With the college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next few weeks. Today, we look at the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The strength at the top of the Big Ten heading into next season has kept Iowa from generating much national buzz, but Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes are clearly on the rise.
After going just 11-20 in McCaffery’s first season, Iowa improved to 18-17 in year two and earned a berth to the N.I.T. The Hawkeyes knocked off some high-level opponents like Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin (twice) and also won three league games on the road. The program also enjoyed success off the court by signing two recruits in the RSCI top 100 in Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell. All of these things are reasons for optimism in Iowa City.
But with success comes expectations.
A taste of postseason play last winter combined with a solid core of returnees and a solid incoming class should have Iowa positioned to make a pla...