Iowa Ranked 5th in Preseason Poll

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says his Hawkeyes are embracing lofty expectations. The Hawkeyes are ranked fifth in the Associated Press top 25. It is their highest preseason ranking in 65 years.

McCaffery does not feel the need to temper expectations.

McCaffery says in the midst of a pandemic and with no fans at games it will be an unusual year.

Included on Iowa’s schedule is a December 19th game against top ranked Gonzaga in Sioux Falls.

Hawkeye All-American Luka Garza has been named the 2020-21 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. While Garza and Joe Wieskamp were named to the 10-player Preseason All-Big Ten Team; Garza being a unanimous selection. Iowa and Illinois were the only teams to have multiple players recognized on the list.