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 9 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F/C ACIE EARL — Scored 1,779 points from 1989-93, third-most in school history. Notched the third-most field goals and most blocked shots in school history. Named first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1991-92 season. Led Iowa in rebounding twice, scoring three times and blocks all four seasons. Owns the top two seasons in blocked shots with 121 and 106. Owns single-game records for blocks and steals (9 in both). Only Iowa player to record at least 8 blocks in a game, and did it six times.
PG JEFF HORNER — Scored 1,502 points from 2002-06 to rank 15th in school history. Earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2006. Owns school records for most career 3-pointers and assists. Ranks eighth in steals. Lead Iowa in assists all four seasons. Named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2006 after leading Hawkeyes to the title.
G STEVE CARFINO — Scored 1,037 points from 1980-84 to rank 45th at Iowa. Ranks fifth in career steals. Led Iowa in steals three straight seasons and guided team in assists in 1982-83. Averaged at least 10.9 points per game in his final two seasons.
F GLENN ‘STICKS’ VIDNOVIC — Averaged 16.1 points in three seasons and scored 949 points in his career. Set an Iowa record by hitting all 13 free throws in a game. Scored 24 points in a 104-103 Sweet 16 loss to Jacksonville in 1970. Averaged 17.3 points a game in 1969-70 for a 14-0 squad in Big Ten play that still holds the league-only record for points per game at 102.9.