Iowa men’s basketball has a rich tradition with 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s and three Final Fours. The Hawkeyes have produced dozens of elite players who have played professionally, earned All-Big Ten honors and remain icons throughout the state for generations.
Throughout March, Landof10.com will host daily polls designed for fans to vote for the best players in Iowa basketball history. The first 16 days will consist of four players in 16 different pods (64 total players). From March 17-24, each pod’s top two players receiving votes will advance to knockout-style voting condensed to eight pods consisting of 32 players. From March 25-28, the eight pod winners will compete in four head-to-head matchups. On March 29-30, the top four players face off in head-to-head competition. The final vote between the top two players will be held March 31.
Here is the March 13 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
G FRED BROWN — Scored 1,091 in two seasons from 1969-71 to rank 37th in Iowa history. Averaged 27.6 points per game in 1970-71, second-highest in program history. Career scoring average of 22.7 ranks third in Iowa history. Starting junior with 17.9 points per game on Iowa’s 14-0 Big Ten champion in 1970, highest-scoring team in Big Ten history (102.9 points in league games).
G MATT GATENS — Scored 1,635 points from 2008-12, ranking eighth in Iowa history. Scored second-most 3-pointers in Iowa history (239). Led team in scoring his final three seasons. Led Hawkeyes in free-throw percentage all four years, and Big Ten twice. Currently ranked tied for ninth in all-time Big Ten free-throw percentage. Led team in steals in 2010-11 season.
G CHAD CALABRIA — Scored 1,168 points in three seasons from 1967-70 to rank No. 28 in Iowa history. Averaged 14.2 points as a junior, then 19.1 points a game for Iowa’s 14-0 Big Ten champion in 1970, highest-scoring team in Big Ten history (102.9 points in league games). Hit 15 field goals in an NCAA Tournament consolation game in 1970.
F BRAD LOHAUS — Led Iowa in rebounding (7.7) and blocked shots (37), plus scored 11.9 points a game in 1986-87 season, which set school record for single-season wins (30) and advanced to Elite Eight.
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