ten Most Valuable Players

The Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball has been awarded since 1946 by the Chicago Tribune to the college basketball player determined to be the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. Three Hawkeyes have won the Big Ten MVP award:[50]

Year Player
1948Murray Wier
1952Charles Darling
1968Sam Williams

Since 1998, the Big Ten Conference has held an annual basketball tournament at the end of its regular season. Every year, the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament crowns a tournament MVP, and two Hawkeyes have won the annual honor:[51]

Year Player
2001Reggie Evans
2006Jeff Horner

Other annual awards

Coaches and media of the Big Ten also make annual selections for additional individual honors:[51]

Big Ten Conference Award Recipient(s) and year received
Defensive Player of the YearAcie Earl (1992); Erek Hansen (2006)
Sixth Man of the YearDoug Thomas (2006); Gabe Olaseni (2015); Nicholas Baer (2017)
Freshman of the YearKevin Boyle (1979); Michael Payne (1982); Roy Marble (1985); Jess Settles (1994); Joey Range (1999)

All-conference selections

Through the 2019 season, Iowa has had 112 All-Big Ten selections, including 35 first-team selections. 32 players were multiple All-Big Ten selections, and nine players were three-time All-Big Ten selections.[51]


      First-team selection 

      Second-team selection 

      Third-team selection 

Year Player Remarks
1939Ben Stephens
1942Milt Kuhl
1944Dave Danner
1945Herb Wilkinson
1945Clayton Wilkinson
1946Herb Wilkinson2nd
1947Herb Wilkinson3rd
1948Murray Wier
1950Frank Calsbeek
1951Frank Calsbeek2nd
1951Charles Darling
1952Charles Darling2nd
1952Bob Clifton
1953McKinley Davis
1954Carl Cain
1955Bill Logan
1955Carl Cain2nd
1955Bill Seaberg
1955Sharm Scheuerman
1956Carl Cain3rd
1956Bill Logan2nd
1956Bill Seaberg2nd
1958Dave Gunther
1959Dave Gunther2nd
1961Don Nelson
1962Don Nelson2nd
1963Dave Roach
1964Jimmy Rodgers
1965Chris Pervall
1965George Peeples
1966George Peeples2nd
1966Chris Pervall2nd
1967Sam Williams
1968Sam Williams2nd
1968Chad Calabria
1970John Johnson
1970Fred Brown
1970Glenn Vidnovic
Year Player Remarks
1971Fred Brown2nd
1972Kevin Kunnert
1972Rick Williams
1973Kevin Kunnert2nd
1974Candy LaPrince
1976Scott Thompson
1976Dan Frost
1976Bruce King
1977Bruce King2nd
1978Ronnie Lester
1979Ronnie Lester2nd
1980Kevin Boyle
1980Steve Krafcisin
1981Kevin Boyle2nd
1981Vince Brookins
1982Michael Payne
1982Kenny Arnold
1982Kevin Boyle3rd
1983Greg Stokes
1983Bob Hansen
1984Greg Stokes2nd
1984Steve Carfino
1985Greg Stokes3rd
1986Gerry Wright
1987Roy Marble
1987Brad Lohaus
1988Roy Marble2nd
1988B.J. Armstrong
1989Ed Horton
1989B.J. Armstrong2nd
1989Roy Marble3rd
1990Les Jepsen
1991Acie Earl
1992Acie Earl2nd
1993Acie Earl3rd
1993Val Barnes
1994James Winters
1994Jess Settles
Year Player Remarks
1995Chris Kingsbury
1995Jess Settles2nd
1995Andre Woolridge
1996Jess Settles3rd
1996Andre Woolridge2nd
1996Russ Millard
1997Andre Woolridge3rd
1997Ryan Bowen
1998Ryan Bowen2nd
1999Dean Oliver
2000Dean Oliver2nd
2001Reggie Evans
2001Dean Oliver3rd
2002Reggie Evans2nd
2002Luke Recker
2003Chauncey Leslie
2004Jeff Horner
2004Pierre Pierce
2005Greg Brunner
2006Greg Brunner2nd
2006Adam Haluska
2006Jeff Horner2nd
2007Adam Haluska2nd
2007Tyler Smith
2008Tony Freeman
2012Matt Gatens
2013Roy Devyn Marble
2014Roy Devyn Marble2nd
2014Aaron White
2015Aaron White2nd
2015Jarrod Uthoff
2016Jarrod Uthoff2nd
2016Peter Jok
2017Peter Jok2nd
2019Tyler Cook
2019Jordan Bohannon

Team awards

Most Valuable Players

The Iowa Most Valuable Player Award was presented annually to an Iowa player or players from 1946 to 2007:[50]

Year Player(s)
1946Herb Wilkinson
1947Murray Wier
1948Murray Wier
1949Charlie Mason
1950Frank Calsbeek
1951Frank Calsbeek
1952Charles Darling
1953Herb Thompson
1954Carl Cain
1955Bill Seaberg
1956Carl Cain
1957Dave Gunther
1958Dave Gunther
1959Dave Gunther
1960Don Nelson
1961Don Nelson
1962Don Nelson
1963Jerry Messick
1964Jimmy Rodgers
1965Jimmy Rodgers
1966Dennis Pauling
1967Gerry Jones
1968Sam Williams
1969John Johnson
1970John Johnson
1971Fred Brown
Year Player(s)
1972Kevin Kunnert
Rick Williams
1973Kevin Kunnert
1974Candy LaPrince
1975Dan Frost
1976Scott Thompson
1977Bruce King
1978Ronnie Lester
1979Ronnie Lester
1980Ronnie Lester
1981Vince Brookins
1982Kevin Boyle
1983Bob Hansen
1984Steve Carfino
1985Greg Stokes
Michael Payne
1986Andre Banks
1987Kevin Gamble
Roy Marble
1988B.J. Armstrong
Bill Jones
Roy Marble
1989B.J. Armstrong
Ed Horton
Roy Marble
1990Les Jepsen
1991Acie Earl
James Moses
Year Player(s)
1992Acie Earl
1993Acie Earl
1994James Winters
1995Jess Settles
Andre Woolridge
1996Jess Settles
Andre Woolridge
Russ Millard
1997Andre Woolridge
1998Ryan Bowen
1999Jess Settles
Kent McCausland
Dean Oliver
2000Dean Oliver
Jacob Jaacks
2001Dean Oliver
Reggie Evans
2002Reggie Evans
Luke Recker
2003Chauncey Leslie
2004Jeff Horner
Pierre Pierce
2005Jeff Horner
Greg Brunner
2006Jeff Horner
Greg Brunner
Erek Hansen
2007Adam Haluska

Chris Street Award

The Chris Street Award, named in honor of former Hawkeye Chris Street, has been presented annually since 1993 to “a Hawkeye player who best exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm, and intensity of Chris Street”:[52]

Year Player(s)
1993Wade Lookingbill
1994Jess Settles
1995Jim Bartels
1996Jess Settles
1997Ryan Bowen
John Streif (Trainer)
1998Darryl Moore
1999Jason Bauer
Jess Settles
2000Ryan Luehrsmann
Jason Price
2001Dean Oliver
2002Duez Henderson
2003Jeff Horner
2004Brody Boyd
Greg Brunner
2005Adam Haluska
Year Player(s)
2006Adam Haluska
2007Tony Freeman
2008Cyrus Tate
2009Jarryd Cole
2010Devan Bawinkel
2011Jarryd Cole
2012Matt Gatens
2013Eric May
2014Roy Devyn Marble
2015Aaron White
2016Anthony Clemmons
Mike Gesell
Jarrod Uthoff
Adam Woodbury
2017Peter Jok
2018Jordan Bohannon

Hawkeyes inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Did not play varsity basketball at Iowa
Year Player(s) Inducted as a:
1979Sam BarryCoach
1988Ralph MillerCoach
1993Connie Hawkins*Player
2002Lute OlsonCoach
2009C. Vivian StringerWomen's Coach
2012Don NelsonCoach
2015George RavelingContributor

Iowa Hawkeye Olympians

Year City Olympian Medal
1956 Summer OlympicsMelbourneCarl Cain
1956 Summer OlympicsMelbourneChuck Darling
1984 Summer OlympicsLos AngelesGeorge Raveling

Hawkeyes in the NBA


Draft Year Round/Pick Player Selected by Professional career
1989 NBA draft1 / 18BJ ArmstrongChicago Bulls1989-2000
1998 NBA draft2 / 55Ryan BowenDenver Nuggets1998–2010
1971 NBA draft1 / 6Fred BrownSeattle Super Sonics1971–1984
FAFAMatt BullardHouston Rockets1990–2002
1998 NBA draft1 / 21Ricky DavisCharlotte Hornets1998–2010
1989 NBA draft1 / 19Acie EarlBoston Celtics1993–1997
FAFAReggie EvansSeattle Super Sonics2002–2015
1987 NBA draft3 / 63Kevin GamblePortland Trail Blazers1987–1998
1959 NBA draft8 / 56Dave GuntherSan Francisco Warriors1959–1962
1983 NBA draft3 / 54Bob HansenUtah Jazz1983–1992
FAFAConnie Hawkins*Pittsburgh Pipers1961–1976
1989 NBA draft2 / 39Ed HortonWashington Bullets1989–1990
20052 / 28Les JepsenGolden State Warriors1990–1992
1970 NBA draft1 / 7John JohnsonCleveland Cavaliers1970–1982
FAFABill JonesNew Jersey Nets1988–1989
FAFANoble JorgensenTri-Cities Blackhawks1946-1953
1973 NBA draft1 / 12Kevin KunnertChicago Bulls1973–1982
1980 NBA draft1 / 10Ronnie LesterPortland Trail Blazers1980–1986
1987 NBA draft2 / 45Brad LohausBoston Celtics1987–1998
2014 NBA draft2 / 56Devyn MarbleDenver Nuggets2014–2016
1989 NBA draft1 / 23Roy MarbleAtlanta Hawks1989–1994
FAFABill MayfieldGolden State Warriors1980–1981
1962 NBA draft3 / 17Don Nelson*Chicago Zephyrs1962–1976
FAFADean OliverGolden State Warriors2002–2003
1966 NBA draft4 / 35George PeeplesIndiana Pacers1966–1973
FAFAJared ReinerChicago Bulls2005–2007
FAFAGuy RuckerGolden State Warriors2002–2003
1985 NBA draft2 / 33Greg StokesPhiladelphia 76ers1985–1990
FAFAJarrod UthoffDallas Mavericks2016–2017
FAFAMurray WeirDetroit Pistons1947–1951
1968 NBA draft3 / 35Sam WilliamsMilwaukee Bucks1968–1970


Iowa's men's basketball team plays their home games at Carver–Hawkeye Arena, a 15,500-seat multi-purpose indoor arena located in Iowa City, Iowa. It opened in 1983 and is also the home of the university's wrestling, women's basketball, and volleyball teams.

Prior to playing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeye men's basketball team played in Close Hall (1902-1905) and then the first Iowa Armory (1905-1922), which was located where the UI Communications Center building currently sits, across the street from the Library on the East Side of the Iowa River. Iowa moved to the second Iowa Armory (1922-1926), and then to the Iowa Field House (1926-1982), which was built directly beside the second Iowa Armory, which was incorporated into the Field House. The Iowa Field House is still used today for classrooms, offices and as home to Iowa gymnastics teams.[53][54]


First game Last game Home arena Capacity
19011905Close Hall500
February 24, 19051922First Iowa Armory2,500
January 8, 19221926Second Iowa Armory4,500
December 4, 1926December 11, 1982Iowa Field House13,365
January 5, 1983currentCarver–Hawkeye Arena15,500
Total 117 seasons 5 venues Average capacity: 8,997

University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

The following Iowa men's basketball players/coaches have been inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.[55] Some were inducted as players in multiple sports where noted:

Players, Inducted:


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