IOWA CITY – Iowa coach Fran McCaffery collected his 300th career victory Saturday as his Hawkeyes beat the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers, 74-60 on Senior Day at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Roy Devyn Marble surpassed the 1,000 point plateau with his first made basket of the game, becoming the 41st Hawkeyes to reach the milestone. Roy Devyn and his dad, Roy, who played for the Hawkeyes in the late 80’s, is the first father-son combo to achieve the 1,000 point plateau in Big Ten History.
The Hawkeyes also achieved 20 wins first the first time in years.
“I’m happy for our team to have accomplished this,” said head coach Fran McCaffery. “But we’re not done, and you never want to be satisfied.”
Melsahn Basabe tallied his 11th career double-double, scoring 11 points with a season-high 13 rebounds.
In the ballgame, Iowa had four players score in double-figures: Aaron White (19), Adam Woodbury (12), Basabe (11) and Anthony Clemmons (11).
Iowa finished with a season high field goal percentage of 57.1% (28-49). 21 of Iowa’s 28 field goals were assisted. The Hawkeyes shot 72.7% in the second half, making 16-of-22 field goals.
Iowa closed the regular season winning six of their last eight games. The Hawkeyes finished with nine conference wins in the regular season for the first time since 2007.
Iowa secured the #6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and will meet 11th-seeded Northwestern in round one at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) in Chicago.
Coach McCaffery thinks his team is capable of winning the tournament if things fall into place.
“Well, it’s going to take a lot of what you saw today in terms of our depth, producing at the level that they did, because we have to win four games consecutively, and that’s going to take a lot of energy,” McCaffery said. “Getting (freshman point guard) Mike Gesell back, that will help, and I think that will happen, so that will give us another hand, another shooter, another play maker.”