Iowa Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Iowa Hawkeyes

Big Ten (22-11, 10-10)

Iowa did not have high expectations heading into this season mainly due to their terrible defense of a year ago. But this group was perfect in non-conference play, which included wins over Oregon, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Iowa State, and performed relatively well in Big Ten play.
Big Wins: 12/6 Iowa State (98-84), 1/12 Ohio State (72-62), 2/1 Michigan (74-59)
Bad Losses: 2/26 at Ohio State (70-90), 3/2 Rutgers (72-86), 3/9 at Nebraska (91-93)
Coach: Fran McCaffery
Why They Can Surprise:
Iowa has quite a few talented scoring threats, most notably in the frontcourt. Forwards Tyler Cook and Luke Garza are the team’s top scorers. Cook leads the way with 14.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. The 6-9 junior is the bruiser in the paint, while Garza has a little more range to his offense. Garza is not going to hit too many three-pointers, but he is a threat. On the perimeter, Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp and Isaiah Moss are the main scorers. None of them have been particularly consistent, but all three can go off for big games. Bohannon has scored 25 points on multiple occasions and Wieskamp has hit the 24 point mark twice. Moss might be the x-factor in the NCAA Tournament. Like the rest of the backcourt, he is a good outside shooter, but Moss has been even more inconsistent than everybody else this season. If he can have a good game, the Hawkeyes have an offense that is difficult to contain.
Why They Can Disappoint:
The defense is better, but it is still not great. The unit ranks 13th in the Big Ten allowing 74.0 points per game and the opposition shoots 44.6 percent from the floor. That often allows subpar teams to stick around and get a chance to beat the Hawkeyes. And that has been the case recently when Ohio State and Rutgers scored 90 and 86 points, respectively. Coach Fran McCaffery must have his team prepared to tighten up their defense or their trip to the NCAA Tournament could be surprisingly short.
Probable Starters:
Jason Bohannon, Junior, Guard, 11.3 ppg, 3.4 apg
Joe Wieskamp, Freshman, Guard, 10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Isaiah Moss, Junior, Guard, 9.1 ppg
Tyler Cook, Junior, Forward, 14.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Luke Garza, Sophomore, Forward, 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Key Role Players:
Nicholas Baer, Senior, Forward, 6.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Maishe Dailey, Junior, Guard, 2.6 ppg
Connor McCaffery, Freshman, Guard,4.6 ppg, 3.1 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 79.0 (45th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 74.0 (244, 13)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.6 (105, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.6 (228, 13)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.2 (124, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.3 (89, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.4 (52, 3)
Rebound Margin: 1.3 (148, 9)
Assists Per Game: 15.6 (35, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (105, 7)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2017NITFirst Round win over South Dakota
2017NITSecond Round loss to TCU
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Temple
2016NCAARound of 32 loss to Villanova
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Davidson
2015NCAARound of 32 loss to Gonzaga
2014NCAAOpening Round loss to Tennessee
2013NITFirst Round win over Indiana State
2013NITSecond Round win over Stony Brook
2013NITQuarterfinal win over Virginia
2013NITSemifinal win over Maryland
2013NITFinal loss to Baylor
2012NITFirst Round win over Dayton
2012NITSecond Round loss to Oregon
2006NCAARound of 64 loss to Northwestern State
2005NCAARound of 64 loss to Cincinnati
2004NITFirst Round loss to Saint Louis
2003NITOpening Round win over Valparaiso
2003NITFirst Round win over Iowa State
2003NITSecond Round loss to Georgia Tech
2002NITFirst Round loss to LSU
*all team stats through 3/10