Iowa Preview Capsule
Last season: 19-15.
Coach: Fran McCaffery.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who’s gone: G Peter Jok.
Who’s back: Everybody else, including PG Jordan Bohannon. He averaged nearly 11 points a game last season as a freshman and finished with three straight double-doubles in postseason play. F Tyler Cook (12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds) was up and down as a newcomer a year ago but could emerge as one of the Big Ten’s breakout stars. F Nicholas Baer was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2016-17, but it’s uncertain if he will move into the starting lineup.
Who’s new: C Luka Garza, a freshman, was Iowa’s best player during a summer tour through Europe and is expected to start. C Jack Nunge, also a freshman, should also see extended minutes in the Hawkeyes’ rebuilt frontcourt.
The Skinny: Iowa will miss Jok’s 19.9 points per game. But If Bohannon and Cook improve as expected and Garza and Nunge solidify the frontcourt, Iowa will likely make a push for a top-five league finish and return to the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes have as many as 12 guys who can play at the Division I level, and McCaffery will have his hands full keeping everyone happy.