Iowa cools off Nebraska with comfortable 94-76 win (2024)

Iowa cools off Nebraska with comfortable 94-76 win (1)

IOWA CITY — Nebraska entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena red-hot after an upset of No. 1 Purdue. The Huskers left perhaps as cold as the blustery winds that swirled around the region.

That’s because Iowa (10-6, 2-3 Big Ten) pulled off a comfortable 94-76 win over Nebraska (13-4, 3-3) Friday night.

The win was Fran McCaffery’s 271st at Iowa, tying him with Tom Davis for the most in program history.

Iowa won with an especially efficient and balanced scoring attack, as the Hawkeyes shot 52 percent from the field and had 30 assists on 35 made field goals.

“You’re not going to shoot it well if you don’t get open shots,” McCaffery said. “We moved the ball and shared the ball and got open shots.”

Three players — Owen Freeman, Payton Sandfort and Tony Perkins — all had double-doubles.

“That’s typically going to equate to a victory,” McCaffery said.

Freeman, the freshman forward, scored a team-high 22 points on uber-efficient 11-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. One of the two misses was on a dunk attempt.

“After he missed that dunk, I told him, ‘You’re trash for that,’” Perkins said in jest. “Because if I would’ve missed the dunk, he would have so much to say to me. … But just a great player.”

Sandfort had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Perkins, meanwhile, had 11 points and a team-high 15 assists. He’s the first Hawkeye men’s player with 15 assists in a game since B.J. Armstrong in 1989.

“They were in the locker room calling me John Stockton,” Perkins said after the game. “I’ll take it.”

Josh Dix also had an impressive night, scoring a career-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting. All five of the sophom*ore guard’s makes were from long range.

"He was absolutely spectacular tonight,“ McCaffery said. ”No question.“

After a close start to the second half, which included four lead changes, the Hawkeyes pulled away with a 20-6 run to expand their lead to 13 with 11:41 remaining.

Iowa seemed to break away early in the game, but not for long. The Hawkeyes jumped to a 17-2 lead, which Nebraska slowly whittled later in the first half to one possession. It was 41-36 Iowa at halftime.

“When you dig yourself a 17-2 hole, it takes a lot to climb out,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “To our guys credit, they did that.”

Iowa kept Nebraska — a 35.5 percent 3-point shooting team before Friday’s game — to just 4-of-26 shooting from deep. Just three days ago, the Huskers made 14 of 23 long-range attempts in their win over Purdue.

“We had some good looks,” Hoiberg said. “I thought we rushed early. … You can’t beat them on their home court when you play their game, and we took, I thought, four rushed shots early.”

Iowa’s defensive success on the perimeter sometimes came at the cost of many easy looks inside. The Huskers scored 30 of their 36 first-half points in the paint although they were less effective in the paint in the second half.

The Hawkeyes’ ability to, as Hoiberg phrased it, force Nebraska to “play their game” was on display on both ends of the court. Iowa had a 16-6 advantage in fastbreak points.

“If you walk it up and let them stack their defense, they’re hard to score on,” McCaffery said. “So we tried to get as much free-flowing action in transition as we could.”

Iowa received some potentially bad news as Patrick McCaffery exited the game with an ankle injury.

"He’s in the training room right now,“ McCaffery said. ”We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Try to get the ice on it right away, keep it elevated and try to keep the swelling down if we can.“

Friday’s game was in front of an especially sparse crowd as a blizzard kept many fans away from attending. McCaffery was “impressed” with the crowd given the extraordinary weather circ*mstances.

“You drove here, I drove here,” McCaffery told reporters. “It’s bad. It’s as bad as I’ve seen. I thought it was going to be like the COVID crowd. … The people that came — they were fired up, and they made an impact. So I was really pleased with that, under the circ*mstances.”

The Hawkeyes will look for their third straight win Monday at Minnesota after starting Big Ten play with three straight losses.

“We learned a lot,” McCaffery said. “That’s what you have to do. When you go 0-3, what did you learn? What do you have to correct?"


Iowa cools off Nebraska with comfortable 94-76 win (2024)


Who has won more Iowa or Nebraska? ›

Game results
52November 26, 2021# 16 Iowa
53November 25, 2022Nebraska
54November 24, 2023# 17 Iowa
Series: Nebraska leads 30–21–3
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Who is favored to win Nebraska or Iowa? ›

The Cornhuskers are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Nebraska vs. Iowa odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 24.5, one of the lowest totals in college football history.

How did Iowa lose to Nebraska? ›

Nebraska overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter and held Clark scoreless in the final 10 minutes. Nebraska star Jaz Shelley hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play to give the Huskers a 78-77 advantage. She also connected on her final four free throws to help put the Hawkeyes away.

Who won the Iowa-Nebraska game today? ›

Iowa 13-10 Nebraska (Nov 24, 2023) Final Score - ESPN.

How many times has Iowa beat Nebraska in a row? ›

Nebraska leads the series 30-21-3. Iowa holds a 1 game win streak.

Who is Iowa's biggest rival? ›

Iowa–Minnesota football rivalry
All-time seriesMinnesota leads, 63–52–2 (.547)
Trophy seriesIowa leads, 44–43–2 (.506)
Largest victoryMinnesota, 75–0 (1903)
Longest win streakMinnesota, 12 (1891–1916)
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Who is the rival of Iowa? ›

The Hawkeyes' oldest rival is Minnesota. Its most competitively balanced rival is Wisconsin. Iowa State is the in-state rival.

Are Nebraska and Iowa rivals? ›

What it turned into was one of the country's best rivalries, and ultimately, it made Nebraska better. Six years ago, the conference powers that be declared Iowa and Nebraska rivals.

Has Iowa ever won a natty? ›

The Hawkeyes' lone claim to a national championship came after winning the Rose Bowl following the 1958 season, when they were awarded the Grantland Rice trophy by the Football Writers Association of America. The Hawkeyes' current head coach is Kirk Ferentz.

Has Iowa State ever beaten Iowa? ›

Lowest winning scores: Iowa State and Iowa both have 2-0 wins in the series, but both came more than 100 years ago. The Cyclones won 2-0 in 1906 and Iowa won 2-0 in 1910. The lowest winning score in the modern era, since the rivalry restarted in 1977, is 9 points; Iowa State won 9-6 in 2012.

Has Iowa ever won a bowl game? ›

Iowa finished the 1958 regular season ranked No. 2 in the polls and won the 1959 Rose Bowl convincingly, 38–12, setting or tying six Rose Bowl records. The major wire-services (AP Poll and Coaches Poll) had named Louisiana State as national champions at the end of the regular season.

How many points did Caitlin Clark score? ›

Caitlin Clark's collegiate career at Iowa came to a crashing end Sunday afternoon in an 87-75 loss to South Carolina in the national championship game. Clark, the all-time leading scorer in the college game, scored a game-high 30 points. She finishes her career with 3,951.

Will Iowa be a 1 seed? ›

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women's basketball team will be a No. 1 Seed in the Albany Regional and will host the 2024 NCAA First and Second Rounds in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25.

How many points did Caitlin Clark have against Nebraska? ›

Clark had 31 points as the No. 2 Hawkeyes fell 82-79 to host Nebraska before a sellout crowd of 15,042 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How many wins does Nebraska have? ›

Nebraska Cornhuskers football
All-time record917–424–40 (.678)
Bowl record26–27 (.491)
Claimed national titles5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Unclaimed national titles4 (1915, 1982, 1983, 1993)
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How many titles has Nebraska won? ›

Nebraska football owns one of the richest championship traditions in college football history, capturing five national championships. The Huskers won back-to-back crowns in 1970 and 1971, before winning titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

How many wins does Iowa football have? ›

Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Hawkeyes
All-time record693–576–39 (.545)
Bowl record20–18–1 (.526)
Claimed national titles5 (1921, 1922, 1956, 1958, 1960)
Conference titles13 (11 Big Ten, 1 MVIAA, 1 WIUFA)
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How many titles has Iowa won? ›

The Hawkeyes have won 24 national titles and 37 Big Ten titles. Iowa's 55 NCAA Champions have won a total of 85 NCAA individual titles, crowning seven three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes' 118 Big Ten champions have combined for 210 conference titles.


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