Iowa basketball is tied for last place in the Big Ten heading into the final weekend of the season. The Hawkeyes entered the 2017-18 campaign light on experience, with Dom Uhl the only senior to play for the team this season, and it showed.
An extension signed before the season and revealed in January are at least one reason head coach Fran McCaffery isn’t on the hot seat. In a press conference on Friday, McCaffery brushed off the notion that this season would put any pressure on him.
His comments to Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman:
Dochterman: “Do you feel any kind of pressure based on how this season has unfolded.”
Dochterman: “Is that because of the faith Gary has showed you with the contract extension?”
McCaffery: “No. It’s the body of work.”
Dochterman: “From what you’ve accomplished that’s allowed you to have enough equity here?”
McCaffery: “It shouldn’t affect anybody. You shouldn’t even be bringing it up.”
Dochterman:”Why shouldn’t I bring it up? You’re in last place.”
McCaffery: “I know. Like I said, body of work. There’s a lot of things to be evaluated. Maybe you should look at that.”
McCaffery’s Hawkeyes are 12-18 overall and 3-14 in conference play entering their final game of the season against Northwestern on Sunday. It’ll be the first losing season Iowa’s had under McCaffery since 2011, when the team went 11-20 overall and 4-14 in conference play in McCaffery’s first season in Iowa City.